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Featured Author Barbara Underwood - February 18th, 2016

 

Tell us a little bit about your book.

It’s the 3rd book in a series of Historical Fantasy/Magical Realism, but it can also be read as a standalone novel.  Set in Ancient Egypt, the main character, Rhuna, faces new challenges in a changing society where Black Magic begins to develop, and she must use her own special powers to protect her loved ones.  Like others from her land of Atlan (Atlantis) she can use the power of her mind to alter matter and summon visions, but the idyllic utopia of Atlan society might not be all it is meant to be.  My books are based on legends and theories about ancient history, such as Atlantis, and things like Black Magic apparently did originate in Ancient Egypt, so I combine history with my own imagination to make an exciting and fun read!

 

Have you published before?

 Yes.  The first two books in the series before “Rhuna, The Star Child.” And two short stories when I first began to take writing seriously, but that was a long time ago.

 

Are you currently working on anything else?

Of course!  The fourth book in the Rhuna series! 

 

What is your favorite writing snack?

 Good coffee and good chocolate!

 

What gets you in the mood to write?

Usually reading what I’ve written before – as long as it’s good!  Or else, playing some appropriate background music that I only play when I’m writing.

 

Who is your favorite character and why?

Right now it’s Goram, because he’s sort of the bad guy, but has a lot of good traits as well, which makes him an interesting and complex character.

 

Favorite book of all time?

Believe it or not, I don’t have one!  

 

I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?

Good, tasty bread with Nutella – spread quite thick!

 

Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?

The mystical past, when they built the pyramids, or when Atlantis thrived – the very things I’m writing about in my series right now!

 

Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!

It’s unique, original, not too far out, and the characters are very real.


Rhuna, The Star Child is the thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads, and is the third book in the Rhuna Fantasy Books series, but each book can also be read as a standalone novel. Rhuna, the Star Child is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master. As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father. Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization. Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her. Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.

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Author Bio:

Barbara was born and raised in Sydney, Australia; the only child of German migrants who provided a rich and diverse childhood environment. Already in third grade she wrote a short children's book for a class project and realized that she was deeply satisfied with creating stories. In sixth grade, for another class project, her teacher was so impressed by the lengthy story she submitted, that he commented at the end "I see we are going to have another author". Over the years, Barbara kept writing one thing or another, but only as a hobby while she pursued other interests and goals. In the 1990s, she completed a correspondence course in professional writing, doing it in her spare time after work. This led to having a few short stories published, but what she really wanted to do was write a proper novel.   At this time, Barbara had travelled extensively and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the culture of other countries. What better subject for her Fantasy book series than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!

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