The Mark of Noba was a birth child from all the books and video games we consumed and loved growing up. Before we knew there was a term for it, we’ve always been in love with Portal Fantasy, where characters had the ability to travel from one world to the next through some sort of fantastical force.
With this series we knew we wanted the two main characters to explore the way other customs work and how you can adapt to one’s culture without being appropriating. In the Sterling Wayfairer Series, a large part of Sterling and Tetra’s journey is discovering these rich worlds where everything appears so foreign but in hindsight, they as people are all one. Or least in our fantasy that’s what we were trying to convey.
There’s no such thing as a unique story these days, just a revised interpretation on a story that’s already been written. With this book we wanted to put a spin on the “Overcoming the Monster” archetype mixed In with a little of “The Quest” story archetype and with two characters who are connected to each other but not necessarily romantic, it was just a fun take on an old theme.
We’re pretty much Star Trek obsessed and always wanted to make a female character who reminded us of Spock because:
- It’s always rumored that women always have to be the nurturing part of a relationship, and with Tetra, you get another side to a female character. Cut-throat and does what needs to be done, instead of worrying about a boy, a common theme in YA books.
- We wanted to create a female character who wasn’t necessarily likable and a male character who wasn’t “better” than his female counterpart.
The feedback we’ve gotten on Tetra has been phenomenal, most citing her honesty and unique look on Sterling’s foreign culture as one of their favorite parts about her character. Both the hero and heroine are so very different from each other but complement each other in a way that makes them an unlikely duo but also a memorable duo. And I think that’s what we wanted. To write a book about two teens that handle two outcomes differently but have to work together to come to the same conclusion. We think that we did that…or at least we hope we did!
About Mark of Noba
The Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by G.L. Tomas
Publisher: Rebellious Valkyrie Press
Publication Date: August 25th 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.
About the Author
Guinevere and Libertad go by many superhero aliases. Whether you know them by G.L. Tomas, the Twinjas, or the Rebellious Valkyries, their mission is always the same: spreading awareness of diversity in books. Oh, and trying to figure out the use for pocketless pants!
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