While many existing female protagonists deal with gossip, high school and romance, ‘The Rose Diaries’ uses a strong female lead to take young readers on a very different kind of adventure. Immersing its audience in the beautiful world of faeries and legend, Natalia La Fey’s ‘The Rose Diaries’ is breaking new ground as something wholly unique.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/09/2013 -- While hordes of authors are diligently trying balance out the literary landscape by using strong female protagonists, many still struggle to break free from clichéd narratives and over-used stereotypes. However, California’s Natalia La Fey is quickly gaining notoriety for her unique use of a young female lead to tackle the faerie world and its deep-rooted legends.
‘The Weaving of the Fates’ is the first book in ‘The Rose Diaries’ series, introducing readers to the character of Rose. However, readers quickly learn that Rose has more pressing issues than what is going on at school or her latest crush.
The day Rose saves a tiny mermaid her life is changed forever. Not only does she discover that faeries and mythical creatures do exist, but that very same night her parents disappear. Left under the guardianship of her unconventional grandfather, Rose is sent to boarding school.
Five years later Rose returns to the town where it all began to start afresh at a local school. Within days of her return, the faeries begin to gather around Rose and along with her new friends, Thomas Parish and Owen Finch, she sets out on an adventure to free Kallan, a faerie King of the Unseelie court, and to repair the delicate weave of the faerie world. As one mystery unravels, other secrets come to light.
Convinced that there is some sort of link between her parent’s disappearance and the unveiling of the mythical world, Rose becomes obsessed with helping Kallan in the hope of uncovering the truth; but this alliance just might change her in ways she never thought possible.
As the author explains, the world of literature will only move past stereotypes if authors dare to explore new territory with their characters.
“I’ve been writing since I was a child and have always been passionate about including young female characters to drive narratives forward. However, I think authors have a duty to widen their scope and move the typical female protagonist beyond the realms of school and romance. The Rose Diaries dives deep into a beautiful world of legend and lore; the perfect setting for a young adult novel with a difference,” says La Fey.
Continuing, “Rose can achieve anything from integrating with and standing up to faeries, exploring uncharted territory and trying to solve the mystery behind her parent’s disappearance. Feedback to date has been outstanding and I’ve learned that readers of all ages are enjoying the book.”
La Fey’s unique narrative has already allowed her to build a 1200-strong social media following, receive coverage in Girl’s Life Magazine and has even afforded the opportunity of being pitched to brand and film executives by Peter Miller of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management.
“It’s all down to being unique and not being afraid to write something different. All of the statistics show that the young adult marketplace is rapidly expanding – so we need to cater to the increasingly diverse tastes. I’ve got many more books in the works and guarantee that Rose’s best days are ahead,” La Fey adds.
‘The Rose Diaries’ is available now.
The book can be purchased from:
Kobo Books - http://bit.ly/10E62Vf
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/15eGAsH
For more information and to keep abreast of the latest news, visit the author’s website: http://natalialafey.com
About Natalia La Fey
Natalia La Fey was first published at the age of six with the book ,Our World, by the Kids of Australia in association with McPhee Gribble, in which her full page illustration and musings about a land of frogs was featured. A natural artist and writer, she was drawn to art college, where she studied narrative based art, including illustration, animation and film.
Upon completion of her studies she began an animation career in stop motion and worked alongside legendary director/animators such as Nick Donkin (The Junky’s Christmas) Mike Johnson (The Corpse Bride) and Paul Berry (Nightmare before Christmas). Her love of creating characters and stories continued and she began to dabble in script writing.
She eventually produced her first picture book, Just Me. Three more titles followed and, while living in Asia, she wrote her first novel for the series The Rose Diaries. Natalia then moved to London and free-lanced as an illustrator. It was here that her work was noticed by literary agents. Wishing to return to the basics of art and further hone and refine her illustration and writing skills, she decided to attend the San Francisco Art Institute´s Post-graduate Program majoring in painting and film.