Young Adult, Fantasy Adventure
Book 1: The Book of Sight
A book can be a wonderful gift. When Alex received an unexpected package, she never dreamed the book it contained would change her life forever. After all, the words inside were gibberish. She had no idea the places that book would take her, the friends that book would help her make, or the wonders that book would reveal. She had no clue the trouble that book would bring, either. A book can be a dangerous gift.
"This book is EPIC! I loved every page of it!"~Amazon reviewer
"My 12 year old daughter is a voracious reader, so I was a bit surprised when she mentioned that this book and its sequel were on her list of all time favorite books."~Amazon reviewer
"This book was an amazing experience of imaginary things and a new way for people to see the world! Must-read!"~Amazon reviewer
Book 2: The Broken Circle
Some friendships are meant to last. After experiencing things none of them had ever imagined, Alex, Eve, Dominic, Adam and Logan have formed a special bond that gave them strength and a purpose. Their shadowy enemies will stop at nothing to destroy the Book of Sight, but as long as the group stays united, they can survive anything. When a mysterious map promises answers to only one of them, the temptation to act alone may prove irresistible. Will their circle grow and become more powerful or be broken forever?
"I was totally involved in the story from the start. Such an escape!"~Amazon reviewer
"Can't believe how much I love these books. Please write some more. I read both in two days!!!!"~Amazon reviewer
CIR: How did this series come about?
DUNLEVY: The idea for The Book of Sight came to me about eight years ago and it just wouldn’t leave. I had one toddler and was pregnant with my second baby, so I filled my (very few) boring moments with dreaming up the character details and fleshing out the world they would uncover. When my son was born, I started writing. It took me a year to finish the first book, writing during nap times mostly. After a year of editing and querying agents, we decided that the book would sell better with a sequel, so I started work on The Broken Circle. Life happened. Nap times didn’t work for writing anymore because by then I had three kids, and the oldest was in school. I started getting up at 6 a.m. to write before my kids woke up. Some days they woke up at 6. We moved….to a different country. That book took me two years to finish. Another year and a half of editing and formatting passed, and the books were finally published in April of 2013, just seven short years into the process.
CIR: Are any of the characters like you or anyone you know?
DUNLEVY: The series centers around five teenagers, each very different from the others. I didn’t base any of their characters off of real people, but I love to study personality and watch behavior, so these kids do end up reminding me of things I’ve observed in my friends and family. I get comments from readers about their favorite characters and which ones they relate to, and I love that it’s a different character for each reader. That’s how I know I’ve done my job.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
DUNLEVY: I didn’t set out to push any big message with these books. I just wanted to write an entertaining story, the kind that I like to read myself. That said, I’ll admit to being a serious person with some intense life experiences, so it was inevitable that my world-view would come out in my writing. These books focus on the value of being truly alive to life’s dangers as well as its beauties, and living without being controlled by fear. Along with that comes the emphasis on the absolute necessity of having a team, of not facing life alone but rather depending on others to watch your back and help you be your best self.
CIR: Is there more coming?
DUNLEVY: Yes! There will eventually be five books in the series. I’ve finished the first draft of Book 3. (This one only took six months. Thank God for school!) We’re editing it right now. The plan is for that book to come out in summer of 2014. Which means I need to get back to work right now!
Learn more about Deborah Dunlevy and her writing at her short story website.