For librarian, Emily Carson, life is great. She has a good job, thriving career, good friends and family. After the death of her parents, she has finally managed to piece her life back together. Everything seems to be going well. Until, one night, she mistakenly meets them. A group of mysterious men holding a secret meeting. Who are they? And what are they planning? To make matters worse these men don’t seem ordinary to her. There is something very strange about them. Curious, she acquires the help of the weird but quirky genius, Ethan Cunningham. But, to her surprise, he has secrets of his own. Meanwhile, little does she know, she is treading down a dangerous path and she now has a target on her back. Her whole world gets turned upside down as she is taken through a series of events that leads her to shocking new discoveries.
Please help me welcome the author of The Guardians of the Relic, Louise Cornelius!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from the city of Durban in South Africa. Our city is known for it’s beautiful beaches. There is no place better to be on a Saturday morning than the beach enjoying the sun. I haved lived here all my life. I studied at a local private college and have a degree in Accounting and Finance. In my spare time I love reading, writing, watching movies and listening to podcasts. I also love socialising and spending time with family and friends.
2. When did you start writing?
When I was younger, I used to borrow books from the school library. Generally, when I finished reading a book, I would consider the various possibilities of how the book could have ended. I think that’s where my interest in writing really started. My favourites back then were The Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. I have started my career by writing a short story called The Final Act last year which is now available on Amazon. My new novel The Guardians of the Relic falls under the fantasy and paranormal category. I got the initial idea for the book from an old movie I watched a long time ago. I adapted the story from just one scene in the movie. The ideas for the rest of the story just came to me while writing.
3. Why did you start writing?
I initially started writing because I needed an outlet for my creativity. I had all these stories in my head and no idea what to do with them. As I began writing, I realised that I had finally found my true passion.
4. Of the characters you’ve created, which one is your favorite?
My favourite character in the Guardians is Ethan Cunningham. I loved his character mainly because he was so unique and fit into the storyline so well. I had fun developing his character.
5. What does a typical writing session look like for you?
My typical day of writing usually starts in the morning. I prefer to be locked in a room all day, as I find it helps me work better. I don’t really set a word count but the minimum amount of words I write a day is usually around 800.
And now for a game of “Which Do/Would You Prefer?”
1. Books or movies?
Books – I am an avid reader so that’s a no brainer.
2. Summer or winter?
Summer – I love the beach so summer is definitely better than the cold.
3. Ebook or physical book?
Physical book – This is a tough one since I read both. But I would have to say a physical book because there is nothing better than owning a hard copy of your favourite novel.
4. Having telepathy or having telekinesis?
Telepathy – After reading Stephen king’s novel Carrie, I don’t think I would like to have the power of telekinesis. Mind reading would be so much more fun.
5. Being able to travel to the past or being able to travel to the future?
Past – I think it would be so fascinating to travel back in time, especially to the nineteen hundreds. The days when people used to have “The Great Gatsby” style parties. Of course, I also love the music.
6. Being Spider-Man for a day or being Batman for a day?
Batman for a day – Well his life is pretty great, he enjoys being Bruce Wayne the billionaire by day and a superhero by night.
7. Reading or writing?
Writing – This is a hard choice. I really love doing both but I would have to say writing. Writing my own story and getting to create the characters is definitely more fun.
8. Going without internet access for a week or going without watching any movies/television shows for a week?
I would rather go without television shows or movies for a week than without internet access. I mean, I panic when it goes down for an hour!
9. To never read another book or to never watch another film?
To never watch another movie. I definitely could not handle never reading a book again.
10. To never again eat a piece of chocolate or to never again drink a cup of coffee?
I would choose never eat a piece of chocolate. I don’t think I would be able to never drink another cup of cappuccino or coffee again.