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Scintillate: Guest Post by Tracy Clark

Monday, February 3, 2014
I'm delighted to have Tracy Clark here today to talk about the inspiration behind her debut novel Scintillate with a bonus on her experiences in Ireland!

by Tracy Clark

Series: The Light Key Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Paperback: 304 Pages
Publication: February 4, 2014
by Entangled Teen

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Guest Post

Have you ever had one of those acquaintances who drags you down? There’s nothing outwardly wrong with what they say or do, but you feel like the very marrow has been sucked from your bones after you’ve been with them? I have. I’ve also had friends whose mere presence uplifts and energizes me so much that I can’t wait until the next time I get to see them again.

That’s energy.

I wanted to create a mythology to explain that interplay between people, a story that would get people thinking about the give and take of our invisible energies. What vibe do we give off? We do affect each other. How much control do we have over that? These are all things that made me want to write SCINTILLATE. Exploring larger themes in the context of a fun story is one of the things I love most about writing (and reading.)

New Age concepts aren’t new to me. I was an oddball teen, and when I read, I found myself drawn to books with metaphysical topics and themes. I always saw it as the “real magic” in life. Of course, there are some ideas that I’m undecided on, but one thing I’ve always believed is that we give off potent energy. I feel it! So, I don’t think it’s too farfetched to believe that some people can see that energy—auras—emanating from our bodies.

My main character, Cora Sandoval, happens to be one of those people. She also happens to have a unique aura that attracts danger and she desperately wants to know why.

I did travel to Ireland in the summer of 2010 and visited Newgrange, the site of the triple spiral used in the book. Because this megalithic site has been around thousands of years longer than Stonehenge or even the Egyptian pyramids, and because so little is known about it, I became entranced by how this mystical place could be used in the story that was just starting to percolate in my head. Not to mention, the guys in Ireland are freakishly adorable, and so… Finn was born. Makes me smile to think of the real-life guy who has no idea what that girl in the corner was scribbling in her little leather journal!

Many of the scenes in the book were taken from actual experiences I had while in Ireland. Some of them were written from notes I wrote while I was there. I think my love of that country shows through in my writing and it certainly inspired the trilogy as a whole—all of book two is set in Ireland and the mythology goes deeper into history. Inspiration comes in many forms and I often feel like my whole life has been leading up to writing The Light Key trilogy. So many coincidences and details have fallen into place for the series that for a woo-woo woman like me, it feels fated. I hope you enjoy!

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About the Author

A mother of two and unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat, Tracy Clark grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada. Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant as well as a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. She is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone.

Tracy is currently a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.  Scintillate is her debut novel

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6 comments on "Scintillate: Guest Post by Tracy Clark"
  1. Thank you so much for featuring SCINTILLATE on Imaginary Reads! I appreciate it!

  2. In just finished reading Scintillate last night, and I really enjoyed it!

  3. What a great concept, focusing on people's energy fields as such a big part of their personality and being. I like the mostly unused areas that viewpoint opens up .Thanks for the intro to Tracy's work.

  4. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  5. This sounds like a book I'm definitely going to have to read!!


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