Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Storyteller's Throne by Jocelyn Bates

Title: The Storyteller's Throne
Series: The Storyteller Series Book 1
Author: Jocelyn Bates
Genre: New Adult Sci-Fi
Date Published: May 14, 2018

A science fiction novel tangled in the psychology of being human and the vulnerability of an unconventional love story

Grace was born a storyteller with a beautifully brilliant mind. Trauma twisted her reality into its own tale of darkness. Now, at eighteen, Grace has found herself on the shores of a shadow world created to heal a generation. A world whose purpose is to release our emotions from the bonds of youth.

But she is not alone. It's a world inhabited by others, those working on their own hearts and one other like herself. An amazing and yet afflicted empath and musician by the name of Kai that Grace feels inexplicably drawn to.

Will she be able to handle the suppressed memories of her youth? Accept the vulnerability necessary to explore her own heart and that of another? Fulfill the true purpose it seems she is destined to serve?

Come along with Grace as she learns to uncover her past, harness her gift, open her heart to love and embrace her future.


      It was just like Sen had said it would be. All of a sudden, she just knew it was here. It felt like time was catching up to itself so she could be hurled back into her own world. Grace knew that there was no stopping it. She had just a few moments before all of the knowledge of this place would leave her, the Love, the Magic, the Pain, the Boy.
      Her heart, even though it had been Uncovered and glistened with the essence of pure emotion, began to break. A small and life-altering crack edged along the perimeter. It made a quiet rolling gesture along the surface of her heart and then as time found its trail of breadcrumbs back home, the crack made for the center. It struck with the force of lightning. All it left in its wake was a single Love letter. A song he sang to her playing over and over again filling the void where her memory once was.
      When she opened her eyes, she was alone in her bathroom again. The knife she held so long ago, was lying lifeless in the sink and all she could do was hum a strangely familiar tune, though she wasn’t sure where she had heard it before.

About the Author:

Jocelyn Bates is a homeschooling mama to three and an arts therapist. She lives in NJ and writes in the elusive quiet that settles in the earliest of hours.

Guest Post by Jocelyn Bates:

The Hardest Thing about Character Development

These characters we create, as writers, they become like real people, birthed into existence by choice words. They’re fashioned from bits and pieces, remembrances, glances and from the fabric of our imagination. These characters that we create, they take on truths, they make people feel things and sometimes elicit anger and rage from us. These characters that we create in stories they’re created out of something. Thin air … yes. imagination … yes. history … yes. They are created from a mixture of the real and unreal, the seen and unseen and we as writers, we give them the journey into people’s hearts.

Its crazy to think about it like this … but just for a minute, really think about it.

If characters are created from bits and pieces of who we are or what we’ve seen and or experienced in our lives, if characters are created from our imaginations and values and different facets of our personalities … where do tangible things like memories and pieces of us stray from things like our imagination? Where is the intersection and can you really truly separate the two?

So, go further and ask yourself this, are we always connected to the characters we create?

Honestly, I don’t know. When I think about character development and character creation, I can go deep down the rabbit hole, and it can be stifling. I have a fierce and honest to goodness respect for human behavior, the human heart and it’s emotions and the echoes of experience in our bones. I don’t know if it’s this respect and reverence that makes character development so very important and like a surgical experience for me (which is anything but natural for me as an artist), but it takes me a long time to truly figure each character out. I want to give each character I create his/her time to crawl out from my mind and to live on the page before I write them for good.

I draw pictures of each character, I interview them, I come up with their daily routine, I talk to them, I find the places where my life intersects with them (often, when I look deep enough I see that I intersect more and deeper than I initially understood!). It’s a process that gives me a bit of anxiety and to be honest its a huge sigh of relief when I finally understand a character I created and then can play with their story.

So, the hardest thing for me about character development … is character development … what?!? but … yeah.

You can follow my writing process on my blog. I also share tips for daily creativity and artistic inspiration all around at

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1 comment :

  1. This one sounds really intriguing, Rainne:). Thank you for sharing.