By: Rae Elliott
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Lough's fate drives him to find the truth behind his betrayal and the key to return to his human form. His only hope of return lays in awakening the last piece of human life he has left: his sleeping heart. But when it comes to understanding concepts like virtue, morality, and kindness, Lough is forced to learn from example. And those examples come from the most unexpected place.
The royal home he serves includes a brave, selfless queen seeking to protect her children from the vicious temper of their powerful father, and a fearless young prince determined to liberate his people. As Lough witnesses their countless acts of courage, he becomes their devoted protector and trustworthy confidant. A strong bond of trust between family and servant blooms.
Just as bonds become ties, a secret is learned that could shatter the royal family. The king seeks to destroy the one true threat to his crown: his son. Just as this secret spreads, an unexpected member of the royal family reveals the truth behind Lough’s past. Lough learns from this revelation that an heir to his ancient throne lives and is the only person alive who possesses the skills to return his ancestor back to his true form.
With such secrets revealed Lough faces a decision he never thought would be a challenge. Does he choose to repossess his human form and regain his lost crown for the sake of vengeance? Or does he stay loyal to a family that needs his help more than ever?
With a decision of the heart at hand, one can only hope an android can make the right choice.
About the Author
As a writer, I have dedicated myself to the science of storytelling. For years I have honed my craft by learning from fellow bloggers, writers, editors and published authors. I love sharing what I have learned with fellow writers via my blog and other social media networks. The thing for me is, I always have one question poking my brain as I write each and every story I invent: why does the reader care? If my audience truly cares about my characters and where their journey leads, then they will most likely come back for more stories I have to give them. And I hope that audience includes you!
Sneak Peak at Fractured
The queen was shocked by his frankness but realized there was no need to feed the facade that the king was to be wholly respected any longer. She recognized a clear indication of Fenton's stand in his heart for his father. He was only the king.
She turned to sit. ""There exist people in this world that are eaten away by the corrosive influence of power. That power corrodes their heart. For one will always exist in opposition to the other. The two can never exist in harmony. Therefore it is up to each one of us which we allow to rule our existence. Our heart, or our power.""
Q&A With Rae
My stories are mostly inspired by serious problems that affect people on a very personal level with the aim of revealing a strong moral from each story. My characters and their settings are usually inspired by what influences me most- the love of fantasy, science fiction and other fictional stories.
Can you tell us more about Fractured and your amazing characters?
Fractured, is about an android slave named Lough who was once a tyrannical human king. One of his servants betrays him and transforms his body into an android slave's form, by the power of a mysterious ore. As further punishment, Lough is sold to serve a far more devilish king and his household. Lough has one chance to return to his human form, by awakening what is left of his human heart- his long rejected moral compass. But learning the value of virtue and kindness is foreign to him and so he educates himself through examples. Those examples come in the form of the family he lives to serve. Queen Darphina is a selfless and noble woman who seeks to protect her children from their violent father, no matter what the cost. Prince Fenton is a fearless young man who seeks to liberate his people from their oppressive ruler- his father. Lough grows to admire and respect the family, becoming a close confidant and worthy protector. As bonds between family and servant grow, Lough learns secrets about his past from a most unexpected member of the family. Among these secrets Lough learns of a living heir to his throne who holds the key to return Lough to his human body. As Lough receives such news, the family learns about a secret from the king that could shatter their home. The king seeks to destroy the only true threat to his crown, his son. With such news revealed Lough faces a decision he never believed would be a challenge. Does he regain his human form for the sake of vengeance and his family name? Or does he stay loyal to a family that needs his help more than ever?
Fractured focuses mainly on Lough, Queen Darphina, and Prince Fenton's personal struggles they face. You see how the family learns what it means to trust and believe in one another, despite the ever present threat of the king's bloodthirsty power.
If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
This has to be one of my favorite questions anyone has ever asked me! Like every author out there I too am guilty of putting a list of actors/actresses together to play as my characters. For Lough, I would choose Richard Armitage. He has a powerful but subdued manner which always appears to be masking a very present sadness, no matter how subtle. I think he would play the role of Lough just beautifully. As for Lady Darphina, I have imagined Michele Dockery for the part. We know her as snobbish Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, but somehow I cant totally envision her playing the role of battered heroine and selfless mother. For Fenton, I'm not entirely sure yet who I would picture for him- I have no solid winners. But one actor I've tossed around is Dylan O'brien from Maze Runner- he has a strong will and fearless attitude that exemplifies Fenton's character. He also has a face that is very close to what I've imagined Fenton to look like. As for King Magnus, it may sound silly but I have pictured Benedict Cumberbatch. We've seen the truly sinister roles he has taken on and epically mastered. I truly believe he could own the role of treacherous King Magnus as well. Plus, he devotes himself to each character he plays, truly becoming the character. That I think is a powerful statement, one that exudes King Magnus, to me. There are two more siblings, an older very vain and snobbish sister named Lady Eloisa, and a young, carefree little sister named Pythe. For Eloisa I can picture Lily James who plays Rose Aldridge in Downton Abbey. But I have no solid decision for Pythe as of yet. For the other characters I have nothing permanent just yet either.
Do you write from an outline or do you let the story take you where it wants to go?
Honestly, a little of both. But mostly I start out with an idea, an inspiration, and see where it goes. When it starts to really get into the heart of matters, then I start outlining with more focused detail. But mostly I let the characters take on their own life. Many times I find what I have pictured them doing they rebel against and decide for me what they should do! And, I kind of love when that happens.
If you were not a writer what do you think you'd be doing for a living?
Well, to make a living, I'd probably be focusing more on the sign and logo design business my husband and I run together. I'm just grateful my husband supports my dreams!
What books have most influenced your life?
The books that have most influenced my writing style are anything J R R Tolkien, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Count of Monte Cristo.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Well I'm guilty of loving the feeling of a paperback in my hand, but to be honest I read more ebooks than anything.
Do you have any words of wisdom for any new or aspiring writers?
Keep at your dream. Always aim to improve your writing. Create characters that readers want to be life-long friends with, and you'll have life-long devoted readers.
Any new or exciting projects coming up that we can look forward to seeing from you?
Fractured is the first in a series, I am currently writing its sequel Desolated. Desolated will hopefully be released by winter 2015 or spring 2016. Other novels I'm preparing to publish include my fantasy series Treefell: Legend of The Wood. I hope to release the first in this series by spring of 2015. I also have completed a women's fiction novel titled Life from the Rear View Mirror. This is the first book I have ever written as a modern narrative, but I have to say it is one of my favorite pieces. I have hopes of publishing this novel come spring 2015. Finally, I'm in the early stages of plotting out a young adult/ sci fi/ futuristic fiction novel titled The Renaissance. Each story will be both an ebook and a podcast/audiobook.
How can my readers connect with you or learn more about your books?
Follow my blog site where I regularly post writing tips and tricks to help fellow writers: www.raeelliottbooks.com
There you can also find regular updates about my books and their podcast/audiobook renditions. I am also on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Twitter: @Raeelliottbooks and Pinterest & Facebook: Rae Elliott. I absolutely love connecting with readers and fellow indie authors, so chat me up anytime!