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Author’s name: C.N. Pinckard
Title of book and/or series: Arising from Darkness
Brief summary of the story:
Meranda decides she has had enough of the way Gavid treats her and feels away from him. She runs into the King of Yevin and is immediately put to death by Gavid.  King Ledric heals her and discovers she is a Riftrider with a strange birthmark on her shoulder. Treidon discovers his true love in Meranda and is his a Riftrider as well.  She talks about a lord name Siebrien who plans on over taking the realm.  They all rush to Elmwick and give Meranda the trials, but she is plagued by Nightmares and demons who wish her dead.  No one knows the real reason, but they find a way to make the trials and hopefully stop Siebrien.
Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:
I created this world with the thoughts of the different regions of the world, artic (snow region), the flat lands (the grasslands region) the desert (desert region), and the forest (the forest region.).  each has it’s own dangers and troubles, just like here on Earth.
If we were to visit Seilla as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?
Going to Elmwick to see the monstrous tall trees.
What dangers should we avoid in Seilla?
There are kinds of dangers, from plants that could eat a man whole to goblins, trolls, orcs, ogres and even Lizardmen.
Is there a distinct or unusual type of food or meal that we might be served in Seilla?
No, mostly mutton, veal, and the like.
What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Seilla?
Combat consists of swords, daggers, axes, typical, but there are some not so typical. Such as the hair cat o’nine tales, and the spiked chains
What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Seilla?
Mostly animals are used to travel. Although there is a special race that use their abilities to travel and help others travel through the shadows.
What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Seilla that we don’t see on Earth?
For one, the sentient races are Goblins, orcs, gnomes (not the cute garden variety either.), lizardmen, trolls, barbarians, elves, kobalds, dwarves and dragons.  Animals are typical, but some not so typical the ankheg which is a flesh eating large bug. Or the cockatrice.  There are monsters everywhere in the Realm of Seilla.
What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Seilla?  If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.
There are always magic and supernatural at play in the Realm of Seilla. There are demons that constantly are plotting against the entire realm, and magical abilities are either studied or come natural.
Is there any advanced or unusual technology in Seilla?  If you haven’t described it already, please give some examples.
Yes, there is an ore named Ultrim that holds a magic that is cast on it. For example if you cast cold on the metal, it will constantly keep cold, thus helping the elves of the realm keeping their meats cold,  if you cast lightening on it, it will keep that electricty and provide power to the realm.  There is also running water in the realm as well, it is powered by the spells of filtration and constant flow.
Tell us about any sports, games, or activities that are available for entertainment in Seilla.
There is jousting, skilled events for each of the classes (ranger, riftrider, knight, fighter, etc)

Are the days of the week and months of the year the same in Seilla as on Earth? What holidays or special events are celebrated regularly there?
No, weeks are 10 days a week, month is 40 days, years are 400 days.  On the land of Yevidin there are fall festivals, spring festivals, summer celebrations and a winter celebration.  Barbarians, Dwarves and Kobalds have their own.
What is the political or government structure in Seilla?  Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?
The typical Medieval ruling, monarch, lords, ladies, dukes and dutchesses, etc.
Are there any other unique cultural practices that we should be aware of if we visit Seilla?
There are a few, to become a shadow elf you must face several trials.
Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book?
My book 1 has been influenced by the military and other events of pop culture. 
What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your book?
Demons, we all have them, we all fight them.  They are always out to get us and will try and destroy us.  We have to use our strength, faith and courage to fight them.
Author Autobiography:
C.N. Pinckard is from Bossier City, Louisiana where she lives with her husband of twenty years (seven time cancer surviver) and two autistic boys. Her own autism spurred her love of reading fantasy. When she graduated from the small rural school she attended, she soon married and began her family, all the while dreaming of the day when she would begin her journey writing. In the present day, C. N. Pinckard enjoys every minute of working on her Riftrider’s Return series as well as making jewelry, bookmarks, and handmade textures to use with photography or cover art.
Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your books?
Where can readers connect with you online? 

Twitter: @CNPinckard

Website: http://kelinrose.wix.com/cnpinckard

I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Seilla.  Questions about the world or the book?  Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!  

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Please join us again next Monday for a trip to the fantasy land of Pippington, in Realm Explorers Part LXVIII!
-Annie Douglass Lima