Stars Align first came to Thea at the young age of eight in a dream and was originally called “The Adventures of the B.F.F.’s”. She believes her imagination was inspired from reading two of her favourite series at the time (Rainbow Magic and Thea Stilton). The original story was that four friends (based on her and three of her friends back then) found necklaces that opened a portal in their closets allowing them to enter an unknown dimension. She wrote the first chapter and a paragraph of chapter two, but nothing came of it due to her age and the previously unknown ADHD creating focus complications.
The story stayed with her though, and over time it transformed into what it is now. A story about three girls, who had never met, finding parts of a necklace that transport them to another dimension in trouble needing their help. They must learn to work together in order to help Empress Ourania save the six “realms” dependent on her. No story would be complete without adorable little puffball creatures, and Stars Align delivers that with the Squiggs.
Through Instagram Thea introduced the world to Stars Align by sharing character drawings and prequel comic strips going as far back as 2018. She gained a slight fan base, with some drawing fanart of their favourite characters. Seeing this made her happy and helped keep the inspiration going.
Although there are things that have changed since she shared the following "Stars Align Prequel" comics we still would like to share it with everyone...
Stars Align was originally to be shared as a web comic, then Thea became interested in storyboarding and animating (which she does quite well) so it was to become an animated series. Due to health reasons, the extremely high cost that comes with making an animated series, and how concerning working on indie animation has become, we have had to change our course of action.
We will now be making it into a graphic novel series , including a QR code linked to an audio file that will have the amazing voice actors telling the story. Basically you can look through the book, and listen to them bring it to life!
We have begun sending a *super mini comic* with pre-sales that will introduce the characters and potentially showcase some mini stories outside what will be in the graphic novels. The first went with March's pre-sale order and there will be four more (April, June, July and August pre-sales). Later this year they will be combined into a book with a new mini story added in, along with some full page art work and be sold for those who missed out. We will also be adding in an exclusive collectable charm!
Regarding the story itself, Thea has completed writing Volume 1 and reworking Volume 2. We are also constantly coming up with more content that we are excited to share throughout the whole series.
It will be a few years process but we hope people will find it worth the wait. Doing it as a graphic novel series will help the story be told much faster, which is a bonus!
Volume one will be printed and available for purchase once completed, and around the same time a teaser will be added to her YouTube channel with the voice actors.
Thea has chosen to do this as a solo project so we are looking at potentially a late 2024 release for volume 1. Until then you can follow the Stars Align Journey through here, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. She plans to continue posting updated Character drawings, and story based illustrations along the way.