Ray East did her masters in Psychology from University of Sussex and worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D did his post graduate degree in economics from State University of New York and have been teaching at a junior college. They both decided to move to VOLUSPA and reside in the forest of Skotos with their own pet Typhon.
About the book:
Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake’s father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school – something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.
What was your inspiration for this book?
The name ‘Voluspa’ was derived from an old Nordic poem and both I and my co-author liked the name and decided to name the magical realm after it.
Tell us something about your hero and/or heroine that my readers won’t be able to resist.
My hero, Drake, is the ideal boyfriend any girl could wish for. He can be a fierce protector one minute, a romantic companion the other. Amy is the girl next door. She is very easy to relate to, suffers from the usual teenage girl angsts but at the same time is a very spirited young woman. She is someone who is brave and loyal, vulnerable but strong, someone who inspires epic love.
Is there a villain or villainess in your story? Tell us about him/her.
Lord Vali is the villain of our book. He is cruel, greedy, ambitious, blood thirsty and completely merciless. In short, he is despicable. But I also think he is pitiable. His evilness stems from the turns and twists his life has taken – to some extent he is a product of difficult circumstances as well as possessing a natural proclivity towards violence.
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
My favorite character in the book is the main protagonist of the book – Amy.She is a remarkable girl, with a core of steel. She faces whatever life throws at her with courage and spirit. She is no paragon of virtue; like every human being she has her foibles. The admirable part is, she does not let her own shortcomings, difficult circumstances or even evil adversaries defeat her without putting up a fight.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is the scene where Drake takes a hard decision to save his friends even at a great personal cost. Difficult situations test the true mettle of a person. Faced with impossible choices, Drake chooses the lesser evil. He gives up his personal freedom for the safety and well-being of the people he loves. It is in that moment that his character transcends that of a mere teenage boy.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love seeing my thoughts and ideas take tangible form through prose. Besides, it is very satisfying to be able to convey one’s feelings, ideas through stories.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers?
I just hope that people like my book ‘Voluspa – A Magical World’. I put my heart and soul into this book and it’s a story that I really want to share with everybody. I hope people have as much fun reading it, as I did writing it.
Author’s facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ray-East/428405743856774
Link to purchase page:http://www.amazon.com/VOLUSPA-A-Magical-World-Sam-D/dp/0985681608/
Link to book trailer:www.magicalworldofvoluspa.com