Hello, dear readers! For the past 10 days (and today) I have had the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! We are finishing up with the Young Adult category today and I’ll be posting the winners on Instagram tonight. Book award season is so fun – I love cheering on the finalists & the winners, and this series of posts I do every year is part of my celebration. Today I’m wrapping up this series with Sandra Fernandez Rhoads and her young adult Carol Award finalist book Mortal Sight! She is also a finalist in the debut novel category for the same title! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can catch up on any posts you may have missed HERE.
SERIES: The Colliding Line #1
GENRE: Inspirational Young Adult Fantasy
PUBLISHER: Enclave Escape
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2020
When Worlds Collide, Shadow Wrestles Light
Seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe wants a normal life; one where she and her mom can stop skipping town every time a disturbing vision strikes. But when a girl she knows is murdered by a monster she can’t explain, Cera’s world turns upside down.
Suddenly thrown into an ancient supernatural battle, Cera discovers she’s not alone in her gifting and vows to use her visions to save lives. But why does John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost keep interrupting her thoughts?
In a race against time and a war against unearthly creatures, will decoding messages embedded in the works of classic literature be enough to stop the bloodshed and protect those she loves?
I asked the author…
What is one of your favorite quotes from Mortal Sight & why do you love it?
“That’s what we do at Hesperian, express ourselves through our art…Art needs an audience to thrive. That’s how we grow and strengthen our Bent.” – Maddox Carver
This quote, said to the protagonist, Cera Marlowe, when she first enters the safe house, is one of my favorites because it captures a primary theme of the story: How our gifts (“Bents”) are not to be buried, but are necessary for the greater good of the community and essential for defeating evil. In the novel, I use classical art and John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, to show the artist’s power and how his/her works impact the generations that follow.
I love this quote because it highlights my belief that we are all creatives, whether that art comes out through cooking, gardening, painting, etc. Or perhaps, it once showed up through dance lessons, playing the clarinet, writing stories, or being on stage. But somewhere along the way, we buried the passion in order to pursue more “meaningful” things in life, convincing ourselves that what we create doesn’t matter. But it does.
While the novel is a fast-paced fantasy about fighting invisible wars, overcoming beastly creatures, and recognizing how the enemy attempts to isolate individuals to keep them from achieving their true potential, I’d have to say that my deepest hope is that when someone reads Mortal Sight (and the sequel Realms of Light), they will be inspired to explore their own creativity. Remembering the love they once had, or daring to try something new. Dipping into this artistic “Well” makes us feel more alive, brings us closer in relationship to the ultimate Creator, and I believe, changes the world. Even if it only changes us. I hope my readers will walk away valuing their own creativity and seeing the purpose of art in a new way.
Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is the young adult fantasy author of the Colliding Line Series: MORTAL SIGHT and REALMS OF LIGHT. She was born in Queens, New York to Cuban-Colombian parents, but grew up in Texas with a love for classical art and literature, specifically Renaissance artists and Late Romantic poets. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a degree in English, and then went on to earn an MA in her “seventeenth century crush,” John Milton.
Sandra’s past experience also includes a background in acting, directing, as well as script writing for stage and short film. She has a deep love for the artist community and the arts, and enjoys venturing out and trying new art forms. Currently, she is learning to play the cello she’s named Lysander, and one day hopes to play the theme to Jurassic Park. When she’s not dreaming up fantastical worlds or challenging her characters to overcome impossible obstacles, she loves seeking new adventures to fuel her imagination.
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What about you? What makes you want to read the young adult Carol Award finalist Mortal Sight by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?