Guest Post: Spring by Lele Iturrioz

Lele Iturrioz
(Seasons Within #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Gaia finally knows who she is and what she’s meant to do. It’s only been a few weeks since the earth element woke in her. Now that she’s embracing her role as Mother Nature, she must journey with her group of power-wielding friends in a race against time to get back home before Azazel reaches them.

With the awakening of a brand new element, her true past with Edan, a dangerous decision that could change the very essence of who she is, and a traitor among her group, the broken road back to Terra will be a test of strength.

After all, even if Gaia doesn’t know it, war is closer than she thinks.

Author Bio:
Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.
I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within
I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.

What has been the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of writing this particular series?

The three most challenging things about writing this series are:

1… the fact that I’m not writing in my native language. After a few years of living in Los Angeles I somehow decided to write the whole thing in English. It’s been a crazy journey in other to find the right way to convey my story in a language that’s not mine to begin with. At first, I made the mistake of trusting an editor with my final ARC and it was left without a single grammar correction (tip for aspiring writers, never say yes to the first person that believes in you. Your work deserves to be great, not just done), but luckily I found a new editor that proofreads my work like an angel and all was fixed! 
2… the diversity within the book. It is hard to create different personalities from different parts of the world and stay true to them. Each person is a whole new beautiful world ready to be discovered.    

3… I always pictured the Seasons Within series to be five books and writing a series that long is beyond challenging. Unlike writing a single novel, when you’re doing a series, you need to have a perfect track of details. If a character is hurt in the second book, then he’ll have a scar for the rest of the series. You need to track their feelings, their thoughts and how the characters mature through the pages. Every detail becomes the story. You can’t miss a thing. Also, you need to keep the readers interested, always wanting to know more.

As for the most rewarding aspect of writing… easy, the readers!! The moment when a person reads my story, it stops being mine and becomes theirs. Readers take a character and make it real with their imagination, with their own thoughts and taste. I love to see the difference between each reader. Some love a character but can’t stand another yet others like that character more instead.

Thanks for taking my story and making it yours. 


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