The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes: Character Inverview, Excerpt, & Review
Today author Stephanie Keyes, author of The Star Child, has stopped by the blog today. Stephanie, take it away!
Don’t forget to check out my review and the giveaway below!
My Journey Through the Underworld: Kellen St. James
Hi everyone! Today, I am pleased to welcome Kellen St. James from the YA Fantasy novel, The Star Child. Kellen, how are you doing today?
[KSJ]: Great, thanks for having me on your blog. It looks pretty cool, by the way.
Thank you. So I wanted to talk a little bit today about about your recent journey through the Celtic Underworld. What’s it really like down there?
[KSJ]: Messed up. I mean, [runs hands through hair], there are these weird animals all over the place, Faeries, not to mention these freaky things that steal your soul after they get you to off yourself. I could go on…
Speaking of Faeries, you had a run in with a few yourself, didn’t you? Tell me more about that experience.
[KSJ]: Oh yeah. That was crazy. So Calienta and I were down there, I hiding, so no one knew that we were supposed to be there, and I get pulled into a pond by some creature. When I get pulled out, I expected to see Calienta and instead there are all of these faeries in riding gear. I had to pretend to be one of them.
Calienta’s mother put a protection spell on you, right? Can you tell me more about that?
[KSJ]: Yes. Brigid, put this spell on me, so that if someone or something that was dangerous showed up, my physical form would mimic theirs.
So to the trooping faeries, you looked like one of them?
[KSJ]: Yeah. It was wild. They didn’t trust me, though. So they counteracted Brigid’s spell and I had to get the heck out of Dodge.
When they captured you, you called yourself Manuel. Where did that name come from?
[KSJ]: [Smiles] I like to watch a lot of Eighties sitcoms and stuff. There’s this show Perfect Strangers and one of the characters says “Manuel” instead of “manual”. [Frowns] I guess you had to be there.
Tell us about your family’s reaction to you being gone in the underworld, what, six months?
[KSJ]: Alistair and Gabe were pretty pissed off. I’ve apologized quite a bit for that.
Finally, tell me about Calienta. What’s she like?
[KSJ]: Calienta is… magical. I mean that figuartively as well as literally. We have had this connection from the first day. It’s like I was always supposed to fall in love with her.
How does it feel to be married to her?
[KSJ]: Well, I’m sort of in the middle of the ceremony right now, so I don’t actually know. Can I get back to you on that? [chuckles]
Sure. Thanks for stopping by, Kellen. We’d better let you get back to your big day.
[KSJ]: Thanks for having me as a guest. [smiles]
For more information on Kellen and Calienta, check out The Star Child below for some information!
About the Book
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness.
Only one can stop the night.
Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning
tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.
Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?
SLAM! I was suddenly thrust back into my chair in the middle of the commencement speech, winded and dazed. The green spot in the air was gone and, as I looked around, everyone still wore the same bored expressions on their faces.
“…to move on and let a new generation lead us into further successes…” The speaker droned on.
What did this mean? What happened? It wasn’t as though I hadn’t dreamed about that day at the cove before, only about a million times, but never in the middle of the day. This clearly wasn’t a dream. It was something else.
I looked down at my shoes and found them covered in sand, my dress socks soaked through. This caused my heart to pound even more. Looking around, I searched for some other sign, some other indication that she was here, but there was nothing else out of the ordinary.
Kellen St. James is an intelligent young man. Graduating from a prestigious college at 17 years old. An outsider would think he has it made, but Kellen is a bit of a loner, aside from his best friend and roommate at school. His own father forgets to come to his college graduation and it becomes clear the man hasn’t been a very big part of his life, nor has his brother, whom constantly tried to torment him a s a child. He’s had recurring dreams of the same girl, Calienta, for a long time. At his graduation things take an odd twist when a portal appears and he steps through it to find himself in that very same dream once more.
After graduation he takes off to Ireland with money his grandmother left for him to become an author, living in his grandmother’s old cottage by the sea. Once there he is reunited with the mysterious Calienta and from there things take a very interesting turn as he finds out others have a greater plan for him.
While at first it took me a little to get into this book, I really enjoyed it. The story was creative and unique and Stephanie Keyes created such an enchanting and vivid world in the Faerie realm. I loved the main characters and found the others I met in Faerie to be intriguing and fun. Out of the whole book I have to say their time in Faerie was probably my favorite part. Over all it was a very well-written story and the ending, while satisfying, left things open for a possible sequel that I would look forward to reading if there is one!
Please note: Paperback copy and posters are open to US, UK and Canada only. ebook giveaway is international.
About the Author
Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A
seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.
In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.
Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.
Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.