Lumen is the first in the four-part Blood Luminary series following the characters, Daniel Satoria, Jac Lister and Mia Crosgrove.
Daniel, like all other adolescents on Templar Island is going through the final transition that will allow him to manipulate the bonds of energy and do more than just tamper with his own biological form.
After a near-death experience he is accepted into Croft's Academy, the only private school on the island and for someone like Daniel to gain access to such teaching is a privilege, and they won’t let him forget it. He tries to fit in, but that’s when things take a turn for the worst, and everything he once knew can’t be possible any more. He doesn't know who to trust or what to believe.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm 18 and I write dark fantasy novels. I also go by the pseudonym Thomas Jay with which I write LGBT fiction and romances. I am openly gay and I have had a few people unfollow my blog, my twitter etc. when they found out, but I don’t think being gay defines who I am as a writer; I am a writer who happens to be gay.
Are there any gay characters in this story?
Yeah, there are gay characters but I don't want to say who they are, just like there are straight characters, they don't say they're straight, so I'm not making a big deal about the gay characters. If that makes any sense at all.
How did you come with the title of your book and the series?
The title of my book is Lumen and the series is called the Blood Luminary series. I had such a hard time coming up with the perfect title for the book but when I found it, I knew it was right. I actually found the title while looking through a Latin dictionary, I love Latin words, and then I came across Lumen and I was immediately intrigued, so I had a look at what it mean and it means light…and in the first book it’s all about things coming to light and knowledge etc.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was part inspired by a dream of flying, but mostly by a really short piece that I wrote a couple of years ago where a little boy fell over and became ill only to find out that he’d healed himself fully—that if you notice is actually the prologue of Lumen. From just that one short piece I’d already spun this thick weave of story and before I knew what was happening I had planned 4 novels and 2 accompanying novellas.
When do anticipate this book to be done? Do you have a deadline?
The book itself is completely written, but I hadn’t planned it originally it was all done by the seat of my pants…and I can safely assure you that I will never be doing that again! I absolutely hated doing it, and it’s also the reason why the edits are taking so long now as I have a lot of new scenes that need to be added. I’m hoping to have it done before the end of March to the beginning of April…so desperately hoping.
Will be you be Indie publishing or submitting to agents or publishers? And why?
I’ll be doing it all on my own. I’ve decided to go indie because I feel that I can do it all on my own and I want to be involved in all aspects of my writing, I want to give my readers something that’s completely me, 110%! I decided not to submit to agents or publishers because it’s tough, it’s really tough to get published via traditional routes, and maybe if I get a name for myself then hopefully in the future the option to traditionally publish will be there and I won’t have to wait 6 months for a reply and then 2 years before a book is released.
How is your story different from other YA/fantasy novels?
It’s different because I’ve never read anything like it before. I write the things that I want to read and hopefully other people want to read them as well. This isn’t to do with the story but people say that I’m a very engaging writer and it shows through the snippets that I share and the blog posts that I write. I hope it’s different…for all the good reasons. Oh, here’s something I almost forgot, I created a new host of beings and people, and basically a new religion, so yeah that’s why my YA fantasy is different.
Tell me more about Daniel. What are his good and bad traits?
I’m not going to share too much here. Daniel Satoria is the protagonist, he’s just turned 16 and he’s going to a new school, the only private school on Templar Island. He’s very studious, which is a plus, but then he can be a little cocky when he wants to, which can work in his favor. He’s quite a timid person and he hates confrontation. He’s quite messy and he does leave quite a mess behind him, wherever he goes. If you want to know more about Daniel then you know what you have to do…you have to stay tuned!
In your blurb, it says things take a turn for the worse? Can you let is on some of the details?
Something bad has to happen; it’s the laws of literature. Ha, no, I guess there’s the possibility that lots of characters could be killed off, there are some very vicious characters in the novel and they’d like nothing more than to see Daniel suffer just because of his social status and class.
If you could share an excerpt for my readers, that would be great.
Here’s a never before seen excerpt. I wonder what questions you have after you’ve read this. A little sneaky ploy from me to try and get you excited. I hope it works.
Daniel stood on the edge of the tall building where Mia lived. He let his feet itch closer to the edge, his toes hanging over, clutching to the building. He closed his eyes and let the air whip around his face, throwing his head back his glanced up at the half crescent moon. So bold and powerful against the black, he thought to himself.
The squeak from the hinges of the door on the roof startled Daniel, jumping backwards off the ledge to the building. “I could have fallen,” he said to her, smiling.
“But you didn’t,” Mia said, hunching her jacket over her shoulders. “So what happened then?”
Daniel glanced to the ground and then back up at Mia, she was waiting for an answer. “Um. I feel stupid saying this, but I got beat up,” he said, “and then Jac vanished, I don’t know where he’s gone, I can’t talk to him or anything. And Reuben revoked my permission to come here.”
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Thanks so much for the interview and keep writing!