Selene Cardenas – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My most recent book was Sea Clearwater. It’s about a thirteen-year old girl named Seasaura Clearwater, who finds out about her true identity. Sea and her friends, Thomas Saise and The Three Warriors travel throughout a whole different world called Denestar to win Sea back her throne from the evil Eric Shade.

Tell us something about yourself.

I absolutely love doing Archery for one thing; it kind of brings out the fantasy girl in me and keeps my mind off things. I also love doing Ballet/ Pointe; it’s a way of expressing myself in an active and advanced way. With these activities, it makes me feel as if I accomplished something.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

At first it was just so my friends could read my book, but when the opportunity came up, I wanted everyone who likes magic to read it! I chose the publisher “Infinity” because it was suggested by a friend who already published his own book. He said they did a great job with his and thought I might like them as well. Turns out, I do!

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I’m not sure how old I was, but I just suddenly took a liking to writing. I already had many ideas and wanted to put them on paper. I have many favorite authors and I guess that’s what inspired me to turn these ideas into a story, then later into a book. In the future, I plan on making many other stories for readers that are craving more adventure or fantasy.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

I would have to say, finding the right words. You have an idea already glued to your mind and you want to write it down and expand it. The only hard part is trying to find the right words to make the idea good, a decent length, and a great story. I want my stories to be just right.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Well, I was thirteen when I wrote Sea Clearwater, so now that I’m older I realized that I didn’t add as much as I would have liked to. My writing has definitely improved since then. I can explain things better and make the story more intense for those who like that kind of stuff.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I love reading things that involve either fantasy, romance, or adventure. I just can’t sit down and read about something dull. One of my favorite authors is J.K. Rowling because her books are just so amazing! I love the way she plans it all out and adds a bit of humor here and there.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, I am working on the second book of the Clearwater series called “Sea Clearwater and The Two That Are One”. The story continues as Sea and Tom travel to be fully transformed into true Clearwaters by a fairy named Inta Pure. Along the way they encounter new friends, foes and creatures alike. Back at Selestia, Grandin Shade is being put to execution for being a black bender, and for much worse, being Eric Shade’s son.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

It’s always easy to write books about something you love, so writers can follow my example if they wish and write about magic and adventure. If fantasy isn’t your thing, don’t worry about it, there are plenty of people who read different stories with different topics. Don’t be afraid to show the world what you can do through words.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can go to to purchase the book, learn more about the characters/creatures, or blog! The book can also be purchased through Amazon. Readers can also follow Sea Clearwater on Twitter and Facebook to get an update on her many adventures! I am constantly blogging and I really enjoy getting to interact with the fans of “Sea Clearwater.” I encourage readers to follow the series through these websites; they can find a lot of insider information by keeping up with my posts!


  1. says

    This is a great interview with Selene. I know her writing skills have developed during the past two years.

    What amazed me about Sea Clearwater was the talent of a 13 year old. Every sub plot is resolved. A talent many adult writers never achieve.