As part of the Bewitching Books blog tour, I’m excited to welcome KELBIAN NOEL to SWR! Kelbian is the author of a new YA paranormal series called The Elementals. This series will eventually follow four young girls, each from culturally diverse backgrounds, and each with her foot in a magical world that connects them all. I loved the idea of four different young women, from different walks of life, sharing a unique bond. I also love that the main characters are culturally diverse…not something you see a lot of in today’s paranormal YA. I can’t wait to read this one. Please welcome Kelbian to SWR and don’t forget to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!
Magic Among Strangers
by Kelbian Noel
When I started writing, with the intent to publish, I wanted to do something different. I think every writer does. But, in this day and age, different is very difficult to achieve. So I settled for variation.
I love the idea of magic. The very essence of it is exciting and enchanting. When I began writing Elemental, I didn’t know much about magic, as part of religion. I was only familiar with the Hollywood version. So I went straight into research mode, read over twenty books and discovered something beautiful—magic is universal. Almost every religion there is relies on some variation of magic as the backbone of its doctrine. We don’t all cast spells and mold effigies, but prayer, the Law of Attraction and faith are all a form of believing in something so fiercely that it happens. Very simply put, that’s magic.
Knowing this changed the story. Most importantly it introduced new characters that would form strong bonds. Instead of writing about one girl, this inspired me to create a series about four girls—The Elementals. Through vastly different lifestyles, we meet their families; learn about their experiences and how magic binds them together. They come from different cultural backgrounds, and what they’ve learned about magic does too. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. In the end, it’s what makes them all the same.
As I write, this I see a new theme developing. I guess as, as a whole, the theme of the series is how differences don’t really separate us. They just make us different. But I didn’t do that on purpose—I swear.
In Elemental, Baltimore is miserable being as different as she is from her peers. She’s biracial (Black and Navajo), her parents are Wiccan and she lives in a tiny Utah town with a mostly White population. Throughout the course of the story she learns a lot about the religion she’s shunned for years and a lot more about herself.
The theme I purposely created in this book and the others in the series is that of identity. Discovering and loving yourself. Just as you are.
Elemental by Kelbian Noel
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Baltimore Land is a typical teenager whose parents embarrass her completely. She wants nothing to do with her family’s beliefs and is convinced their silly rituals only exist to make her life miserable. All she wants is to be normal, but the fact that her parents are witches seriously messes with her social life.
She’s doing alright, with a boyfriend who seems to like her just the way she is and an awesome best friend who is fascinated by her lifestyle, but she’s not the most popular girl in her small Utah town. In fact, she’s kind of the town freak.
When her boyfriend’s ex tries to win him back, Baltimore’s emotions get the best of her and she soon realizes her parents’ beliefs aren’t so silly after all–they’re just the beginning.
The Elemental Giveaway
About the Author
From a very young age, Kelbian loved to read. She found herself engulfed in novels by Janette Oke and L.M. Montgomery, but never seemed to find herself in the pages. At the age of 11 she declared she would write stories that had to do with her own experience, and be the youngest author in history. But life was full of baseball, homework, best friends and boys.
Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, Kelbian decided it was time to get back to her dream. She started writing again, joined a critique group and wrote two novels. Then in March 2011, along came Elemental. This time life’s distractions couldn’t shake the feeling that the world needed to hear Baltimore’s story. At least those who would listen! A year later, Kelbian is excited to introduce Elemental to the world with hopes someone will love the story as much as she does.
Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her two children.
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