CHAINS OF THE SCIELL
by Auden Johnson
Over, fifty years have passed. A mysterious Plague swept through Middle Jael. Walls of Darkness now surround cities around the world. Supplies are low. Prices are high. Still, humans survive. For Sciell and Miners, Lifeblood beings, the new Darkness won’t let them touch their power source without punishment.
How can they draw the power they need to survive? Their Lifeblood evolves. These beings can now see auras. Connections only existed between two beings. Now, these family bonds form between most Sciell. They can feel the other's need no matter the distance. If one is enraged, the other becomes infected with that same anger. They always have someone else in their heads. They share power.
Divine Mathews, Josephine Royal, Blea and Aliceanna Carlton's connections told them they weren't alone. The connections felt like home. These four know they're different. They can do things...see things. They don’t know why. They become trapped inside MidnightPrysn- a twisted mansion created to keep them weak. Divine, Royal, Blae and Aliceanna finally meet those they're connected to. Only, they feel like they've met before.
As Midnight Prysn's new residents regain their memories, they realize these connections aren't just a source of comfort. They can be chains.
Royal was stranded on the Cross-Territory-Roadway, in the dark. Her MP was useless. Who could she call? Wasn’t this the reason people started carrying the mobile commutation devices? No Authority would leave their homes to rescue some nobody female, even during the day. Shouldering her bag, she climbed out of the pile of spare parts.
Lahjyion’s scent was in the wind. It was weak. She had a lot of walking to do. Perfect. Mom and Dad had demanded she come out this week. She listened to them. This nonsense happened and they weren’t even home. They were at some relaxing mountain retreat. This was stupid.
At this rate, she wouldn’t get home until daylight.
Royal walked on. She came upon a dead convy. She stabbed her fist into the trunk until a hole formed. She dug her hand in the hole and pulled. The trunk opened. That didn’t release her from the burning in her chest.
An emergency kit sat inside. She could kiss this convy. Inside was an E. torch large enough to split the Darkness in half. This would keep those monsters back. She pushed the switch. Nothing happened. She opened the slot at the back. Of course, no energy cells. Royal always carried spares. She dug into her bag, uprooting energy cells large enough to fit in the slots at the back of the torch. She tried the switch again. The light illuminated the entire convy. Finally, something went right.
AN INTERVIEW WITH AUDEN
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. It’s always been a part of my life. I didn’t decided to get published until a couple of years ago. I got my masters in Information and Library Science and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to be practical, but writing kept coming to mind. I gave up fighting the dream and decided to publish my books.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Jael has this extensive network of underground black stone caverns. I’ve always imagined myself going into ancient ruins or roaming an untouched forest. I like the idea of being an explorer. It would be fun to explore Jael’s underground caverns and discover history. The natives used to live down there. It has all these fun hidden chambers.
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
Chains of the Sciell is set in a modern world with technology. I researched how to handle technology in a fantasy world. Since most fantasy stories are set in medieval times, I started reading some Sci-Fi books. I also researched how things like radio waves, indoor plumbing and power plants worked. I found out the internet began as ARPANET under the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency. Internet is short for international computer network. I changed the name for my story since international doesn’t mean the same in my world. Internet became IPN inter-province network.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?
I’d hang out with Blae Carlton because he’s really chill. He doesn’t let things bother him. He goes with the flow and he’s kind of a trickster. I could see myself having a wild time with him. He’s also too intelligent for his own good. It’d be fun to pick his brain.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Do more research on your target audience. Marketing your book to the wrong audience can produce some bad reviews.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I don’t think I have the stomach for the research required to write a True Crime book.
Auden is a dark fantasy writer. As a kid, she created her own books by folding several construction papers in half and stapling them down the middle, adding her own illustrations. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get away from writing. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science and she studied Creative Writing in England. She is a Research Assistant for Aubey LLC and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY- working towards her Masters in Publishing at NYU. Her short stories, No Vacancy, Clipped Wings and Welcome to My World and her novellas Visible Through Darkness and Shadows under the Light are now available through Amazon. The Sciell is her first novel. Chains of the Sciell will be released June 2.
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