The story revolves around 7 main characters from 10-21 years of age, clearly targeting the readers amongst children and young adults. Every page of the book unfolds a mystery, which has been skillfully blended with the story to render it a wonderful read.
Sketch of each character has been incorporated in the book so that while reading, the children can skip the character description to simply look at the character and connect with it. Post cards and bookmarks of the characters have been created to create excitement for children.
There is an introduction song and video to the book, to introduce the story. The music of the song has been made simple and easy to sing so that during the promotion of the book, some children could be encouraged to sing the song. Keywords such as cursed land, evil man, prophecies, rainbow’s frown, Shadow of the Moon etc have been used in the song, as teasers, to pull the attention of the children towards the book.
These are common phrases which have been used in numerous fantasy and children fiction. While storyline is absolutely fresh, these keywords help in drawing the attention.
Music video link: https://www.youtube.com/
Ilika believes that books play a pivotal role in shaping one’s personality and with this book she aims at bringing children back to reading.
Talking about the language in the book, Ilika says “I have kept the language simple yet rich without any compromise so that young readers get the best out of Secrets of Zynpagua. We have a Spanish speaking character rendering an International appeal to the book and I learnt Spanish especially for this”.
As per the author, fantasy literature offers a lot of scope for creativity for a writer as far as plot and characters are concerned. She also opines that fantasy books for children and young adults can serve as great stress busters for all age groups.
The book is already available online on portals such as Flipkart, Amazon and Bookworm and will be available in bookstores such as Crossword and Odyssey starting mid September.
About Ilika Ranjan:
Ilika Ranjan is an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune, an ex banker and an entrepreneur. Secrets of Zynpagua: Return of the Princess, is the author's commendable attempt in entering the exotic and mysterious world of fantasy for children and young adults. Her debut book was ‘Puppet on the Fast track’.
Ilika has been extensively writing travelogues for CFO connect, a magazine published by IMA India. . (http://www.ima-