Sadie is over it!
She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.
Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.
Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost?
“What’s a Liam moment?” Kian’s gruff voice whispered. I felt his hot breath caress my ear. His closeness both startled me and sent a shiver down my spine. I straightened my back.
“I thought I told you I wasn’t interested.” I attempted to make my voice sound forceful, but it came out soft. I felt the heat from his body as he stepped closer to me.
“What’s your name?” Kian asked. The gruffness of his voice from earlier had left. This new voice was smooth and flowed like poetry. My heart sped up and I heard the blood pulsing in my ears. I was sure he could hear it. What kind of Talent was he using to cause me to react this way?
“Quit using your Talent on me,” I hissed.
“I’m not. If I was, you’d know it,” he replied with a chuckle.
“Oh.” I didn’t understand what was happening. He placed a hand on my waist and the warmth was searing. I was sure it would leave a mark. My eyes closed and my breath deepened. Tingles flowed from his hand, spreading throughout my body and stirring something in my soul. I released a breath I didn’t realize I had been holding. “Take your hand off me and back away before I break your fingers.”
Kian snickered. “Spunky.”
“Creepy,” I replied.
Kian chuckled again, his hot breath shooting sparks right to my stomach.
“Don’t make me ask again.” I felt his hand tense. His fingers increased their pressure against my waist right before the coldness swept in as he removed his hand. I released the breath I was holding.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Yes. It all started in middle school when a teacher handed me a book of poetry. That moment started my love of literature.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
It took a while for me to consider myself a writer. I have always wrote in one form or another. At first it was poetry, then short stories. I freelanced with a magazine for a while and during that stint, I started calling myself a writer.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took 2 months from the completion of my novel.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I am a stay at home mom of two small children under 5 both of which I homeschool. That is a hard job within itself, but I am also a freelance writer for a local publication.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My book is Lost, Book one of The Caelian Cycle. Summarize in less than 20 words, oh wow. This is going to be hard. Okay… Teen survives intense grief as she discovers herself through an unexpected stranger who unlocks feelings while running from hunters.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I am self-published.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It varies. My first book took almost a year, but Lost was written in about 5 months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I plan on finishing out the rest of The Caelian Cycle first, but I will most likely stay within the Science Fiction and Paranormal sub genres. I do have a few ideas outside those genres, but I don’t know if I’ll pursue them.
What genre would you place your books into?
Young Adult – Science Fiction
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I didn’t set out to write a Science Fiction novel, but it seems my mind is set on the genre. Almost every idea would fall under that or paranormal. It’s not surprising since my personal interests fall in into the nerd category.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Of course I love Sadie, she’s amazing, but I think John is my favorite to write. He’s so much fun and reminds me of my own brother, I can’t help but love him.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing since middle school, but I really started getting into it when I was a freshman in high school. My parents were divorcing and I used writing, especially poetry, to express my hurt and anger. It continued throughout high school with a poetry journal. I was a very angsty girl and had to get those emotions out in a healthy way.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Music is a must! Right now, my routine is just finding time when the kids won’t interrupt. Mostly I write during nap time or after they go to bed.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I like to read the constructive ones because I feel reader input is important and I want to be better at what I do.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I wrote the book first and agonized for weeks over the title. One afternoon, I was venting to my husband and he said told me to quit trying to be clever and to just think about the way Sadie feels. Lost instantly popped into my mind. The rest of the books will be named in the same manner.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
All the character names were originally planned at creation, except Sadie and Kian. With Kian, I had a hard time finding a name that fit him, for a few chapters he was just BOY until I heard the name Kian and fell in love with it. Sadie had a different name originally, but I changed it halfway through when a friend’s baby passed away. I wanted to honor the child who touched my heart, so with permission from the mother, I changed my heroines name to Sadie. I had always intended for her to be a strong heroine, but now I take extra precaution to make sure that book Sadie will honor little Sadie’s memory in every way. John and Link, were not originally planned, but came to me while I was writing.
Caelian came from the Roman god Caelus, the god of the sky.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I had a general idea on character traits, but I really discovered who they were while writing.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I didn’t intend for there to be a hidden message or moral, but I did want to express that it’s okay to grieve, but don’t let that grief rule your life. It’s okay to live after loss.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I always love a good paperback, but we’ve adopted a minimalist lifestyle and that doesn’t allow for a large collection of books. So, I prefer eBooks.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I’ve read the entire Chronicles of Narnia many, MANY times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Some do. It really depends on the story. My favorite book to movie transfer would have to be The Hunger Games. Worst would be Eragon.
Your favorite food is?
Blue corn tortilla chips and spicy salsa.
Your favorite singer/group is?
So hard. According to my playlist, it would be Walk the Moon.
Your favorite color is?
Your favorite Author is?
I have read and loved everything by Claire Farrell
Donnielle Tyner has held down many jobs, but never found satisfaction until she became a freelance writer and stay at home mom. She began writing in junior high when a teacher gave her a book of poetry. Ever since, she found a deep passion for reading and writing. Donnielle is from North Texas and enjoys her chickens, garden, and most of all her children.