by Lauren Lynch
Christian, Historical Fantasy
Sometimes it takes a journey through time to learn the true meaning of sacrifice.
Anna is devastated by a fire that left her orphaned, dependent on an uncle she never knew existed and far from the only home she has ever known. Brendan struggles with a life limited by crippling illness and a family torn by the loss of his mother. Tzutz Nik faces an arranged marriage to the prince of a ruthless dynasty in order to unite their fractured kingdoms.
A mysterious invitation gives them each an opportunity to escape their struggles for a while and view their lives from a new perspective. Deep in a remote jungle, amid long-forgotten ancient ruins, they discover the true meaning of sacrifice. In the shadows, a relentless evil presence lurks, threatening to lead them astray. Will they triumph over their adversary or be trapped in his web of lies?
"In the footsteps of The Chronicles of Narnia, this story is rich in symbols of Christianity and allusions to faith and temptation!"~Amazon reviewer
"The emotional journey the three protagonists undergo is at once heartbreaking and encouraging."~Amazon reviewer
"The descriptions make the characters come alive and it is easy to travel on each of their journeys right along with them!"~Amazon reviewer
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
LYNCH: The Place of Voices has Christian allegory similar to C. S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, with time travel aspects akin to Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet. The Mayan history and characters are factual with fictionalized details. I enjoy blending fantasy with reality.
CIR: With facts blending with reality, what was your writing process like?
LYNCH: I spent several months researching the location and characters, immersing myself in the details. I visited the Tikal ruins in Guatemala, and allowed the scenery to steep in my mind. Once I have a strong mental image of the story's backdrop, I pull out a pad and brainstorm. I form a very rough outline, adding more details here and there as I’m inspired. Once the story grips me, details even come at night and I keep a pad near my bed to jot down notes. I start with a beginning and end in mind — and a rough idea of how I get from start to finish, but the middle develops as I write. For me, immersion is key.
CIR: Is there any content that might upset some readers?
LYNCH: While there is a death in the book sensitive readers might find heartrending, there is no graphic violence or gore. The book is appropriate for readers 12 and older.
CIR: Is there more coming?
LYNCH: The Place of Voices is the first book in the TimeDrifter series. Book two, The Veil of Smoke, is set in Pompeii and will be released in late 2014. Book three, The Tower of Refuge will follow in 2015.
Learn more about Lauren Lynch and her writing at laurenlynch.com