When I signed on to write a series of six short stories for young adults I wasn't given a lot of guidelines, other than my main character was to have a paranormal ability of some sort. The crazy setting of Ever came to me first, and actually rather easily. Deciding on what to do for my main character took more thought. She had to be able to survive Ever. I played around with various ideas and for 'normal' type abilities I settled on running. Running is good, good for escaping creatures trying to eat you. Misha's character turned out to be very active in track, and ran at least once every day.
Now for the paranormal part...what to pick? There are so many possibilities, or I could even invent something new. I couldn't decide, so thought on what my readers might be interested in. I still remember being a teenager (It wasn't that long ago!) The answer came quickly then, fire. As a teen, I remember my own fascination with fire. I wasn't alone either. Every friends house had candles somewhere, my own room was full of them. Kids played with matches and lighters outside of school. Bonfires were a must in the summer if we could find a place to have one.
I gave Misha the power of pyrokinesis, or more commonly, she is a firestarter. Since I can't make her life too easy, she doesn't gain her powers until she is a teen, not long before she is banished to Ever. Now she not only needs to learn to survive there, she has to learn how to use and control her powers as well.
I hope readers, both young and adults, will enjoy my tale and become fascinated not only by the fire, but by the world of Ever as well. Happy reading!
Welcome to Ever.
Ever, a deadly realm where feared, powerful and dangerous magical beings are banished. Though very large, it is not a world but a magically created prison. You can’t break through its circular boundary. Who, or what, made Ever? I’ve no idea. They were powerful, and cruel. That is all I can tell you.
Ever is like and unlike every other world. Nothing is safe. Safety is a dream. Ever is a nightmare. Few survive their first day. Nothing is what it seems. If something appears safe, it isn’t. If something appears dangerous, well it is, but probably more so than you think.
Ever has no sun, no moon, no stars at night. Time is told by the ever changing color of the sky where portals open, dropping new inhabitants, or new terrors. Time does pass. Don’t worry, you won’t get old. You won’t live that long.
The landscape changes without reason form dessert to jungles. The flora isn’t safe at any time. There is food, if you can find it without getting eaten yourself. Most plants and animals are poisonous. So is the water.
Are you afraid? You should be. This is the end. It gets worse of course. Remember the portals? Do think angels come through? Rarely the innocent do. Mostly, it is people of evil, people too powerful to kill. Their magic works here. The creature’s are worse.
Do you understand? Well you will eventually, or you’ll die. There is no escaping Ever. Ever.
My life was normal. It sucked, but it was normal. At least until I got this new power. I can control fire. It would be cool if it wasn’t so dangerous and if I knew how to use it. Pretty much my sucky life took a nose dive once I got it. Yup, everything gone. I suppose I should be thankful some uncle I never heard of took me in. Turns out the whole family isn’t normal and my power is a lot more dangerous than I thought. I thought things couldn’t get any worse. I was wrong. They banished me to Ever.
If I’m lucky, I might survive my first day.
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Jennifer Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.
Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.
Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet light is her debut novel to be published in 2011.
Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband, two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.
My website: www.jenniferwylie.ca
My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/