Spotlight on YA Fantasy — Terra

11 Oct

About The Book

Book: Terra

Author: Sofia Simpson

Genre: Young Adult Christian Fantasy

Release Date: February 14, 2023

Elementals don’t mix. They fight over territories constantly and news of their battles is everywhere.

Vela, an Earth Elemental, wants two things: to make it through high school and one day run her very own flower shop. When Linc, a Fire Elemental, strolls into her life, she is immediately thrown into chaos when a bond flares up, connecting them forever. Linc pursues her relentlessly, for connections like this are rare, but Vela wants nothing to do with it or him.

With this news, Vela discovers she and Linc may be a part of an age-old prophecy that could change their world forever by uniting the warring clans. However, a powerful group does not want their pairing to exist, for if it does, the prophecy may come true.

Vela and Linc must keep their bond a secret, for their lives are at risk if it is made public.

Can Vela deny a bond that could unite the battling clans, finally providing peace after centuries of conflict? Will she allow herself to love an enemy?

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About The Author

Sofia grew up moving constantly. Never in one place more than three years, there was plenty of time to daydream during long car rides. College finally gave her a chance to study what she had always dreamed of doing, writing her stories.

She obtained a B.A. in Journalism, married her handsome husband and had two amazing sons. She’s also the proud mother of a 100-pound red rust Doberman who loves to chase around his sister, a fluffy-not-fat-cat.

A big believer in dreaming big, Sofia loves speaking to youth, encouraging them to find hope no matter what their life looks like. Sofia is a daughter of the Lord first and foremost and finds inspiration with stories like King David and Esther.

More from Sofia

I became a Young Adult Christian Fantasy Author so that I could add clean content to the world of Young Adult books. I love writing a great love story, and here’s one that will meet all your expectations of a great enemies-to-lovers romance without the spice. I love writing a story that mixes faith with fantasy, much like Morgan Busse, Nadine Brandes and Sara Ella. And if you’re wondering if the butterfly on the cover has any significance at all? Why, yes, yes it does. Read Terra to find out why.

Q & A with Sofia Simpson

Was there a special someone, such as a teacher, parent, or other relative, who encouraged you to pursue writing?

My childhood was pretty chaotic, I lived in survival mode until my older brother took me in when I was 14. I didn’t know anything really about myself until those next few years other than I loved to read as a child. But one teacher in my high school graded a story I wrote for Creative Writing and said it was excellent and that I was a great writer. That was the first time I heard that, and I was shocked. It stuck with me, however, and so I made more of an effort to improve my writing. My older brother, however, helped with that. When I forgot my keys, he would assign me to write a paper as punishment. They got longer every time he assigned it, and I would have to embellish them more and more, because I often had to write these papers since I always forgot my keys.

Why did you choose Christian YA fantasy?

I write Young Adult Christian Fantasy because I absolutely love to express my faith. It’s a joy to describe my characters’ walk of faith, so my readers can live it with them, breathe it in and feel how it feels to have a relationship with our Creator.

I write fantasy because there’s no better day than making up a world all my own and having my characters live in it, love throughout it and explore the world for me.

I write Young Adult because I am a 17-year-old at heart. I love writing about first loves, first heartbreaks, first kiss, all of those firsts. (I, of course, keep it at PG) Teenagers are ready, or think they are, to conquer the world, and I love to write the highs and lows of that exploration. And I absolutely want to see a character grow. What better time than as you become an adult?

What types of research do you pursue? Books, on-site visits, etc.

I have to really experience something to write about it. For instance, I’m writing book two in my Elemental Series and I had a scene where my MC is describing the stories in the stars and their constellations. So, I went to a stargazing night at my local library and learned how to find the stars I was looking for and their constellations. It was amazing! I’m also writing a setting in my book where my characters live off the grid in a remote place in Canada. Since I can’t recreate that experience easily, I have interviewed two people who live off the grid, asking all kinds of questions on what it’s like to live like that. So, if I can’t experience it myself, I rely on the experiences of others. I’ve even called a campsite in Utah (I’m in Florida) that was a setting in Terra. I interviewed them several times, it was lots of fun! They even asked me to send them a copy of my book so they could put it in their library for their campers.

What does a typical writing day look like? Are you structured or informal in
your writing schedule?

I used to be crazy informal. I wrote when the mood struck me and took off weeks when the mood didn’t. That’s all recently changed. I’ve now adopted a daily writing schedule where I try to write 2,000 words a day. I sometimes make it, I sometimes don’t. There are days where I’ll get in 5,000 words, it all varies on what my day looks like. But, if I stick to my schedule, I’ll write 10,000 words a week, which has helped me to nearly finish my 100,000 word book in 10 weeks! I’m amazed what this wonderful world of a writing schedule has done for my writing! I can now plan on publishing more than one book a year now!

Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

Yes! I’m currently writing book two in, An Elemental Series, called Torch. It’s up for preorder, so go check it out. It’s been my favorite book to write so far! I’ve switched my POV from third person to first in this book, and I’ve never felt so connected to my main character. I feel what she feels, can hear every thought, understand her motivations so much more. I hope my readers love it as much as I do.

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 16

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Blogging With Carol, October 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 19 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, October 19


To celebrate her tour, Sofia is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and copy of Terra!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

5 Responses to “Spotlight on YA Fantasy — Terra”

  1. sidlaw0425 October 11, 2023 at 10:43 am #

    This looks like a great YA fantasy novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway today.

  2. Rita Wray October 11, 2023 at 11:52 am #

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. dvdgal75 October 11, 2023 at 5:25 pm #

    Great cover

  4. Terri Quick October 11, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

    Beautiful cover

  5. traciemich October 13, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

    Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

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