Title: Girl With Three Eyes
Author: Priya Ardis
Publication date: August 22nd, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
She would hate her third eye less if it actually gave her special powers. When her secret is threatened, she may be the only one who can save the kingdom.
Sixteen-year-old Kira puts on a show about having empathic abilities, but she miraculously wakes a highborn boy from a coma after a near-fatal accident on mountainous slopes. When his father threatens to expose her “magic” to the queen unless she attends the kingdom’s most elite academy as a bodyguard.
Soon, she’s immersed in a strange new life—one of being a simple student trying out for the school’s skyboarding team. Her fake life becomes the life she’s always wanted, but Kira cannot escape who she truly is. And as a sinister foe lurks closer than she suspects…
Will she risk her freedom to develop the vision to unmask a killer before the crown falls?
Girl with Three Eyes is a young adult fantasy series. If you like strong female protagonists, futuristic fairy tales, and epic tournaments, then you’ll love Priya Ardis’s heart-racing adventure.
- What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
Once upon a time, I used to sit at a computer and just start typing. These days, I like storyboarding. I usually have index cards which I use to outline the beats of my story. I still like to keep the outline bare-bones without much detail. However, I have more detailed character sheets.
After the storyboards are done, I copy them onto big sheets of paper which I hang up on the wall! It keeps me motivated.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you’re finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I try to “vomit” out the first draft. Then, I go back and edit. I let the draft sit for a few weeks before I begin revising. However, if a change is significant enough in the middle of a draft, I might go back and thread in that change before moving on.
I always put the work through different sets of eyes before it gets to reviewers or beta readers. I’ve found that three revisions work the best for me. Otherwise, if you keep revising and revising, it will become overcooked spaghetti. Too soft and slippery.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
I am. I love my writer’s group. Critique groups are great for getting a different perspective– in driving the plot and pointing out your story’s strengths and weaknesses. A successful group is cognizant of genre expectations and commits to doing reads. It should also be fun!
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
Inspiration usually strikes from a combination of experience and research. Many times, as in the My Boyfriend Merlin series and in Girl With Three Eyes, I’ve written about places I’ve traveled—like Greece, Boston, and India. There are places where I’ve felt an emotional connection. I want to show my readers my love for these places. To have them experience the same appreciation for them that I have. Interactions between characters often comes from different slices of life. Then, sometimes, the lightbulb when I’m read an article or a news piece. You never know what resonates.
For Girl With Three Eyes, I combined my first time snowboarding, my love of fairy tales, my readings for futuristic worlds, and the mysticism inspired by Hindu lore from India.
5. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Write. Rinse. Repeat. The best way to get story to page is to write. Then, rinse the story through feedback and make it better. Finally, keep going. Repeat with the next story. And the next. The more you write, the more you establish your voice. It is said that every story has been told, but it has yet to be told by you.
6. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres – If I had one book on an island, which one would it be? Pride and Prejudice!
Movies/TV Shows – My favorites range from P&P to Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter to Star Trek. Then, throw in Field of Dreams and some Bollywood to spice the pot.
Music – Mozart for writing. Avril Lavigne to reset my blood/sugar level.
Food/Writing snack – Protein for health. Tea for focus.
About the Author:
Priya Ardis writes Blood&Treasure fantasy romances which include coming of age, bad boys, globe-trotting, and a spoonful of sassy banter.
She loves books of all kinds–but especially the ones that ensnare you and let your chai go cold. Her novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. She started her first book at sixteen, writing in notebooks on long train rides during a hot summer vacation. Her favorite Arthurian is the Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson.
What does she like to read? Books with fantasy and magic with a cool heroine that’s really just the girl/boy next door. Books with all the feels. And, hello, Mr. Darcy anyone?
Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- $25 Amazon or B&N gift card
- Signed copy of Girl With Three Eyes (INT winner would get ebook copy)