Book Spotlight

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Diana Alderoot and the Gilded Mage” by Trista Shaye

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Diana Alderoot and the Gilded Mage” by Trista Shaye


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First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

I’m a part-time author but my day-job is as a voiceover artist. Currently, I narrate a ton of audiobooks for a living but I’ve also done voiceover for LEGO and am a superhero’s voice in a podcast (SuperSonicPodComics). My husband and I are looking to move to the west coast for the sun, the palm trees, and opportunities with my job I can’t find here.


What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Diana was written for ages 10 and up. It’s a clean, wholesome adventure but there are some deeper themes scattered throughout that can easily be enjoyed by older readers. This MG fantasy has adventure woven through the chapters and friendship and identity are leading ideas of the tale.

What was the inspired you to write this book:

Some of my books are inspired by dreams, some by a tiny snippet of what someone said to me during the day, or I get inspired by seeing beautiful scenery and need to capture that somehow in an epic story. However, none of these are the cases for this book.

Honestly, my inspiration was that once I had Diana fully finished and ready for release I could throw an enormous release party. That sounds so weird, but I love giving things to people and I’ve never thrown an official release party for either of my previous books, so it was a huge inspiration to me as I worked to finish the first draft. And then also just being able to release a story I would have loved growing up and would still love just as much if I picked it up today.

Tell us about your book:

Diana Alderoot and the Gilded Mage is an MG (Middle Grade) fantasy adventure story. It’s aimed at readers 10 and up and has some deeper themes that can easily be appreciated by older readers, as well. The book tells the story of Diana Alderoot, a fairy living in The Magic Vale. Her realm has known peace and prosperity for as long as she or anyone else can remember. Then, suddenly, Diana comes across something that changes everything and threatens the very existence of all she’s ever known. Diana must decided who she can trust to help her save, not only her realm, but the other four as well. The young fairy sets out on an adventure that is quite unlike anything she thought it would be and has to come to grips with her own past and unravel a web of identity and lies.

Where can we purchase your book:

Diana Alderoot and the Gilded Mage releases on March 21st. On Amazon the hardback version is now available for pre-order and the week before the release date, the ebook will also be available for pre-order. Once released, you will be able to find it on Amazon in paperback, hardback, and ebook forms. On Audible as an audiobook – narrated by yours truly. And then also on IngramSpark in hardback and ebook form.

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By James Quinlan Meservy

I am James Quinlan Meservy
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