Interview With Zachary Hagen (Eternity’s Well)

Today we are very excited to share an interview with Author Zachary Hagen (Eternity’s Well)!

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Zachary Hagen

Zachary Hagen is a Minnesota based fantasy author and editor. He lives there with his wife, Claudia, and their dog, Flynn. When he isn’t busy writing his next book or working with an editing client, you can often find him walking around his neighborhood or hiking.

From a young age he was enthralled with the world of story. From the stories his parents read to him from his blue bedtime story books (if you know, you know) to the first two series that he read, The Chronicles of Narnia and A Series of Unfortunate Events, Zachary’s tastes continued to develop throughout his years of reading.

The influences for his first series, The Eternal Chronicles, include Christopher Paolini, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others.

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About the Book: Eternity’s Well

When you lose family, friends, and country, how far is too far?

Elior watched as his twin brother, the only real family he had left run into a building as it disappeared.

Nyx, a cursed merman, watched as his father and best friend were killed in front of him.

Opal’s father died leaving her with a legacy to live up to and a throne to protect.

When they join forces with a wise professor to find the Well of Eternity, can they find answers to their problems? Can the ancient evil lurking in the shadows of society be stopped before it’s too late, or will blood be spilled killing their hope and dooming Lux Terra forever?

Eternity’s Well will hook you from the very beginning and take you on a spellbinding, breathtaking journey through a new world where anything is possible.

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~Author Chat~

 

YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

 ZH: The title. I had a general idea of the story and the title long before the story emerged in its final version. However, after I solidified the concept for the first book, the rest of the series fell into place, too.

 

YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

 ZH: I am most proud of this scene where Elior and Michael are having a heart-to-heart near the middle of the book. Michael helps Elior to consider new possibilities and begin the process of healing from the loss of his brother.

 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

ZH: Writing is about making an experience for the reader, and that means creating an immersive experience that includes all the senses. Writing a novel means making it possible for a reader to truly be in the moment you create.

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

ZH: Once I’m done with the last book in Eternal Chronicles, Eternity’s End, I’ll be finishing a project I put in hold. It is a retelling of the Aladdin story from the princess’s perspective called Aisha’s Secret.

YABC:    Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

ZH: My latest book was actually Eternity’s Edge, and in that book, I’d say that Viola, a djinn who married the main villain of the series, Taariq, gave me the most trouble. She goes through a sort of metamorphosis over the course of the book. Allowing change for some characters is more difficult than others.

YABC:    What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?

ZH: Loss is never the end, healing comes through living, and faith is the force that fuels life.

YABC:     Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

ZH: I have been a teacher in small private schools for my entire teaching career. My current school, Winter Haven Adventist Academy, is a growing school with an amazing staff and community. Currently, they are in the process of fundraising to expand. I love the work we’re doing there. Most of our students are on scholarship, and they get a better education with more teacher attention and opportunities.

YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers? 

ZH: Always ask “What if” questions and allow the possibilities to be endless. Sometimes the best next step is unexpected.

 

 

 

Title:  Eternity’s Well

Author: Zachary Hagen

Release Date: August 2021

Publisher: First Horizons Publishing

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Range: 13+