Title: The Broken Destiny
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Series: The Broken Trilogy (Book #1)
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Publisher: Fire Quill (SA) Hallowed Ink Press (USA)
Release Date: October 2014
“You cannot know what light is if you have not experienced darkness”
Ava and her people have been exiled to the planet Poseidon for reasons she can’t fathom. Upon meeting a boy from a different sector, her life turns into a beautiful chaos. She begins to feel things she isn’t allowed to, thus motivating her to find out the truth about why her kind are so different, and why the Council are so interested in her. Once her mind is freed, with it comes a terrible power that could either save her kind, or destroy them all. But Ava is not the perfect heroine. She will become what she hates to save the ones she loves, and the cost of such a burden is deadly at best.
About the Author
Carlyle is an South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within each world she writes about.
“I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life.”
Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event – SAIR bookfestival. http://sairbookfestival.weebly.com/ – “To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists – its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!”
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Once more, I glanced at Sam, her fiery locks still resting lightly across her face. With her eyes shut and her long, dark, thick lashes sweeping over the top of her rosy cheeks, she looked just like a doll. Her coat was tucked tightly into the nape of her neck to ward off the cold, and a faint smile started curling up at the edges of her mouth. Not a care in the world, I thought to myself as I looked thoughtfully at Sam snuggled in silent reverie.
As I turned my gaze back to the distant horizon where nightfall was quickly creeping toward us from over Mount Inja, a shimmer of an early star set against the amethyst sky caught my eye―so silver, so sparkling, so high and so serene that I could only dream of ever reaching it. I closed my eyes tight, fighting the pang in my chest, and I wished for that star to fall down on me, to grant me my wish of changing my life forever. I wished it would close the emptiness within my chest and fill it with the kind of peace that would make me the person I was meant to be, not the girl I was. The girl who was constantly poked fun at, never once left alone to just be herself; the girl who envied everyone else, and the girl with the huge inheritance that meant nothing to her. I felt belittled every day because of it. I looked harder into the glimmer of the star and wished to be envied, just once.
The writers voice
Hello Carlyle and welcome to The Writers Voice.
Are the traits of anyone close to you apparent in your characters?
Ummm I am not a liberty to say – this might or might not land me in the hot seat.
Who do you feel is your most unique character?
Its so difficult to answer that as I am very emotionally attached to most my characters, but Id have to say Maya, the girl who was adopted by the Minoans and has lived among their people, she is not of their race, so the the unique combination is quite delightful and very colorful indeed.
If you could have any extraordinary gift or super power what would it be and why?
Anyone who has read The Broken Destiny would know a mind-shifter is a unique thing, a tricky and dangerous power to have, as this ability solely relies on your mental state. But boy your abilities are infinite, not limited at all.
What would you like for readers to take away from your novel/novels?
So much. A sense of self- worth, of self- love, belief in one self and others. To always have faith even if the way you were brought up was to not believe in the un- seeable. That no one defines you, your destiny is of your own making and that choices have consequences. People make mistakes, even heroes and that is the path of growth.
What do you feel is your biggest writerly fault and how do you deal with it?
My inability to be patient. How do I deal with it? I am still learning, but if anything this entire industry is about patience (especially in the editing stage) from the first draft till way after launch day.
Worldbuilding is such an important part of writing. What would your words of encouragement for aspiring authors be when it comes to developing their own worlds?
Just let go, be yourself. Whatever comes in your mind, try it. You will never know till you have tried it right?
Which came first for you–the characters, the idea for the setting, or the plot?
The setting, then the characters, then the plot, more characters, more settings, more plot…
Is there anything you’d like to go back one year and tell yourself?
If you think you researched this properly – think again, ask for other’s help. Most importantly your never done editing!
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be in a story-world. J
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