Interview with J Lenni Dorner

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Today I’m pleased to be hosting a guest post from J Lenni Dorner.


What originally drew you to writing?

It was just something I started doing when I was eight years old. It turned out that I was good at it. Later on, I found out that I come from an exceptionally long line of storytellers and tale-keepers. One elder said that it is part of my spirit. I didn’t know about any of this when I started. I just did it, the same way that some children just start coloring or throwing a ball around, because it felt natural.

Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

R.L. Stine, Stephen King, J.D. Salinger, Kevin Smith, and J.K. Rowling have all inspired me.

 What most inspires your stories?

The voices in my head, the random prompts, and the crazy world around me- inspiration comes from everywhere. The trick is in knowing which bits to use, which to store for later, and which to send off.

Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

I prefer to write when I’m alone and it’s quiet.

Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

 Go write a letter of resignation.

Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

For most books, I’m happy with either. When it comes to my favorites, I want both.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

The story takes place when one character is visiting the other in a care facility. They have a picnic lunch outside. Grammy tells the whimsical story of how she met her husband. To divulge more would ruin the unexpected ending.

What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

I prefer to write in speculative fiction. The natural style of my writing flows toward a dark side, and I have a love of throwing in that which borders on possible just enough to make the mind itch. I love itchy minds!

Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

Yes, I’m working on a fantasy project with another author right now. A fellow writer and I are also kicking around the idea of an advice book for high-school aged teenagers – your basic list of “no one told me” items that come up when you turn 18. Nothing preachy sounding, like do this or don’t do that, more of a “Here’s how credit works,” and “Why you can get rejected simply by only applying to one college.” We’re strongly considering taking it to Twitter for input. (Drop thoughts in comments if you happen to have any!)

Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

I only set that in November for NaNoWriMo. Some days “writing” is about rewriting, editing, marketing, blogging, and social media activity. Yes, writers write. But writers that want a paycheck have to wear several other hats, especially the sales one.

What do you do to get book reviews?

That’s an excellent question. I hope to have an excellent answer for this question one day. At the moment, I can only speculate. I think WLC has a program that helps with this.

http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/

What are your views on social media for marketing?

 It is absolutely vital. There are good ways to do it, such as interacting with and making friends with people and getting them interested in your work the same way you would a “real live person” (because, and I think sometimes people forget this, but those are real live people out there). There are BUY MY BOOK also bad ways OMG YOU SHOULD BUY MY BOOK to do DID YOU BUY IT YET it, such as slamming people with BUY BUY BUY MY BOOK ads that no one wants to BUY IT BECAUSE I AM POOR AND AM BEGGING see, and thus will ignore. I do worry that the new 2015 Facebook Pages rules are going to make it difficult for authors to connect with readers, as we’ll no longer be able to mention that we (or others we know) have a product out there in the world that is purchasable without facing hurdles. Different sites have interpreted how this will play out, but for now, it’s something to be cautiously consider.

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 J Lenni Dorner: WRONG!

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My most recent publication is the short story titled “EGOT and the Pond King” in the anthology “Wrong!” (Southern Star Publications, December 2014). I was inspired by two different writing prompts. The first was a requirement to enter the contest- the phrase “I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?” had to appear. The second prompt was a bit of humor about names and American entertainment awards- it lends to a joke inside the story. (EGOT is an acronym for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.” A distinction officially held by twelve people.)

I also spent my NaNoWriMo November working a fantasy book entitled “The Dagger in the Darkrise.” I was inspired over a decade ago by an image of a woman with a sword. The story is finally coming together properly after all this time. I’m not sure it would have made it before, as the cast is diverse (though sometimes that isn’t as heavy a factor in the fantasy genre). Timing is a big factor in the publishing industry.

 

 

 


J Lenni Dorner Bio:

JLenniD150WNDBJ Lenni Dorner began publishing under pseudonyms at age eight, and won several awards before turning eighteen. Education includes the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Excellence in Creative Writing semi finals and Penn State University’s Honors and Scholars program. While embracing the ancient tribal traditions, J Lenni Dorner discovered a story originated by The Grandfathers. J is happily married and living in Pennsylvania (USA) on the original lands of the Lenni Lenape people. When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games (such as The Sims and Civilization), funny cat videos, finding new drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies. Look for a short story titled “EGOT and the Pond King” by J Lenni Dorner in the anthology “Wrong!” (Southern Star Publications, December 2014).

I weave fantasy with lore to unhinge your mind.

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J Lenni Dorner’s links

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/

https://twitter.com/JLenniDorner

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https://plus.google.com/108415977739939832844

http://www.pinterest.com/jlennidorner/

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/j-lenni-dorner/43/442/485

http://about.me/JLenniDorner

http://www.amazon.com/author/jlennidorner

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Interview with Charlotte Henley Babb

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Today I’m delighted to welcome Charlotte Henley Babb to my blog page to answer some questions about her writing habits, and share some of her work.

What originally drew you to writing?

I loved reading, and when I read Little Women in the third grade, I decided to be like Jo March and be a writer. I liked being able to make up stories about fantastic things that did not happen in my life. There is a part of me that gets warm and sparkly when I say I am a writer, even when the words are not flowing as I would like.

Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

Along with Louisa Alcott, I read Robert Heinlein, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and I read all the science fiction I could get my hands on. I found that novels set in the English countryside in the 1700s or Agatha Christie’s mystery settings were just as alien to me as other planets. I enjoy seeing how others view the world, both my favorite authors and my favorite characters.

My current inspiration is Sir Terry Pratchett, with Neil Gaiman as a close second. I read Jim Butcher and John G. Hartness. I like Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency as well.

What most inspires your stories?

My primary inspiration these days is Netflix. I enjoy seeing how an arc for both a character and a series develops over a season, and I’ve had to limit my binge watching to have writing time. I consider how a story would change if different actors played the parts, women instead of men, older people instead of younger ones. I’m fascinated by the characters who live on the edge of society in the gray spots of the law, who sink to the dark side or who prevail despite personal losses.

Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

I like to write in the mornings, but my day job sometimes gets in the way, unless I go to bed early enough to get up at five or so. I’ve learned to take some writing time when I get home from work before starting on something else. I’m not a night owl, so I want to be able to stay awake when I am conjuring.

Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

Keep typing. If you peck out a word and a word and a word, at some point, the rockslide will occur, and if not, you have shown up to do the work.

Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

I read on my phone and on the computer screen as much as I do on paper. It’s not that I don’t like paper, but e-books are cheaper and don’t take up space. I have four boxes of books to carry off to goodwill or the library as soon as I can get them loaded in my car.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Elvira O’Sullivan has not only survived her nasty childhood as a prostitute, but has made an empire of women workers, providing them with housing, food and education, much like the mill villages in the south. Her workers produce items that her shopkeepers sell, and that she trades with others. Her airship brothel is literally the highest class (at least in altitude), providing not only pleasures of the body, but of information discreetly gathered and dispensed among her clients and for her own investments. She is a smart cookie, but she does not trust anyone, not even her bodyguard and partner, Zulie Mensah. Her great strength in her business operations is a weakness in her own life, one that she must face to accomplish her goal. She must learn that there is always risk of betrayal, and that there is no way to control all the variables.

What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

I like fantasy, science fiction and steampunk. Each has its own flavor, like fine chocolates, an otherworldliness that I enjoy. I’ve never felt very comfortable in the mundane world, and often wonder if the mother ship will ever come and get me.

Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

I wrote with a writers’ group on a shared world project, which was amazing fun until philosophical differences separated me from the group. I was devastated at the time, and since then I write on my own.

I’d be willing to collaborate with someone else if we could agree on a vision for the work and find a common voice for the project.

Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

I have at times set a word count, but I find that if it is only a mechanical thing, I tend to write rants and whines rather than useable storyline. I am working on keeping a schedule of writing every day for 15 minutes. I can sometimes write a thousand words in 15 minutes if I know where I am going to start. Sometimes it takes much longer.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I ask for them, writing to bloggers or connecting with reviewers on LinkedIn. I’ve done a number of review swaps, an “I’ll read yours if you’ll read mine” sort of thing.

What are your views on social media for marketing?

To misquote W. Somerset Maugham, there are three rules for social media marketing, and nobody knows what they are.


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Brief bio of Charlotte Henley Babb, Author

Web designer, social networks manager, blogger, novelist, and online writing instructor, Charlotte Henley Babb has been writing since she was four, and now makes up fractured fairy tales for people who have survived beyond the love’s last kiss. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, post-graduate education, bankruptcy, empty nest, and widowhood?

Charlotte Henley Babb writes them.

Her first novel, Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, was published in 2012 and was awarded the Sharp Writ First Place in Fantasy and Science Fiction. It also received an honorable mention in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women communications contest for adult novels. She has self-published short stories in ebook and print format, doing the technical work, cover design, and layout herself.

Charlotte has taught English in high school and junior college, written procedure manuals, and edited association newsletters. She has presented at education and writing conferences on using the Internet, blogging, and writing science fiction. She brings to any project a number of experiences: technical writer, gasket inspector, wait staff, fabric and craft retail associate, craft artificer, secret weapon, and telephone psychic. Currently she manages the website, social media presence, and monthly newsletter for Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Charlotte’s Books

Work in progress 20 hours to Atlanta
When an airship madam arranges a secret meeting of colonial ambassadors, can she trust her crew and a rogue operative to keep her clients safe from his handlers, her allies, and an anarchist?


Maven-fairy-godmother-200x300Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil 
A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons.

Giving up what’s left of her self-esteem for coffee, her last chance to redeem her life comes as a job offer to be a fairy godmother. But Faery is shrinking, the other fairy godmothers have disappeared, and nothing she does turns out right.

How can she put together the happily ever after each of her clients wants with her boss standing in her way?
http://bit.ly/Maven2ed
$5.95 Kindle $15.99 Paper


Fractured-Fairy-Tales166x200Maven’s Fractured Fairy Tales

Fairy Godmother Maven Morrigan has her own way of making the happily ever after come true for The Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin and Beauty and the Beast. Three fractured fairy tales to bring you a smile
http://bit.ly/eMFFT

$2.99 Kindle $5.99 Paper


Separate stories also available $0.99

Bubba and the beast: http://bit.ly/BubbaBeast

MavenStiltskin: http://bit.ly/MavenStilt

Fairy Frogmother: http://bit.ly/FrogMom


Just a Smidgen of MagicJust a Smidgen of Magic: Enchantment at the Edge of Mundane 

Five flash fiction stories of magical encounters in the modern world.

http://bit.ly/Smidgen

$2.99 Kindle, $5.49, Paper


Walking off Heaven's Shore

Walking Off Heaven’s Shore
A ten-piece bucket of Southern fried flash fiction.
http://bit.ly/WalkShore
$2.99 Kindle $5.99 Paper


Turning pointTurning Point

A short-short about a cup of coffee on a sunny morning and a decision.
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Guest Post from Lee Dunning – Exile’s Redemption

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Today’s guest post is from author Lee Dunning. Read on to hear all about Exile’s Redemption!

Exiles RedemptionAbout the Story

Exile’s Redemption is, on the surface, a fantasy adventure tale about good versus evil, but it goes beyond that. It’s about paths taken which changed the course of history and sent a proud race down a road of slow decline – so slow they don’t even realize that one day they’ll exist only in history texts and children’s stories.

One of the individuals from days long past, Umbral K’hul, returns after ten thousand years of exile. He discovers his flare of temper as a boy not only saw him banished but set the stage for pride and ambition to run unchecked among his people. He must come to grips with his failings and work to rebuild his people while keeping them from discovering his true identity. Adopting the name W’rath, the elves’ first-born son, joins with a young, untried warrior and strives to save their people.

While the story tackles serious subjects, the story is written to entertain and amuse. The characters express themselves in unique ways, and carry the story along in a fast-paced manner. Exile’s Redemption is very much a character driven story, quirky characters for certain, but never boring.

Brief Character Profiles

Umbral K’hul: Ten thousand years ago he tried to murder his father. He failed and found himself exiled to the Abyss to face certain death. Fate has opened a door and given him as second chance.

Lady Raven

Lady Raven

Raven: A young scholar, she has traveled to Second Home to research the truth about the first child born to the elves, Umbral K’hul.

Lady Swiftbrook: Driven insane by demons, she is rescued and healed by a small, filthy elf, and so starts a dangerous friendship.

Lord K’hul: Newest war leader to the elves, and lover of Lady Swiftbrook, he trusts not the smirking new arrival at his lady’s side.


Excerpt

Okay, this is a scene from Exile’s Redemption between my primary male protagonist, W’rath, and his pain-in-the-arse half-nephew, K’hul. W’rath wants to put a stop to a rather nasty practice going on in the Elven nation of First Home, and K’hul, who has just replaced his father as “First Among Equals” is standing in W’rath’s way. Enjoy.


smirkingNow that they were away from the others, and any possibility of public humiliation, K’hul’s confidence reasserted itself. He faced W’rath, arms crossed, his face hostile. “You have me here now, Exile. What do you plan to do? Chew on my ankles?”

“Really, lad, short jokes? Even among the Shadow Elf population, I’m shy several inches of average. I’ve heard every possible insult in existence. You’ll have to work much harder if you wish to provoke me. Oh, I know, threaten to keep my lads helpless and labeled as inher­ently evil. That will get my attention.”

K’hul raised an eyebrow. “You’re lads? Until a few days ago, you didn’t even know they existed. Until a few minutes ago you’d never laid eyes upon them. How can you call them ‘your lads’ when you don’t know a thing about them? Their own councilors wanted them collared. You just strut in and decide they should have full access to their psion­ics without first finding out why your predecessors thought it was a bad idea?”

“Interesting.” W’rath cocked his head. “That actually came across as a coherent argument.”

“So we’re done with this, then?”

W’rath chuckled. Ah, so young, so naïve. “Of course not, lad. Those collars will come off. But since you went to the effort to put together a logical reason for your obstinacy, it’s only fair I do the same.”

“Or, since we both know nothing you say will change my mind, we could just skip that part and move on to where I pummel you into a jelly. A very small jelly.” K’hul made a show of cracking his knuckles.

“Charming. However, isn’t that a bit archaic? Isn’t the whole purpose of having a council to facilitate communication and the exchange of ideas? Or am I mistaken and it’s really only an attempt to put a civilized face on our government while the First’s descendant continues to bully the rest of the population?”

“I’m the bully? You’ve already made it clear you expect the collars to come off regardless of the outcome of any discussion. In fact, you used threatened violence to lure me here in the first place. So be it. It worked well enough for the First, I’m only too happy to continue the tradition.”

W’rath had only a fraction of a second to chide himself for underes­timating his nephew before the huge First Born smashed a granite-like fist into his jaw. He attempted to roll with the punch, but the lad’s speed shocked him, and W’rath felt the bone shatter. Most people wouldn’t expect someone of such size to also have the agility and quickness of a hunting cat, but W’rath, of all people, realized he should have known better.

The force of the blow sent him flying across the room. He landed and continued to tumble across the floor until a wall brought him to a bone rattling halt. He spat out blood and teeth, but already felt his body regenerating, knitting the bone back together. Another fifteen minutes and he’d completely heal. Of course, K’hul wouldn’t allow him to regen­erate in peace. W’rath’s father hadn’t either.

“I knew without your psionics you’d lose miserably in a fight,” K’hul gloated, “but really, Exile, I still expected better. What were you thinking? Is this how you go about turning me over your knee and giving out a good paddling?”

He swaggered over to W’rath, hands on hips. “Did you think because I’m younger than you, you can lord it over me? Or, maybe you think I’m just some big, dumb fighter you can tear apart with your self-imagined superior intellect? Lesson one, Exile, never underestimate your opponent.”

I agree entirely. With the speed of a striking snake, W’rath lashed out with his legs, hooking onto K’hul’s ankle with one foot, and smashing the side of K’hul’s knee with the other. A resounding crack echoed off the walls as the knee exploded. K’hul crashed to the floor, howling in pain and surprise. The entire dojo shook with the force of his massive body splitting the floorboards.

With reflexes honed from years of surviving in the Abyss, W’rath sprang up and forward, smashing K’hul’s ruined knee, causing the First Born to nearly bite through his tongue in his efforts to keep from bel­lowing in agony. Even so he could not help but cry out as the Shadow Elf launched himself into the air using the shattered knee for leverage. The older elf fell back earthward, smashing the elbow of the hand that had seconds earlier broken his jaw. He tumbled forward and came to rest with his knee against K’hul’s throat. He pressed just hard enough to make it clear how easily he could crush the huge elf’s windpipe.

K’hul went to brush the Shadow Elf from his chest only to find his other arm pinned to the floor by a knife, which hummed with faint magic. Tendons neatly sliced, the embedded knife kept him from healing. For now the arm lay useless. He starred up into W’rath’s furious face in horror.

“If you ever strike me again,” W’rath said, struggling to enunciate through broken teeth, and a partially healed mandible, “your current injuries will seem but pleasant memories. I shall break every joint in your body, and then march up this puffed up chest of yours to smash every bone in your face. If your bloodline to the First survives as unsul­lied as you claim, you may regenerate perfectly, but odds are you won’t present quite as handsome a visage as you’re used to.”

K’hul gaped at the Shadow Elf, confirming W’rath’s suspicions that no one had ever dared speak to the young warleader in such a manner before. K’hul nearly choked on the blood from his partially severed tongue. W’rath grinned. “Oh, yes, the various races of elves may differ in a great many ways, but one thing you can always count on is our vanity. Lad, you may hate me with every fiber of your being, but by all the ancestors you hold dear, you will respect me.

W’rath’s smile widened. “And now … if you don’t mind, I do believe I have won our … debate.”


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About Lee

Lee has always loved writing, and wrote her first book in ninth grade. It was deplorable, though at the time she thought herself the next J.R.R. Tolkien. Since then Lee has written several short stories and books, but thankfully had enough sense not to publish them. Now as an older, and hopefully more skilled writer, Lee has published the first story she deems worthy of sharing with the world – Exile’s Redemption. She published it through Amazon in July of 2014.

In addition to writing, Lee absolutely loves reading, working on digital art (she did her book cover and has sold several covers to other authors (including Chris Kennedy’s novel, Can’t Look Back), wasting too much time on computer and tabletop gaming, and baking. She’s working on the sequel to Exile’s Redemption and hopes to have it out in the second quarter of 2015.


Links

Exile’s Redemption at Amazon: http://bitly.com/1rczyyd

Lee’s Book Review Blog: http://wildhuntreviews.com

Lee’s Author Site: http://leedunning.com/

Lee’s Goodreads Page: http://bit.ly/1wB8eju

Guest Post from Maeve La Fay

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Today’s guest post is from Maeve La Fay, with an excerpt from her book, Tree of Nine Worlds: Quest for the Lochbhan.

About Maeve La Fay

maevepicStories are how people communicate lessons, feeling and desires. I have learned that even the most fantastic of stories express something fundamental about that author’s thoughts or feelings on any given topic. I have always had a passion for strong, stories that told of far away lands and times and began creating my own at an early age.
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, I am twenty-four-years-old and have been writing for at least sixteen of those years, and telling stories much longer. Growing up I always loved reading or hearing old ghost stories and faerie stories. This very soon developed into a love of speculative fiction and several cultures mythologies. My pen name was born of one of two of these great loves, Mebd the great Irish queen of myth and Morgan La Fey from Arthurian legend. Stephen King and J.K Rowling were staples of my middle and high school years allowing me to branch out into the wonderful world of speculative fiction and folklore.
I am currently studying psychology for my undergrad at university and am writing a novel of the fantasy genre along with several short stories. “The Otter King” is my first of what will hopefully be many publications in the future.

You can connect with Maeve on her website here: http://talesfromthemists.wordpress.com/


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Excerpts:

Tree of Nine Worlds is an in progress fantasy novel series. I am currently working on the first two novels. The Tree of Nine Worlds series is a multi-perspective Celtic and Norse fusion fantasy taking place in an original world. The tale begins with an unlikely group of characters coming together in the home country of Princess Saoirse and staying at the castle as the group discovers a horrible plot from an unknown dark force to destroy the world and rebuild it in his image. It is also discovered that there may still yet be hope, for if a fairy woman of the lost city of Crannllwynn still lives, and if they can find the Lochbhan they maybe able to save the world from the darkness taking over. Saoirse, Percy, and Aisling take off with Doug to find the city of legend in what is now a war torn land as several kingdoms fight for control both against each other and against themselves.


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Tree of Nine Worlds: Quest for the Lochbhan

Everyone knew what a bride to be singing that song meant. This was the entire reason for betrothal ceremonies before they became an excuse to feast for the sake of feasting.

“Saoirse!” King Agnew cried angrily down at his daughter . “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

Saoirse inhaled deeply and spoke as she had rehearsed it in the mirror before coming down to the hall. “I am invoking the Bridequest, as is my right by Highland Law!”

Everyone around her let out a gasp, and nobles from both highland kingdoms stared at her, wide eyed or simply squinting in anger. King Ferghus stared at her the most intently, his fair skin reddening by the minute. She knew better than to hope the Sluadaighish king would not be slighted.

“Ach! Ye cannae do this to me lad!” Ferghus announced angrily waving a large square index finger in her face. “King Agnew, your daughter can’t resurrect this archaic ritual.”

“You have to renounce the Bridequest, Saoirse,” Agnew pleaded. “No one has invoked a Bridequest in over eighty years. The match has already been made, this isn’t fair to any of the parties involved.”

Except perhaps me, Saoirse thought bitterly, but said. “It is my right by ancient highland law to name a quest for any suitor who wishes to strike a match, to prove he is a good enough match, and ensure that our sons will be strong. There was once a time that any noble man who wished to marry had no choice but to complete a quest chosen by she who was promised to him.”

“Aye,” Agnew conceded. “T’was a strong tradition, but, Saoirse, but these are dire times and we have to keep making noble matches before more houses die out.”

“Your king father’s right, your highness,” Doug stated without expression. “As my father’s only son, it is important for me to continue the line. A quest could kill me, and thus end it.”

“The bridegroom has the right to refuse the request,” spoke Queen Adelaide, Saoirse knew not to be surprised with her stepmother. “But in refusing the Bridequest, he is also refusing the right to his bride.”

“Adelaide!” Agnew choked, his hazel eyes staring widening.

“I am sorry, your grace? Is it that you want your daughter to wed a man who could not prove his worth?”

“Your grace?” asked Gawaine in amazement. “Our alliance with Sluaghdaigh—“

“Does not depend on my step-daughter’s hand in marriage,” Adelaide stood with her arms open and spoke loudly. “We are one land split into four kingdoms and we are naturally allies against those who would see us harm in this growing world. The princess’s hand in marriage is an act of friendship between two allies, no more, no less!”

“Name your quest, Princess Saoirse of Daoinebhaile and I shall fulfil it.”

Saoirse stared blankly in amazement. She didn’t expect him to accept the quest. She couldn’t remember what she had wished him to do for a second. Disbelief clouded her memory and caught her breath while her heart thudded loudly in her chest. She now remembered what it was she had wanted him to do. Never did she imagine he would accept her quest, but she would happily marry him on the morrow if he gave her the means to do this.

“I want you to help me find the sacred city of Crannllwynn and grant me an audience with the Lochbhan.”


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Interview with V M Sang, Author of The Wolves of Vimar Series

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Today I’m delighted to be hosting an interview with V M Sang, author of the Wolves of Vimar series.


Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I live in the UK near the south coast. I am a retired science teacher. I enjoy reading and writing as well as a variety of crafts and I also paint. I have written 3 books.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

My latest book is called The Never-Dying Man and is the second book in the Wolves of Vimar. The whole series grew out of a Dungeons and Dragons scenario that I wrote when running a D&D club at the school where I was teaching. It has sort of grown out of that. I don’t think many of the pupils who played would recognize it now.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Don’t think so.

What authors or books have influenced you?

Obviously Tolkein, because he was the first, but I would add Weiss and Hickman and their Dragonlance books. George R.R. Martin, whom I would add that I discovered long before the TV series and everyone jumped on the bandwagon, and of course, Robert Jordan, and also Brandon Sanderson.

What are you working on now?

I am working on part 3 of The Wolves.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Not sure. I’m still struggling to find it!

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Never give up. Some of the best thought of authors had a struggle at first.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

My uncle once wrote in my autograph book when I was a child: ‘A winner never quits. A quitter never wins. Keep on trying.’

What are you reading now?

Just bought a new car and am reading the owner’s manual!

What’s next for you as a writer?

To follow Uncle Roy’s advice and keep on trying. I want to finish and publish Book 3 of The Wolves and then write either a historical novel or a different fantasy one that I have been planning in my head for some time.

What inspires you to write?

I have stories that I tell myself running about in my head. They need to get out and so I write them down.

Tell us about your writing process. Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer? If you are an outliner, what do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software? Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?

I have a general idea as to where my work is going, mainly in my head. I rarely write it down, so it can change, and frequently does. My characters develop as they themselves wish. I do have a rough idea as to what they are like, but I usually let them do as they want.

Do you listen to or talk to your characters? How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?

Always. They are always telling me to do something different, often most unexpected, or saying something that surprises me.

What advice would you give other writers?

Please, please, please check your spelling and grammar. There is nothing so distracting for a reader as poor grammar, and there are many authors who write bad grammar. I have been known to take a pencil and correct it as I am reading (the teacher coming out!) Since I send them back to a charity shop for recycling, I assume other readers come across this. It probably irritates the hell out of them, but I hope they will learn a bit from it!

How did you decide how to publish your books?

Don’t really know. I just decided to try when I’d finished The Wolf Pack. It seemed the natural next step. I tried to find a traditional publisher and agent, but could only find one of each in the USA. Since I am based in the UK I decided not to go along this route and join the indie published brigade.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

I think more will be electronically published. This is only in its infancy yet. It is convenient to carry around, especially Kindle and ipad mini, lighter and less bulky than a book. You can also carry large numbers of books away on holiday. This was always a bone of contention between my husband and myself. He complained about the weight! I hope that books do not disappear altogether though, because there is nothing like the smell and feel of a real book.


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I was born in the north west of England in a town called Northwich, which is between Manchester and Chester.

I was educated at Northwich Grammar School for Girls, which was a selective school. It has now become a comprehensive school and takes in all ability levels and both sexes. From here I went to Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester to do teacher training where I studied Science as a main subject and Maths and English as subsidiary.

After finishing my training I taught in several places. I began in Salford, near Manchester, then taught in Lancashire, Hampshire (south of England) and Croydon (a London borough)

I am married with 2 children, a girl and a boy, and 3 grandchildren, 2 boys and a girl. I like to spend time with them as they are great fun. I also enjoy a variety of crafts (cross-stitch, card making, tatting, crochet, knitting etc) and I paint as well as write. I enjoy gardening too and walking, cycling and kayaking.

I am now retired and live in East Sussex with my husband.


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Book title: The Wolf Pack, Book 1 of The Wolves of Vimar series.

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Pack-Wolves-Vimar-Book-ebook/dp/B00CJ16VZ6/ref=asap_B00CK8JHRM?ie=UTF8

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I have also published Book 2 of the Wolves of Vimar, The Never-Dying Man, and a recipe book called Viv’s Family Recipes that covers at least 100 years of recipes and many of my grandmother’s.

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Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Vivs-Family-Recipes-V-M-Sang-ebook/dp/B00IARRS50/ref=asap_B00CK8JHRM?ie=UTF8


 

You can find out more about me and my books on my website:

http://vmsang.moonfruit.com/ and on my blog: http://aspholessaria.blogspot.co.uk/

My books can be bought from: http://www.amazon.com and http://www.amazon.co.uk/ and other amazon sites.

Interview with T. S Rider

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We’re kicking off the tour with an interview with  T. S Rider, author and artist!


What originally drew you to writing?

  1. I loved to read, and had a number of stories in my head that I had to get out.

  2. Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

    Anyone I’ve read, and that’s a lot of authors.

  3. What most inspires your stories?

    My dreams. I usually wake up in the mornings with very vivid dreams that I remember every detail of, and no, I’m not in my underwear. 😄 But I am flying or fighting in a battle of some sort.

  4. Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

    Whenever I can sit down and do it really.

  5. Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

    Just start writing, even if it’s just random thoughts out of your head. Usually, if you get that out, then you can concentrate and think about the story.

  6. Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

    I prefer to own hard copies. E-books are too easily lost. I mean, all that has to happen is a server crash, virus, drop your e-reader in some water, and all your books are gone. Hard copies at least take a major disaster to destroy.

  7. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

    My main character is typically a strong female type. She either has some special skill, or something in her background that makes her important to the story. Often she is the key to reaching the ultimate end of the story.

  8. What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

    Sword and sorcery style fantasy. I don’t want to call it epic, as that implies a series or great writing. True some of my stories are series length, but most can be kept short to one story.

  9. Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

    No, and no. I’m too controlling a person to be able to really compromise.

  10. Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

    Only during NaNo, and most days I can hit the target easily, other days I have trouble. Usually though, I just sit and write and see what happens.

  11. What do you do to get book reviews?

    Since I have no stories really published, I don’t do much of anything for reviews. Though I think I would start by sending it to people I trust to give me an honest and fair review.

  12. What are your views on social media for marketing?

    It’s helpful, and probably the best way to get new readers interested in your work since most people are online in some way.


 About  T. S Rider

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T. S. Rider is an author/artist in love with the sword and sorcery genre.  Most all of her stories take place in worlds of her own design that somewhat mirror Medieval Europe.  She has two short stories published to date, and has been working mainly on her longer fiction and artwork.  She is a maker of custom magic wands (no not Harry Potter style), that reflect the individual they were made for.


Tell us out yourself and how many books you have written.

I have a Master’s of Sceince in Biology, and currently teach at a local University as an adjunct. I’m also an artist and crafter, and currently make wands from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I’ve lost count of how many manuscripts I’ve written. Most all are longer than 50K, and very few under 10K.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Most all of my stories are untitled until I finish them. As my current one is unfinished, it’s untitled. What inspires all my writing typically are my dreams. I usually wake up in the morning from a very vivid dream, really a single scene, and create a story around that.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I often make things from my stories. Whether it is the costume of one of the characters, or a sculpture of one of the creatures that I made up for the story. I do like to make up creatures where it is needed. 😄

What authors or books have influenced you?

There are too many books to list, but some of my favorite authors include, Kate Elliot, Kristen Britain, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Van Lustbader, Lee Martindale, Tanith Lee, Gale Greeno, David Gemmell, etc. 😄

What are you working on now?

PegasusWandCurrently I’m working on my wands and wand shop. I have a couple of stories that I’m playing with writing, and trying to get one of my manuscripts ready for submission.

What is your best method or website for book promotion?

No idea, but I tell everyone I know where they can get a copy of something I’ve written through every medium possible. Including Facebook, e-mail, and word of mouth.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

The things I’ve been told the most: Keep at it, don’t quit. Money flows to the author. Once you finish one project, go on to the next, don’t sit and wait for the story to be rejected or accepted before starting your next one. And finally; don’t quit your day job, at least not right away.

What are you reading now?

Kate Elliot Crown of Stars series

What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish polishing one of my longer manuscripts for submission.

3 or 4 books for deserted island?
I have to choose! 😥 Really, anything I haven’t read yet would be a good choice.

Tell us about your writing process
Often I just sit down and write. I have to have some music or the TV on while I write because I have mild ADD, and need something to turn to when I lose focus on the story.

Are you an outliner or a seat of the pants writer?
Sometimes I outline, most of the time I write by the seat of my pants. Often when I outline, once I start writing the character decides they want to change the story, and then the outline just goes out the window.

If you are an outliner, what do you use to outline? Whiteboard? Software?

Notebook paper mostly. That way I can look at it, and look back at it at anytime without having to change the window on my screen. Whiteboard might be a good change, except I don’t think there is a whiteboard large enough for me to outline one of my stories on that’ll fit in my room. 😄

Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?

During, it’s often easier to flesh out the character that way.

Do you listen to or talk to your characters?

I talk to them all the time, I just don’t do a lot of listening. The last time I did, the character decided to throw out the outline halfway through the story, then at the end decided she wanted to go back to the outline.

How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?

I make them do the things I’m writing, and squish their complaints because I’m the writer!

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t write for fame and fortune, write because you have a story to tell.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I like physical books, so I hope to have my books printed, but I am open to e-publishing just because I could do it myself.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Physical books will never go away, but they will become more of a luxury item since e-books are so easy to get and store. I think I’ll lose my mind if all the books I want in the future are only available as e-books. I don’t trust technology, and a physical book’s battery never runs out, nor does the software crash and loses a library worth of books. With physical books, it takes a library fire to lose that many stories.

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I make various types of artwork, including sculpture, costumery, accessories, woodworking, and jewelry. I have been primarily working on selling the wands I make from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede. I also make boxes, stands, and pouches for the wands.

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