Princess Briksanna has always known The Prophesy would catch up to her no matter how far she ran. Spending two thousand years hiding in the Earth Realm haunted by memories of heartache and pain in constant fear of capture by Lord Drakkoon, she finds herself unsure if she has the courage to be the person everyone needs her to be in order to stay one step ahead in a chase for her survival and of those she loves. So, when she discovers experiencing the feeling to freely love, she is pulled into a quest that will not only test the boundaries of her heart, but the life of her unborn son for the sake of saving the universe from total destruction.
Nathanial knows who he is on the Earth Realm and what kind of man he is for Princess Briksanna. But, what kind of man will she need him to be in order to fulfill The Prophesy she has spent the last two thousand years eluding? Tragedy has everyone travelling from the Earth Realm to the Second Realm of Skaldanna pushing his comfort zone knowing he has no knowledge of court expectations, but together with Briksanna and their family he believes he can succeed where all others have failed in dissolving the reign of Lord Drakkoon.
Can Briksanna and Nathanial find the undisputable faith in themselves to accomplish what needs to be done despite the sacrifices made to save their friends and family while establishing peace within the Second Realm?
I saw a teaser with the “My love for you consumes me.” What kind of a love is such a love? How hard is for a writer to convey a “true love”?
A consuming love is a love where a person believes their person of interest is not only the other half of them, but what completes them. It is a moment realized sharing their life with the other person will fulfill the missing pieces they did not know was missing. Being held, talking together, sharing thoughts and dreams or creating new life brings fulfillment to one another. To not have that other person beside them is an absence of their own beating heart. When you wake up thinking of the other person, walk throughout your day thinking of the other person and can’t wait until the next moment when you can see them again, you have a consuming kind of love. It isn’t hard to convey, true love. Painting the picture for the reader to visualize true love, now that is the true challenge.
For this book, the realization of said sacrifice is the biggest obstacle my main characters to overcome. It takes both Nathanial and Briksanna the length of the book to come to terms with that. Briksanna, in the end, believes there is hope for her to rise up from the fire of her sacrifice and hold onto what she is most afraid of losing.
The story takes place both on Earth Realm and in the Second Realm. What it takes to create a believable parallel world? Why the Second Realm is the “second” one?
This is where her best friend lives and a key player in book two. I really picked a realm and built the world around that. It took and entire weekend to come up with the dynamics of the different realms. I had to draw a chart that outlined the trade for each realm, what it was I wanted the head of each kingdom to be like. I wanted to make the people of the different realms believable, more importantly, I wanted them to appear human, inadequacies and all. Creating this world took a lot of imagination and patience. I found myself researching medieval clothing, weaponry and castles. I looked up historical mythology, Greek name meanings, and spent many weekends dreaming up how I wanted the Second Realm to be; mannerisms of the people, the working life and how it would look if I were standing inside or outside. I asked myself a million questions and changed it many times, but not too many. I still wanted to give my muse the freedom to build their world based on the four senses. I am very happy with what I have created.
Why did you use multiple POVs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the multiple POVs for the reader?
I wanted the readers to have a sense of the big picture. With this book being the foundation for the book series there was so much I wanted to set in motion for characters in future books. Doing this helped me to dive deeper into the characters. The disadvantage is I could, very easily, become carried away with my characters branching off into their stories ahead of schedule. Ha Ha. There were multiple times I went back and deleted a lot or cut out a lot of POV that just didn’t advance the story along.
How important is to transmit a message through your books?
Very important. Each story touches upon multiple issues that are important to me. Things I discussed with my children growing up or talk about to this day. In Briksanna’s Sacrifice the main theme for me was unconditional faith in each other. This was something that each character personally doubted, yet longed to obtain. While editing I picked up on other things relative to the dynamics of the characters in the book. They believed in a united family first and foremost, trust, love, hope, obsession, beliefs. Each book will convey some of these concepts and much, much more.
About the author:
Although Sabrina has been physically writing for two years the ideas that conceived her first novel have been percolating in her mind for many years. In many ways she found life experiences influencing her story although written in fantasy format.
Nelson Mandela’s words inspired her: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
No truer words could have been said. After her first cancer battle four years ago, she was in the frame of mind of surviving, trying to get back to her swing of things. Problem was she couldn’t get past the feeling of disconnect. She realized she was no longer the same person pre-cancer and relapsed by the end of her first year since her initial diagnosis. She exited that experience exhausted and has had multiple tumors pop up ever since the initial year. Her health was a mental and physical challenge, but the hard part was realizing she had left her passion in the operating room back in 2010. Cancer did not take her passion away, she put it away along with her drive and ambition. Her creative muse happily skipped outside her consciousness with the rest of them. She had to discover herself from scratch and it was a challenge she learned to work with and continues to this day. One thing she found uplifting was creating stories on paper and it didn’t take long for her to turn to her computer to bring the lives of her creation to fruition. Today she is four years post her first surgery and even if she had to do it again in a few months, it wouldn’t matter. She refuses to settle for a life less than what she can create for herself.
Sabrina lives in Sonoma County, heart of the wine country of California, enjoying life in the rural land happily married to a wonderful supportive husband. You can always find her reading a book, cooking a meal for her multitude of children or playing with her dog, Taylor.