A great interview with Talfor Var, the troll.
Just in the nick of time!
A reader on SW asked me if any of my books were available for the Smashwords Read an E-book Week. https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1
The answer is yes – until the 12th March ONLY
Outside the Walls – normally 99c. Use the code RW100 at checkout to get this book for free
Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends – normally 1.25. Use the code RW100 at checkout to get this book for free
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book 1 – normally 3.00. Use the code RAE50 at checkout for 50% off
The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II -normally 3.49. Use the code RAE50 at checkout for 50% off
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Tell Us About Yourself
Name (s): Mirandra Var, Shamania of Varris, daughter of Kherak Var, and daughter of the storm.
Age: 30 winters.
Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Female troll, blonde hair, grey eyes, slate grey skin, horns.
Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? I must behave with honour, I must be wise and courteous, and the good of the tribe outweighs my own. Trolls value kin and alliances highly and these relationships must be maintained. I should not turn away from those who need help, guests are welcome and shall be accommodated.
I should question all, expect little and give much. A Shaman’s door is never closed to her people, for who knows when guidance might be needed. Knowledge is power.
Honour is most prized by the Trollkind. A troll without honour is not a troll. I am Shamania, it is my duty to maintain the hour of the tribe. It is better to die in the service of others, or a worthy cause than to live as a coward. That is what my brother says, and I agree.
Would you kill for those you love? Yes, if it is the correct thing to do. It would depend on why and whom, however. I have fought with monsters to protect those for whom I care. I would kill for my tribe at need.
Would you die for those you love? Oh yes. If my death would save them I would go to the Goddess without regret.
What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths – I have more magic than I received from my mother alone. I am unique amongst my tribe, for I carry a little of the elemental magics. I have been taught well.
Weaknesses – I am young among my people and have little experience.
Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? My brother Talfor, he has always been there for me and now his wife, the elf M’alia for she is courageous and clever. M’alia sees things from another point of view. She makes Talfor happy and that makes me happy. My mother, although she is now with the Goddess Ethnii’a, Kherak was a remarkable woman, although sometimes hard she was fair and wise.
My father and his wife. I did not know my father until recently, he was not part of our lives. It is common amongst the Trollkind for women, especially Shaman, to raise children without a man around. We are matrilineal and Archos knew not of my existence but as my mother was in her last years she agreed he would be a good ally for the War Which Will Come, and so now we are learning about one another. The Lady Dii’Athella, the Lady of the Light, is a good friend, she visits when she can. My mother cared deeply for her.
Thain. I will leave you to discover who Thain might be…after all a woman needs some secrets.
Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I have a horse, Tempest. He was a gift from my father, Mir’Rillith, known as Lord Archos of Tremellic to the elves and humans. We trolls rarely have horses, for they do not fare well in the mountains. Tempest is lively and bold. He is a trollish horse now, and he knows it.
Do you have a family? Tell us about them. My mother, Kherak, my brother Talfor and his wife, my father Archos – Mir’Rillith and his wife, the Lady Dii’Athella. We are trolls, and elves and men, and we are strengthened as a result. Soon I must find a consort, for I must bear a daughter so that when the time is ready she may rule when I have joined the Goddess.
Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I have blonde hair – blonde is very rare among our kind and it is seen as a blessing.
Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. My home is Varris, in the Jagged Peak Mountains. It is on a small plateau, and very beautiful. We are safe from the Order of Witch-Hunters there, but they are known to take trolls, for they hate all whose blood flows with magic. The world of Erana is a dangerous place, for my kind, for elves and any who are magical. Yet there is beauty in it, for the land remembers when the magic flowed, and the stories tell of a time when we were free. We must preserve these tales and the hope which goes with them.
Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Please describe (briefly) how this affects your behaviour. The Witch-Hunters pretend they do not believe in the gods but call their names often enough. There are many gods, and minor gods of Erana. Our tribe reveres Ethnii’a Goddess of the Sky, above the other gods, for she sends the rain, her sons the moon and sun warm us and light our way and her daughter Sendrillia guards the sacred waterfall which marks the way to the Temple of the Sky. Sendrillia was cursed by wicked magic and turned from woman into a flower. If one honours the goddess’ daughter correctly, with petals from the flower which grows high in the mountains, the waterfall may be crossed on the Path of Rock behind the curtain of water. If one does not honour her, one will get very wet and cannot cross.
We are blessed for one of Ethnii’a’s servants – the Avi Tam, an air elemental, visits the Temple. She was entrapped by a wicked creature and freed and now she blesses us. One must honour the gods, for one never knows when one may need their assistance. The elves share many of our gods, often with different names but the humans tend to be faithless, unless they are mages of course. Mages know that which is true, not the lies of the Order of Witch-Hunters.
Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? We travel to Khar’atuk, my place of Proving. I must endure and survive my ordeal to be deemed fit to leave. Khar’atuk is far from our lands, in the lands of our kin. The Emerald Valley is people by humans, who are not friendly to us. Khar’atuk is an old ruin, a labyrinth from the past times and filled with danger.
Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? *Laughs. You need ask that question? Of course there is magic, although the Witch-Hunters seek it out to destroy wherever they can. Magic persists. I am Shamania, my mother and grandmother, and her mother, and hers were Shaman, my father is a sorcerer, and my brother a shape-changer. Does that answer your question, human?
What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) The trolls are matrilineal. I suppose you would call us city states, as a Shaman will rule a town or towns. There is no ruler of all the trolls. I am sure, where you to ask the Order of Witch-Hunters they would claim they rule this land, trolls included. They merely think this is so. I am unfamiliar with their command structure, I try to avoid their notice. Witch-Hunters rarely dare to attack trolls, but it is known.
Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? We have Trollkind, Elfkind and Mankind. But there are truly the magical races – the elementals, the fae, the dragons and keres.
The humans fear the elves – for they are blamed for the Plague, many humans fear the trolls – we are seen as barbarians, where in truth it is the humans who would fit that description. Most people, be they elves, men or trolls do not know of the elementals, the dragons, the fae and the keres. My father tells me the fae should not exist – their Realm is closed to us. They have wicked magic – the raising of the dead, they feed on fear and shame, on lust and anger. Certainly they are rare, which is fortunate. I have never seen a great dragon – but my grandfather did.
Elementals – they exist. One at least walks among us….
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Book(s) in which this character appears plus links
The Shining Citadel (briefly)
The Stolen Tower – the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book III
What stalks the land cannot be, but is.
Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails there will be no tribe to lead.
Author name: A. L. Butcher
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The second half – a bit of fun.
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now for some sillyness!
What were you like in school?
Rebellious. Oh I don’t mean I burned the school down, or anything but I didn’t suffer fools, still don’t. I knew the rules and I knew which I could break and get away with it. I was independently minded and that can lead to problems. At college I was really into college politics, I was vice president of the student union and… let’s just say there were various big issues with the college management. I was involved in a student occupation of the college. As it happened the management at the college changed and the students gained more rights but it was a difficult decision at the time and almost led to me failing my courses and losing good friends.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, eccentric, chaotic.
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Here’s my latest author interview.
Hello and thanks for the interview.
Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a British author of fantasy and fantasy romance. I was raised in Buckinghamshire but now live in the southwest. When I am not writing I like to read; mainly fantasy, history, and crime. I’m studying an online course on Roman Britain at the moment, it’s too early to comment on it beyond it looks fascinating. I’m also keen on science, nature, astronomy and gaming.
Brilliant. Thank you.
So, what inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written. When I was a child it was usually me who provided the poem or short story for the class display. From that continued the poetry, short fan-fic style tales and horror and then adventures for roleplaying games. These graduated into the novels and short stories I have published.
Is there anything…
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It is a wonderful feeling when a new book is released. It is somewhere between terror that no one will like it and utter elation at the beautiful creation. I am not sure other writers feel this way but I suspect it might be the case.
So what is this one about?
Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends features five short fantasy/fantasy romance stories set in the world of Erana, the world of my novels. It is a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved but it was not always so. These are tales of the gods and elementals who walked the lands when the magic was wild and free before the Plague decimated the mortal races and magic waned. One of the stories is entirely new – and features some lore and history for the Trollkind and a teaser about a relic which will appear in a later novel. The others have been previously published, but have now been revised and expanded and never before have they been collected together.
The Moon on the Water: The tale of the love between a goddess and a warrior and the terrible curse it brought.
The Tale of Treyna the Beloved: When a mortal woman is pursued by two rival gods even the heavens are wrought by magic.
Storm-Born: A lonely magician finds companionship with a creature of the storm but magic demands a price, what price will it be?
The Blue Phial: A lesson in listening to instruction carefully, lest one makes an embarrassing mistake.
The Legend of Oeliana: A story of a nymph and a toad, jealous magic and debts repaid.
Hopefully this will be a companion piece to the novels but the stories can be read without the prior knowledge, as they work well as an introduction to the world. I hope more such collections will follow.
February 12, 2014—The Indie Collaboration has released the third entry into its unique anthology series. This anthology, Kiss and Tales: A Romantic Collection, is a collection of free original tales brought to you by a group of independent authors who call themselves, The Indie Collaboration.
Contributing author, Alan Hardy says, “This time, we present a chocolate box selection of love stories. Some are romantic, some funny, some sad and some mysterious. Whatever the style, there will be a story in here that will melt even the most hardened of hearts.”
Kiss and Tales can be downloaded for free at Smashwords and is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Pothi and at other retailers.
The founding member, UK-based author Peter John says, “The Indie Collaboration grew out of a group of like-minded independent authors. Together, we decided to show the world how great works of fiction can be created without the involvement of any large publishing companies. Creating a direct channel between ourselves and our readers is of the utmost importance to us. Each author has freely donated their time and work and are committed to the Indie Collaboration’s cause of offering the best of indie authors in bite size pieces for free.”
The first two entries in the collection are Tales from Dark Places: The Halloween Collection and Yuletide Tales: A Festive Collective. The list of contributors for each collection changes depending on each individual contributor’s interests and area of writing specialty.
Contributing author Kristina Blasen says, “The Indie Collaboration is made up of a wonderful group of independent writers. Reading anthologies is a great way to tap into a wealth of mostly undiscovered, yet very talented writers. We are truly a diverse group of writers and we have members from all over the world. It shows in the unique stories and collections that we are able to create. You’re not going to find this mix of quality, originality and multi-cultural flair reading works put out by the large publishing houses.”
The next installment to be released by The Indie Collaboration is already in the works and will be out just in time for Easter on April 18, 2014. It’s called Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tales and is a collection of original children’s stories.
You can learn more about The Indie Collaboration, the group of contributing authors and their mission online at: http://theindiecollaboration.webs.com/. Kiss and Tales: A Romantic Collection can be downloaded for free on Smashwords at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/407614 or bought on Amazon on http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IDNIOOK
Here’s a great little video about the collection. http://animoto.com/play/qArGfawrUHVxnZosbdXkMg
Tell Us About Yourself
Name (s): Archos Terrian Stormrager, Lord of Tremellic, Lord of the Storm, Archmage of the Arcane Realms and Skychild. I am the Oncoming Storm.
Age: Well now, I was born sometime before the war which brought Erana to its knees, during the time of the Plague. That was long ago, but the years pass and run into one another and so I am not entirely sure.
Please tell us a little about yourself. I am a mage, a man of magic. My kind are forbidden, yet here we are. I am Lord of Tremellic Valley, and the last Skychild who walks this land.
Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Blonde, goatee beard, silver-grey eyes, and tattoos if you know where to look.
Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? Ah morality is such a fluid term is it not? One man’s moral code is another’s crime. I suppose defend those who have no recourse to defence and destroy those who bring slavery and misery to the land.
Would you kill for those you love? Of course, and I have.
Would you die for those you love? Without question.
Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? My lady, Dii’Athella, she is wonderful. Magic is a lonely art to those who do not understand what price it asks. She is so much more than I deserve. She is also the most desirable creature I have ever met, her beauty is like the summer sun. Her talent in the bedroom…well that is none of your concern…
Then there is Olek, my faithful Olek. He is so much to me – a friend, a servant and a brother. He is my right hand and know more about me than anyone living; there is Ozena, a young elven scout who came to me desperate and afraid for her sister and her kin. Much has happened since then, she is not the naïve child she was. She has talent, and she stands up to me. Not many do. There are those I trust, those who has served me in one way or another and earned my respect and protection. We have enemies and they are legion but those who fight with us are my family and my people.
Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I love horses. We have a paddock filled with them, far more than I need. My favourite, Storm, is a warhorse who fears nothing. He is proud, he is strong and he suffers no fools. Horses are so much better than people, and so much more forgiving. Mine are rather indulged, I have to confess. Now we have Ethnii, a Spirit Raven. The housekeeper has a few goats and birds for milk and eggs.
Do you have a family? Tell us about them. I have a daughter, a half trollish girl. She is very much her mother’s daughter, independent, clever and talented. Troll women run their societies, she will be Shaman of her tribe one day. My parents and siblings are long dead. My brother was murdered and longevity is my blessing and my curse. My mother, my real mother…is not she who raised me. That is a long story. Of course there are Olek, Ozena and Dii.
Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you? We were hunted, magic is forbidden and elves and mages blamed for the spread of the Plague. Even noble born and rich as we were armed soldiers followed us. I was lucky in that our friends sheltered us. I recall my step-mother crying, afraid and cold as we fled yet another place of refuge. To be blamed and feared for something as decimating as the Plague, which brought down high and lowborn alike and those with and without magic is a life-changing event. We could never live as others live. Even now I must lie, I must hide and the bribes we pay for peace are high.
Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I have a lightning bolt tattooed just below my….
Tell Us About Your World
Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. Tremellic is beautiful, nestled between mountain, forest and river. It is safe, at least for now and I ensure it is so. Yet we are watched, we live on edge and we wait for the attack to come. Erana itself? It is dark, it is afraid and it is cowed. The Order of Witch-Hunters keep it so.
Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Officially no. There is no state religion yet there are many who believe in the spirits and gods of old. Even among the Witch-Hunters they nod those whose power is beyond that or mortals, but they rarely admit it. Do these gods exist? Of course, I have seen them. Yet they too hide, for magical creatures must, even gods, in a world where magic is forbidden. The elves have their own gods, spirits and nymphs of forest and river, and the trolls share some but not all.
Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? I travel on occasion but with care. I have the advantage – I am a ‘passer’ and I look human and thus do not draw as much attention as an elf or half-elf might. I am also rich and influential. This counts for a great deal. I have travelled the world over, some buy choice and some not. My lady, Dii’Athella cannot travel. Elves are slaves at best and she had no rights, no remit to law and as she well knows is prey to any who decide it.
Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? Yes, as I have said there is magic. Officially it is illegal, forbidden and punishable by imprisonment or death. But how can you outlaw something which simply is? There are those who have magic and will continue to have magic whether law states it must not be so. Men make laws, the gods and nature bring magic and their will is far greater and far less foolish.
What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, kakistocracy etc.) In the human lands the Order of Witch-Hunters ‘rule’ or at least they think they do. You would call it martial law, yet it has been so for 300 or so years.
Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? The humans fear and mock the elves, many elves are kept as slaves. The trolls stick to their mountains, they too have magic but the Order seen less keen to fight with those who are strong, skilled and warlike. Most humans do not see the trolls. For that matter they do not see the elves either, at least not as people. Ignorance causes fear, and fear causes hatred.
Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings? Please tell us about some. Officially there are none. Unofficially there are elementals, spirits, nymphs. I have a demon who inhabits my staff and obeys my will. There are familiars for those who can use them. There are even dragons, but they are very rare.
Book(s) in which this character appears plus links:
The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles http://www.amazon.com/Light-Beyond-Storm-Chronicles–ebook/dp/B0088DQO9C
The Shining Citadel http://www.amazon.com/The-Shining-Citadel-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00D4CF6W8
Author name: A. L. Butcher
Alexandra Butcher is a British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys.
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Kyra Halland is the author of the week on the Goodreads Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance group https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1523919-featured-author-for-9-15-of-october
Welcome to Kyra Halland please tell us a little about yourself. I live in southern Arizona with my husband, who I met in college. We have two sons; one is a senior in high school, the other one works as a web designer. We also have two cats, and I seem to spend a lot of time feeding them.
I studied music in college, and have an M.A. in Music History, but I’ve never worked in that field. It does influence my writing, though. I also enjoy anime and manga, and scrapbooking.
Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I call what I write epic romantic fantasy – epic fantasy with a strong romantic element. In my books, you really can’t separate the romantic and the fantasy elements from each other and still have the story hold up. Both elements are equally important. I have two published novels, Urdaisunia and Chosen of Azara, and a short story collection, A Cure for Nel, and Other Stories. My forthcoming works are The Lost Book of Anggird, which will be released later in October, Sarya’s Song (projected release date Feb. 2014), and Daughter of the Wildings, a 6-book fantasy-western series, which I plan to start releasing in the spring of 2014.
How long have you been writing and what made you choose the genre in which you write? I liked to write as a child, then I dropped it while I got involved with music through high school and college. I picked it up again almost 24 years ago, when my older son was a baby. There have been a few times when I’ve taken a few years off from writing, but I’ve never been able to leave it alone for very long.
I’ve always loved to read fantasy, and I’ve also always loved a good love story. I used to get frustrated because in a lot of the fantasy novels I read, wizards never got to fall in love, or, if they did, they never got to do anything about it. Kings and princes and all those other guys, but not wizards. I always imagined different storylines for my favorite novels where the wizards got to have some romance in their lives. When I was adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom and decided I wanted a new intellectual challenge, I decided to start writing the kinds of fantasy novels I wanted to read. Not all of my novels involve wizards in love, but they all have magic (at least to a small degree), and they all have love stories.
Who or what are your inspirations/influences? My parents gave me the Earthsea Trilogy for Christmas when I was about 11 or 12, and I loved it. I re-read those books over and over. Those were the books that really hooked me on fantasy. Another favorite series is the Riddlemaster of Hed series, by Patricia McKillip, which came out when I was in high school. Again, just love those books. I also love Patricia McKillip’s style, and I think it influenced my own style a bit. Finally, my favorite author is Carol Berg. She’s a more current writer, and her wizards/magicians get to be real people. I love her stories, and would love to be able to write as beautifully as she does.
Can you name both a positive and a negative experience from your writing?Every time a reader tells me they enjoyed one of my books, and asks if there’s a sequel and when’s my next book coming out, that’s an amazing feeling. And getting to tell the stories of these fascinating characters who show up in my head is a lot of fun.
As for a negative experience, a long time ago (18 or 19 years? before my younger son was born) I belonged to a small writers’ group. We would bring printouts of our current chapters for the other members to take home and read and critique during the week. One week, I brought in a chapter with a love scene in it. The next week, the other members of the group told me (very apologetically) that they laughed at the love scene. And it wasn’t supposed to be funny! I was absolutely crushed. But, upon reflection, I realized they were right. That led to me completely re-imagining the characters and their relationship, and that book, vastly improved (I hope) is now my novel Sarya’s Song. So, that’s a negative turned to a positive.
How much research do you do? Not a whole lot. Research isn’t as important for other-world fantasy as it would be for, say, historical fiction, or even fantasy set in our world. I have needed to do research on such things as weapons, horses, and various customs. For example, for The Lost Book of Anggird, I researched different traditional tattooing techniques, traditional Mongolian food, rifles, and Mongolian horses. Probably the book that I’ve done the most advance research for is book 4 of my fantasy-western series, which involves a cattle drive. I did a lot of reading about cattle drives in the late 1800s to learn how they worked and to get ideas for things that could happen in the story. Otherwise, I just look things up as I need them
With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why? Yes, I do print versions, at least for my novels. (Not sure it’s worth it for a 20,000 word short story collection.) There are a lot of people who still prefer paper books and I don’t want to shut out that part of my potential readership. Plus, there’s no feeling like holding an actual printed-and-bound copy of your book in your hands. And it’s fun to have paper copies to sign and give away to people who’ve helped you – many of my helpful test readers request paperback copies of the book they helped with as their thank-you gift.
Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? I haven’t watched TV in years, but I get a lot of inspiration from music, especially music that has lyrics that go with a character or scene in the story I’m working on, or a sound that sets the mood. I like to make playlists that go with my novels, and I listen to them and other music I enjoy while I’m writing. In fact, if I’m writing without music, I tend to get distracted more easily.
What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? In a book, you’re using your imagination to fill in what characters and settings look like and putting your own interpretation on things. If the writer says, “He looked worried,” I can imagine what a worried expression looks like to me. There’s a lot more audience involvement that with movies and video games. It’s also easier to go back and read a favorite passage over again or to figure out something you didn’t understand the first time you read it.
What advice would you give new writers? When you’re writing a first draft, don’t worry about if it’s any good or not, or get discouraged if you start to get bored with the project. Just finish writing it. You can improve almost any story in revisions, and every writer, even professional writers, goes through phases where they feel like what they’re writing is terrible or it’s boring and no fun. If you want to drop an idea because you thought of another, just remember that that shiny new idea will also get old and boring at some point. Just keep going, and it’ll get fun again by the time you get to the end. Starting to write a novel is easy; learning to finish what you start is one of the hardest and most important lessons you can learn as a writer. I speak from experience 🙂
What are your best marketing/networking tips? Find a supportive, author-friendly Goodreads group where everyone helps promote each other on their blogs, Facebook, etc. Do as much for other people as you can; when writers help each other and share their audiences, everyone wins. If you have Facebook friends or belong to an online community who aren’t writers, let them know you write, offer coupons for free or discount Smashwords books, but don’t put pressure on them to buy your books or give rave reviews.
Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? With my Kindle and the rise of indie authors, I’ve been reading lots of things that I normally wouldn’t read. Suspense, mysteries, paranormal, all kinds of things. But my favorite thing to read is epic fantasy with a strong romantic storyline, written from an adult point of view, with unique settings and magic systems, and well-rounded, interesting characters that I enjoy spending time with.
Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? Under another name, I write Sailor Moon fanfiction.
Where can readers find your books? My books are available from Amazon, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, the iTunes store, Kobo, Sony, and All Romance eBooks. My current novel, Chosen of Azara, is available at:
One of the activities suggested for the Indie Blog Party was a brief mention of our Works in Progress. As some of you may know my second novel – The Shining Citadel – was released at the end of May. I had hoped to release it before but due to personal circumstances, including the death of my mother from cancer about a year ago work on that book was delayed.
There was also the matter of changing the ending…which of course means subsequent ideas also have to change. I am not a planner, I am a ‘pantser’ so more often than not the stories go the way they want to go. I see the beginning and the end but the middle is negotiable, this is within the over-reaching story arc which lives in my head and pokes me at inconvenient moments. Thus book 3 has been tricky. The initial idea I decided was not workable (after about 10 chapters) so I shelved it to work on at a later date in a different guise. Then I came up with this awesome idea…which isn’t… That one may become a short story but until I can work out the holes it goes to live in the “misbehaving story” folder.
So book 3 – well after much contemplating, bouncing ideas around with my sounding board I have found a way of making my original plot for book 3 work. At least I hope so. Book 3 doesn’t yet have a title and is very much a work in progress but IF all goes according to plan will follow on from the events of The Shining Citadel, in the quest for allies, knowledge and magic. Archos and Dii will not feature so prominently but they will feature, and may well have some excitement themselves during the course of the main story. The plan is to follow the adventure of the trolls, Talfor (who was an important character in book 2), and his his sister Mirandra, who must undergo a rite-of-passage to prove her worthiness to lead her tribe. Of course the adventure is not going to be straight-forward and what they find may have profound influence on later events. The trolls have a complex culture, matrilineal in nature and this will be explored in a world which in many places male dominated.
Book 2 left a few threads untied and these will be picked up in later books, and I am planning some short stories with minor characters both new and established so they should be fun.
I am also working on a collection of short erotica stories the first of which should appear reasonably soon. So if this is to your liking look out for announcements.
Both poetry and short fantasy stories will appear in the next month or so in a couple of anthologies, one of which is a charity event to raise money for a premature baby charity and one which will be a free anthology from a collection of fantasy and sci-fi authors who publish on Smashwords. Again please look here for announcements.
I have just published the large print edition of Book 1 via createspace and book 2 will be along soon. The formatting is …rather fickle so it is taking longer than I anticipated.
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