A Little About
Sea of Crystal, Sea of Glass
All that fifteen-year-old Einur Landman has left in the world are his flock of sheep and his beloved little sister. The entire purpose of his life is to keep Lody safe from the Illyrië. But what he never expected was that it would be his own name that was drawn for the child sacrifice. Leaving Lody with his promise to return, Einur escapes into the wild where he meets a stranger who outlines a way to bring down the Illyrië. Forced to choose between the unthinkable – Lody’s probable death – and the seemingly impossible, Einur takes the latter.
In his quest from his mountain village, through countless dangers, to the sea itself, everything Einur believes will be tested. For Lody's sake, can he make a final crucial choice and stand firm to the end?
Author's Rating: PG
Ten Things You Should Know
About Benita J. Prins
Yes! Practically since I learned to spell, in fact. I grew up surrounded by books, but what I think had the greatest influence on me starting to write was the huge amount of playing I did. I absolutely loved to play pioneers and pretend to be characters from books, so my imagination was fertile and all the stories I played had to be written down eventually.
2. What is one of your favourite beverages/snacks while writing?
I’m constantly thirsty, so I keep a water bottle at my side at all times. (I’m strangely enamoured of water.) I have a wretchedly sweet tooth and love eating chocolate chips or Maynards candies while I’m writing, too.
3. Describe your writing space as it is right now. What would be your ideal writing space (if it’s different from this)?
In two words: a mess. Whenever I have to look something up, the source gets left on my desk indefinitely, so there are stacks of books, an unbelievable sea of loose papers, innumerable pens and pencils, and any number of random articles which I probably lost half a year ago. My ideal writing space would be a meticulously neat desk with nothing on it but my laptop – and no internet, so I couldn’t be distracted...
4. Do you write/read every single day?
I wish! I do make time to read every day, other than in extenuating circumstances, but by the time I’m done with work and school I’m tired enough to make excuses for not writing. So unless you count the unending essays I write for school, I don’t write every day.
5. What book are you currently reading?
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White. I’d been hearing about this book every now and then for ages and finally got my hands on a copy. I definitely was not expecting the writing style, but I love it!
6. Do you have any other creative outlets besides writing?
Designing book covers and interior book design is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time. There’s lots of room for artistic expression in both! I’ve been playing piano since I was five, and singing probably since I was old enough to do such a thing. One of my more recently discovered creative hobbies is filmmaking; I love everything about it – directing, camerawork, acting, and editing. Connected to that is an amateur interest in costume/clothing design. I’m proud to say I was able to semi-accurately replicate the pattern of one of Éowyn’s dresses in The Lord of the Rings films!
7. Have you ever looked yourself up on Google? If so, did you find anything surprising?
I Google myself every now and then just for fun. The most surprising thing that I’ve come across was a book pirating website link for my first book, Starscape – the synopsis looked like it had gone through Google Translate a few too many times. It was highly amusing to see.
8. What fictional character would you like to have as a best friend?
I’d love to be best friends with Lady Ella from Roseanna M. White’s ‘Ladies of the Manor’ series. She’s everlastingly cheerful – which is similar to me, but I do have dark moments every now and then, so I tend to think she wouldn’t let me wallow in misery. She finds the good in every situation.
9. Who are your 3 favourite characters in your book(s)?
Einur, my main character in Sea of Crystal, Sea of Glass, is probably my favourite of all my characters. His little sister Lody is my second favourite. Their relationship took on a life of its own, and was delightful to write about! My third favourite is Prince Kedýran, from Starscape. I liked how he handled being suddenly thrown into kingship and war when he was so young, and he was the perfect combination of seriousness and boyishness.
10. What project are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on three different projects! The first is the first book of what will probably be a trilogy, set in the same world as Sea of Crystal, Sea of Glass. The second is a standalone set in the world of Starscape. The third is completely different; it’s a contemporary YA fairytale romance. I love contemporary YA and I love fairytale retellings, so it’s a lot of fun to write. It’s also fun to write something besides fantasy again.