by Nathan Warner
Elk River author Craig Yelle will come to Reading Frenzy BookShop in Zimmerman for a book release party March 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Known by his readers as C.S. Yelle, he will unveil his second book in the Protector of Ter Chadain series called “Black Stones of Ter Chadain,” which follows closely on the heels of his first book, “Reclaiming Ter Chadain.”
“Reclaiming Ter Chadain” has already received high praise from readers across the country and was recently mentioned in the national publication, Publisher’s Weekly.
Yelle says that his analytical education (a bachelor of science degree in chemistry) and his interaction with young adults as a high school teacher in North Dakota helped shape his young adult writing career.
“People said ‘Reclaiming Ter Chadain’ read like a movie,” he says, “which I think is due to my analytical side because I try to communicate with the least amount of words I possibly can in a story.”
He says his characters and dialogue were largely shaped by the students he taught while living in North Dakota.
“I usually start a story with an idea,” he muses, “then I develop my characters to the point I feel like I know them. At that point, someone could ask me what the character likes for breakfast or what they think about a sunset and I could tell you.”
Yelle says once he knows his characters well enough, he watches how they react to each situation he creates for them. “I never know where it’s going to go,” he laughs, “and their choices often do surprise me.”
Yelle publishes his books through a small independent publisher in North Carolina now called Argus Enterprises International Inc.
He is often busy in his free time working through social media networks on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads to grow his readership and fan base. Yelle says Goodreads has expanded his readership all over the world.
“Just last week, I shipped books to a teenage girl in the United Arab Emirates,” he says. “She had contacted me and asked if I would send her copies to be reviewed on her blog and I did.”
Yelle says he tries never to refuse a fan, but shipping to the United Arab Emirates is expensive. “I can’t do too much of that,” he laughs.
Yelle just finished writing the first chapter of his third book in the Protector of Ter Chadain series, which he says will be “more epic” than the first two. “It’s all in my head,” he says, “and I think I have enough material now for six books in the Protector of Ter Chadain series.”
He said he plans to publish each of the remaining books yearly if he can manage it and if his characters continue cooperating with him.
Reading Frenzy BookShop is located at 12530 Fremont Ave.