As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.
When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela's way home.
1.Luminous is a unique book revolving around the in-between reality of the Flow, a shifting world overlapping our own where teens with extraordinary abilities are bound together. Can you discuss the Flow a bit more with us and share a favorite line, scene or passage that really embodies what Consuela sees when she enters it?
The Flow is a place where distance has no meaning and time is fluid, so traveling from one point to another is more like a flipbook than a walk in the park. It takes a lot of getting used to and navigating the Flow is something Consuela has to learn by doing. This is one of my favorite bits describing what it's like for Consuela as she follows Tender through the Flow while he's talking:
“Come.” Tender turned and lead the way through the Flow, passing quickly through a darkened bar, a tiled bathhouse, and a ruined bathroom stall full of scribbled phone numbers and chipping, green paint. Consuela, trailing in the wake of the swiftly-changing landscape of phantom rooms, followed.
2.What three words best describe the Flow?
Shifting, amorphous, malleable. (All great Scrabble words!)
3.What was the most challenging aspect of building the world around the Flow?
Remembering exactly what the Flow is and is meant to be. It can't be a random collection of cool scenery, and I had to keep that in mind while writing. But I can't say more for fear of spoilers.
4.Consuela has the ability to step out of her earthly skin and the flow and make a new one out of organic matter. If you could have her abilities, what do you think would be the best and worst aspect of your new found capabilities?
I think the best thing would be able to experience the world without limits of being human. I think that's at the heart of a lot of great science fiction and fantasy: imagining a totally different perspective. The worst might be the loss of control; being compelled to do something against my will, whether I'd do it willingly or not. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being asked to help a stranger, but I guess I like the idea of being asked as opposed to told and that I have a choice in the matter. It comes down to giving up one type of freedom for another.
5.If there was one message you’d want readers to take away from the story regarding Consuela’s metamorphosis and growth, what would that be?
I'm not really into "messages" but I'd borrow the one that V uses through the book: "Know thyself." It's about getting who you are at your core and being that person whenever you say so, no matter the circumstances, no matter the obstacles, and despite what anyone else says about you. If you can be true to YOU, then everything else falls into place.
Flowing from Mindful Musings Blog, the next stop on the MundiMoms' LUMINOUS Blog Tour is Reading in Color.