Born in Flames
by Candace Knoebel
Born in Flames Trilogy, Book One
“Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon. “
Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.
In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a stay-at-home mom to two little ones-Logan (my six-year-old) and Scarlett (my two-year-old). They make the world go round. J I love music, art, dancing, laughing, good food, scary movies, midnight premiers, lace, Pinterest, Tobuscus, 30 Seconds to Mars…typical normal stuff I suppose. Oh, and I own a pair of Heely’s that I love to roll around in and have a fetish with dying my hair. That’s me in a nutshell.
2. What made you want to become a writer?
Sitting down and writing my first novel. Before that, I had never considered myself a writer. But when the idea struck me for this trilogy, it struck hard and I couldn’t resist writing it. When it was complete, the feeling inside of me was one that I would forever be addicted to.
3. Who or what gives you inspiration?
Music. I always listen to music when I write. It helps me feel a deeper connection to the characters and the scenes I am trying to portray.
4. Tell us about Born in Flames.
Born in Flames is a fast-paced fantasy that will catapult you into a world where you race against time to save the fate of two realms and an impending prophecy promising death. Aurora Megalos is the main character who discovers that she is not only a part of this prophecy, but part dragon as well. It is the beginning chapter of her journey to becoming the Progeny and fulfilling her destiny of defeating an ultimate evil.
5. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Finding and equally distributing my time. Right now I have to run off of a set schedule otherwise my whole day is thrown off track. Between two little ones and marketing, it leaves me with only a few hours a day to devote to strictly writing.
6. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
Music, water, and my cell phone in case someone calls. I don’t really need or use anything else.
7. What are some of your favorite books?
The Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight.
The lise could go on and on. J
8. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Some of my family and friends would say so. Intentionally, no, but I think that a little piece of every author is inside their characters. It is after all coming from your mind. But if I was going to choose one character that most resembled someone in my life, it would have to be Fenn. He has a lot of my husband’s loving features.
9. What, if anything, are you working on right now?
I am working on the final book in the Born in Flames trilogy, From the Embers. I’m hoping to be finished by the end of March, so long as there aren’t any interruptions.
10. Why do you love writing?
I love writing because it allows me to be something more than myself. I am able to push my mind further than I thought capable and follow some incredible characters that are kept close to my heart. I don’t know what I’d do if I hadn’t discovered it.
About the Author
Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.
Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.
Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.
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