Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blog Tour/Giveaway! The Ending Element: Calista, by Lorraine Koh

Welcome to the blog tour for
The Ending Element: Calista,
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For my stop, I'm featuring a guest post by the author, Lorraine Koh!
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

The Ending Element: Calista
Lorraine Koh
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
February 8, 2016
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction


Calista Bloom never wanted to fight in the war and it has been five years since war was waged over Kosmotopia. All because of a sword. Fair enough; the Astronblade is supposed to hold infinite power; that is, once it finds its one true owner. But every 18-year-old will need to join the military and Calista soon finds herself trying to awaken the Astronblade. Will this batch hold the Blade Bearer? Or will finding the Blade Bearer trigger the chain of events that will bring about the end of the world?

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Guest Post
"Identifying With The Characters 
You Write About"
by Lorraine Koh

For every writer, creating characters is probably one of the most fun parts of writing fiction. But then, creating believable characters is not as simple as it sounds. To be honest, it is still something I'm learning with every new story I write. One of the things that help me identify with the characters I write about would be to give them a past, present, and future.

The past is the character's backstory, what some of the important past events were which makes him or her the person they are today. For example, in The Ending Element: Calista, the main character, Calista, is someone who is disillusioned with life in general. But then you realise it is because she lost her parents at a young age, and was left alone throughout her childhood. The backstory usually gives readers a chance to understand the character better.

The present usually refers to what the character is like right now. What are their hobbies, their likes and dislikes, and their special quirks? Do they have a crush on someone? What is their daily life like? Some of these answers may not be relevant to the overall story, but I think they help the writer become more attached to the characters they create.

The future is about the main goals and motives of the character. What would they like to achieve in future, and what drives them? In my latest book, The Ending Element: Calista, Ori Marks is motivated by revenge for the death of his mother. This thirst for revenge will drive the decisions he will make in the future.

I am not sure for other writers, but for myself, I would put certain traits of myself in my main characters, as well. It also helps me identify with them better. For example, the cynical side of Calista is me when I felt fed up with the world and just wanted to be left alone. You can also base your characters on people you have met before. Whatever the case, have fun with it and make your characters come alive!

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Lorraine Koh, who also goes by the pen name, Raine Koh, lives in sunny Singapore. She has written Munchy Isn't Everything and Pop Rock Love, and is currently working on a new novel. Her hobbies include chasing celebrities, photographing them, and traveling to see them.

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  1. This looks really cute! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  2. Hi, Alyssa!

    I'm really looking forward to reading this! Glad you like it, too!

    You're very welcome for the giveaway! Thanks for commenting!! :)


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