SpineOut : April - May 2017
new books Q&AwithLYNETTENONI ‘ The Medoran Chronicles’ kick off when your main character, Alex Jennings, steps through a door into a bizarre world. How has Alex developed over the course of three books? I always wanted a character who is real. Just your normal, everyday teenager who is suddenly thrust into this grand adventure – someone readers can relate to. Before Alex lands in Medora, she’s never had any real friends. She’s unsure of herself, she’s unsure of this new place she’s in, she’s unsure of everything. But over the course of the books, Alex grows and matures as the burdens of responsibility fall on her shoulders; she is, after all, the only person who stands between the survival and destruction of the entire human race living in Medora. And instead of cowering at the prospect of such a huge task, she steps up to it with her new-found friends by her side. With each new challenge that Alex overcomes – or doesn’t – she grows a little more into the person she was always meant to become. What is this strange place that Alex gets cast into? How did you go about imagining the rules and limits of a completely different world? Medora is a fantasy world, but it’s a kind of parallel Earth. Where it differs is that it is at once both archaic and advanced in terms of everything from medicine to weaponry to travel and everyday conveniences. The science and technology is beyond anything Alex has ever experienced on Earth, but on the other hand her school curriculum includes ancient practices like archery, combat and equestrian skills. There’s also a sentient library of legend that’s added to the mix. It’s a library that talks to her and opens doorways to incredible new places. Which fantasy world would you choose to live in? This changes daily depending on which book or series I’ve most recently fallen in love with. (The only exception being Panem, since I don’t ever want to visit, let alone live in, the world of ‘ The Hunger Games’!) But if I absolutely had to pick one fantasy world to live in, it would have to be one that means I get to visit Hogwarts. The magic and wonder of the Harry Potter world is something I will forever want to experience.
February - March 2017