The author of the thrilling new young adult sci-fi series talks about how it all began.
SSA: How did you come up with the idea for Opaque [the book that started it all] and the overall biokenretic mutation?
Cālix: In hindsight, it was all a bit cliche. I was watching the Investigation ID channel late one night, as usual, and I fell asleep while watching. I had a terrible nightmare about a young man with flashing golden eyes. He terrified me because his face was innocent but his thoughts were not. That was the first nightmare. I woke up breathing heavily and thanking my stars that this boy wasn’t real. I didn’t understand what I had seen in my dream. The following night, he came back. Sad and pleading. It was almost as if he was trying to explain himself in the next dream. His Limbal Ring was a discernible gold. He was just so angry. So frustrated. But the point was that he wouldn’t let go. When I woke up, all I knew was that his name was Adam and I wanted him out of my dreams, onto paper.
SSA: Was the writing immediate? Or did you wait it out (a la George RR Martin)?
Cālix: I immediately flipped open my laptop and started what I thought would be a journal entry just to purge the nightmares. But I was writing his thoughts. Once I realized that, I knew what was happening. I titled my project “Darkness in Light”. The first thing I ever wrote was: “No one even notices my contempt. They’re so *** stupid. Blind is more like it. I could sprout horns right now and they’d still be in denial about who and what I truly am, so I blend. I could literally kill every living creature and feel the same nothing I already feel.” He was an angry young man.
SSA: If he frightened you, did you think he’d scare others away?
Cālix: His thoughts were truly dark and disturbing, and though I wanted them out of my head, I didn’t want his existence to cease. A part of me wanted to help him. I completed half of the first chapter within minutes and then paused. He was indeed scary. But I decided that he deserved to exist and have his say as much as anyone else. So, I reached out to a man that I had the utmost respect for, and asked him if he would read what I had written. I decided that if he (who was not easily intimidated) was frightened, then I would let Adam remain in a diary somewhere.
My friend (the wonderful Edward Jordan III) responded positively and unafraid. That was a green-light for me. Adam wrote himself. I was just the medium. To my delight, Adam just needed a little understanding and patience. I think that’s what he wanted from me. To understand him and convey his message.
The biokenretic gene that involves the mutation of the Limbal Ring located around the human iris stemmed from Adam’s eyes flashing gold in my dreams of him.I ultimately completed Opaque in 3 weeks, but there was no ending in sight. Meaning, I had gone over 100k words and had to force myself to stop. Adam and Carly didn’t want their story to end. Jo and Dauma had unfinished business. So my spillage turned into second and third sequels. That, in short, is how the Scion Saga Series was born.
Well, there you have it fans! From the author herself. Follow Cālix Leigh-Reign on Facebook or visit her official website CalixImplied.com. Opaque is currently on sale everywhere books are sold. Split Adam: Book 2 will be release on 7/31/17 (available for pre-order on Amazon). Catch up on your descendant knowledge and join the phenomenon that is the Scion Saga!