by RJ Conte
Lucas Thissel has something he fears: an alien species of palm-sized glass fairies called Lucent Sylphs. They came through a portal from a metaphysical dimension, and they indenture themselves as slaves to human beings. Too much neglect or unkindness, and they will cloud over and disintegrate. Too much love and their hearts are overcome and burst.
And one has attached herself to him.
“Conte writes with a sensitive, poetic, and inventive pen.”
“This lovely little story is easy to read in one sitting, but it is guaranteed to touch your heartstrings and stay with you long after you turn off your Kindle.”
“I have rarely had a piece of fiction touch me as much as Lucent Sylph by RJ Conte. Anyone that has loved and lost will appreciate this tender, sweet story.”
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CIR: What inspired this book?
CONTE: I think it was definitely inspired, in part, by anime. But also by difficult people in my life. These are people who I love very much but who are so difficult to love that it feels like a constant balancing act where you could lose them.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this?
CONTE: I wrote almost the whole first draft on the plane out to visit one of my very best friends, and fellow authors, so I got to share it with her while I was at visiting. I cried through almost the whole thing.
CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?
CONTE: I feel like watching the various eastern storytelling methods really played a part in this. Japanese (and Asian) culture paints a vivid emotional picture for the viewer, and I wanted to incorporate that into western writing.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
CONTE: Thinking of the two people who I love but who are so far away from me, in every way, at this time. Writing this was very therapeutic.
CIR: What message do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
CONTE: That it’s better to have loved and lost because Christ did just that for us. Love isn’t about what we gain, or about protecting ourselves. It’s about accepting the difficult situations we’ve put ourselves in and embracing them because we’re thinking about giving to the other person 100% of the time.