Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Sophia Freeman Series Guest Post #GoddessFish



by T.X. Troan


GENRE: Middle-Grade Fantasy Mystery



What begins as a special trip for eleven-year-old SOPHIA FREEMAN and her billionaire father, leaves her trapped on a mysterious island with a tree boy and other fantastical creatures.

The moment Sophia thinks her situation can’t get any crazier, she is shocked to learn the island is under a deadly eternal curse. All living things are rapidly decaying and soon nothing and no one—including herself—will be left alive.

From competing in a three-round yearly held competition to reviving a long-lost magical spell, Sophia and her new companions must gather every ounce of courage, wit and skill as they are stepping closer to breaking the 150-year-old curse. But will they make it in time while surrounded by enemies and traitors aiming to stop them at any cost?



So, what’s on your agenda today, my dear?” Grandma asked.

Dad and I are going to explore his new island after this,” she replied, sitting on the edge of her seat.

Oh, yes, your father told me about that on the phone last night,” said Grandpa, then gave Sophia a serious look. “My girl, do you know why all the previous owners vanished?”

Sophia shook her head slightly, but kept watching him without blinking.

Rumors say the place possesses some sort of magical energy. As dusk arrives, the island comes to life: boulders begin to quake, monstrous trees uproot themselves, and mysterious creatures crawl out of their homes. They will do anything to protect their island … especially from humans.”

Sophia’s eyes widened and her hands began to sweat.

Joe, that’s enough!” Dad ordered. “You’re scaring her.”

That was very mean of you, Joe,” Grandma added.

Grandpa chuckled. “Well, it looks like I haven’t loss my touch. You’re still that innocent girl that I used to know.”

Sophia sighed with relief. He must have been teasing.

When she was a lot younger, Grandpa used to tell her ghost stories and it would frighten her every time. The all-time best story was about an invisible spirit that watches us from behind since the day we were born. It would one day transfer our soul to a magical place when we are ready to go. He told the little girl it was time for him to go and would never return. She burst into tears and tried to convince him it wasn’t time yet. She stayed with him that whole night and never let him out of her sight.

Top 5 Favorite Movies

  1. Laputa – Castle in the Sky

This classic was my first animation movie by the writer/director, Hayao Miyazaki. The storyline followed me for years. One of the greatest inspirations for all my books!

  1. Avatar

This was the only movie that I had to go to the theatre to see multiple times—it blew me away!

  1. National Treasure Series

I love treasure hunting stories and this one gave me A LOT of great ideas to start my next series!

  1. Jurassic Park Series

I love animals, especial dinosaurs. Great resources for most of my creature designs

  1. Princess Mononoke

Another great one by Hayao Miyazaki. My first humanity vs nature theme movie and I was speechless.

To be honest, it was really hard to just pick 5 movies. But in the end, the ones encourages growth, perseverance, dreams, creativity, and do what’s good for nature speaks the loudest to me. I believe it’s very important for kids to be aware and learn that from a young age, and that’s what my books are all about!   

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Thuan Doan is an award-winning author of the Sophia Freeman series. He conceived his first middle-grade fantasy novel, Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain, during a trip to Gabriola Island, British Columbia in the summer of 2013. Then he took his work and settled in a small town of Enderby, where it’s peaceful and quiet.

Thuan is writing under a pen name of T.X. Troan. “X” stands for Xu, his grandmother’s name who passed away. And “Troan” is a combination of his parents' names.

No matter how this turns out, I want my family to be a part of this wonderful journey.”

T.X. Troan married Sarah, his original fan and longtime love, in 2016. They live in Enderby with their pack dogs!

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