Canellian Eye: Prophecy by Caroline Noe
Today I am talking to Caroline Noe, author of Canellian Eye: Prophecy. I sat down to read the first book in this series, something I was going to squeak in before the end of 2021, and ended up reading the entire trilogy in just days! It is that good! A MUST read for you to add to your TBR. Here is the synopsis:
Destiny can be savage.
The towering monolith of Erulia's Prophecy stood for millennia in the watery paradise of Canellia, its warning unheeded.
That time is long past.
In the wake of dying twin suns, this generation faces extinction under the onslaught of an Ice Age. Then, in the depths of despair, a child is born, bearing a singular birthmark: the symbol of their foretold saviour, Jehul's Eye. In a bid to find New Canellia, the Chosen youth launch into space, following their Prophet, Quaylan.
But where is he leading them?
J.C. - Welcome Caroline! Can we start by having you introduce yourself to our readers?
C.N. - Hi Jess, great to chat with you. I’d probably describe myself as an ageing idealist, fantasy & sci fi fanatic, long term Londoner and lover of photography. If I could, I’d live in Hobbiton or Rivendell.
J.C. - How did you come up with the Idea for Canellian Eye?
C.N. - Canellian Eye is a Dune-like epic fantasy, based on a famous biblical story, but that isn’t immediately obvious.
J.C. - Gripping is an understatement. I couldn’t put this series down. How does it make you feel when a reader loves your work?
C.N. - There’s nothing quite like the feeling when a reader resonates with your work. I’m fascinated by how my stories are perceived by others. They take on another dimension once out in the world; one I cannot control, which is both wonderful and scary.
J.C. - Destiny can be savage. You don’t know the half of it until you read the book! Tell me, how do you write about such heartbreak and treachery without getting depressed?
C.N. - I love the interlocking themes of destiny and identity, which permeate all my books. Any journey of destiny has a dark and dangerous element, like travelling through a Valley of Shadows, before the story comes to a triumphant, if scar-laden conclusion. When I’m writing the darkness, I remind myself that the final destination is light.
J.C. - This trilogy takes place in the span of over 50+ years. Did you plan this out and have the concept for all three books in place before writing them or did the story come to you as you went along?
C.N. - I planned and plotted all three books before beginning to write the first, knowing that the narrative would be complex.
J.C. - The Canellian race is very exotic. I can just picture them in my mind. Have you ever considered having artwork done to depict each character?
C.N. - I haven’t, as yet, but I’d very much like to, particularly since the Canellian people are all various shades of green.
J.C. - Who has been your biggest support system while on this writing adventure?
C.N. - I have an editor/proofreader who’s an absolute gem, along with the same designer for all my covers. The writing community of Instagram have also been a fabulous source of support and encouragement.
J.C. - Finish the sentence. In ten years I’d like to …
C.N. - be on set, watching my work undergo reinvention for TV and film. Dreams, eh? I’d also like to have a charity that assists other writers.
J.C. - What book are you working on next?
C.N. - I’m currently working on a comedy which engulfs the usual YA fantasy tropes, but involves a middle-aged, world-weary, feisty woman and her relationship with a mangy, grumpy wolf. I’m having so much fun with these and other characters that I may continue into a sequel. It’ll be interesting to see whether my weird sense of humour also resonates with readers.
J.C. - Lastly, where can readers find you and your work?
C.N. - My novels can be found on Amazon platforms or via my website www.carolinenoe.org
Thank you for reading about Caroline Noe and Canellian Eye. This series is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2021, why not make it one of yours in 2022? All of my reviews can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.