Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
Across the Sea tells the story of Francis Bright, a twelve-year-old boy living in sixteenth century England. Six months after his older brother’s mysterious disappearance, Francis stumbles upon a clue which might reveal what really happened. As everyone around him questions his find, Francis is abducted by the notorious Brotherhood of Blood and taken aboard a ship bound for the high seas. With the duplicitous Royal Navy fast on their trail, and the Spanish Armada conspiring with his murderous captors, Francis discovers that he is the key to unlocking the biggest mystery of all – a nine thousand year old riddle named Atlantis.
Across the Sea has two great heroes in Francis and his new friend, the fearless eleven-year-old Lily. It also has a worthy, icy villain in Bodin, a legendary assassin. At the center of all the mystery, mythology, and heart pounding action is a very human story about relationships and the salvation we find through them.
What is the best part about writing for young adults?
Young adults are at the start of their journey. In truth, there is potential for adventure and greatness for everyone, no matter the age, but young adults just seem to be more in tune with that energy, that reality. As an author writing for young adults, you get to tap into that frequency, where everything, even the most realistic of things, is given a magical sheen. Young adults themselves are forever evolving, and there is a potential for anyone, at any moment, to step up to the plate… to live from their higher self. Stories with that charge are inspiring.
How did you create a believable protagonist in Francis?
I made Francis a cocky twelve-year-old boy who likes to prank people. He’s not a perfect do-gooder by any means. His dad’s not that crazy about him, and the family member who did like him, who protected him, is missing. He uses humor to mask his pain, and that’s very real, however tragic.
Your book is based in a recognizable time period, but there are also fantasy elements. How did you blend these aspects into a seamless whole?
I kept the supernatural, fantasy element to a minimum, only hinting at it at the beginning and then revealing a little more by the time Francis has been out at sea for a bit, cut off from civilization and in a world where he’s seeing things he’s not used to. There are no flying ships, magic spells or people disappearing into thin air, however fun that stuff is. Everything is in accordance to natural laws. I kept it this way so that the sense of gravity, of danger, is always very real.
What is the best writing advice you can give?
It’s okay to write about the things you love. It’s not lazy. You don’t need to go out and research something you’re not that interested in just because you think it’s respected and revered. If what you write excites you, you’ll draw readers to you. As a writer, tap into what makes your heart pump faster every time you put your fingers to a keyboard, or your pen to paper.
Thanks for stopping by, Eric!
My pleasure. You’re doing something very special here.
Eric can be found on:
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Across the Sea is available at all online ebook stores including Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13283
Eric is currently working on a sequel to Across The Sea and a young adult novel about twenty-somethings living in a borrowed mansion. You can also read Eric’s comedy blog at http://ericspersonaldiary.blogspot.com.
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