Today, we welcome the main character from the newly released MuseItYoung title, BEWARE OF THE WHITE.
Terra, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi. My name is Terra Harmoner. I’m in the sixth grade and recently turned twelve years old. Right around my birthday, my usually sane mom suddenly started acting all cagey, saying strange and random things, like: We should buy you new pajamas. Honestly I tried to ignore it, but then this little elf-like Introguide showed up in my bedroom in the middle of the night to tell me I’m not quite human and to take me to the Underworld city of Concord where I’m “destined to serve.” Yeah…I was kinda freaked out. But at least I understood why Mom was suddenly all sentimental and sappy.
Not quite human? Then what are you?
I’m a Natures Spirit. A being specifically created to serve in the peaceful city of Concord. Oh my gosh, it is SO cool down there. After I finally got used to walking around on ground that looks just like the sky, I was totally intrigued by the crazy creatures and Seuss-like buildings. It’s really strange because my whole life I’ve never quite felt like I belonged – until I visited Concord.
What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered in Concord?
Besides the crazy sky-like ground? Well, this creepy dude, named Finny, showed up on my first night of training to tell me that the leader of his species (they are the Trepidus, or death janitors) wants me…well…dead. Yeah, that was a bummer. And even though Finny has this totally gross way of speaking where his throat roils and undulates, I somehow liked him. Maybe because his warning might have saved my life!
Terra, we’d love to learn more about you. Tell us about your best friend or sidekick.
Oh, well, I don’t really have any close friends. Remember I said I didn’t feel like I belonged? That’s one of the reasons. I’ve never been very good at developing a close friendship. BUT, there is this Natures Spirit, named Frank, who seems to be a friend. He’s a Spirit of Security and was assigned to protect me after my life was threatened. We’re becoming quite close. It helps that he’s gorgeous and sweet and smart and…way too old for me…so really, we are just friends.
What is your strongest personality trait?
Uh…I’m kind of just average. In everything. Just boring, little ole me.
If you could change one thing in this world, what would you change?
This probably isn’t what you want to hear, but I’d bring my dad back. He died in a car accident a couple of years ago and my mom and I miss him so much. He was one of those people that made everyone he met feel special. I miss his happiness.
What words of wisdom would you like to share with our readers?
There is this girl at my school who thinks she’s so important and has teased me about my awkwardness my entire life. And I guess I let her. Once my life was threatened – for real by the head Trepidus guy, Blanco – suddenly her snotty words no longer bothered me. So I guess my words of wisdom would be to NOT give people like that power over you. They aren’t any more important than you unless you allow them to be.
About the book:
As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Natures Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.
The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.
With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?
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About the Author:
Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.
To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com.
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