If you are in need of a book that will take you away from your reality and pull you into a fascinating story that keeps you turning pages and gasping in shock or exhaling in relief, while you experience the unending twists and turns of a complicated mystery…
I’ve got a book for you.
In her newly published book, Order of Seven, Beth Teliho will lead you on a relentless adventure, delving into the characters of two adopted, now college age kids who were born with powerful gifts they long to understand. You will be overwhelmed at the discoveries they make about their ancestry and their purpose, leaving you captivated and submerged in their journey to find out the answers to their history and ultimately their mission. This book will pull you into this enthralling tale from the very beginning… to the very end.
Although this novel is in a genre I never read, I am honored to support my friend and thrilled to discover that not only did Beth use her gift in writing , but she clearly revealed her vivid and imaginative mind! She created such a rich tapestry of intricate details between the characters and their various powers, while somehow managing to thread it all together to form an astonishing, connected triumphant end. I cannot fathom how she did it. Wow. Every page had more hidden surprises streaming the storyline so brilliantly, it kept my attention through every word. I had no idea where this complex plot was going, and I felt like I was right there with the characters, living through this quest and adventure into the unknown. I don’t know a thing about energy work etc., so it really made me think through all the fascinating facets Beth used to describe the unraveling mystery of the universe and the characters’ place in it. It seemed so believable, I was drawn into their reality each time I opened the book.
Today I get to pick the brain of this genius! Please welcome Beth Teliho, author of Order of Seven to my blog!!
I had a few questions for her about her experience writing the book, and I’m so glad she could answer them.
Beth, I love you. I’m so honored to call you friend, and to share such a gift of words that YOU created so passionately and beautifully! What an exciting time for you and I just KNOW this book will be a huge success!! On to the questions…
1. This book has such a fascinating plot, how did you come up with the idea? Was the entire storyline created little by little, or did you have a general idea of the entire book?
From the start, I knew the main cast of characters and the message. It started with a girl having to go through a man to get to her tree where she channels energy. Everything else unfolded as time went on. If you only knew how many plot lines I trashed! I wanted a strong message integrated about mans’ responsibility as inhabitants of this planet, and I wanted to touch on the idea that beliefs are personal choices and never to be decided for you or judged. But I wanted to do it in a way that took the reader on one hell of a ride, and I wanted to weave in all the things that fascinate and inspire me: science, archaeology, the paranormal, romance, and mystery.
2. How much of all the information you used in the book is derived from true research of facts or history? (I found it all so incredibly fascinating, the detail you put into it intrigued me through every page.)
Yes, this novel was heavy with research! And you didn’t even see the 65,000 words I cut! Many of the astronomical, legends/lores, geographical locations, cultural, and archaeological facts are real and true, but then I added creative elaborations to fit the story if needed. I wanted to write a book that I would enjoy reading, and that would make the reader think and question, all while consuming them in the story.
3. How long did it take to write this masterpiece?
Over three years. A lot of that time I wasn’t writing at all, though. I’m sort of a burst writer. And then take into account the months I walked away from it because of self-doubt and uncertainty, and the months I did nothing but research. If you put all my actual writing months together, I’d say it probably took me two years.
4. What was the most difficult part about writing your book?
Editing and revising that first draft. I’ve never been so uncertain in my life. Terrifying. Second would be the research involved in publishing, promotion, and marketing. That took an immense amount of time and energy, and the sheer magnitude of information is overwhelming.
Writing the story was the easy part.
5. It sure seems the ending is a sure ‘sign’ that there will be a sequel… (Order of FOUR perhaps?) Have you started it yet? Do you already have those genius ideas already mapped out for book two?
Interestingly, I didn’t (mentally) commit to a sequel. I left if open for one, but also didn’t like the pressure I felt to write a trilogy based on current trends. I don’t write for trends; however, I had a gut feeling these characters might want to come back, and a lot of my motivation would depend on reader interest. It seems there is a lot of that going on! So yes, I do intend to write more with these characters. How much? I don’t know, but I suspect they’ll tell me. Devi can be very bossy. I know the opening scene; I know which runes will be the key players; and I know the warning. The rest will evolve…
Oh that is just so cool Beth! Thank you so much for answering my questions, and BRAVO to all your hard work investing in such a masterpiece that truly portrays the power of the written word.
I for one, will be eagerly awaiting the sequel!!