TTS: Today we have Genevieve Crownson on the blog! Her debut novel, The Soul of the Sun is out now and wow what a read! Welcome Genevieve! We’re glad to have you!
Genevieve: I am so pleased to be here. It is such an honor to be your guest. Thank you!
TTS: I loved this book SO much. Like I said on Twitter, I couldn’t put it down. The storytelling was just amazingly beautiful and deep that I have to believe that you’ve done more writing before this even if it wasn’t published. Have you written any stories maybe for your eyes only? Every author has that first manuscript tucked away in a drawer somewhere.
Genevieve: I am so excited that you loved the book. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. I have been spinning tales since I was in grade school, but I didn’t start writing full-fledged novels until I was in college. I definitely have a couple of manuscripts gathering dust under the bed. They were great fun to write but I didn’t feel they were up to snuff. When I wrote The Soul of the Sun I knew I’d hit pay dirt.
TTS: Is there an author you consider a role model or an inspiration?
Genevieve: I admire Elizabeth Gilbert. She has a way with words that strikes a chord with me. I find her work so inspiring. Her descriptions of how she sees the world reads like a poem. You really get a sense she understands her readers. I love that she isn’t afraid to pursue her dreams and encourages others to do the same.
TTS: Do you have a favorite book?
Genevieve: That’s a tough one. I’m an avid reader and it’s difficult to pin it down to one book. If I had to choose a couple at this moment I would have to say, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
TTS: What inspired you to start writing?
Genevieve: I have an inner narrator in my head that pops stories out on a regular basis. I am constantly exposing my inner revelations on paper whether it’s for journaling, writing novels or just to resolve a problem. Writing is how I process things and get a clear perspective on life.
TTS: How did the idea for this book come to you? Was it all at once or did you have a basic outline in your head and then you built upon it?
Genevieve: I have these incredibly detailed dreams that seem to unfold before me like a movie. Usually I am the observer where I always understand and feel everything that each person in the dream is going through. The sense of time and place is always very vivid and real. I will often wake up in the middle of the night and scribble it all down in my journal before I forget any feeling or detail. It usually provides a large portion of the plot. Later I go back and infuse particular elements into the story as needed. Occasionally, I will have another dream that will help provide a missing piece, or provide more clarity.
TTS: Were there ever any moments while writing this book that things didn’t go the way you saw them at first? How did you handle that?
Genevieve: Definitely. When I was near the end of my novel I couldn’t decide how it should end, it wasn’t gelling together the way I planned in my mind. As a reader I dislike stories where the writer slacks off at the end and fails to make that last effort to come to any type of satisfying conclusion. So I stepped away and let it sit for a week or two so I could gain new perspective. When I returned to the manuscript I found I had a solution for what was troubling me with the plot. Later on, I ended up changing the finale when I was given an even better idea through a dream.
TTS: Cats have a rather important role in The Soul of the Sun. There’s a dog in there too. Are you more of a cat person than a dog person?
Genevieve: Confession: I love animals. All types, all kinds. I do love cats, but I love dogs as well. I don’t think I can choose sides! They each hold their own unique character traits.
TTS: Some authors say that they are heavily influenced by music, TV and movies. Were any of those things an influence while you were writing this book?
Genevieve: I tend to find inspiration in music and TV. If something moves me, I often get the impulse to start writing. I actually used music to help me delve into the time and place of the WWII era. I put on music that was popular at that time and imagined I was right there with Margaret as she struggled through the hardships of that time.
TTS: A lot of people that visit my blog are writers themselves. Do you have any advice to give? Perhaps something that you wish you knew when you started?
Genevieve: My best advice is don’t try to follow a trend or write something that you think will be popular. Write from your heart. Write stories that mean something to you. Because in the end your readers will see if what you put on the page is really a truth or something forced. Be genuine and success will follow. Also be prepared to put in a lot of work outside of writing. You will definitely wear many hats, and your efforts are just beginning after you finish your manuscript. Don’t be afraid to market. Let people see what you have to offer this world and go out there and make a difference. I was very intimidated by marketing when I first started but now I’ve realized it’s a great way to meet other authors and connect with them. It can be fun, just be open.
TTS: What are you working on right now and is there a release date for book 2 in The Argos Dynasty? You know I had to ask!
Genevieve: I am working on Book 2 of The Argos Dynasty now and hope to have it out to my readers by Christmas. I have already started outlining for Book 3 so that will follow not long after. You can go to my website at www.genevievecrownson.com and sign up for my VIP list and be the first to know of the release!
About the Book
“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere, past or future– and destroy our planet.”
Since the days of ancient Greece, the Argos dynasty has kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil destruction of planet Earth.
Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time is running out for the descendants of the Argos. They know a great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister, Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes…
Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to discover secrets as ancient as time.
If the Watcher discovers the truth before they do, all will be lost.
Fate, time and love weave together in their struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?
Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required of her are immense.
Will it be enough to stop the Watcher?