Character Interview and Review: The Star by Clemy Warner Thompson

Good Saturday morning. We're all getting ready for the holiday coming up here in the U.S. Before we do, why not check out this wonderful novel. It's the perfect thing to curl up with during these oh-so-scorching days! I had the privilege of reading Clemy Warner Thompson's The Star, and it is a delight from beginning to end.

About Clemy Warner Thompson:

I was born in England in the West Midlands in 1991 where I am still currently living, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.

Books and writing was an interest that I began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on my thirteenth birthday, I began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. I finished secondary school with high GCSE’s and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self-published in the first week of 2011.

With high expectations in myself, I immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping my art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel ‘Purest Light,’ allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As I was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.

Writing is now a part of my every day and I have started on my newest project, The Star, which is also planned to be the first of three. Only time will tell.

Book Blurb:

Abbii had been afraid of the dark for four long years. She hated the eerie silence that filled the night.

She would often try to forget by closing her eyes at night, but she would always be met by dreams of Shadows that would attack her, dragging her into the Darkness. Most nights, she would simply lie there with her bedding wrapped tightly around her, staring at the light coming in through her window, hoping that she would drift off into a dreamless sleep.

Ever since that day four years ago, the dark had frightened her; she had thought it would be a curse throughout the whole of her life, but something changed when she met him.

The dark seemed to lose its power and the moon’s light brightened.

Her dreams didn’t stop; nightmares still stole her sleep, but there was always a figure of Light that would save her and allow her to wake.

He said the same thing every night in her dreams. Keep fighting, Abbii.

She thought that he was part of her imagination, someone that she had created to save her, until she met him and was drawn into his bright hazel eyes.

His name was Nate.

Today, we're interviewing Abbii, the main character in this terrific novel:

1.      Introduce yourself to our readers. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Abbii- Well, I am the story really. Everything seems to be about me. Everywhere I go, the Shadows are there… I can’t seem to get away from them. My powers don’t help either, they keep growing. I didn’t even know I had powers!

Clemy- You have power for a reason. Now introduce yourself.

Abbii- *Rolls eyes* I guess you’re right. Well, I’m 18, used to live with my mum before she took me to the Everglades. Wonder if she knew about all the magic there…

Clemy- Don’t spoil the story!

            Abbii- Doubt it! She only thought about herself in the end!

Clemy- I think that’s enough. I’ll introduce you. Abbii was taken to the Everglades College for the ‘Gifted’. She’s been there for four years now, but she’s kept herself to herself. Though, she did meet Jake. He’s quite sweet, always making her laugh.

Abbii- Shut up! *Cheeks flush* You wouldn’t like it if I was talking about you like that!

Clemy- And then there’s Nate. He makes her laugh even more *Winks*       

2.      What do you think about the author? Tell us everything. We want to know.

Abbii- She’s always sticking her nose in my business, trying to make everything a happy ending. When will she realise that my life isn’t happy.

Clemy *sneaks in*- Jake and Nate seem to make you smile.

Abbii- See what I mean? She just can’t help herself… *Drops her gaze slightly* If only Jake was here…

3.      What are your feelings about this story?

Abbii - Sometimes it’s hard *she drops her gaze* sometimes things happen that I can’t change…

Clemy- your friends are always there though.

Abbii- I guess you’re right, but I wish they were all here. Some of them didn’t deserve what happened to them…

Clemy- No, but they’ve never left you. In the end, things will turn out the way you want them to. You just have to let the opportunities it, like me. *Large grin*

Abbii- *Rolls her eyes* You remind me so much of Max!

Clemy- His ego is bigger!

Abbii- You sure?

4.      How do you feel about being a character in this book?

Abbii- it’s ‘interesting’, though it’s a shame that the ‘author’ had to put stupid people in like Colleen and her sidekicks! They don’t help at all!

Clemy- They might help more than you realise. No character is for nothing *winks*

Abbii- You act like you made them the way they are…

Clemy- Well…

Abbii- * a subtle glow builds across her palm* You didn’t??
5.      What do you see in your future? (No spoilers please!)

Abbii- *Lowers her voice to a whisper* don’t tell the ‘author’ but I’m hoping that she gives us a happy ending. I want to find those that I’ve lost. I have to…

Clemy- Ooooh I was looking forward to this question! I see a very bright horizon.

6.      Say a movie producer comes knocking. What actor/actress would you want to play you and why?

Abbii- I’m not bothered, of course they’d have to have a bit of fight in them—
Here's my review:

Abbii is stuck in a school, abandoned not only by her father, but also by her mother for the last four years. The Everglades College for the Gifted is a dumping ground for parents that can't cope. Or is it?

Clemy Warner-Thompson weaves a tale of magic, of a young woman gifted with the ability to change reality, well. The reader is drawn in by Abbii's depth of despair, and through her growth to one who accepts what must be.
Although slow to start, with details that don't seem important at the time, The Star quickly picks up speed. A quest of discovery turns into a fight for survival. In the end, Abbii has more decisions to make, and it's clear this is only the beginning of a story yet to be told. Those who love magical quests, tales of journey and discovery, and a good understand of how important the elements are will be drawn into this story.

I can't wait for the next chapter of this story and recommend it for all fantasy lovers.