Enaya: Solace of Time
by Justin C. Trout
Publication Date: December 14th 2015
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Nile Whitman thought he had withstood the test of Time, but when he discovers an ancient artifact known as Enaya, his life will change forever.
Enaya, a powerful and magical stone, alters time by bringing a futuristic city into Nile’s time period. The leader of this city, Norcross Kenneth, falls in love with Nile’s world and the magic within it, and he will stop at nothing until both their worlds are united. After Nile’s kingdom is destroyed by this new unknown force, he sets out on an adventure to send the future back into their dimension.
It’s not just this new threat that opposes Nile; the Lucian Empire has risen, and the Snake Queen wants Nile all to herself. When Nile forms a resistance with an unlikely band of heroes, he is forced to come to terms with his past and with the decisions that will affect his future.
Nile will have to embrace who he is if he is going to protect the people he loves, and in doing so, he will have to depend on Enaya, the element of time.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I began writing the Enaya series when I was 12 years old. I wrote all through high school and after high school left for college. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Counseling. I’m a therapeutic day treatment counselor. I’m married with one son and three foster children. I’ve also acted in a number of independent films and recently wrote and shot my own indie film Fade Out.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
It began when I was a kid. I began drawing stories and sharing them with school. When I was twelve, I started writing a full novel titled Enaya. I wrote the first four drafts in high-school.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Michael Crichton, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. These authors were very creative and constructed unique worlds. I credit their writing styles and their imagination as an inspiration to pursue writing. Some of the things they have written in their books are so unique that I’ve yet to see it happen again in other novels.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I wake up, get my kids ready for school then go to work. I work an 8 hour shift for a wonderful agency called Cumberland Mountain Community Services. I come home and spend time with my family, sometimes serve in our church and help with home work and get the kids ready for bed. Then I try to write and catch up on the news and watch recorded television shows that we can’t watch when the kids are awake. Right now, I’m really digging Gotham and Castle.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
The idea started when I was 12. Like I had said in other interviews, I wanted to create something epic about the merging of two different time periods. I wanted to answer the question, “what if?” in a fantasy narrative that people would enjoy. I created the characters, then began writing the book. The first draft relied heavily on the idea of using the element of time to prevent something from happening, such as a war and then the novel began to change. I wanted to blend a fantasy realm such as kingdoms, dragons and magic with a steampunk type industrial world. So the plotline changed to using the element to blend the future with an alternate past. This became the basis for the first novel. The series as a whole will not focus on time travel, but it is the foundation for the first novel to get the series rolling.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I have been told I have the “write as you see it,” technique. I pride myself on this. People have been able to connect with my writing because of this. I think my book is very descriptive, but it still allows flexibility to all readers to use their imagination. It’s also unlike any fantasy that has ever been written as far as the story line goes. It’s the merging of two different time periods. People will love it.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
My favorite character is my protagonist Nile Whitman. Nile is a young man who is down and out. The book starts off on the wedding day to a young woman that he is in love with, but it’s not him she is marrying. I wanted to reflect my downfalls, my flaws in this character and it worked well. I think people tend to believe that the world is out against them and that there’s no way out. I show this in Nile Whitman. The whole book he is making mistakes and trying to figure out how to solve them. It was fun to write this and to portray these events in a fantasy narrative.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
I really enjoyed writing all the romance scenes. I think in all of this there is this passion to live a life that is portrayed in the movies. We fantasize about being the hero, especially to the people we love. Writing those scenes for me were easy because I could reflect on how I really felt towards somebody and they changed a bit after I met my wife. I also loved the scenes with the villains. Those are so great because you can make the bad guy as evil as you want and it works, because that’s the point of the bad guy. I think about my favorite superhero movies and my favorite scenes are the ones where the hero has a moment where they talk to the bad guy. In those scenes you find out what is the real reason behind their malice, but you can taunt each other or have a straight head-to-head combat scene.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I recently received a review on Amazon that said “this book is about life.” I think was the real quote. This book is more than magic, fantasy and swords. It’s about hope. Without hope we have nothing. We hope for a better day. We hope for a better tomorrow. We hope we can do this, get that, achieve this. We hope, we hope, we hope. This book is based on that. This book is about hope. I want people to read this and feel for the characters, but be emerged into a vastness of hope that it applies to their everyday life.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I just want to sell copies and build a fan base.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
I think people will be invested in this book. I think you will want to keep reading. Book II is bigger. There is a lot at stake. People won’t want to miss it.
About the Author
Justin C. Trout was born in Richlands, V.A. Justin spent a majority of his childhood writing stories. When he was in kindergarten, he shared his first “dinosaur” story with his classmates. With a passion to draw and share his stories, Justin began writing novels when he was only 12 years old. It was at this age that the Enaya series was born. He wrote a majority of the first drafts while he attended Lebanon High School. As he got older, Justin worked several odd jobs such as fast food, cashier, work study and retail. Justin decided to go back to college to obtain his degree where he could work in the mental health profession. It was in college when he decided to pursue publishing. Obtaining a master’s in education with specialization in counseling from Lindsey Wilson College, Justin is a children’s therapeutic day treatment counselor and an avid writer. He has also appeared in a number of short films and recently wrote and directed his first indie film, Fade Out. Enaya: Solace of Time is book 1 in an 8 part series.