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Esme’s Wish
by Elizabeth Foster
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Release Date: October 2017
Odyssey Books

Summary:

This was her last chance. Her hand twisted high in the air.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the impulsive reaction of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all…

 

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Advance Praise:

“I found the story very unique […] this book overtook my expectations […] A beautiful, fantastical mystery. I would love to read multiple books following this one.” – Tamsyn, 15

 

“I was enchanted by the world, awed by the creatures and as motivated as Esme to find out what happened to her mother.” – Angie, 14

 

Esme’s Wish is a captivating, excellently-written novel. Author Elizabeth Foster did a great job of keeping me reading as I followed Esme’s journey to investigate the disappearance of her mother, a brilliant painter. […]  This colorful, well-constructed tale is as much detective story as fantasy and deftly blends both elements into a page-turning plot that hooks the reader in. I was fascinated by the creative water world of Aeolia, described in Elizabeth Foster’s limpid, seductive prose.  –Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite  5 STARS

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always loved to read. One day, many years ago, after finishing the Harry Potter series, I realised how much I missed the sense of escapism it gave me, and I decided to write a book of my own.

What genres do you write in?

Esme’s Wish is a fantasy with elements of mystery and adventure.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

My favourite book as a child was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I loved the idea of climbing into a wardrobe and ending up somewhere entirely different. I like travelling, too, and I love magic, so the genre just seems a natural fit.

How did you break into the field?

Work, work, work. It has taken a long time to fulfill my dream of becoming a published author. I worked very hard at every element of my craft, listened to all the feedback I could and rewrote endless drafts. Eventually my work made its way out of the slush pile (that being the morass of unread manuscripts that pile up in a publisher’s inbox.)

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I love to forget about everyday life when I read, and I hope I can provide the same immersion for others, too.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

When I sit down to write, I enter a bubble which I never want to leave. The hardest part is starting!

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Disciplining myself enough to start! Initially, I also found it very hard to take the critique needed to improve, and deal with rejection from publishers. Eventually I developed the thick skin necessary to survive and realized that criticism is an inevitable part of the creative process.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Read, read, read, but read discerningly. Read widely and read outside your preferred genres. But write about subjects you enjoy, especially when just starting out. The self-doubt can be crippling but if you focus on things that interest you, it is easier to slip out of anxiety and into the world you are writing about.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

Anything with a great story and an interesting voice, even non-fiction. But mostly classics, fantasy and children’s novels.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I guess this is still related to writing, but I’m a case in point that it’s never too late to find your passion. When I was younger, I always felt like I should be doing something creative, but I didn’t know what. I delayed exploring my creative side until I was older, and wish I’d listened to that inner voice much earlier. To those who think they’re too old to write (or paint, learn an instrument, anything really): start now, you won’t regret it. And to those who are still young: for the love of god, don’t wait as long as I did!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Find out more about me on my website at elizabethfoster.com.au. Follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

About the Author

Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago, when reading to her own kids reminded her of how much she missed getting lost in other worlds. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, where she can be found scribbling in cafés, indulging her love of both words and coffee. Esme’s Wish is her debut novel.

Find out more about Elizabeth at http://www.elizabethfoster.com.au

 

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