Author: Clare Davidson
Genre: YA Fantasy
‘Trinity’, released July 2012, is Clare Davidson’s debut novel. It is an epic fantasy, targeted at young adult readers, with strong crossover appeal into the adult market.
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.
Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.
Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
About the author:
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.
‘Trinity’ is available to buy from:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1478222204
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MYHASG
Try, try and try again
There’s a scene in Disney/Pixar’s film, Brave, where Queen Elinor (trapped in bear form) has to learn how to catch salmon in a river. This is a character who is the epitome of prim and proper, who lives her life by a set of strict rules and expectations about what a queen should be like. Funnily enough, she isn’t a natural at catching fish. But she tries and tries again and tries some more, until she finally succeeds. She doesn’t give up. Better still, she has fun along the way (and connects with her headstrong teenage daughter).
I could carry this blog post on by saying writers can learn from Elinor’s tenacity in Brave, but to be honest, it’s a lesson that applies to everyone. Whether you’re facing exams, taking your driving test, trying to create a work of art, or looking for work, the ability to not give up is a powerful one.
I know how tempting giving up can be. There’s comes a point, no matter what you’re doing, we’re it’s just too hard. You wonder if there’s any point in carrying on. And if you don’t, what’s the big deal anyway?
So what if you don’t learn how to drive? There will always be someone you can charm into giving you a lift.
So what if you fail an exam? You can always resist and you’ll do better next time.
The problem is, if you live your life excepting your small failures, they gradually escalate into big ones. And eventually you realise you’ve failed to fulfil your dreams. But hey, it’s no big deal. Right?
Wrong. It IS a big deal.
I wrote a novel, Anima, years ago, but something just wasn’t right. I allowed myself to fail and gave up on it. A few years later, I wrote Guardian. Different story and characters, but many of the same themes were there. Again, something wasn’t right. I almost gave up.
Then I gave myself a kick. I asked myself WHY I write. The answer? It’s my dream to have people read my stories and enjoy them. How was that dream going to come true, if I kept giving up?
I rewrote Guardian, from the ground up. The end result was Trinity. A book I loved enough to have the confidence to declare it done and send it out into the world. And the best bit? People have enjoyed reading it and more will enjoy reading it in the months and years to come. But Trinity almost didn’t exist.
So, next time you’re about to give up on something, ask yourself why you’re doing it in the first place and maybe that will give you the inspiration to carry on and do something amazing.