4/30/2012

GIVEAWAY! BaSatai: Outside In by Suzan Battah

Inspiration, Imagination and Creativity by Suzan Battah

My life has always been a creative type of world. I'm a daydreamer that's for certain and I can multitask daydreaming and working a normal daytime job at the same time. Lucky for me, otherwise I'd be stuck for sure when it comes to ideas for writing. Thankfully, I've had this skill for creating worlds, characters and their problems since I was a teenager and knew that writing would be my career. Since I've been writing for 13 years, my writing has grown and so too has my capabilities in turning my inspiration from music and wild imagination into fiction. I'm a very big observer and very much a visual type of creature. I can see and imagine the most amazing scenes without too much difficulty in my head and develop characters and a storyline around it.

Why do I write in many different genres? Well this is an easy answer for me, I don't pick the story of what I want to write, the story picks me. My first novel, Mad About the Boy a contemporary multicultural romance was first written when I was 18 and as I grew up and experienced life, so too did the story as I rewrote and rewrote and finally published at the age of 31. A Regency Romance story is also floating around ready to be written. And of course, the Urban Fantasy YA series, if only I had more time to write these fantastic stories.

Writing YA Fiction is in some ways more fun. I love creating young adult characters that learn, grow and develop as I write the story. I hear a lot of readers complain about 'whiney characters', and on most counts, I agree that whiney young adult characters can be annoying but the point of this is to read how life changes for these characters and how they grow and adapt to new challenges. This is keeping it real. What teenager doesn't complain about their life? We weren't all paragons of virtue. I know as a teenager I struggled with everything: high school, bullies, my changing body, boys, my identity and especially impending adulthood, I especially knew I wanted to be a writer but had no idea how I would survive. So Young Adult books are going to have some aspect of a challenge with their characters.

I use some of my experiences to develop, embellish and create storylines to make it more interesting. In Young Adult fiction, I press the boundaries from creating imaginary worlds and new species to going beyond what is believable and making readers believe it. BaSatai: Outside In explores both the human world and it's parallel fantastical world where the BaSatai a humanoid alien race are facing the challenge of a curse born in the blood of one of their own. This curse, if fulfilled, will destroy the parallel divide, the gate between the two worlds causing chaos and destruction. This is the basis of the idea and from this idea, my mapped out the characters, their strengths, personalities, why they think and feel the way they do. For Armani being cursed is a struggle, she doesn't believe the curse is in her even though it is there in some form. Being hidden on earth has been easy until the BaSatai come to take her home. Her feelings are so filled with guilt and pain at possibly being the reason for her people dying just to protect her while they decipher the curse. Armani believes she is safer on earth and as far away from her BaSatai life.

Some readers can easily feel and understand the struggle, some readers may not, in each story that is developed by authors. When I read a book, I try never to compare it to another book I've read by another author, this will destroy the reading experience, in my opinion. I make my own judgement based on what I've read. I either like it or not, there is no in between. However, not liking a book doesn't mean that others may not like it. Life would be pretty boring if we all liked the same thing!

My imagination is inspired by my own creativity. I write and create as an artist and accept the lovely reviews of my work both the good and the bad. When I see reviews of some great writers such as JK Rowling, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Amanda Hocking and Suzanne Collins experiencing the same thing as me with reviews, both good and bad, I know I'm on the right path.

Imagination is a personal experience inspired by our own creativity, when you share it in any artistic form: music, poetry, fiction, art, movies it becomes open to criticism by everyone who has an opinion.

Though it is clear each story an author writes is inspired by their own imagination, whether readers can immerse, identify and enjoy a story is purely a reader's choice.

There is some great work out there, and unfortunately not so great work. I admit, I don't like every bit of work that some of these great writers create. It doesn't make their work any less great. It's up to the readers to decide what they enjoy and what they don't enjoy. Inspiration, Imagination and Creativity is individual, not a trend.





Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.

Armani has remained hidden on earth with her adopted father Elijah since her birth. She has been raised in the human way and fights her natural instinct to evolve into a BaSatai. The BaSatai in her requires her to evolve and shift, use her powers and strength. Yet Armani is freaked out by the need to shift. She smokes, has a bad attitude, must deal with aggressive bullies and control her natural BaSatai instinct. Her Guardian with BaSatai Warriors are coming for her. She refuses to accept her fate and doesn't believe any BaSatai should die to protect her.

The blood curse maturing in her veins makes her a target for her enemies. Her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael are the first to arrive and prepare her for her crossing over. Her attraction to Rafael complicates her purpose to stay on earth even more. They both insist she fall into line and follow their lead but she is not ready to leave earth just yet...


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1 comment:

  1. Amen, I like to make my own judgements too!!

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