Today I have the privilege of interviewing Sonia Poynter, author of The Last Stored. This is her debut novel with Anaiah Press which will be available January 6th, 2014, Welcome Sonia! I'm thrilled to have you here on Shelf Full of Books.
First of all, thank you Kathryn for giving me the time to talk about my new book, The Last Stored. I have been blessed so much by the kindness of others. It is indeed an honor and privilege to share with your readers.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote quite a bit in High School, but then marriage, a big move to another state, and then the babies started coming. Basically, life happened. I started dabbling and finally got up the nerve to let my husband read some of my work. He loved it and encouraged me to go for it.
Do you have any unique talents you would care to share with us?
Hmm, I crochet, not sure that’s a unique talent, though, but I make lots of hats, scarves, and throws.
Any pets that you would like to tell us about?
Oh, yes. I have lots of pets, two border collies, and three wild beasts that roam our home, you might call them cats.
What is your favorite saying or motivational phrase?
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C. S. Lewis
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
The idea for THE LAST STORED came to me after the loss of my own father. I wanted to explore a daughter’s love for her parents, and the pain of losing a loved one. How do you get through the day when you are stuck in routine and grief? Then, like many writers I asked myself a bunch of what ifs. What if another world apart from our own existed? What if we forgot of this world? What if that world stored something here, a girl?
It was obvious that the Light represented God/Jesus and Lorthis was Satan or one of his minions. What were some of the other spiritual representations within the book that might not have been as obvious?
Excellent question. I have many, but one that might not be obvious is the Ague. At one time they were the people of Din, but they listened to Lorthis, and his words corrupted them. Then, like a disease Lorthis’s sickness spread. Until it changed their very beings. At the beginning of the book, I used this verse to help explain things: For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)
We need to be careful in who we desire. Do we desire God’s or man’s words?
What kind of audience did you write this book for: mainly Christian, mainly non-Christian, both?
I wrote this book for both. I can’t separate myself from Christ, it’s just who I am. Christ calls us to spread His love, to all men, not just those we feel like it. My hope for my book is that it will open a door for the reader to seek out Christ; to explore the bible, to search out the Light.
What do you have in the works as your next project?
Currently I’m working on a speculative fiction novel, called A LITTLE MURMMUR OF NOTHING. It takes place in a dying town called Wanda. The only thing this town is known for is a hanging tree. Abbot Haggard wants to put Wanda on the map, and he plans to hold a celebration for the Tree, after all people do love the macabre. It follows several characters, little Oswald Crofter – orphaned because of the Tree, Heavy Hannah – She received her name because of the way she did business not because she’s at all heavy, Tammy Tuttle – Abbot’s secretary, and of course Abbot Haggard.
Blurb for THE LAST STORED:
After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.
Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.
The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.
Available January 6th 2015
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Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer. She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Danville, Indiana, with the love of her life, and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.