The next book in the Realms of Chaos series is here! Award-winning author J.W. Garrett discusses her unique blend of history, science fiction, and fantasy–including telepathy and witches–in her new release Remeon’s Crusade.
“Garrett’s seamless blend of Science, Fantasy, and Historical fiction is mind-bending…and the series as a whole is nothing short of spectacular. “— John Darryl Winston, author of the IA series
About Remeon’s Crusade: To discover her future, a young woman must first go back… To unite a family bond, she must break it… To find love again, she must let it go.
Arista’s family loves her, seeks to protect her, but her bonds of love are strained and tested upon the death of her mother, Whisterly. Leaving behind the council chair of Remeon, and a powerful generational legacy of witches ready to take Arista in, uncertainty hangs in the air.
As Arista explores her new role and the powers surrounding it, she discovers love—and all the dangers with it. As her father grieves and her family questions the past, Arista must face the truth with courage, staring fiercely into the heart of the unknown.
Full of political, mystical, and familial intrigue, Arista must choose whether to accept or forsake her inheritance, and consequentially the ones she loves.
- Your sci-fi/fantasy series is based in the historical setting of 1930s/1940s Earth. Why did you choose this setting?
The period of the Great Depression and WWII were so rich in scope, and I wanted to use that time period to mold my characters and define their struggles. Also, the inspiration for the main character in Remeon’s Destiny, Thomas, was loosely based on my father as a teenager growing up in rural Virginia in the 1940s.
- How did you come up with the idea for the series and the name Remeon?
When I wrote Remeon’s Destiny those ideas had been simmering in the back of my head for many years, again based on my father’s youth growing up on his family’s farm with a dream to travel the world. Once I began writing, the bigger backstory took shape rising from the backdrop of the Great Depression, and the series’ story arc took the families’ saga through the 1950s. The planet name Remeon came to me in a dream, and I decided to go with it.
- Your series has a large cast of characters. Who is your favorite character to write and why?
I love them all for different reasons, but probably Jack’s character is my favorite to write because I’ve put him through the proverbial ringer with him suffering through the Great Depression and through the loss of people he loved so dearly. You also see through flashbacks that he was taken captive during WWII and the reader struggles along with him as he finds his way back home and fights for his family.
“Remeon’s Crusade is a page-turner to be enjoyed from the first page to the last.”— Pam Peffer, NetGalley Reviewer
- Are you a big fan of science fiction and fantasy? Which do you enjoy writing the most in the series?
I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. I can’t recall a time when I didn’t have my head in a book reading one or the other. I don’t know that I can pick a favorite. But I’m having fun mixing and mashing the two genres together while writing the Realms of Chaos series. I enjoyed reading Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkein , C.S. Lewis, Ursula LeGuin, and so many more as a teenager.
- A devastating illness is the catalyst for the series. Tell us more.
Yes! Disease hits on Earth and Remeon. Polio strikes Thomas, a boy of fifteen soon after Remeon’s Destiny opens. And some of his adventures on Remeon take place while he lies in his hospital bed fighting for his life. Remeonites are facing their own battle with a disease known as PR 251 that they’ve been suffering from for many decades. They’ve traveled to other planets in their search for a solution, culling people to test for a cure.
- Witches play an interesting role in your series. Tell us more about them. How are they different?
When Arista comes of age, the council chair of Remeon learns she comes from a long line of witches. She can choose to undergo immersion with the ancient grimoire and become a full-fledged witch with the army of those who have gone before her at her side, or she can shun the study of witchcraft and deny herself access to the power and knowledge that awaits her, calling upon her to begin her training.
- Tell us about the characters and their special powers.
Characters native to Remeon naturally have the ability to read one another’s minds. They can also block access to their thoughts for total privacy. Although it’s a crime on Remeon, some abuse this power and use invasive telepathy to control others, even kill them. When people travel from other planets to Remeon they too become telepathic just by virtue of being on the planet. With training and usage, their telepathic ability strengthens. Whisterly, a witch born on Remeon, who becomes the council chair, has a rare expertise in the field of telepathy. She teaches this skill to others who visit the planet. Jack, born on Earth, learns telepathy after he’s taken captive on the planet. As an earthling, it is also a matter of self-defense to learn the art of telepathy to defend oneself against intrusive telepathy, which he discovers is a weapon that can be used against him. Thomas, also from Earth, learns telepathy as a matter of survival when he and his sister are abducted from Earth. After they return home, the siblings retain the ability to speak to each other telepathically, causing a small amount of chaos among family members.
- What are your three favorite books of all-time?
I’m going to cheat and go with series here… The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Outlander.
- What’s up next in the Realms of Chaos series?
Coming next is Remeon’s Legacy, and at its heart the book is about reconciliation. Family ties have been broken to the point of being irreconcilable. As the characters fight to find their way back to each other, they discover how precious their time is when their lives are again at risk from outside their family circle and within.
About the Author:
J.W. Garrett has been writing in one form or another since she was a teenager. She currently writes from the sunny beaches of Jacksonville, Florida where she lives with her family, but loves the mountains of Virginia where she was born. Her writings include young adult fantasy as well as poetry and short stories. Since putting the final touches on Remeon’s Quest, she has been hard at work on the next book in her Realms of Chaos series. When she’s not hanging out with her characters, her favorite activities are reading, running and spending time with family.
Learn more about J.W. Garrett, her books, and blog at her website.
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