Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Author Sybrina Durant

About the Book:
“The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad? 
Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors. 
Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed. 
Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.

About the Author:

I'm Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you'll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today. 

Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I'm so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome!

The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below.

My latest effort is “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm. It is a book I started writing 30 something years ago and never finished. At the time, it was meant to be an epic fantasy along the lines of novels written by Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Ursula K. Le Guin and other amazing fantasy writers. I’ve pulled out my notes, dusted off the outline and began rewriting and expanding upon the 50 pages I had began. This story is now available as an Illustrated Book for teens and older readers in full color and in black and white, too. The black and white version is a "Read and Color" book. Read a chapter, then color the following pages. How fun is that? There is also a picture book for pre-schoolers called Unicorns From Unimaise - The Magical Metal-Horn Trobe. A longer version of the chapter book will soon be available as an Illustrated Novel with a companion glossary called, The Marbryn Compendium. All of the fantastic fantasy illustrations are by Dasguptarts. There is also a companion coloring/character description book, edited by Calyie Martin. It will introduce potential readers to the myriad of characters, places and things in the story.

Author Interview

Book title:  The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Book For Teens

What moment or event sparked the inspiration for your novel?
Please share three interesting facts about the characters in your
1)  The 12 unicorns in my story all have metal horns with related magical powers. . .except for one.  He has neither.  This book is about his quest to find his power and to save his tribe from extinction.

2)  The evil wizard wasn’t always evil.  The over whelming power of the event which changed him affected him in the same way that drugs can completely change any person who succumbs to their lure.  Addiction can literally change the structure of the brain.  That and the unrelenting call of particular drugs can change the person using them into unrecognizable monsters.  In Magh’s case, his lure comes in the form of the power he receives from magical unicorn horns and hooves.

3)  The firebird in the book is not a phoenix.  I point this out because most people relate firebirds to the phoenix which rises from the ashes.  Girasol never died and never rose from ashes.  She is a magical bird who generates flames when she flies and can breathe a blast of flames when she is angry.  She only consumes one nutrient.  That is the seed of the Pepo tree.  It gives her enough energy for 3 days flught.  Girasol’s name and colors come from the fire opal which has an orange and reddish glow.

What genre and age group does your book fall into?  - This illustrated  fantasy book is meant for teens and any older readers who enjoy coming of age stories (in particular about unicorns) and who love bathing their eyes in lavish artwork.  But the novel for this story will be published early next year.  It will be about 3 times longer and will be for  a more adult audience.

What is the first book you remember reading, that affected how
you thought or felt about something? – Strangely, the first book title that just leapt from my memory is Watership Down by Richard Adams.  It was as if the author had mind-melded with different members of the rabbit warren and was actually writing from their point of view.  There were over 25 rabbit characters in that book but I had no concept of just how many there were as I was reading.  To me, it was just a wonderful tale full of action and adventure with humanlike rabbits as the heroes.  Now that I look back on the vast amount of characters that very famous book had, it makes me wonder why so many people in my book’s reading audience are worried that 12 are too many unicorn characters to keep track of. 

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1)  It’s apparently not politically correct for a woman to give kudos to Piers Anthony in this hypercritical world we live in today but his books definitely inspired The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm.  His ability to twist words around and give them new meanings really appealed to my imagination.
2)  For me, Anne Rice is one of the best authors of all time.  She writes pure poetic prose.  I wish I could write like her. 
3)  J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about worlds that mesmerized me.  I wanted to travel to them and live in them.

Do you have any ethics or morals you would like to come across in
your books through story telling?  You can’t judge a book by its cover.  You have to open it to read what’s within.  And I’m not really referring to actual books.  I’m talking about having enough interest in any particular person, place or thing to peel the layers back to see what is inside.  When you take that time and effort, there is almost always a reward to be had.

Do you read a book, while you are writing a book?  I have read over a thousand books in my lifetime and have enjoyed most of them.  But since I started delving so deeply into the process of writing, I find I don’t have much time to read any longer.  It is a sad thing to admit.  I wonder how many writers that happens to.  Writing can become all-time consuming.

The process:

What were two challenges you faced when writing your book?
1)Time – There’s never enough.
2)Research – Forty something years ago, the only research tools available to me were dictionaries and encyclopedias and printed books from the library.  I managed to cobble together a lot of information from those sources but was thrilled when the internet and search engines came on the scene.  Suddenly, I could find out loads of information about any subject in the world.  I loved the process so much that sometimes my writing would languish because I spent so much time learning new things.  But something has changed again.  I find now that those internet searches are leading more and more to shopping sites.  It’s hard to find pure data any longer.  It didn’t take long, in the general scheme of things, for that to occur.  Hmm…it might be time to start going back to libraries to find unadulterated information again.

Was there a ever a time when you were writing a scene that you
felt so into a character that you almost felt you were one? If so
from which book and which character? – There is a scene in The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm where I actually cried as I wrote about Silubhra the Silver Horned Unicorn.  Shivering waves washed over me as I felt how she felt about a great loss.  It was quite an experience, one which I’ve never had previous to that.  I do feel a great affinity for her though because she has the power to sway emotions with her songs.  Musical persuasion is something I have always strived for yet not quite reached.

What part of being an author becomes the most critical for you? – I want to write an interesting and entertaining book that is full of fantasy and magic but I also want to be true to the different aspects of reality that might be questioned by some readers.  It’s something I take great pains to remain aware of as I write.

How long does it usually take for you to complete a book?  - This book took over 30 years to complete!  That’s not normal for me.  I started writing The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm in my late twenties.  I wrote up character, place and thing descriptions on index cards and cataloged them neatly in a box.  I wrote an extensive outline, a long summary and about 50 pages of actual story.  I even drew a map!  Then, I put it all in a drawer and didn’t take it out until recently.  Life just got in the way until then.

Do you have any ideas for your book and Hollywood? Actors,
directors, music. – That’s a funny question because I absolutely did have ideas for actors for the eventual real-life animated movie.  As I wrote, their tv personalities (voices and mannerisms) were upper most in my mind.  Many of those actors and actresses names won’t even be recognizable today to your younger readers.  But here are a few just for fun:  Cornum the Brass Horned Unicorn was based on John Ritter “Jack Tripper on Three’s Company”.  Style the Steel Horned Unicorn was based on Jackee Harry who played “Sandra on 227”.  Nix the Nickel Horned Unicorn was Bruce Willis who was starring as “David Addison on Moonlighting”.  Alumna the Aluminum Horned Unicorn was Shelly Long who played “Diane on Cheers” at the time.  I have the entire list and it is interesting to look at it again.  I’d love to know which young people might play the unicorn parts today. 

I’ve always had ideas for music for my stories.  In addition to writing stories, I also write songs.  In fact, The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm ends in a song called “Home”.  You can hear it and many others at

Do you study science, criminology, police, medical, or anything
special to help you with your writing? – I do a lot of research on the science of things to help with my writing.  One of those things is the properties of different metals – the color of the flame when a metal burns, for instance.  Things like this helped me determine the colors of the manes and tails of the metal horned unicorns in my book.

What, who, and when, first inspired you to write?
Personal favorite info:
Drink – Tea
Food – Anything, as long as it doesn’t not come from a bag or a box.
Vacation – I would love to visit Stonehenge.  My maiden name is Wiltshire and Stonehenge is in Wiltshire County, England.  Surely, I must feel the call of my ancestors because although I’m from Texas, editors are always asking me if I’m writing American English or British.
TV show – Right now, “Dark Matter” but I’ve always been very fond of Dr. Who.
Movie – Fantasy over Science Fiction but any of either.
Animal – Unicorn of course!
Sport – Dancing
Book – “Violin”a ghost story by Anne Rice
Comedy –Big Bang.  I watch it every single night!
Struggle – To find time to write.  I work 10 hours a day at my “real” job and can only write, market and promote my books when I arrive  back home from the daily grind.
Addiction – Sugar – In fact, I even wrote a song about it when I was co-writing with Sandi Johnson for her children’s books.  You can hear it here if you are so inclined. - 

How can people connect with you?
Author Bio + Social Networking links
Amazon Author Central -

Where can readers find your book?
Buy Links

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