Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski: Meet the Characters

EYE OF THE SOUL by Terri Rochenski
Series:  Pool of Souls #1

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing

Release Date:  October 7, 2013

Book Blurb:


That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.


About the Author:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.





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Terri Rochenski introduces us to the characters of Eye of the Soul...

Are you a plotter or pantster?

Know how many times I’ve asked / been asked this question? Dozens. And the reasons other writers give never cease to amaze me—quirks, what makes muses take off, how character speak to us, how some plan like crazy, putting off the actual writing.

That last is me, to a capital T. I’ll spend countless hours doing research, making notes, outlines, and timelines, doing everything possible from writing ‘Chapter 1’.

One of my favorite parts of planning out a novel are the character interviews. I actually play out a scene in my mind of sitting with them and asking them questions. I even make notes of their facial expressions and gestures. What is truly amazing is going back to those interviews once a novel is completed and seeing how much a character either changed or remained the same.

I decided to share a snippet from two of my characters from Eye of the Soul—our first encounter—a few rapid fire then one serious question I put to them. I’ll start with Hyla, the MC, a Native-blooded young woman from the island of Taran.



Q. What is your occupation?

A. Mossy-green eyes gaze at the hands clasped in her lap, but a small smile lifts her lips. “I’m an apprentice healer.”

Q. Who are the most important people in your life?

A. “The sick.” She shifts in her chair, still not meeting my gaze, and tucks dark hair behind a slightly pointed ear. “They need me.”

Q. What do you crave?

A. She bites the inside of her lip before whispering, “Acceptance.”

Q. Tell me about your greatest moment of fear.

A. Eyelids close and she heaves a deep breath. “When I realized my seeing is unique and I had no mother, father, or sibling to share it with—someone to help me better understand what was happening. It heightened my loneliness.” A frown creases the skin between her brows. “The contradiction is that I yearn for family, but getting close to others and involuntarily seeing into their souls makes me more of a cast out.”


Poor girl! My heart went out to her immediately, and although I didn’t know her full story, I knew that I had to tell it.

Now onto one of the story’s heroes, Jadon Lim, the 2nd son of Lord Lim of Bradenfeld and a soldier in the king’s army.




Q. Do you start arguments?

A. “No. I finish them.” Laughter erupts, revealing dimples on either side of his full lips. “Seriously, though, no. I don’t.”

Q. What’s your worst physical trait?

A. A grimace mars his too-pretty features. “I have to admit a fault? Fine. I have long toes.”

Q. Do you brag?

A. Broad shoulders rest back against the chair’s back as long legs stretch out and cross at the ankles. “No brag. Just fact.”

Q. Greatest fear?

A. His relaxed position doesn’t change, but stillness settles as though he is a cat ready to spring. Dark eyes bore into mine, and I realize his hesitation in admitting what I’m about to hear.

“Soldiers such as myself should be emotionless killers. I’m afraid if and when the day arrives I’m faced with taking a life that my compassion and sensitivity won’t allow the killing blow. But,” his eyes narrow and chin lifts, “I’m sworn to protect the innocent, those who cannot protect themselves. Hopefully my oath outweighs my inner weakness.”


And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the little sneak peeks into Hyla and Jadon, and I REALLY hope you’ll read their story to see how and if they changed!


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  2. Nice way of presenting the characters. Good luck with the book!

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