Linda Smith, Contributing Writer
This Friday, Feb. 15, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Haggar Foyer, students will get the opportunity to buy a signed copy of Whispers of Nightfall, written by University of Dallas sophomore Alexa Turczynski.
Turczynski began writing the book – the first in a four-part fantasy series – when she was a sophomore in high school, and finished a year later.
According to Turczynski, the book intertwines the story of a girl sent on a mission by a strange being with that of a young soldier looking to discover his family’s mysterious past. She explains it as a “battle between good and evil personified in creatures of light and dark that are battling over the fate of the protagonists’ homeland, Austurea.”
At the end of her senior year in high school, Turczynski’s book was accepted for publication, a process that extended well into her first semester at UD.
“Working on editing a book during my first year of college was especially interesting and challenging, but it all turned out all right in the end,” Turczynski said.
Her book was released last June, and Turczynski held several book signings before she went to Rome with the fall class of 2012. Now that she’s back, Turczynski is eager to hold a book signing at school.
“I decided to have a signing at UD to give a lot of my fellow students and friends a chance to buy the book from me and get it signed,” she said. “I feel like I have a lot of people interested here, so I thought it would be a good venue. I think promoting the book here at UD is pretty important, as I’m just starting out, and there’s nowhere better to start than in a place surrounded by people who share my same values, ideas, etc. The best (and probably the only) way to market a book is through starting small and spreading the word little by little.”
Turczynski said she hopes that people come to the signing so that they can enjoy reading the book as much as she has enjoyed writing it, and so that they can share it with others.
“I love writing because it’s creating a whole world with characters that become so real that they are very much a part of my life,” Turczynski said. “Publishing it, and having it in book form, is rewarding all in itself. What I have enjoyed about the promoting of it is the ability to share my story with so many other people, with the hopes that it can bear some meaning for them. My hope is to write works that inspire others through the gifts that God gives me.”