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Benzon Ray Barbin
Benzon Ray Barbin Author Interview

Playtime in Vella Dera follows a traveler with a dark and disturbing past as she tries to right things in her world. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for the setup of my story came from rewatching The Godfather Part II. In the movie, Michael Corleone delivers a quote that stuck with me: “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.” No one is invincible, no matter their power or position. Another layer I considered—what does it take to motivate or push someone to an extreme that results in death, and what are the consequences to that. Those ideas got me going with the story.

Enauria is a unique character, what were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Enauria is an important character from my novella, Reflections of Destiny. She’s different in that book. Powerful and in control. I’ve always been aware of what it’s like working with a strong character, but despite her abilities and secrets, Enauria is a human who isn’t perfect and has flaws and issues she has to deal with. I wrote Vella Dera as a stand-alone and companion piece. I wanted to explore her character with more depth and give readers a starting point that allows them to understand her a little more easily—without having Enauria be a complete mystery.

How did the idea for the characters’ motives come to fruition for you?

Enauria and Fiona have things that help to make life convenient for them: wealth, magical power, and status—but I wanted to contrast how these women differ in the way they’ve lived, what their goals are, and how their decisions affected their paths. For Enauria, I asked myself, what would someone who has just about everything possibly want? What would help to bring more meaning in life and make it worth living?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My working title for the next project: The Kitsen Park Agenda. I plan to explore how Enauria got her power and what happened afterward, but I don’t want to be trapped in the realm of a prequel. Kitsen Park might be a hybrid of Enauria’s past, plus what’s in her future, where things are uncertain. I’m enjoying the long-short story format, but I want to take my time with it. Whenever it’s ready, I’ll say something about it on Twitter.

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What are the consequences of denying one’s true self?
A traveler named Enauria has returned home for the first time in many years. She connects with a psychiatrist and renews a plan to fulfill a promise to an old friend.
“Playtime in Vella Dera” is a speculative fiction short story. Set in the future, it unfolds a familiar, contemporary vibe with jazz music, lounge life, and varying cityscapes. Adventure and danger intensify as lore and concealed magic intersect.
Enjoy Vella Dera as a stand-alone, or as a companion piece to the novella Reflections of Destiny.

Playtime in Vella Dera

Enauria is living with trauma, trying to move forward with her life, and she is looking for answers. Among other things, Enauria is a princess. She carries a secret that can give others peace, and she knows the time has come to reveal the hiding place of Queen Caneria. It is finally time for her daughter, Fiona, to accept the crown. This is a mission that should be simple for someone like Enauria as her powers place her far above those around her. Enauria, however, doesn’t want this to go so smoothly–she wants to leave magic behind and do this the hard way.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by author Benzon Ray Barbin, is a fast-paced science fiction short story centered around the rescue of exiled Queen Caneria. The short story’s main character, Enauria, is strong-willed and determined to bring Caneria and her daughter back together while at the same time helping Sedrinar find the only thing he has left of his past–his memories. Readers will find Enauria fascinating. As strong and capable as she is, she is still riddled with the guilt of her past decisions. Watching her growth throughout the plot is quite satisfying.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by Benzon Ray Barbin is a riveting short story. Filled with drama, suspense, a main character battling herself as much as others, and a nicely-paced plot that wraps up cleanly while leaving a nice teaser for a possible sequel. Both science fiction and drama fans will find Playtime in Vella Dera a great quick read.

Pages: 58 | ASIN : B09HNP2XM1

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