The Fairish War Cry, Kayacum No Ai

Kayacum No Ai | Kai-a-cum No Aye | A fairish war cry that means soon our enemies will be conquered.

One of the most dazzling characters in the Clown Town trilogy is General Sharaya. In book 2 Escape to Pearl City, the General delivers a moving speech to her elite fighting unit in one of the darkest times during the siege of the grand celestial palace of Queen Felanthiam Celenamis and King Augustus.

“Today…right now is what is before us and what we have been freely given. Today we stand together as one to protect all that has made us who we are and has given us light and breath in our bodies. Today we say to the darkness, you will not take us. Today we say to the darkness you will not win. Today we will not run and hide but we will fight, for today we become who we are and we abandon our faults for today is our time to shine in glory!”

“Tears came to my eyes as I wrote this speech. Imagine a women who is a true warrior, stand strong in the face of adversity and death and say no, today you cannot take from us everything that we are. It’s a powerful message for all of us to remember when we’re face to face with our ultimate fear. It’s about becoming who we are called to be in moments of crisis and despair. No matter what we have done wrong or even right in the past. Today…right now we stand.”

-Tephra Miriam

The Art of Character Visualization in Fantasy Fiction Writing

I always enjoy hearing about how great writers design their writing process. I always come away with some great ideas on how to evolve my own process. The writing process is truly a unique art form to each writer. What many aspiring fiction writers may not realize is that there is a significant gap from taking a story idea from concept to drafting each page of your next novel. Character visualization is a tool that I use in my own practice to help me to traverse the creative gap quickly and not get stuck in a rut.

I often find myself having a few different components that I need to take from a high level and integrate into my characters and story such as:

  • Overarching theme(s)
  • Triggers (sights, sounds, smells, feelings, observations, etc.)
  • Storyline Progression

For example, let’s imagine that my overarching theme for my story or book is action, adventure and suspense and my sub-theme for this particular chapter might be building suspense. I have this concept of building suspense but how do I kickoff the chapter? What is or what does my character need to be doing in order to build suspense throughout this portion and progress the storyline? This is where character visualization can be helpful.

Start by visualizing the character that needs to be in that specific scene either mentally or even on paper and utilize the following prompts.

Character Visualization Prompts

  • What is your character doing physically?
    • Sitting
    • Standing
    • Lying Down
    • Listening
    • Squatting
    • Crying
    • Heaving
    • Breathing
    • Not Breathing
    • Laughing
    • Staring
  • What is their facial expression?
    • Grimacing
    • Smiling
    • Squinting
    • Happy
    • Sad
    • Mad
    • Indifferent
  • What are they wearing?
    • Shoes
    • No Shoes
    • Clothes
    • A Belt
  • What is the setting?
    • Forest
    • Table
    • Tower
    • Castle
    • Outdoors
    • Indoors
    • Dungeon
    • Courtyard
  • What will they interact with?
    • Nature
    • Themselves
    • A Group
    • One Other Person
    • An Object
  • How will they express what they feel?
    • Action
    • Conversation
    • Observation
    • Thinking
  • What are some other factors that impact them?
    • Are they itchy?
    • In pain?
    • Weather issues?
    • Do they step on a sharp rock?
    • Do they have a sprained ankle?
    • Are they rubbing a sore spot on their arm?
    • Do they have a back ache?
    • Are they tired?

Now it’s time to put it all together and visualize. Let’s imagine an interaction between a Princess that is meeting with her father who is a King. Let’s decide that they are familiar at this point in the story and not estranged and of course include all of the other components in their character profiles. In returning to our example of building suspense, you could open up the chapter with a bang.

“There’s my beautiful girl.”


The King’s voice carried over the echoey courtyard and his enthusiasm brought a smile to Duchess’ face. Duchess turned and embraced her father warmly.


“You look tired papa. Is everything alright?”


“The war rages on my love but as for today we are lucky to live in safety with our people.”


“What about tomorrow papa? Will we not be safe then?”


“Who knows what tomorrow may hold my love. All we have is today so let us give thanks. Today is a grand day, for today you will be given your wand and learn to use your wings.”


-Excerpt from Escape to Pearl City by Tephra Miriam

This passage does a few things.

  1. It honors the overarching and sub themes.
  2. It has emotional triggers.
  3. It progresses the storyline.

Make sure to keep tabs on your characters. Know what they are doing, how they are feeling and map out anything and everything that impacts the way they shift to different settings, experiences, situations and so on. Happy writing!

The Last Song of Aurora Borealis

In chapter 6 of Escape to Pearl City, Duchess and her family attend the funeral of Queen Chalay of the royal Faree clan, who is Duchess’ mother. Here Aurora Borealis sings the song that is sung at the time of death known as, the last song.

Enjoy listening to The Last Song of Aurora Borealis from the Escape to Pearl City soundtrack.

E may a o


E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o

For one to fall, leaves one to rise.

May starlight never leave your eyes.

The way unknown, the journey deep.

You held my heart and led my feet.


E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o

These words are mine, and mine to give.

Even though my last, with you I live.

Love never dies, love always lives.

In our lives, our hearts, our minds, our lips.


E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o, E-may-a-o

The sun will rise, the stars will shine.

I’ll see your face and you’ll see mine.

Forever ends, it’s not for long.

And we’ll be there with the stars at home.


Written, produced and performed by Tephra Miriam.

Escape to Pearl City Sneak Peek – Chapter 1: Heaven Help Us

Enjoy this sneak peek of book two in the Clown Town Adventures series, Escape to Pearl City.


Chapter 1: Heaven Help Us

Duchess’ legs burned from running. Her lungs felt tight and her eyelids heavy from lack of sleep.

“Hurry Duchess, hurry.”

Duchess looked at the large purple gumdrop running beside her in despair. Her head wouldn’t stop pounding and sweat began to burn her eyes. I must be dreaming, she thought to herself. The sound of General Sharaya’s voice quickly reminded her that she was very much awake.

“Duchess, keep up!” General Sharaya shouted as she took the lead. She slashed at any branch that stood in her way to clear a path for Duchess and Chewy. The chubby little gumdrop huffed and puffed as she tried to keep up.

All Duchess could remember was lying on a hard cement floor in the dark dungeons of Clown Town.

“General please…I can’t breathe. Please I need to rest just for a moment.”

General Sharaya came to a halt.

“Here, drink this.”

The General hurriedly reached for a leather pouch filled with water and gave it to Duchess.

“Thank heavens…thank heavens,” the General breathed quietly.

Duchess tried hard to catch her breath and wiped tears from her eyes at the thought of Truffles.

”What do you think they’ll do to him? We have to do something.”

General Sharaya’s eyes looked cold and tired while she stared into the dark forest without blinking.

“Come, we need to keep moving. We have to get to sugar valley before daybreak. We need to leave this place as soon as possible and escape to Pearl City.”

The Prisonbreak

Truffles watched Jax walk wearily back into the palace and disappear behind the large palace doors. His heart pounded and his mouth felt dry. He knew that it was now or never and that the deylai could come for him at any moment. He gripped Duchess’ star stone that he deceptively hid in his pocket and breathed deeply; emerging slowly from the clown car.

“Good evening soldier,” he said cheerfully while walking into the palace.

Truffles tried to steady his nerves. His thoughts turned to what he did back at the conjurers cottage. At the conjurers cottage, Truffles had to decide quickly what to do. He went inside and spoke to the conjurers maid and then left quickly without seeing him. Thoughts raced through Truffles mind. I shouldn’t have deceived Jax but what else was I to do. Everyone around here seems to have gone mad.

Truffles walked through the main hall of the palace until he reach a small stone doorway that the servants often used. He descended down the dark stairs and walked through a cold dark tunnel that led to the dungeons. What shall I say to the guards? Um…uh, I could tell them that Jax…no that the conjurer wants me to check on the prisoners. Yes. That should do it. Tears suddenly started to grow in Truffles eyes. I only pray that I’m not too late, he thought.

Truffles took a deep breath while he rounded the last dark corner that led to the dungeons. He shuddered at the sound of prisoners shouting and cries of pain in the distance. Truffles walked confidently up to the clown guards that stood in front of the cell that Duchess and General Sharaya were in and cleared his throat loudly.  

“Good evening gentleclowns. I’d like to see the prisoners if I could please. Straight away.”

“We be instructed not to let anyone see to ‘em yer Lordship.”

“Do you dare to defy me? My orders come directly from…Epsilon. Now open this door at once and go and fetch chains for them. We are moving the prisoners to the conjurers cottage tonight.”

The prison clown guards scurried to do as they were told. As soon as the guards were out of sight, Truffles rushed into the cell.

“Heaven help us! Duchess can you hear me sweetheart?”

Truffles placed his hand on her forehead and stroked it gently.

“Don’t touch her. Get away,” yelled General Sharaya.

Truffles stared helplessly at Duchess.

“What’s happened to her?”

“Don’t pretend to be daft clown. You and your kind have ripped out her star stone and will deliver her to Epsilon so that he can consume her blood. Now get back!”

“I have it. I have her stone. Here take it…please take it and make her well.”

Truffles removed the stone from his pocket and handed it to General Sharaya. She quickly took the stone and touched it to Duchess’ chest. The General bowed her head and squeezed her eyes tightly while she spoke in the old farish tongue.

“Mun haya nanoee. Let the light of heaven guide you back to the ones you love.”

The dark dungeon was silent as the grave. Truffles trembled watching Duchess’ cold and still body lie motionless on the stone floor. General Sharaya held the stone closer to Duchess’ chest and spoke louder.

“Mun haya nanoee! It can’t be too late. It just can’t be. Felanthiam if you can hear me, please help us.”

Truffles and General Sharaya stared helplessly at Duchess with tears and sweat running down their faces, when the stone began to glow. General Sharaya let the stone go when it started to attach itself to Duchess’ skin and sink slowly into her chest until it disappeared. Duchess suddenly gasped for air and began to cough.

“Duchess thank heavens! Oh thank heavens,” General Sharaya exclaimed.

“We thought we’d lost you deary. Quick now. I have to get you both out of here. The guards will return at any moment.”

Truffles helped General Sharaya get Duchess to her feet, led them from their cell then down the dark corridor of the dungeon.

Duchess started to regain focus and connect her brain to her legs. The cold dungeon air quickly helped her come to her senses.

“Truffles is that you? What are you doing? Epsilon will have you killed for helping us. You must come with us.”

The thought of leaving Clown Town had never occured to Truffles until just then.

“Do you hear me Truffles they will kill you. You must come with us to…to…far from here.”

“Don’t worry about me dearest. We need to get you out of here. Hurry now. I can hear the guards coming.”

The light of the guards torches lit up the dark corridor.

“There they are gents. After them!”

They reached the end of the corridor and started up the long stairwell.

“How do you plan to get us out of the palace? King Clownington would die before letting us walk out the front door,” barked General Sharaya.

“I uh haven’t quite gotten that far yet. There must be a back way out of here.

“Well where is it? We are sitting ducks in this stairwell!” General Sharaya shouted.

“Wait a minute. I smell food. We must be near the kitchen. Quickly, it must be through this door. There has to be a way out of the palace this way.”

Truffles led the way through the door to the kitchen. The clown cooks were busy cooking and barely noticed them. The three made it through the kitchen and to the back door. Truffles was the first to go through when he ran into two Royal Clown Guards. Duchess and General Sharaya quickly pulled back and into a dark corner before the guards saw them. The guards rose to attention when they saw Truffles.

“Eh, can we be of help yer Lordship? You look quite distressed.”

“Uh, no thank you. I came down here to uh fetch you both. It seems that a couple of prisoners have escaped.”

“Yes sir. We’ been alerted and were told to stay posted ‘ere yer Lordship. We ‘ave also been told that one of our own has betrayed us.”

The clown guard’s eyes grew dark with suspicion.

“Yeh wouldn’t ‘appen to, eh know about any o’ this would yeh yer Lordship?”

“Why I never. That’s the most preposterous thing I’ve heard all day. Of course not. I’ll accompany both of you myself to the main floor. They have asked for you. It will be your heads if you disobey General Madix’s orders.”

“Uh, Yes sir. Sorry sir. We’ll come right away yer Lordship.”

“No! You ca…”

General Sharaya held her hand over Duchess’ mouth and grabbed onto her. Duchess tried hard to reach for Truffles but General Sharaya held her back. Truffles looked towards the dark corner where he knew they were hiding while he followed the guards to the main floor. He smiled even though his eyes were filled with tears and mouthed one word in silence.


As soon as the guards were out of sight, General Sharaya grabbed onto Duchess’ arm and dragged her from the kitchen. The two sprinted through the clearing towards the edge of the dark forest that was behind the palace. The closer that they came to the forest, the more a small gummy looking figure holding a small candle and a leather water pouch came into view.

“General, what is that?”

“Thank heavens!” the General exclaimed. “Zionous must have sent a message to the Twills of Normandeery. We will take refuge in sugar valley until we can find a way to Eucharon.”

On The Palace Main Floor

Truffles knew that it was of no use to run. If the clowns didn’t find him, the deylai surely would. The main floor of the palace was locked down and swarming with both Royal Clown Guards and deylai soldiers. In the center of the large main floor stood the entire royal family along with the conjurer and General Madix. Truffles shivered just by looking at the General. The scarred indentations of the skin on his face were often filled with cakey clown makeup that always made Truffles feel squeamish. Truffles breathed in and out slowly as if it were his last. As Truffles drew closer, he met Jax’s gaze and saw that his eyes were red with anguish.

“Tell me it isn’t true Truff. Tell us all that you didn’t steal the star stone and help them escape. Are you mad? Do you know what Epsilon has ordered? He’s commanded a fate worse than death for the clown that has helped them escape.”

General Madix stared at Truffles coldly.

“Yes. The young prince is quite correct unfortunately. Epsilon has ordered that the one responsible is to swiftly be sent to Master Druix, the famed Dungeon Master of Witch Kingdom. Have you ‘eard of him? I’ve only ‘eard stories about the dungeons of Witch Kingdom and the incantations of Master Druix. The prisoners there dare not speak his name. He ‘as the power to torture yer soul beyond the grave some say. A very dark destiny awaits yeh, yer Lordship. I hope that yer sacrifice for those two girls was worth yer while.”

General Madix chuckled, which sent a shiver up everyone’s spine; even King Clownington’s.

“Why Truff? Why risk your life for them?”

Truffles stood motionless. The moment seemed to be unreal. He knew now that there was no going back and no one to rescue him.

“Loving someone more than you love yourself can make one do insane things I guess. A clown should never forsake a friend.”

The Legend Of The Star Scrolls

The legend of the star scrolls starts to unfold in Escape to Clown Town and will be told in full in book three, The Legend of the Star Scrolls. We first learn of them in chapter 4 of  Escape to Clown Town.

“Ah, dear brother, I am bored. I long to dance…sing…or hear an earth story. Did you hear the stories that the old teacher told when we went to the starlight celebration?”

Orion, who is one of the many Grand Lords of the constellations, jumped to his feet.

“Such tales make me shine brighter than I ever have before. I grow weary of shining in the night sky. I wish to be a writer and tell tales of all of the sights and sounds that I have seen in my travels.”

Orion sat down exhausted from jumping and shouting. Breathing heavily Orion continued his rant.

“I long…I long to write of all of the magic that the universe contains. From the magic of Earth to Mars and all of the secrets that I have learned from the conjurers of Saturn, Arokaya and beyond. Brother, I shall get the teacher to write of these things. Yes! We shall write of all that we know. We will make the parchment from the trees of the Eucrachian forest and make ink from the tar pits of Saturn.”

You see the very word of the celestials has the power to change space and time. Orion not only poured his knowledge into the scrolls that the teacher wrote but the very power of the universe. The teacher took stories from Arev, Felanthiam and Rigil. The combination of each of their powers was captured in the star scrolls, creating a force like none other. When the fairies discovered the power of the scrolls they knew that the star scrolls were not safe on Earth.

4 Things You Must Know About the Star Scrolls…

  1. There is a magical form unique to each scroll that link them together.
  2. The power of the scroll is unlocked through movement and incantations.
  3. There are 13 scrolls in all that are scattered in different galaxies in the lower and upper heavens.
  4. The 13th scroll is the most powerful and the key to unleashing the full power of all the scrolls.

The Legend of the Star Scrolls is told by Orion who starts his long and epic tale with a letter to all who gaze upon the star scrolls.

“To all whose eyes meet the star scrolls collected from the vast reaches of this universe and the worlds beyond space and time, BEWARE and heed my warning! In my naivety I thought that I could bring together the darkness and the light by unifying the souls of the darkest beings in the universe and beyond with the celestials. Each scroll was affirmed by the ancient council of Crepusculum and given power over all in the universe, even space and time. 

These scrolls are a collection of the powers of both darkness and light and the power of each scroll is wielded by the virtue of our mouths and the movement of our bodies and souls. The stories and written word in each scroll are the inner yearnings and darkest desires of the most powerful beings in the universe, who have poured forth a piece of their very mind into parchment so that their existence may live on forevermore.”

The 13 star scrolls consist of 6 scrolls of dark magic and 6 celestial scrolls. The 13th scroll is the scroll of the 13 kingdoms of heaven. This scroll bears the seal of all of the writers of the 13 scrolls. The ancient supreme sorceress Vangemtra, stole the scroll during the old wars and locked it by shedding her own blood.

“The one that sheds blood to seal the 13th star scroll is the only one who can open it…” 

The 13 Scrolls

  1. The Arokayan Scroll of the Centauri’s. FACT: Arokayan magic is the oldest form of magic in the universe.
  2. The Scroll of Felanthiam and the Celestial Dragons
  3. The Scroll of High Celestial King Augustus Celenamis
  4. The Scroll of the Burning Suns
  5. The Scroll of Rigil 
  6. The Scroll of Orion
  7. The Scroll of the Trolls of Alniyah
  8. The Scroll of Meggido
  9. The Martian Scroll of Eoba
  10. The Scroll of Ranis and the Dark Souls of Lyanthra
  11. Vangemtra and the Scroll of the Kingdom of Witches
  12. The Scroll of Ash and Shadow
  13. The Scroll of the 13 Realms of Heaven

Tephra Miriam Hosts #AuthorAMA Discussion On Writing With Intensity

Tephra Miriam hosted an AMAFeed discussion on what it means to write with intensity. Tephra interacted with over 40 different people that asked questions about her writing, publishing and creative process.

Writing with intensity means to write with purposeful strength, power, potency and force. It’s what lies beneath the basic intention and grammatical construct of writing and turns writing into a tool for change. 

-Tephra Miriam

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AMAFeed has reinvented interviews. An Ask MAnything (AMA) Event is an authentic way to raise awareness to the things and causes that matter to you most.

Whatever your story is – there is always someone who can benefit from it and learn from your ups and downs. And you – you get a great feedback and insight into what sparks people’s interest and get to connect with like minded folks from around the globe.


Tephra Miriam Partners with Junior Achievement for Volta Elementary School Career Day

DVcTn4EX0AA7HH-Tephra Miriam partnered with Junior Achievement of Chicago for Volta Elementary School’s Career Day earlier this year. Over 100 middle-grade students were exposed to learning about being an entrepreneur and what it takes to bring a story to life. Tephra discussed every component of authorship from concept and design to editing, publishing and communications.

Junior Achievement’s Career Days provide students with exposure to diverse college and career paths. Mentors have the opportunity to share words of wisdom on how to navigate college and careers.

I tried to leave every student with one big takeaway. I told them that you often don’t have to look too hard to find what you’re good at. Tap into what you are passionate about now and weave it into your future. 

– Tephra Miriam


The New Lord of the Rings: “Escape to Clown Town” Hits the Market With Heavy Anticipation

The old storytelling styles of Tolkien and Lewis have been re-born and pumped with steroids. The wildly creative work, “Escape to Clown Town” has finally launched. The magical tale is the first in its 6 book series and is predicted to make waves.

CHICAGO – Jan. 13, 2018 – PRLog — “Escape to Clown Town” is a new breed of writing that embraces innocence and fearlessly tackles the true meaning of evil. Inspired by the old works of Tolkien, Lewis and Jane Austin, it throws itself into an exquisitely crafted universe that successfully marries the whimsicality of fantasy with an in depth look at good versus evil.

“It’s not just a story. It lives and breathes and fearlessly (yet age appropriately) tells a coming of age tale of a young girl that is swept up in a journey that is bigger than she ever imagines. It inspires those who read it to dream big and overcome adversity. It has a diverse melting pot of characters that mirrors the world we live in, which forces us to reflect on society.” – Tephra Miriam, Author of “Escape to Clown Town

This older middle-grade/young adult hybrid novel is sure to capture and wow audiences young and old.

TEPHRAMIRIAM Films Launches New Book Trailer for ‘Escape to Clown Town’

CHICAGO – Jan. 27, 2018 – TEPHRAMIRIAM Films took the lead in producing the new book trailer for ‘Escape to Clown Town’. This exciting feature provides a colorful and profound view of the work. The voiceover was completed by none other than the books author, Tephra Miriam. Miriam reads portions of the book throughout the work.  featured the ‘breathlessly cool’ trailer on the landing page of their website.