The Immortal Divide
The Chronicles of Fate and Choice Trilogy#3
Publisher: Ruby Blaze Publishing
Publication date: 29th October 2016
This is when it will change. For them. For us. For everyone. Destiny, freewill, intent, magic, science, life, everything. This is when all those named gods will fight to the end. This world and all worlds are fated to end. The prophet, Jychanumun, has tried to prevent it. He has spent millennia walking between life and death to find a way. The powerful Shaa-kutu have tried to prevent it. They have fought with wits and weapons and given their all. Despite their best, nothing seems capable of stopping the formidable Arrunn from completing his final fateful move. So, can Tachra change that fate? Tachra stands between shadow and light. She has no tools or weapons, only the Earth power and true-vision. Perhaps her fellow humans will ascend to greater knowledge and unlock a new discovery. Or, if she can decipher the Book of Fate, perhaps that will hold a key to saving them all. But when that last prophecy comes, will she make the right choice? After all, that fate has already been written:
"If any survive, it will be known as the three day darkness. If none survive, the darkness will swallow all."
Originally trained as an illustrator and designer at Saint Martins School of Art and at Middlesex University, KS Turner turned to fiction when she saw the limitless possibilities of connectivity it offered. Before her shift in career, she worked as a fashion designer for major high-street brands, a graphic designer for musicians, and a product designer for corporations, as well as dabbling with designing technology, sustainable energy,and textiles. A vivid series of dreams were the inspiration for the Chronicles of Fate and Choicebooks. Kate initially tried illustrating her dreams, but found the medium too limiting for the story she had seen, so began writing. At first she didn’t have any intention of writing novels, but the books soon started to come together.Her first two novels, Before the Gods, and Tumultus, were featured in many magazines, won book of the month with Spirit and Destiny magazine, fantasy of the year with Bookbag, and the ‘Must Read Now’ awards with SciFiNow magazine.When Kate isn't writing, she draws, paints and sculpts as well as studying maths, science, theology and philosophy. She loves to play music, explore, nurture nature and spend time with friends and family. She lives in Somerset.
Excerpt from Time: The Immortal Divide
***Syndicated interview with KS Turner***
What is it that first attracted you to fantasy writing?
When I was young, I loved fairy tales, comics, and all things make-believe. I would see stories in even the simplest of things. Subsequently, having tried many creative endeavours, when I started writing, I realised it was my art of choice, and the fantasy genre has limitless potentials. First, there’s the magic of creating new worlds, beings and phenomenal events that can get the adrenaline racing. And then you can add layers of emotional and psychological depth that have a comparative realism to our actual world. And then, if you want, you can weave even deeper threads into the story that stir the reader’s own imagination and questioning nature… what an amazing medium. How could I not choose fantasy writing?”
Would you ever consider writing realism?
I just tried imagining myself writing realism and I’m sure my brain shrunk at the concept! Having opened the door to writing in a genre with very few restrictions, the thought of writing realism feels too linear… and dare I say it, too boring. The real world is there already for all to perceive its beauty and flaws – all we need to do is open our eyes. But, there are worlds, events, and even species that are waiting to be created by writing about them.
Mind you, saying that, I do like putting elements of realism into my novels; just the occasional element to add balance to the speculative.”
Before writing you were trained as an illustrator, did this make the ‘visuals’ of the novels more important?
I think visually. If I’m illustrating something, I already see it in my mind and then the rest of me has the physical task of producing it. With writing, it goes a step further. I see the stories in my imagination like a film being played; I hear the characters talk, I scan the scenes, and watch the action - all while writing. Much of the visuals are vital to the characters or plot, so they have to get included.”
How long did writing the novels take you? Were there any parts that took longer than others?
For the second book, Tumultus, I flew through writing and editing, getting it done in well under a year.
The third book, Time: The Immortal Divide, was initially beset with issues that delayed its progress. One was when my computer died and I lost everything I’d written bar a few short fragments that could be retrieved. After a series of fateful events and long delays, eventually and very determinedly, I took time off and wrote the novel in five months.
Were there bits that took longer to write than the others?
How much of an impact does training at somewhere as prestigious
as St Martin’s have on novel writing?
“For novel writing, I think the impacts are subtle, yet effective. Overall, I’ve learnt that whatever the art form, whether designing a product or writing a book, you have to take that inner creativity, magnify it, and then discipline it to produce something that the outside world would love. I’ve learnt how to juggle that creativity with the hard work of completing a project. It’s a fine balance, but I love seeing a project come to life with all the finishing touches.
I’ve also learnt to take, appreciate, and make use of constructive criticism. When I write, I’m fully immersed in the creativity. Yet when the writing is finished, I can stand back from it and
view from a detached perspective, with a critical eye. I’ve learnt that if something is not good, try again or try something different. And, if something is good, keep going forward to try to make it even better.
Also, I’ve learnt to follow your dreams, even if others think they are unachievable. When I was young, my peers wanted me to study something academic, such as law or accountancy, and I was told that art school was not an option. So, I saved up enough money for a week’s rent and, with a lone suitcase in hand, got a coach to London, deciding I was moving there. Within two days I had found a job and enrolled in every evening art and design class I could find. A year later, I got a place at art college. Since then, I have never looked back.
So, have courage and follow dreams. After all, you only have a chance of reaching your dreams if you try to reach them.”
Do you take inspiration from myths, legends, beliefs or historic events for the foundations of your novels?
“Yes, yes and yes.
There are many places where I’ve purposely woven something into the story that was directly inspired by our myths. And other times, just a few, there are events or situations that could appear inspired by myth or belief, yet were coincidental, wonderful accidents.
Some of the intentional inspirations have been subtly brought into the story, so they often are not noticed at all, others are more prominent. The inspirations have varied hugely, from Sumerian legends of Inanna, to the history of the last battles of Sitting Bull, and from the Christian bible to King Arthur. Although I’m not going to give any specific references as that just makes spoilers!”
When you started writing was it your intention to weave a deeper narrative or set of themes into your writing?
“Yes, I admit it; I did. My aim was to craft novels that on the surface are simply great fantasy reads with wonderful characters and twisting plots. And then, as well as that, I wanted to weave through that story-arc deeper threads, of many different types, to leave resonances with people after they had read the book. My hope was, and is, that some readers will take away from the books their own relevant deeper thread; whether that’s a question, theory, or realisation.”
This novel completes your trilogy but will any of the characters be returning in other projects?
“Oh yes, definitely. And that makes me smile as I love the characters too much, and they’re far too special, to let them drift.
I already have an outline of a book which is short kutu stories. I realised that there were many times I would have just a sentence or two in the Chronicles of Fate and Choice that were potentially huge stories within themselves. Such as, what exactly happened to Chia when he discovered Earth that almost sent him mad? Or, how did Mardoch and Cranun manage to infiltrate the warrior clan? And Eden3? What’s that? What is Orion referring to when he says that only he and Una know where sleeping beasts lay? I could go on. My interest is piqued just thinking about it. Plus, there’s the potential of a prequel… And then there’s the potential of Tachra’s book on Earth lore… I think I am going to be very busy!”
Was it difficult to write for such different characters, worlds and perspectives?
“My goodness, yes, especially as there was such vast differences in the environments, age, gender, and even species.
When I would start a new chapter, from a different character’s perspective, it would take a while to find that ‘voice’ again. I’d pace, write a few words, scrub them out, and then pace again. And then it would click in and the words would flow naturally. It was the change-overs that were the difficult bit. I consumed a lot of coffee and paced even more.”
In your life what is it – fate or choice?
“Such a big question in so few words!
I would like to say choice, because that’s the independent thinker in me who likes the idea that all my eventualities are my own doing. But I can’t. For me, fate and choice seem to go hand in hand; equal measures. But, I do think that our choices define us.”
What was your motivation to start your trilogy?
“It all started with a dream and a drawing.
The initial motivation for the trilogy was not to write novels, but to simply write a short piece to go alongside some illustrations of dreams I’d had. But, those dreams kept coming and those small pieces of writing turned into a few dozen pages. The characters I saw, and the situations, were awe inspiring and almost impossible to draw. I eventually wrote a summary of the entire story. A friend read the summary, loved it, and encouraged me to continue forward with writing a book.
I decided on a trilogy as the main story line was so huge; far too much for one book. And within that main story, were three distinct areas – the light energy, the shadow energy, and Earth energy. They naturally fell into three books.”
What have you got planned for the future?
On an artistic level, I will be drawing dreams, sculpting, and letting my imagination run riot.
After all, who knows when a gem might surface.”