About the Book
Book: Hidden Current
Author: Sharon Hinck
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Release Date: January 14, 2020
The dancers of the Order direct their floating world of Meriel with their movements, but are they steering it toward destruction ?
Calara spent her life learning dance patterns and seeking to become the perfect servant to her people. When she discovers the work of the Order is built on lies, she flees with a rough-edged herder, Brantley of Windswell. Pursued by soldiers of the Order, her journey through the suffering villages of the rim leads her to a forgotten truth that sends ripples through her world—and through her soul.
Calara’s seeks clues to her forgotten family, discovers newfound courage in the face of danger, and awakens a growing but forbidden affection for Brantley. Yet even his support can’t fully be trusted, since he’d rather destroy the Order than bring reform.
She is a lone woman facing opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order. Can she restore the dance to its true purpose and bring freedom and hope to her people?
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About the Author
Award-winning author of the ground-breaking Sword of Lyric series, Sharon Hinck is a wife, mom, and recent grandma, has an M.A. in communication, and has served as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, a church youth worker, and a professional choreographer, and an adjunct writing professor. To learn more about her writing, visit her at www.sharonhinck.com.
More from Sharon
Have you ever felt that nothing you do is ever enough? Not good enough? Meaningful enough? Do you ever think that if you could be more perfect, all your problems would be solved? In my new novel, I explore a character whose entire culture tells her that she must achieve perfection – and that answers to her world’s problems rest solely on human effort. Set in an imaginative fantasy world, I hope her journey will ring true for readers in our world.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share my new novel, Hidden Current, with readers. Can you see me Snoopy dancing?
And speaking of dancing …
What inspired this new series?
Years before I wrote my first novel, I worked as a dance teacher, choreographer, and artistic director of a Christian dance company. So, when my agent and I were discussing ideas for my next book, he said, “In all your other novels, you’ve never drawn from your experience in dance. I’d love to see you create a brand-new fantasy world and utilize dance in some way.”
I began mulling the idea, and within days, a character had come to life.
In my new novel, Hidden Current, the dancers of the Order direct their floating world with their movements but are steering it toward destruction. One lone dancer fights to overcome opposition from rim villages and treachery from the all-powerful Order and bring a forgotten truth to her people.
Is this part of a series?
Yes, but this is a stand-alone story. That means that although I’ve written more books with these characters, you don’t have to wait for the series to release, fearing an unresolved ending to book one. The story is complete of itself, with just a hint of the next adventure to follow. I’ve already done my revisions on the second book and have finished writing book three. J
Why should I order soon?
This is being released in limited edition hardcover. That means when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Is this similar to the Sword of Lyric books?
Yes and no. It’s not a “portal fantasy” – no modern-day character visits this world. However, like my other fantasy series, the book was inspired by spiritual themes, delves deeply into the heart of a character that many of us can relate to, and paints a unique story world full of both beauty and dangers. I’m so excited for its release!
Author Interview with Sharon Hinck
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Perelandra by C.S.Lewis. Many people love his Narnia series and his nonfiction, or other fiction such as The Screwtape Letters or The Great Divorce. But some people have missed his space trilogy. Perelandra is the second in that set, and the first time I read it, decades ago, it spoke to my heart in powerful ways, and showed me that a story could lead my heart into worship. I give a nod to that book (which includes floating islands) by setting Hidden Current on a floating land that was designed to drift with the currents on a vast ocean world.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I do hate making my characters suffer. Yet good stories often involve painful situations for the characters. In Hidden Current, my heroine faces something that I almost couldn’t make my fingers type, because I knew how painful the event was for her. It was also hard because I identified with her pain so much. She loses a big part of who she is – and I’ve had that happen in my life. A difficult challenge, indeed!
What is your favorite childhood book?
Too many to list! But the first book I learned to read was Go, Dog, Go by Dr. Seuss. And I’m still a person who feels that longing to go, go, go.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I wish I’d continued journaling and writing poetry and songs. Once I was in college and grad school, I had so much “homework” writing to do, that I got out of the habit of free writing. Then I was busy raising children and if I managed to jot a few thoughts in their baby books, I was doing well. When I began writing as a profession, I was able to return to those loves. Writing devotions (which I’ve done for Guidepost’s Mornings with Jesus for many years) is a lot like journaling. In my Sword of Lyric series, I wrote songs, poetry, and the literature of the people’s “Verses.”
What comes first, the plot or characters?
I’m all about characters. I may have a theme or story question in mind that begin to shape the novel, but once the character arrives in my mind, then I’m off and running. And I follow the character’s adventure. I’m the same way when I read. If a character grabs me, I’m all in – regardless of genre or voice of the author.
Thank you Sharon for taking the time to let us get to know you better!
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Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Author Interview)
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Mia Reads, February 2
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3
Blogging With Carol, February 4
Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 5
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Pause for Tales, February 7
To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away to two winners each the grand prize of a gift box full of goodies including: a Hidden Current book bag, a selection of other books by Sharon Hinck, Tsalla tea from Adagio (the tea they drink in the novel), chocolates, a packet of “star rain” (also from the book), an artistic book mark, and autographed book plate!!
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