Welcome, Jenn! Could you give us a behind-the-scenes peek at how the Crystal Casters series came to be, and tell us a little bit about Cyndra and Zorin, the main characters?
I call this one Gargoyles meets The 100, which is a futuristic post-apocalyptic survival show on CWTV. Bits and pieces of both influenced me. I guess you could say there’s a bit of a Beauty and the Beast feel to Cyndra and Zorin’s relationship, but as with anything I try to write, there’s always a twist.
About the characters:
Cyndra Raine starts the book running her trade-shop in the Eastzone of the United States. She’s just trying to make a living and survive the new world she lives in. After a devastating accident, she flees the safety of her home to search for answers to explain what happened to her.
Zorin begins the book flying over his island, patrolling it as he has done every day for the last twenty-five years. He senses Caster power, coming from the mainland and heads out to investigate. When he meets Cyndra and her new friend Rune and learns they are Crystal Casters, he refuses to leave their side until they are strong enough to protect themselves and learn everything he knows about their past.
Zorin has spent twenty-five years soaring over his island waiting for something, anything, to change. After sensing caster power he can’t ignore, he leaves the island and finds two casters under attack on the mainland. He’s shocked to learn Cyndra and Rune are ignorant of their lineage and the war that destroyed the world.
Intrigued by Cyndra and the immense power she possesses, Zorin promises her the truth about the past in exchange for her help. Inexplicably drawn to the winged man, Cyndra agrees to his terms and together they begin a journey that tests everything she knows about her world and discovers a connection to Zorin more profound than any she’s ever imagined.