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Throne of Lies (Amethysta Trilogy #1)

By: Sara Secora

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016


As a seventeen-year-old ruler chafing under the obligations of her bloodline, Princess Amethysta Serelle finds the royal life anything but enchanting.

Betrothed to a nefarious highborn, Amethysta’s heart mourns her lost chance at love—that is, until she becomes mesmerized by someone other than her suitor, and her heart begins to beat anew.

Desperate to keep her daughter on the path toward duty and the throne, the queen keeps a deadly secret. But as Amethysta balances the burden of expectations and freedom, the glowing, blue truth will not stay hidden for much longer.

Desire and duty battle on, further complicated by strange occurrences happening to Amethysta’s body. She struggles for control as her once unquestioned reality is obliterated.

Will she discover the truth, in her heart and hands, before it’s too late?

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If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?

I feel like you’d find disappointment, haha. I don’t often carry much on me. My purse holds only the essentials. The same goes for my drawers and what not, I try not to hoard things.

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?

I am completely and utterly a panster, and proud of it. I know too many writers who get bogged down by their own outlines and drafts and millions of other preparations before they even write. I like to sit down and get a chapter done. It can be messy and make barely any sense, but that little bit can be revised and even spark more ideas.

I did not have a clear image of how Throne of Lies was going to go from point A to point B. The story kind of guided me in a way. It’s almost as if I got to be a reader for my own story as I watched it unfold in new ways I hadn’t anticipated originally.

Describe you book in 5 words or less:

Princess defies for the truth.

What are some fun facts you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

I had a character that I adored in the first book, but cut him out because I have much bigger plans for him in book two. He might be my favorite character in the story yet. I am very excited to write about him.

Soren was originally named Sora, and he was a giant jerk. I am much happier with the way the character is now and the way he interacts with Amethysta.

I was playing around with the idea of bringing Angels and Demons in my story when I was doing the first draft many years ago. Then the idea shifted to focus less on biblical matters and more on ancient mythical races. I didn’t want my story to be religious and I didn’t want to do the typical mythical races. I wanted something completely my own and thus the Seili and Forgotten were created.

Do you have a special story behind your inspiration for the book?

A lot of Amethysta’s struggles with magic were based off my own struggles with panic attacks. I used a lot of my own experiences to explain how she felt when the ‘magic attacks’ put her in destress. I quickly mentioned this in the acknowledgements in my book.

I really wanted to write a book for young adults that was relatable, but with an enchanting fantasy twist. The goal was always to write a personal coming of age tale about a young princess with more potential and purpose then she realized.

Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?

I really loved writing them all honestly. I’d say Gehlin was likely the most fun since his character was quite over the top and silly. I also really loved writing for Arkarial and Amethysta.

I can’t really think of one character that was troublesome to write for. They all flowed pretty well, I think.

If you could ask a character of your choice from THRONE OF LIES one question what would it be?

I’d ask Zaevir, how does it feel to know you royally screwed up? Haha!

What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)?

About in the middle there is a big turning point. I don’t want to give spoilers, but it is the bit with the bandits. That moment changed things for a few characters and shed some light on important matters. The scene was very intense and more action-packed than the previous scenes. It really turned up the intensity and became one of those scenes where you couldn’t stop turning the page because you had to know what happened next.

Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book?

I had the hardest time figuring out how I wanted book one to end. I struggled because this is a trilogy and I didn’t want to leave it off as completed, but I also didn’t want to leave it on a huge cliff hanger. I wanted an open ending with a slight tease to book two, and in the end I think I achieved that.

What is your number one writing tip?

Write something down. Planning is good for some writers, but as I mentioned earlier, the issue I see a lot is writers focus too much on the planning and don’t just sit down and write. Jot down some mock chapters and get the imagination juices flowing! You can always revise and edit later.

about the author


Sara Secora has a passion for all things gamer and nerdy, as evidenced on her YouTube channel, AviGaming. She is also a well-branded voice over artist.

Secora has always been in love with writing, and nearly a decade ago, she finally turned her talents to the arduous endeavor of authoring an exciting fantasy trilogy. Her whimsical stories are full of enchantment, mystique, and insight—destined to intrigue readers of any age.

Secora lives in Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to explore old and new avenues for her talent and hard work.

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