We’re so excited and honored to be hosting one of the days of Arwen Elys Dayton’s blog tour for the newly released Traveler (out yesterday!). Traveler is the sequel to Seeker (which we LOVED!!), and we are featuring this book all month with our book club. There are giveaways, interviews, all sorts of great things. And today we have an exclusive video Arwen recorded just for us talking about how she chooses locations.
There are a few different locations in the series, but the two that are most vibrant are Scotland and Hong Kong in Seeker, and places like Africa and Norway in Traveler. Check out the video below for more (including gorgeous images of these places!) Also, if you aren’t in the mood to watch, we have included a transcript of the video at the bottom of this post. But the video is pretty fun; Arwen did a lot of her traipsing about with a GoPro on her head, and it’s fun to see things from her perspective.
ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of SEEKER and TRAVELER. She spends moths doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland.
What’s Traveler about? Check it out!
by Arwen Elys Dayton
Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.
Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. She was trained to be an assassin. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.
Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.
But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. They are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago with the power to end the legacy forever. And it might destroy them all.
TRANSCRIPT: ARWEN ELYS DAYTON WITH LYTHERUS.COM
SEEKER is the story of three teenagers who have spent most of their lives training for what they think is a noble purpose – to be Seekers – only to discover that their families are actually turning them into assassins. In TRAVELER, as they try to break away from this fate, or maybe embrace it, they discover that the world of Seekers is larger than they’d realized, and they become entangled in a plan begun generations ago that immediately threatens their very survival.
Today I am here on one of my favorite sites, Lytherus.com, to answer the question, “How do you choose the locations for your stories?”
I choose places that inspire me, and I am generally inspired by vast, majestic, open, lush landscapes, and the world is full of so many different versions of this. I am also weirdly inspired by the exact opposite: densely populated, intricate, dynamic cities. And I think that is why in SEEKER, you see the action takes place between the Scottish highlands and Hong Kong, which in the book is this even denser, darker, more crowded version of Hong Kong.
And then in TRAVELER there are new locations. We go to Mont Saint-Michel, which is this medieval city. It’s a small island off the coast of France that’s completely separated from the mainland when the tide comes in. There’s the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, in southwestern Africa, probably one of the most barren places on Earth, but also beautiful in its own way. There’s a frozen cave in Norway where some key chapters take place.
I think the locations really just come from my own wanderlust and inspiration.
Thank you so much for having me on Lytherus.com.