I’m delighted to be welcoming Bianca Rowena today who is chatting to us about the first novel in The Gifted Series, The Gift Stone.
Find out the inspiration for Bianca’s series, which character she would choose to be, what surprised her about her protagonist and much more.
Paperback: 362 pages
Published: 18 July 2017
When her village is threatened by the evil Takano Rynn, leader of the Ruling Order, Rita defeats him in battle and believes him to be dead. She leaves her temple life behind to live in the masses of Central City, where she befriends members of the Opposition, Parrin, Star and the little robot Beeps. But is Takano Rynn really dead? Or will he come back for his revenge?
The Gift Stone, the first book of the Gifted Series by Bianca Rowena, is a Young Adult Sci-Fi / Fantasy novel following Rita, a lowly Temple Girl and Takano Rynn, the feared ruler of the Galaxies, who form a bond that will forever change their destinies.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarize The Gift Stone in 20 words or less:
An Orphaned Temple Girl makes an unexpected connection with an Evil Master who has the same Gift powers as her.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
I started a Star Wars fanfiction on a free online E-reader called Wattpad about two years ago, posting 3 chapters daily for two months. It picked up momentum and readers were really enjoying it. Some, from different time zones, even got up in the middle of the night just to get my updated chapters! I got so many great comments on that fanfiction and I really fell in love with the story as a whole. I decided to make it my own and rewrite it. I had another novel I’d been working on called Temple Girl, which started off as a dystopian YA novel. I eventually merged Temple Girl and my fanfiction stories to create The Gifted Series! So my inspiration was definitely the characters from my fanfiction, as well as my fanfiction readers, who are a huge inspiration.
If you could choose to be one of your characters, who would you be Bianca?
Of course I would jump at the chance to be Rita, the protagonist, so that I could meet Takano Rynn *sigh* and so I could try out my awesome Gift Powers, especially the mind reading part! But when I saw this question I immediately thought of Beeps, the little robot. What would it be like to have a robot brain? I’m almost scared to think about it, but it’s too intriguing to pass up if given such a choice! So as long as I get to return to being myself afterwards, I would want to be Beeps and zoom around in my tiny robot body and see the world through artificial intelligence.
Was there anything about your protagonist that surprised you?
Her spiritual-like connection with the Eagle on the planet Antineon and the way her Gift allowed her to make that connection; to see the past and the future through the Eagle’s eyes in a mind-meld / spiritual way. It was an unexpected ability of Rita’s Gift powers, which wasn’t a set rule in my world building, with how the Gift works. It was like a surprise to both of us (me and Rita) 😀
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
The scene where Rita gets a glimpse into Takano Rynn’s childhood, seeing how isolated he felt from the other kids due to having the Gift, which he couldn’t control in his earlier years and which caused outbursts of anger resulting in the other kids to fearing him.
What inspired you to write?
A lot of things inspire me; dreams, friends, family, songs, movies, my daughter, memories, vacations and travels, personal emotional pain and past experiences, my fanfiction readers, my spirit. I’m inspired internally more than externally.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration Bianca, or a favourite activity?
No. There is either a story inside of me bursting to get out and everything in life is just a barrier that I must remove until the story is told. Or I don’t write. I don’t like to force myself to write if there’s no story inside of me, unless I have to, like for our Writer’s Group parties (we always bring themed short stories to our Writers Group parties to read). So for things I’m obligated to write I reach for a personal experience I can attach the story to and change the world around it. For me, this can be done anywhere where there are no people talking. So I don’t have a favourite place specifically.
Pantster or plotter?
A pantster who has a goal she’s trying to reach (for each scene and each chapter). When I was writing my fanfiction story live (posting daily) I’d have a goal to reach but I’d jump into the scene without any details as to what the characters would do or say or how they’d reach that goal (my goal for the scene, not their personal goals), the details would be revealed along the way as I watched it play out in my head and recorded it as best as possible. So this is more like a pantster writer than a plotter.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
I’m in awe of screenwriters that can adapt a book. I think anyone who falls in love with a book won’t approve with everything in a movie adaptation. Since I appreciate movies for their specific style of entertainment, visual and usually under 2 hours in length, I think there are some excellent script adaptations from books to movies. My favourite is the second film of the Hunger Games. I applaud the screenwriters for accomplishing what they did with the story they had to work with and their skill at incorporating it into the medium of a feature film screenplay for the big screen. They have to choose the points that matter most in the book and convey them on screen, in scenes that may or may not be true to the book, but will work for a film. I took Film Studies in college and am secretly hoping that one day one of my novels will make it onto the big screen too 😀
Finally, can you share with us what’s in the future for The Gifted Series?
The Gift Stone Series has book two, Takano Rynn, coming out soon! I have the book written and it is in the editing stages, so it’s hard to give an exact date just yet, although I am hoping for before Christmas. After book two there is a third book, a prequel, that is in the works.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects Bianca.
Bianca Rowena is the author of the Gift Stone Series and the Virgin Diaries. She was born in Transylvania, Romania and now lives in Southern Alberta with her husband, daughter and little dog Molli. Bianca graduated from Film Studies at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
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