Ky Lehman is a novelist, a children's author, a teacher of swimming and water safety, wife to her high school sweetheart and the proud mother of their three very tall sons. She lives in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia with her husband and their children where she is currently writing the second book in The Rosefire Trilogy, The 13th Rising.
One Choice Can Make an Immortal Human
But What Choices Need to Be Made to Go Back Again?
The revolutionary year following Serenay "Ren" Avalon's eighteenth birthday could rival Clark Kent's entire adolescence.
After her mother and her grandmother were killed in a car bomb explosion at the heart of their sleepy hillside town where nothing extraordinary usually happens, she discovers that her mother is actually alive and in hiding, her long lost father is a Father, and her best friend, who turns out was once an Archangel, has taken a gargantuan step back in his evolution to live on Earth with her for the past thirteen lifetimes. And besides being the only one in her immediate circle with a serious case of past life dementia, she learns that during her first lifetime, she was married to one of the greatest teachers history has ever known who is now the gorgeous lead singer of a hot new rock band taking the world by storm, and who is keen to meet up with her again in the twenty first century.
As Ren realizes that the powerful family name she bears also brings with it the promise of an unnatural death, she is reminded that it has always brought hope to people on both sides of the veil, human and Tor. As the world draws closer to being completely shrouded by the dark cloaks of her age-old enemies, the Bloodstones, she now, more than ever before, has to draw strength from her origins to protect her family and their ancient truth from this global force responsible for torturing and killing centuries of her ancestors.
As she struggles to unearth who she was, who she is, and who she chooses to be, as well as the expectations of her first mortal love and the heavenly love she has always guiltily denied, she has until midnight on the Solstice find a way to bring light to a compromised heart and to a world on the brink of perpetual darkness.
This first book in The Rosefire Trilogy by debut YA author, Ky Lehman, is a reminder of how the choices we make in the throes of love, loss, hope, and adversity are what makes the divine human, and the human divine.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
When a family member suddenly died young, I started to question what I believed in, and found that as a free thinking adult, the answers provided by the religion I was raised in wasn't enough. So, I read, and I researched all of the religions I could think of, and although I found that every faith has its own beauty and wonder, other questions were then raised: Man's rules? God's rules? amongst many others. In short, Ren, Mike, Josh, Benni Dhoo, and all of the other personalities introduced in THE 13TH DESCENT each represent a piece of the puzzle I am still trying to put together, as they all find their own way to the one true constant of every era, country and religion that has ever existed: love.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Eighteen months of nabbing an hour here and five minutes there during the school terms, and writing flat out during the school holidays!
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Finding out more about myself when creating my characters and their backstories and detailing the feelings certain people and circumstances invoke in them, but what I find the most enlightening is what I envisage the future holds for each of them – it can be a real eye opener!
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Honestly, it’s erotically-charged scenes! It's not really the writing of them, it's the editing of them! Some things have to be left to the reader’s imagination, but how much? I always struggle with how much description is, or is not, enough!
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Florence Nightingale. Not only was she a renowned nurse and matron, she was also a rebellious daughter, a social reformer, and an accomplished writer who lived to the grand old age of ninety. For a day, I would love to be her as an old lady, and over multiple cups of tea, experience her memories of her grandest loves, relationships, challenges, failures and successes - to be inside the mind of a true trailblazer, one who in her younger years, shattered the mould, and in her adult life, started to break down walls we are still hammering away at today.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A two year old jar of gherkin spread, which, thanks to your prompting, I have now thrown out!
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
In the near future, THE 13TH RISING: Book Two of The Rosefire Trilogy – I endeavour to have it ready for publishing by mid-late 2015 - and an educational children’s book about being safe in and around water.
- Ky Lehman