Q&A with Ethan Stein, author of FarSight (The Divine Potentials Book 2)

1. What made you wish to write this book?

This book starts its inception as a continuation of Clarity, book 1 of the Divine Potentials series.  However, Kell, the MC of FarSight was more of a side character to Daena, who was the MC in the first novel. However, she ended up wanting more “screen time”, which forced me to reconsider her role and in truth made her become the more flushed out character that is in FarSIght now. That happened with another one of my novels later in the series, but you’ll have to wait for it to be published/released before you can find out who.

2. What is your favorite part of the book and why?

My favorite part of the book is actually a scene that didn’t originally be there. Originally there was a major part dealing with a wagon ride that introduced a bunch of new characters. It took away from the flow of the story and really didn’t add anything to it.  My copy-editors, thankfully recognized the superfluous of it and suggested it be changed.  I, of course, could have refused, but after thinking more on it, I came to realize the sense in the suggestion. And in so doing, not only did it become a much more fun sequence events, but it gave an explanation for a trip Asha, our series hero, makes in a later novel. Plus, it was fun to revisit a character which I felt had far too little exposure as it was. I know it doesn’t tell you exactly which part is my favorite, but that is why you have to read the book!

3. If you could spend time with a character from your book, whom would it be?  And what would you do during the day?

The easy answer would of course be Asha, since he is the hero of the series and a messenger by trade. It would exciting to see where he ends up, but incredibly dangerous as well.  A less obvious answer would be T’alorin. Each of the characters obviously represent a part of my personality or an observation of someone close to me. So, I know, for a fact that she and I would have a fun time. As far as what we would do together, that is a bit more complicated. Before the story’s events I would say we would most likely skip classes to goof off.  Now, I might be busy training to become a better person.  Not as fun but equally important.

4. What did you edit out of your book?

I cut a great deal out of the story since originally there were about six points of view. But, it became too disjointed and I was able to simplify the events that took place from those character’s POV by referencing it in dialogue with the primary MCs’ POVs. And by doing so, I realized it was simply filler and unnecessarily affected the flow of the story.  I think it is far better now without it.  Don’t you?

5. Describe yourself in 5 words or less

Constantly reconsidering my chosen profession 🙂 

The reaction was instantaneous as the feline collapsed beneath its own momentum. Its body erupted into violent tremors and it let out a horrendous cry. The previously healed wounds throughout its body ripped open and black puss seeped from each.

Asha staggered to his feet and recovered his sword. The demonsbane did the trick of severing the bond, but the creature still lived. Even now it attempted to get up in spite of the exorbitant amount of pain; its efforts were accented by periodic mewls and moans.

He would not give it the chance to recover. He silently begged forgiveness for the soul he was about to extinguish, adding it to the others, and severed the creature’s head.

Kell Stevyns is cursed with the ability to foresee a person’s death. Unable to block the visions of violence and loss, she is determined to find a cure. FarSight (The Divine Potentials) by @esteinauthor

The Divine Potentials Book 2
by Ethan Stein
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Death is only the beginning …
Kell Stevyns is cursed with the ability to foresee a person’s death. Unable to completely block the visions of violence and loss, she is determined to find a cure. Recently, her own demise began playing out in her mind, leaving her sanity hanging by a thread. Determination has become desperation.
All is well that ends well … or is it?
Daena Vulatanne faced many trials as she ascended the ranks of her community in Iburdeen and her survival was a relief to her people. Unfortunately, not everyone was pleased and someone is on a mission to carry out their revenge.
Past, present, and future collide …
Kell’s salvation may lie with the mysterious woman in her new vision: a member of a remote religious order framed for the murder of their leader and set to be executed in forty-eight hours.
Haunted by images of death and destruction, Kell must trust her travel companion to keep her safe—and sane—as she embarks on a journey to locate the stranger and exonerate her.
Fate is a fickle thing, and there is no margin for error if Kell is going to succeed.
The Divine Potentials Book 1
High Priestess Daena Vulatanne has spent more than a decade preparing to lead the Holy Order of the Water Goddess Anahita. The safety of the isolated community of women has always been paramount, but the arrival of a strange messenger forces her to question if their exposure is worth risking her role as the future leader.
Asha’s presence in the village threatens the secrecy the women have fought to maintain. While he carries a message for Daena’s people, he also holds the key to a rogue Order member’s lifelong ambition: revenge for the destruction of her brethren.
The purity and innocence Daena thought she knew soon gives way to evil and corruption. In a tumultuous time of deception, magic, and adventure, she must sacrifice something dear to her: her ideals, her devotion, or her life.
**Only .99 cents!!**
Ethan Stein was born in Buffalo, NY, where he developed a love for writing at an early age. While the beginnings were rather gory and incomplete, it was the start of something important.
In college, Ethan developed a far greater love and understanding of writing, even taking a few courses on how to be a better writer. It was there that he also began to develop the world of Mahrahspand, which was the foundation of his Divine Potentials Series.
His wife and two kids have been very supportive in his quest to further flesh out his fantasy world, and are eager to discover all that he has to offer.
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