Today, I have a special treat for you! Pearl North, the author of Libyrinth series is sharing her writing journey with us! Please give her a warm welcome 😀
Thank you for having me on your blog Valia! I noticed that you seem to like gifs a bit, and so do I, so I thought I’d borrow a meme circulating the internet these days and tell the story of how I wrote the Libyrinth trilogy, in .gifs.
So, first, I had this idea about a girl who can hear the voices of books. She lives in a library so vast that sometimes people get lost in it an never come out again.
I liked it.
So I wrote Libyrinth.
Then I sent it to my agent and editor and I waited.
But then it turned out they liked it!
And I was all
Then my editor said, “I want you to write two more.”
Then I panicked.
There were a lot of cookies involved.
Eventually, I got some ideas.
And I was back to
but this world I’d created was getting more and more complicated and my brain was all like
But eventually, I gave in and embraced the complexity
And then there was more
And finally, some
And now, here we are and the whole trilogy is finished and out in the world and I feel like
Thank you for accompanying me on this brief journey in time. Here’s some more info about me and my books:
Libyrinth follows the story of Haly a Libyrarian dedicated to preserving and protecting the knowledge passed down from the Ancients and stored in the endless maze of books known as the Libyrinth. But Haly has a secret: the books speak to her. When she is captured by the Singers, a group of people hostile to the Libyrinth who believe the written word to be evil, Haly learns that things are not at all as they seem. Haly must mend the rift between the two groups before their war for knowledge destroys them all.
In The Boy from Ilysies, the Libyrinth is quickly running out of food, and the survival of the ancient edifice and those who serve it may depend on Po, a young man raised in the female dominant society of Ilysia. Po is having trouble adjusting to life in the egalitarian Libyrinth. Caught between his longings for acceptance and the Machiavellian tactics of his queen, Po is tricked into a crime that causes him to be cast out. He may return only if he retrieves Endymion’s Pen, an enormously powerful ancient artifact capable of rewriting reality. It may be the answer to all of the libyrinth’s problems, but in the wrong hands, it could turn the world into a barren, lifeless ruin.
The Libyrinth trilogy concludes with The Book of the Night. The world of the Libyrinth has experienced a series of wrenching changes. Behind the mysteries of their shrouded past has always been the legendary Book of the Night. Sought for generations, both feared and revered, it is the key to this world of wonders. When Queen Thela imperils the very reality of the world, only the Book can heal what she has rent asunder. An epic journey through strange lands, a perilous encounter in a clockwork city, and the revelation of the truth beyond reality will lead those who find the Book to a moment when their world will either be saved…or cease to exist.
The books are complex and interesting. The whole concept of a giant library as a world blew me away at first. I have to admit that these books won’t be for everyone. However, those of you who are brave enough to take on the world of Libyrinth may be taken by surprise. The third book can be read along, but you’ll miss the story that came before and much of the world building. I always enjoy seeing how others create their characters and worlds. Science fiction is one of those places where anything is possible, and The Book of Night is that kind of a book. If you enjoy a good science fiction/fantasy, this book is definitely something you should read. The third book is out now!
A firm believer in the basic goodness of human beings, Pearl North loves writing and reading about characters that transcend the limits of who they think they are and what they think is possible. She mentors graduate students in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, and writes in other genres under different names. A native of the Detroit area, she has never lived more than two miles from Woodward Avenue in her life.
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Thank you so much Pearl for joining me on the blog and sharing your stories with us!