Guest Blog: Origins of Faeraven

Cover of Janalyn Voigt's book DawnSingerMy Tales of Faeraven series, of which DawnSinger is book one, began as a story to entertain my little girl during a drive. For the main character of my story, I twisted the name of her doll, Cinda, and came up with “Syl Marinda,” a half-breed princess in a divided land.  Long after my daughter had forgotten that first story, the world of Elderland took shape in my mind. I could picture its trees, creatures, and landscapes. As time passed, the characters deepened and grew, and so did the struggles of the alliance of Faeraven, a group of kingdoms unified under a High Queen in Elderland. Through several attempts, I tried to record the story as it unfolded for me, but I kept backing up in time because much of the history in the story demanded to be told.  Syl Marinda doesn’t even enter the scene until close to the end of WayFarer, book two in the series. She is the heroine of DawnKing, book three.

I had quite a story lodged in my mind, but I needed to grow as a writer before I could do it justice. I gleaned magazine credits, but I seemed unable to take the next step into becoming a published novelist. I needed to let go of my own vision of how my writing career would play out. It took my receiving a series of disappointments and turning away from writing for a number of years for me to do that. When I returned, I prayed about what I should write, and the answer popped into my head almost immediately. DawnSinger, the first novel of the series I’d abandoned all those years ago. Although I abandoned my writing dream, Tales of Faeraven and its people never left me. If anything they matured as I did, becoming more complex. I now knew them well.

A little over a year after I began writing DawnSinger, I signed with a small press that would later back out of the contract. That was devastating, but I signed with Harbourlight just a few months later. Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary agreed to negotiate my contract and to represent me. I lost a contract for one novel but received a two-book contract and found an agent in a single day. I needed to see that I wouldn’t turn away from writing ever again.


Janalyn VoigtJanalyn Voigt’s unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Beginning with DawnSinger, her epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams.
Janalyn also writes western romance novels, and will publish in that genre under Janalyn Irene Voigt. She is represented by Barbara Scott of Wordserve Literary. She serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA.
When she’s not writing, Janalyn loves to find adventures in the great outdoors.


The High Queen is dying. At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens. But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

DawnSinger is available at Bookstore A and Bookstore B.

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Janalyn has graciously offered to give away a copy of DawnSinger to a lucky commenter — your choice of format! Thanks, Janalyn!

7 comments on “Guest Blog: Origins of Faeraven

  1. This sounds like a great fantasy read! And a lot like my relationship with a series I’d love to be able to get all down “Arimanthea” … With a rich history of it’s own! I hope to one day put everything that swirls in my head on paper or screen whichever is closer at the time!

  2. Thanks for hosting me on your site, Kristen. I appreciate your helping me get the word out about my new epic fantasy series.

  3. I keep seeing this book popping up in all my favorite places, once compared to Anne McCaffrey’s dragons of Pern series. Gonna have to join this bandwagon, I’m thinking.

  4. […] persisted until we heard Janalyn Voigt’s story. She got agent representation after her book was accepted for publication. Prior to that, she had […]

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