A Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Tales of the Travelers, Book 2
J. A. Campbell
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Last summer, Anna’s world got turned upside-down. It’s hard to believe her travels to different worlds and fantastic yet dangerous adventures really took place. Little things, like the twinge of pain from her healing ribs, and a few relics, remind her that her journeys did actually occur. David, a ghost she met on her travels, suddenly reappears, bringing both old friends and foes back into her life. To help Sabaska, Anna must attempt to rescue captured Travelers from a Vanir stronghold, and still get home in time for school. An easy task compared to dealing with her mixed feelings for Cahir.
Uncovering a Vanir plot to find a powerful lost mage will test her strength and dedication to the Travelers. With the help of new and old friends, they set out in search of the mage. He could tip the balance of the war in either side’s favor and it’s up to Sabaska and Anna to get there first.
Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor.She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult fantasy series Tales of the Travelers. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Steampunk Trails fiction magazine.
“You have the most boring life,” a faint voice said in Anna’s ear.
Straightening from her hunched position over her math test, Anna looked wildly around, her heart racing.
“Right here,” the voice said again.
Turning, she shrieked as a gray man solidified next to her in the aisle. Her pencil snapped in her hand. She picked up one of the broken ends and held it like a weapon.
“Now, is that anyway to treat an old friend?”
Anna stared at the gray man a little longer, took in the tight pants, belt full of pouches, and cloak. She sighed. Being able to see through him should have been her first clue.
“Anna, is there a problem?” Her math teacher, Mr. Frank, sounded annoyed.
Anna looked around. The entire class stared at her. “Uh.” She glanced at David, the apparition, and then back at the class.
“Well, they can’t see me right now, of course.” He sounded smug. “Would you like them to?”
“No,” she muttered, answering both her teacher and the ill-timed specter. “No. I’m sorry, Mr. Frank. I just thought I saw something, like a ghost, and it scared me. I’ve been reading some scary stories recently and I guess they got to me.” It sounded lame, even to her, especially in the middle of a midterm math test.
“Very well, Anna. Please keep your hauntings to yourself in the future.”
Several people in the class snickered. Karen, her best friend, shot her a concerned look before going back to her test. Anna shut her eyes for a minute, wondering what the gossips would say about the incident. “We can talk later,” she muttered at the ghost.
“Of course, Anna.” His cultured voice sounded amused and apologetic.
She shook her head, not really angry with David. He had saved her and Sabaska’s life over the summer and she could survive a few days of ridicule so he could have some amusement. And he was right; her life was boring. Especially after last summer. She pushed those thoughts away, took a deep breath, and forced herself to focus on the test.
Could you tell us a little more about your non-writing life?
I’m not entirely sure I have a non-writing life. Everything I do ends up fueling my fiction somehow. But, when I’m not at my computer I spend a lot of time outside riding my horse and herding sheep with my dog. I also ride my motorcycle as much as I can. I get up to the mountains as much as I can and generally enjoy the awesomeness that is Colorado.
How important are animals to you? How do they factor into your writing?
Animals are basically my family and my life. Without them life is empty and with them life is full of joy. My horses and my dog have directly inspired several of my novels and short stories. The stories I enjoy writing most have animals in them.
Tell us a little bit about Sabaska’s Quest.
Sabaska’s Quest picks up a few months after Sabaska’s Tale. School is in session, life is boring and Anna is starting to doubt all of her adventures even happened. Little things, like residual pain and relics from her journey convince her otherwise and then David shows up and heralds the return of interesting and dangerous things to Anna’s life. She has to work with Cahir, whom she hasn’t forgiven, rescue Travelers and then her best friend gets dragged into everything too.
Who or what has been the biggest influence while writing Sabaska’s Quest?
The Real Life Sabaska will always be the biggest influence for the Travelers books.
How long did it take you to write SQ novel?
Em, well, that’s kind of a hard question to answer. I was working on Sabaska’s Quest when Sabaska died and that kind of derailed me for a while. I wrote about 15K that year and I finished it up the following November for NaNo. So, two months…or a little over a year, depending on how you look at it.
Where and how do you get your ideas?
That’s always such a tough question to answer. The initial world idea came from my own adventures with Sabaska. Sabaska’s Quest came from my desire to fix some of the things in the world (plot elements getting some resolution, not things I felt I’d done badly) and bring Anna deeper into the Travelers’ world.
Which was your favorite part to write in SQ?
The obstacle course. I can’t wait to play with the course more in the next book.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Each novel is an adventure and I’m grateful that I’m able to share them with the world.
I LOVE the romance between Anna and Cahir! Can you give us an inside look into their
Well, there’s going to be some tension while Anna learns to trust Cahir and Cahir is going to have to learn to deal with Anna learning how to take care of herself. He’s used to knowing more. That will be fun to play with in the future. Cahir is really in love with Anna though, and the next book that focus on them will dive into some of that. Anna loves Cahir too, but she hasn’t had a lot of experience in that regards. Cahir really hasn’t either. Ahh, tension.
And Karen, LOVE her! Do you have plans to develop her more into the next book?
Perhaps a love interest… Catherine?
Candance ☺ And yes. The next book will actually focus more on her and Triska. Anna and Cahir will still be in it, but it will be a “Triska” book. I’m thinking something like Triska’s Trial, but don’t hold me to that.
Your new character, Saga and her rider, how big a role will they play into the next book?
I’m actually working on Saga and Jarl’s “origin” story right now. I have book one finished and am about to dive into book two, so hopefully those “Legends of the Travelers” books will come out soon. In the next modern time book they will be minor characters, but they will play a bigger role later on as the war between the Vanir and Travelers peeks.
Do you have a title for book 3?
As I said above, I’m leaning toward Triska’s Trial. But I’m not sure yet.
How many books will be in the finished series?
Oh jeeze…um, at least three more in the main series, probably a few more than that. I’m also working on a “Legends” series where I can explore some of the famous Travelers and their partners from long ago.