I always loved the idea of a split personality, and I thought about how much of a curse it would be if one was the essence of goodness and the other the essence of evil. Queen Filia Barnette is the main villain of Child of Prophecy, but she wasn't always a villain. This is the story of the curse which turns a good woman evil, especially when you don't know who to trust. Originally, I had Fia's two best friends as Rose and Kathy, but then I realized that Rose was supposed to be significantly younger than Fia and Rose. I wanted someone else to be the third in their group. I changed the trio to be Fia, Lili, and Kathy, which ended up being perfect for the story.
I am so thankful to have my brother as my editor, and my husband has been very helpful in coming up with some motivations for characters and actions done in this story.
This story was around five years in the making, with the five years being full of library work, school work, graduations, pregnancy, and motherhood. I originally planned to publish this book in 2017, and then kept pushing publishing dates back and back until November 2020.
I have done more research on Kindle e-books, and Amazon has a free software called Kindle Create which you can use to format your e-book to make it look great and professional on an e-reader. I have redone all of my current e-books, and I am excited that Child of Magic will be the first of my e-books to have this design completed before the initial release.
I have also found an awesome website called Canva to brand myself, including creating logos, redesigning covers, create a PDF print for the outside of the book (front, spine, and back), and more. I have learned a ton using Canva, and I have redesigned all of my paperback books as well. I liked a lot of the photo options for Canva, but I found Adobe Stock, where you could sign up for a month free (and get 10 free photos) and then license more photos (most for $2.99). I found a ton of new photos I loved for my books here, and I am so excited as I reveal more and more covers through the years. The cover photo for Child of Magic was on Canva.