Dive Into 2020 CFA Finalist Jenelle Leanne Schmidt

Behind the Writing of An Echo of the Fae

Is there meaning behind the title, or series name?
Yes. “Echo” is the name of the main character, a girl who thinks she is human but discovers throughout the story that she is actually a fae changeling. For a while, she feels like a ship tossed about at sea, with no idea of who she really is. However, as she comes to terms with her heritage, she learns to embrace who she is: Echo of the Fae, but she also becomes a representative of her people in the human world… bringing “an echo of the fae” to the mortal realm and showing the fae a glimmer of what they could be, as well.
 
Tell us about character traits that were fun or hard for you to include in the book.
Echo has a hard time talking to people because she’s very shy and often caught up in her own head so much that her words get garbled a little when she tries to let them out. While I don’t mix up my words when I speak, I do shout things like, “It’s clearly your turn to say something in this conversation” inside my head at myself a lot during social encounters. So that was really fun to write those scenes for Echo where she is talking to people and knowing that she is failing horribly at holding up her end of the conversation.
 
Were there any alternate endings you considered?
Yes. The original ending focused on Queen Titania and her reactions to all the things that had happened in the story. However, I ultimately decided (and was persuaded) that I should not take the end of the story and give it to a new character. Instead, I focused on Echo and her own growth and change throughout the story and I feel the ending is much stronger for it. It also allows me to explore Titania a bit more if I ever write a sequel.

An Echo of the Fae
by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt 
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 6.21.20

Genres: 
Coming of Age Fantasy
Dragons

Page Count: 264 Pages

Synopsis:

Echo enjoys the peace and solitude of the Faeorn forest, regardless of how strange spending time in the “haunted” wood seems to others.

But on the cusp of her thirteenth birthday, the discovery of a family secret reveals why Echo has never been drawn to the sea like her mother. This discovery shakes the foundations of her world and sends Echo on a quest, not merely into the forest, but into the heart of the fae-lands themselves, to rescue the sister she didn’t know existed.

Elves, dragons, and fairy courts will put Echo’s wit and resolve to the test. But with time running out for her sister, will Echo even be able to save herself?

A fairytale adventure perfect for fans of The Secret of Roan Innish and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

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