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IR Approved Author SG Blaise: “The hardest part of being an indie is dealing with being underestimated…”

The Last Lumenian received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author SG Blaise.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The Last Lumenian was first published in June, 2020.

What’s the book’s first line?

“I can’t breathe,” I say through clenched teeth.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

The Last Lumenian is a coming of age story of a 19-year-old princess, Lilla, who is rebel-in-disguise, fighting for the refugee’s freedom. The arrival of the mysterious and ruggedly-handsome Callum brings news of a bigger battle – the Era War between the two ruling archgods – that threatens not only Lilla’s home world but everyone else’s in the Seven Galaxies. Lilla must learn to control her magic and defeat the dark god before He finds her – the last Lumenian.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

This story idea came to me in a dream back in 2012, when my family and I were on a road trip in Europe. Surrounded by castles and so much history, it is not a surprise that these elements are prevalent in my book.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

The Last Lumenian is a cinematic story that transports readers to a magical world, introduces interesting characters and delivers a page-turning storyline that keeps readers captivated till the end. I hope this story will inspire readers to believe in themselves and to realize they have an inner power that they may not even be aware of. Throughout Lilla’s story, the readers will see how people all around us influence who we should become or what’s best for us, but ultimately it is up to us to decide which path we should take.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

Lilla is a 19-year- old princess with no real power, yet she cannot stand by and watch the king take advantage of the refugees on her world. She believes in fighting for those who cannot protect themselves, often struggling with claustrophobia, triggered by crowded or tight places. She is kind, caring, has a good sense of humor and loyal to her friends. In The Last Lumenian, the readers join Lilla’s journey on self-discovery and leadership.

When did you first decide to become an author?

I knew I had a passion for writing after a terrible nightmare inspired me to write a short story at the age of ten. As time passed, I realized that creating stories filled with characters in unconventional situations that make the reader see things from a different perspective was what I wanted to do, leading me to create The Last Lumenian.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

Yes, it is! It’s very exciting to watch The Last Lumenian enter its next phase–released to the world–and see how readers react to the story.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

It depends on where I am in the process. I tend to spend a couple of months on developing notes and outlining the story. Once writing starts, I spend anywhere from 4-8 hours on writing, as long as it takes to finish the scenes I started on.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part of being an indie is having all the creative control at every step of the way. The hardest part of being an indie is dealing with being underestimated or getting dismissed right from the start because my book doesn’t have a publisher’s name on the back.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

I think one of the hardest lessons I learned when I started out writing this book is patience. Not knowing when the book would be ready to be published added a level of uncertainty that was difficult to accept. But once I embraced the journey and learned to enjoy the process, my focus shifted from the unknown to appreciating all the mini-accomplishments along the way.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling? If so, why?

I don’t know to be honest. It all depends on the situation.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

One of my biggest motivations is the readers and their appreciation of my book. I hope The Last Lumenian will entertain many readers, who will fall in love with the characters and understand them at a deeper level as these characters struggle through conflicts and even betrayal. It is my greatest hope that these characters will become dear friends to the readers as they embark on new adventures in each book throughout the series.

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