The Movement Of Crowns
Movement Of Crowns book 1
by Nadine C. Keels
Interview with Nadine C. Keels about her book
The Movement Of Crowns
I began drafting scenes for The Movement of Crowns while I was a high school senior, inspired by the thought that although my generation was young, we weren’t precluded from aiming toward greatness. It’s taken some years of growth, as a human being and as a writer, for me to be able to convey the story as I see it.
Aside from my initial scribblings as a teenager and one additional scene I wrote and let sit by itself while I worked on some other stories, it took about two or three months for me to write out the first completed Crowns draft. It was the final story I wrote for Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories during the summer of 2012. When the idea to expand the story into a series came to me in the spring of 2013, I decided to republish Crowns in its own separate volume, in anticipation of its sequel, The Movement of Rings.
Oh, my! That might be like trying to pick out a favorite from among my children! I will say that the characters I had in my head the longest were Staid and Constance. I started drafting the marketplace scene for the two of them during some of my extra time at a lunch period in high school.
I want readers to know that their destiny is a perfect fit for them, and they can walk deeper into it step by step, never throwing their hope away. Sometimes we count ourselves out of our own dreams because we're so closely acquainted with our weaknesses and mistakes, which don't seem compatible with our dreams, but it's the foolish things of the world that God uses to confound the wise, the weak things He uses to confound the strong. His strength is made perfect, not in our strength, but in our weakness.
I've loved historical fiction since I was about twelve years old, and I might've tried my hand at writing it, except the places, people, and events that come out of my head are too fictional to be bound to concrete history. So, I went ahead and let this story take place in Diakŏnia. It would have been great if I could have written all the dialogue in another language entirely, since Diachonians don't speak English, but that would have required me to know or invent another language. And then, of course, there would come the difficulty of readers understanding it, and all... (*Giggle*) Anyway, I opted for a completely fantastical setting, minus the element of magic that "fantasy fiction" often connotes, and I've taken to calling it Epic (heroic, majestic) Fiction.
Constance had a different name when I drafted her first few scenes (only one of which made it into the final draft--the marketplace scene), but a discerning reader will know, by the end of the book, specifically why her parents would have named her Constance. As far as other specific names, I named Staid for his steadiness of character, and Grace is named to represent grace itself, for the space it gives you to discover and become yourself.
When I drafted the first scenes of Crowns as a teenager, the story was titled And So, They Ran. Perhaps two or three of the original "running" scenes didn't make it into the book, and the title accordingly began to fall flat. Thank God for the power of second thoughts! "The movement of crowns, of scepters, of rings" is a line from "His Order of Things," one of the spoken word pieces on my poetry album, Hope. Lyricized., and (whew!) it wound up providing me with a much stronger and fitting name for my novella and the series that would stem from it.
Proverbs 16:9 KJV
Nadine. A French name, meaning, "hope."
Spreading hope to her readers and audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books, heard in her dynamic spoken word presentations on local and national platforms, and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories as well as two novels and a novella, Love Unfeigned. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius!: A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.
File Size: 276 KB
Paperback: 116 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 18, 2012)