Ever thought about the possibility of a multiverse with paranormal elements in it, hidden from the regular world we know of? Soul Seers by author Trevor H. Lund explores the possibility of a situation as such. Trevor’s fantasy fiction novel follows Christi, an investigative reporter from The Guardian who finds herself in paranormal situations she never expected in her wildest of dreams.
After the release of the book, we, at Vowelor, had an exciting conversation with author Trevor H. Lund about his writing and more. But, before we continue with his interview, here’s a little something about him.
About the Author: Trevor H. Lund
Trevor H. Lund is an author and content creator from Alberta, Canada. He is the founder of Live LIGHT Academy and has a presence on RevTrev.com. Trevor has recently published Soul Seers, a mind-bending fantasy fiction novel with paranormal elements set in a multiverse.
Further, Trevor shared about his life, writing journey, inspirations, and more exciting things about himself. Here are all of his interesting answers.
Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, passions, etc.
Husband of one. Father of two. Friend of many, offending a few. I enjoy spending time in make-believe worlds and often talk to fictional characters. A world government has declared me an alien. Occasionally I have slipped into being a ghost and I have no verifiable record of the time I spent secretly training as a ninja. I have put on a mask, went into a bank, and demanded money. I am a befriender of dragons and so enjoy making up both words and worlds.
When and where were you born and brought up?
I was born and raised in Canada. When I moved to New Zealand for a short time, the government there labeled me an alien.
What were you like in your childhood? Any good memory you would like to share?
One of my teachers had a good way for me to keep quiet in her class. I could read or write anything once I finished the assignment. One day she came up with a smile saying she’d be meeting with my parents after school that day. I panicked. Would she talk about the bees I accidentally released in class? No. That was too long ago. Would she talk about me rigging the tap in the class to spray across the room? No. She couldn’t pin that on me. Was she going to explain why she duct-taped my mouth shut? No. That made her look bad. As I sat squirming in my seat, I caught her laughing to herself. I took the bus home. My parents were stopping at the school and would be home after I got home. I had to figure out what to do. I figured if I would confess, the punishment wouldn’t be so severe.
When my parents came home, I explained in rapid succession… “Robbie started the game to see who could catch the most bees. I won. I wasn’t the first to rig the tap, I was only the best at it. SHE was the one who used duct tape…” I realized my parents had no clue what I was talking about, so I back peddled… “How did your meeting go with the teacher?” I tentatively asked. My mom responded, “She showed us some of your writing and said you have a genuine talent for it if you’re willing to work for it.” “Oh, OK,” I replied as I headed out the door. “What were you talking about when we came in?” my Dad called after me. “Must not be important,” I shouted over my shoulder as I ran towards the freedom of the outdoors.
What do you think has been your biggest achievement till today?
It’s my wife’s achievement. We’ve been married since 1995. I still can’t believe she puts up with me.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing?
I left my family, friends, finances, and future in Canada and moved to New Zealand… my Dad was diagnosed with Bulbar ALS. I got a job as a freelance advertising features writer. One day I was really missing everything I had given up and lamented to the sky “Why?” and I felt the soft reply, “I’ve given you time to write, why have you done everything but that?”
Which writers inspire you?
I read a lot. When I find an author I like, I devour their books. I appreciate authors. I’m not really inspired by them.
Writing is stressful at times. How do you relax your mind?
Stand up. Go for a walk. Have a shower. Inspiration returns when you’re doing something else.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
My story isn’t done being written.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
You have something to say. Listen first, but don’t be afraid to say it.
What kind of books do you like to read personally? What are you reading currently?
Fantasy. Currently reading Riyria Chronicle by Michael J. Sullivan
If you could have been the original author of any book, which one would it be and why?
I’ve got my own stories to tell, why would I want to write something that’s not mine? I suppose I would like to have written any of the lost books that are mentioned in the Bible. Because they are currently lost from history, and I would really like to know what they say
How is your day structured; do you have a special time to write or is it pretty much random?
The mornings are when I write. I know what I have to write because I’ve learned the value of plotting. I write badly and don’t spell check or fact check, that comes later. In the past, I have written with pen and paper to avoid spell check. Typing becomes the first edit.
What is the reason you write; is it for the readers or yourself or something else?
I write as worship to my Creator. I feel His pleasure on me as I write.
About your Book: Soul Seers
Christi Connelly is the star investigative reporter at The Guardian, because of which she gets away with her ‘alleged’ not-so-legal ways to get her hands on evidence. One such hunch of hers opened the doors of a whole new world for her, and no, it’s not anything she could have imagined even in her craziest fantasies. Filled with thrill, drama, and the supernatural, Soul Seers is one book that every fantasy reader got to read.
What genre is your book? What draws you to this genre?
Speculative Fiction. I so enjoy thinking about “what if”.
Was there something that made you write this book?
I believe there is an unseen world. I wonder how it functions with and in our world.
What makes ‘Soul Seers’ stand out in this genre?
I love these characters. I can’t believe what I put them through. Some scenes still bring tears to my eyes.
Why do you think a reader should pick this book over anything else?
Because I’m a nice person and you should like me. I would tell you if it’s not a good book. I wrote another novel in three days. That one, I don’t recommend. I may do some extreme editing on it though, I like the story… so I won’t give you the title of the one I’m not currently recommending. Soul Seers has characters you want to root for. Only one publisher called me up to tell me the book would send people to hell.
The book has elements like paranormal entities, different realms, the concept of self-discovery, and a lot more. What were the hardest and the easiest things or ideas for you to incorporate?
Self-discovery has to be done the way we expect, that’s probably the easiest. The world was so much fun to create, the hardest part was to stop creating it and get on with the story.
Is there any special experience throughout the writing process of ‘Soul Seers’ that you’d like to share?
A breakthrough happened to me when I started interviewing my fictional characters. Think about that…have a conversation with yourself, using the voice of your character. Decide on their personality and how they would respond and have them over for a cup of coffee. Highly recommend talking to fictional characters. Sometimes they give great advice.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have 47 non-fiction in the first draft or better. These are in support of my courses and coaching on LiveLIGHT.ca It’s a balancing act to know what to focus on. I’m being drawn back to fiction constantly. My next fiction book is planned for next year.
Are you working on your new project? What is your next book about?
Sneeze – A man is sent an amulet from his grandmother and now every time he sneezes he ends up in a world where he is awakening to the reality that he’s the Wizard of Words and Wishes. It’s a world he created, it’s a world he’s forgotten. It’s a world where people in the real world have doppelgängers, it’s so much fun.
What does success mean to you as an Author?
Success is feeling my Creator’s pleasure on me as I write. It’s also fun when other people quote you.
Do you prefer self-publishing or traditional publishing and Why?
I’ve been both traditionally published and I have my own publishing house. I prefer my own publishing house. Since 2005 I’ve helped writers become authors and authors sell more books. I like having creative control of my own projects. I was able to publish 8 books in various formats while I was in isolation because of Covid this year.
One lesson that you’d like to pass on to young debut authors.
If you can control your lighting while writing, do it. This has been a great help to me. 2700-3000 lumens is the Creative Zone when you need to think through plot points. 3000-5000 lumens is the Reading Zone when you need more attention as you research. 5000 – 65000 lumens is the Writing Zone when you need High Concentration as you hit your word count goals.
Your opinion about Vowelor.
Friendly, professional, and easy to work with.