Fantasy for young adults overcomes cultural, linguistic barriers to embody representation and inclusivity
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BOGOTA, Colombia – Author E. J. Miranda lives in Colombia but often travels to the U.S. on vacations, or to visit family in Houston. Miranda is no stranger to international living, and she is passionate about learning from a variety of cultures around the globe. She draws on her knowledge of international customs in this new fantasy series which follows protagonist Julian Fox through dangerous and exciting adventures.
Julian Fox is a Dream Guardian who faces challenges both in the dream world and the real world. He must forge a closer bond with his brother, Nicholas, despite the back-and-forth antics between the two, and he must discover what true love means when his feelings for his college girlfriend begin to wane after he meets Elizabeth, the owner of a mysterious portal. Julian is put to the test when protecting Elizabeth in the dream world from villains. In his quest to understand how to protect her, Julian learns much more about these villains than he bargained for, and must make some crucial decisions.
Julian Fox, The Dream Guardian (publisher, Sept. 18, 2019) is first and foremost a fantasy novel, though it draws significantly on world history and mythology. Miranda’s tale defies categorization in more than one way as it also features romance and humor throughout. Young audiences will be enthralled with the story and the writing style, and are guaranteed to learn about the stems of division and the importance of unity.
E. J. MIRANDA: is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and a passionate author. Her great sense of humor and love for nature have granted her a rebellious writing style: her approach describes the adventures of life, but in such a way that each reader can have an individual take on the matter. Her inspiration comes from her curiosity about other countries’ cultures and peculiarities. A few countries in particular which spark her curiosity are Colombia, Italy, Costa Rica, England, Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her favorite places to visit are historical sites and museums, locations that allow her to explore important and even overlooked details. She currently lives with her husband in Colombia, but frequently travels to Houston to visit her daughter and son. E.J. Miranda has a degree in tax accounting, but she prefers interacting with people to calculating their taxes. To learn more about her life and work, visit www.ejmiranda.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian”
E. J. Miranda | Sept. 18, 2019 | Independently published
Paperback | 978-1-7337982-0-4 | $12.99
Ebook | 978-1-7337982-1-1 | $4.99
In an interview, E. J. MIRANDA can discuss:
* How young female readers can connect to the fantasy genre through her work
* How this series is part of a broader cultural movement to have more varied representation in books and why inclusivity matters
* The process of releasing the books in both English and Spanish and why she chose to do this
* What global writing means to her, and how she chooses to represent various different cultures within her work
* Creating a world from scratch, including rules that govern that world, and how she develops new words to describe the mythology of the realm
An Interview with E. J. MIRANDA
Tell us a little bit about your background and where the inspiration from this book stemmed from.
I believe that reading inspires any writer. I have been reading since I was a little girl, and one day, many years ago, I decided to put my own words in front of readers. I am inspired by my desire for sincere support and respect as a response to the intolerance that we can still see today. I hope Julian Fox makes the readers laugh, reflect, and realize there are other ways of writing, debunking the myth that everything has been written.
How has living in Colombia influenced your writing style and the types of stories you’re interested in telling?
I have had the honor of living in this beautiful country for almost two years. During all of this time, I have continued writing about Julian Fox’s adventures. The happiness of this Latin-American country has been very stimulating for me, especially to come up with the pranks between Julian and Nicholas. I must also say that Cartagena, a wonderful city I visited many years ago, inspired me to write the story of a brave Colombian Guardian who will always be remembered by all the present Dream Guardians.
How did you approach the book’s genre when creating a unique blend of history, fantasy, mythology, romance, and humor?
I have been wanting to create my own world for a long time. Julian Fox’s personality, sense of humor, sense of justice, love for his family, and respect for others echoes who I am. I respect and admire every book I have had the fortune of reading, and I believe every book to come must be as authentic as the writer. In my particular case, I write about stories of the past so the reader can reflect on how much we as a humanity have evolved and how much we still need to change. In this book, I also express my love for the beauty and complexity of mythology and, as an homage to past writers’ imagination, I created my own take on mythology, giving it a meaning and a purpose for me and my dear readers.
Do you think female readers are yearning for new fantasy stories that will connect with them? Did you intentionally craft your tale to appeal to a female audience?
I write to the feelings, decisions, and consequences that are born from our free will. I write to the strong heartbeats that make us humans, not to a specific gender. I dedicate my story to our laughter, strength, and courage, and I hope one day respect and understanding prevail between us, just like it does between my Dream Guardians. I know my goal is too big but it is my dream, and I know many readers out there, regardless of gender, share this dream with me.
Your writing often takes place across a wide range of settings: Paris, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, China, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and Argentina. What is your take on global writing and how do you choose which locations to represent? Have you traveled to every place you write about?
I have had the opportunity of traveling to many cities around the world. I chose Paris as Julian’s birthplace after my first trip to this mesmerizing city. The same happened during my stay in Spain. I chose Seville, one of the main epicenters of the Spanish Inquisition, as the main scenario for the story of Juan de Villanueva. Many cities have inspired me, mainly for their past, their history, and their culture and how it has changed over the years. I believe a society’s culture is what makes its history, and it is important to learn from our past mistakes to avoid repeating them today. I must say that Moscow, China, and Greece are still on my travel bucket list.