Author Interview Trapped on Draconica

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How long have you been writing?

 

Technically, I’ve been writing since Secondary School, as I wrote and published my own comic back then. But Trapped on Draconica was my first real serious attempt at writing a Fantasy novel series and I started work on that back in 2007 or so. So a good few years I’d say.

 

What was the most challenging part about writing Trapped on Draconica?

Originally I envisioned Trapped on Draconica as a trilogy series – which seemed kinda novel (if you pardon the pun) as trilogy series were all the rage back then. However, after I wrote the first two books, the second one came out with significantly less pages than the others. However, at the time of writing, I got some advice about how writing a trilogy is a bad idea for newer writers – so I decided to make it a standalone novel.

The hard part was going through the three books, cutting stuff out that wasn’t needed and adjusting things to fit the story. It wasn’t easy, but somehow I managed to cut it down from about 1000 plus pages to around 400. And I think the story is better because of it now in my opinion.

Another challenge was that originally I was going to do a Fantasy series where all the “magic” in it was explained in science terms – akin to Doctor Who. That turned out to be a bad idea and it made the story really sound bloated and convoluted. So instead I decided to have a magic element, just tone it down a little. But actually, as time has gone on, I have included more of a magical system into my novels. I guess it’s kinda natural that would happen eventually – it does make for some interesting battle scenes.

 

 

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

 

What’s not to like? You can write stories the way you want them to go, create worlds and characters and direct their fate – essentially the only limit is your imagination. Best thing about being an author is that if there is a story out there that you feel needs telling, you can create it yourself. Like anything it takes a lot of time and practice, but if you work on it, you have the potential to create some awesome stories.

And who knows? If you’re lucky, your stories may just end up as TV shows or films. That would be my ultimate dream. I dunno if it will ever happen, but we can live in hope.

Is this book part of a series?

 

Trapped on Draconica is the first in what I like to call my Draconica series – of which more books will follow. Draconica is the name of the world that the books are set on. It’s a world that used to be populated by dragons, but now they have died out and they live on in the Dragonkin – four women granted dragon powers. Essentially it’s my main world where I write my stories. I plan to create a number of novels that are part of a “Shared Universe” in the end. I have one other series called Amanda Moonstone which is also set in this world so that’s something that keeps me busy as well.

Did you do the illustrations yourself, or did you hire an illustrator? The cover looks gorgeous!

 

I WISH I could draw as good at that! The illustrations were done by a talented artist by the name of Kirsten Moody – who is a fellow Brit! She did the cover for Amanda Moonstone and I’m so glad she agreed to do the artwork for this one.

Originally (when this book was first published) the art was done by Alexis M Centeno – who actually is partly responsible for Draconica having the anime feel it has. Her art was amazing – but sadly we could not continue working together. But I think Kirsten did a great job with the cover. She’s extremely enthusiastic as well about this project – which helps.

Do you have any works in progress?

I plan to release the other books in the Draconica series this month (there’s three in total, including this one, plus a final book to end the series) and I’m also working on another Amanda Moonstone novel. I have plans for other projects as well – such as my Draconic-Lore series, which will be a series of prequel novels around certain characters on Draconica. I was working on another book independent of my Draconica series, which was a NaNoWriMo project, but that’s been put on hold for the moment. I think I have enough to keep myself busy for the moment!

 

About the Book

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Author: Dan Wright

Genre: Fantasy

Barely into his teens, Ben Anthony has not had it easy. With his father in prison, his mother struggling to keep him under control and his friends little more than criminals in the making, Ben is already on a self-destructive path. But his life is about to get much worse.

Teleported to the world where dragons once ruled, Ben finds himself the target of the malign Baalarian Empire – of which Emperor Gothon seeks to capture him for reasons yet unknown. Teaming with warrior Princess Daniar Dragonkin, her altruistic sister Erowin and the revenge seeking Leonidan Prince Kalak, Ben sets out on a reluctant quest to find his way home. And thus begins his incredible adventure…

Author Bio

Dan Author Pic 2Dan lives in the United Kingdom – born in the historic town of Canterbury, Kent. He picked up a love of Fantasy stories after reading such classics as The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and numerous Roald Dahl novels.

His biggest influences are Douglas Adams, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joss Whedon, H.P Lovecraft, Hiromu Arakawa and George R R Martin. He is highly influenced by Anime, Video Games and Comic books. He has also written a fan parody series on YouTube called Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron.

As well as writing, Dan plays guitar in a metal band. He likes all kinds of music—but he mainly listens to rock and metal, rap, some pop music and also film and video game scores. He also loves Disney and Pixar movies—often finding himself singing along to the tunes, or crying manly tears!

He is also a slave to his cat, who takes up a lot of his time when he isn’t at work or writing!

To learn more about Dan and the world of Draconica, visit the following places:

Blog: http://pandragondan.weebly.com

Draconica Website: http://draconicaseries.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrappedonDraconica

Twitter: @PandaDanWright

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Character Interview The Son of Light 2.1: The Fierce Fellowship Games

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1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello. My name is Mew Evans of Division Sea Shore. I’m a proud 19 year old gay man from the UK. But as of right now, I live on Santa Cruz Island with both me mums, grandpa Evans, cousin Evans, and my pet seal and dolphin (Whiskers and Rodney).

2. What is your role in the story?

I have the honor, as the Lieutenant Governor of Sea Shore, of bringing my team to glory. The Fierce Fellowship Games only happen every Spring and the Dream Kingdom division think they’ll keep their undefeated streak. “Oh no! Not this year, love!” I told Tina, the person responsible for Dream Kingdom’s rise to glory.

3. What is your favorite hobby?

[Gasps] Oh sweet grandmother’s biscuits! Where do I start? Let’s see…there’s my under water breathing contest with Rodney, whale shaving (you’d be surprised to how much hair they have). Then there’s the LGBTQ youth program I run at my old High School. I love kids. And then…oh! There’s feeding seagulls, but I’ve stopped that for a while. My cousin was recently attacked by a gang of them one day…nasty business. Not a good idea for him to juggle some of the baby birds.

4. What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?

[Blushes] I MUST WIN THE FELLOWSHIP GAMES! I MUST WIN NICK’S HEART! If ya don’t know, mate, Nick is our Head Governor and the love of my life. But I have eight other freaking teams in my way. I won’t lose. I can’t lose. Nick will be mine and if I can’t have him no one will. (Takes a deep breath and exhales) Sorry. I get a little intense sometimes.

5. If you could make one wish, what would it be?

[Snarls] Yeah! I wish my ex- asshole of a boyfriend, Troy, would piss off! The bloody tosser! Jesus Freaking Christ! If you’re interviewing him next, give him this for me (flips the bird and storms out the door. Moments later comes back in) Thank you for the nice interview. (Leaves again)

About the Book

SOL Book 2.1 Cover (re-sized)Title: The Son of Light 2.1: The Fierce Fellowship Games

Author: Chris Parker

Genre: Fantasy

Joshua Suzuki is once again in the loving arms of his older brother, Nick. Putting his concern for the Demon Lord, Hexen aside, Josh focuses on the exciting event that his brother has placed him in—The Fierce Fellowship Games. For once Josh can be a normal teenager and have fun. But he soon finds out that even in the M.B.S. Guild, fun comes at a price.

 The 9 Lieutenant Governors all have their own idea of “fun” that involves dirty politics, sex, and an obsession for absolute power. And unfortunately for Josh, he’s caught right in the center of the chaos. Get ready for this character driven novel by Chris Parker because The Fierce Fellowship Games are here.

Author Bio

My name is Chris Parker and I am the author of, The Son of Light. I suppose you want to know a few things about me. Why I’m a writer? How did I come up with the story? Well, let’s wind back the clock to 2006.

   In 2006, I began taking my writing more seriously when I wrote a four part book series called, Battle of the Gods. Battle of the Gods was based off my high school and community college years in fantasy form. I kept working on them until 2010 to 2011ish. During those years, I discovered that I really enjoyed writing, despite never publishing my stories.

   Speaking of 2010 and 2011, that was when I was a film student. In 2009, I moved from Riverside, CA to Northridge and attended a private film school, Columbia College Hollywood. It was during this time where I began sowing the seeds for The Son of Light (even though I didn’t know it at the time).

   I was an insane student—obsessed with taking over the school, YouTube, and Hollywood (good times). In my obsession, I created Lord Hexen and Lord Damen—two Demon Lords bent on world domination. Later on, I would go on to created a short film series, War on CCH (Columbia College Hollywood), featuring these Demon Lords locked in a war with the defenders of the school, The Students of the Art of Energy (A long title, I know).

   But in 2012, two things happened that changed the story of The Son of Light forever: I made a 20min film and joined an organization called Circle K International. By this time, I had dropped the title, War on CCH, and went with, The Son of Light. Well, really the script used to be called, Brotherly Hate, but that’s a longer story. Basically, I took the characters from my previous story and, with some inspirations from Circle K International, made a new story.

   Now here’s why I chose to focus on my books rather than film. During the years of 2013, 2014, and early 2015, I worked as a freelance video editor. I got screwed over and found out that the film industry was an extremely shady and dirty place. By February 2015, I had had enough! I said, “Fuck this!” and went into writing novels again—which was the last thing I wanted to do. Since then, my life has improved and now I’m a full time writer. Now it’s just my lovable characters, my story, and me. Well, that’s my story.

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Cover Reveal Blitz Into the Outside

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About the Book

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Title: Into the Outside

Author: Lynda Engler

Genre: YA Dystopian

When the mutants’ survival is threatened, will Isabella risk it all for the man she hardly knows or stay underground protected?
Fifty years ago the Earth died. In its place emerges a dangerous jungle world with oddly altered wildlife and a handful of short-lived mutated humans. Below ground, survivors wait.

One young mutant tribe leader, Malcolm, takes his people on a journey to find a better home. Isabella, a young woman born underground and in perfect health is intrigued by what is Outside. Isabella dawns a protective suit and meets Malcolm.

When the mutants’ survival is threatened, will she risk it all for the man she hardly knows or stay underground protected?

About the Authors

Henry & Lynda bioLynda Engler grew up in New Jersey, then spent three decades in New England, between Connecticut and Vermont, but now makes North Carolina her home. When not reading or writing, she enjoys being outside kayaking, walking or cycling. This is her second book. Her first, The Forgotten Isle, was published in 2004 and rereleased in 2011 with new illustrations by Noa Chaikin and is middle-grade historic fiction.

Henry Dixon is a massage therapist in North Carolina. His insightful understanding of human nature and his expert ability to weave ideas together made him the perfect co-author for Into the Outside, even if he never wanted to be a writer.

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Amazon Kindle: $1.99

Kindle Unlimited: Free

Author website: http://www.lyndaengler.com

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Author Interview and Book Review Nothing is Lost in Loving

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How long have you been writing?

 I’ve been writing with intent for fifteen years. Before taking my passion for storytelling to the page I told stories in letters, and before that, I was a raconteur. Prior to joining the inner sanctum of the writer’s circle and considering myself a member of the secret society, my writer sophistication was limited to reading. I devoured books. I had never examined the motivation behind the novel nor what propelled a writer to write the story, where the ideas for the stories came from, or what was involved. I must have presumed there was magic involved.

What was the most challenging part about writing Nothing is Lost in Loving?

It was my first, and like falling in love the first time there is so much you don’t know. Declaring yourself a writer is on par with taking the plunge and giving your heart away to a lover you have long wanted. Both delight and intrigue but they also terrify and pose unquantifiable risks, which would frighten even the bravest of souls. Giving your heart in love is as difficult as tearing a page from your journal and sharing it with the world. For this novel, in particular, the three biggest challenges were:

  • It was my first, and there were mistakes aplenty.  The first draft came in at 147,000 words. Yikes!
  • I had to find myself as a writer.  Who was I on the page?
  • Finally, listening to everyone but myself.  When someone suggested I write in third person, I started over. When another urged me to write in first person past, I did. I stopped listening to others when I found my writer self.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author? 

I like knowing I can do it–write a story from start to finish. I like knowing my writing has vastly improved from the first book. I love knowing this is my passion and so long as I keep my ego at bay and kick the evil Mr. Doubt to the curb should he knock upon my door, I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?

I have two completed novels and third half written, the finished books are vastly different from Nothing Is Lost In Loving. One is a story about a young Wicca, who only aspires to be as average as Jan Brady, but she’s the daughter of a witch who regularly appears on late night talk shows, and there is the sudden appearance of tall, dark, and oh so tasty adding to her problems. And the other story starts at the altar and sees the heroine embroiled in international intrigue as she follows her dashing urban price to London.

I am spending the summer editing the finished books and hoping to work on the uncompleted novel a page a day kind of thing. I don’t know if this is possible but since I just declared it here it looks as if I’ve made a commitment to myself.

About the Book

Moguez_NothingIsLostInLoving_jpgTitle: Nothing is Lost in Loving

Author: Brenda Moguez

Genre: Women’s Fiction

When Stella Delray unexpectedly loses her job a week before Christmas, which is also the anniversary of her husband’s death, she is forced to stop talking to his ashes, come to terms with her loss, and get her life back on track for her young son’s sake as well as her own. She never expected that posting an ad on Craigslist would send her into the arms of not one but two men, one of whom is her former boss. Now she’s working as an admin for a retired Broadway star, bookkeeping for an erotic video production company, and writing love letters for the mysterious “Oaklander.” Adding to the craziness of her new life, her monster-in-law resurfaces and the father-in-law she never met shows up on her doorstep. With the guidance of her best friend, Bono, Stella will learn to redefine the rules she’s always lived by.

Author Bio

Brenda Moguez writes the kind of stories she loves to read–women’s fiction, starring quirky, passionate women who are challenged by the fickleness and complexities of life.

She’s particularly drawn to exploring the effects of love on the heart of a woman. She has aspirations for a fully staffed villa in Barcelona and funding aplenty for a room of her own. When she’s not working on a story, she writes love letters to the universe, dead poets, and Mae West. Her second novel, Nothing is Lost in Loving, is set to release April 2016. You can find her at http://www.brendamoguez.com  where she explores passionate pursuits in all its forms.

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Book Review

Stella loses her job the week before Christmas, on the anniversary of her husband’s death. She realizes she has to face reality again, and has to get her life back on track. An ad on Craigslist brings her into the arms of two men, and if that isn’t hectic enough, her mother in law comes back to cause some more trouble. I LOVED the writing! The characters were just so realistic, especially Stella; my heart broke for her, but I felt really happy when I saw her pick up the pieces. Very entertaining, and almost made me cry.

Book Review Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 2: Wizardry Goes Wild

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Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Score: A

After months of living a normal life, thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy faces magic again. Only this time, though, she is cursed with it, thanks to an old depressed skeleton named Errol. Alyssa’s time with her godfather, Alex, will never be the same again, as she can perform sorcery, but never control it.

            From letting out enchantments at school to creating outdoor disasters, Alyssa is bound to face consequences. She can only get rid of her powers if she can boost her confidence levels and improve her bravery. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. She must measure those abilities with a special device called a skillometer. Will she be able to get rid of her unwanted wizardry?

Thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy faces magic again, but this time, she’s cursed with it. She has magical abilities, but can never control them, which leads to sometimes hilarious and sometimes disastrous consequences.

I really liked Alyssa. Kids will love her and find it easy to relate to her. She’s very authentic, and her personality fits that of a thirteen-year-old. The book is very creative and fun, and I really enjoyed it!

Release Blitz Leadership Wisdom

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Author: Bob Vanourek

Genre: Nonfiction

Discover the timeless, inspiring wisdom of leadership from the sage masters of literature and other outstanding leaders written over the centuries right up to the present day.
Bob has selected over 70 poems, prose or speech passages, and curious verse, each with an insightful leadership message. He combines these pearls with bite-sized chunks of engaging commentary from his own vast leadership experience.
Then he closes each entry with practical applications that each reader can use immediately.
You’ll hear from an amazing array of poets, presidents, prime ministers, political leaders, social activists, soldiers, educators, journalists, business leaders, the Bible, religious leaders from many faiths, Native Americans, a lyricist, and relatively unknown authors.
This treasure of wisdom will activate your creative right-brain and then challenge your logical left-brain. The Foreword written by noted leadership authorities, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, captures it well:
“This is an inspiring book … an informative and practical book … a book full of the author’s personal reflections, which stimulates you to think deeply … an antidote to the hubris of know-it-all executives and authors … a fast-read book; however, read it slowly, and savor it to the last drop. This book will surprise you with its insights and simple truths. This book is a treasure…”
You’ll want to give copies to people you care about.

Author Bio

This book was fun to write. There are too many books out there now with some new leadership model, some fable about fictitious characters, or some pithy leadership quotes without much in the way of how to apply them to your life. I wanted to write a different book about leadership.

I have been a student of leadership and poetry my whole life. I love good literature and have found keen insights into the human condition from the master writers of history.

So, why not look to the poets, prose writers, and famous speeches of history to see what the masters have already said about leadership? The answers we need today are all there. It’s been said before, and said very well. But how many people today are reading great literature or poetry? Not many, I fear.

So, I’ve made it easy for you the reader. I’ve selected over 70 poems, prose passages, excerpts from great speeches, song lyrics, or what I call “curious verse,” each with a leadership message that resonates with me. I place those passages on the left page of the open book. Then on the right page I tell you a bit about the author and context. Then I offer my commentary on the passage, drawing on my experiences, good and bad, in leading many companies, as well as the wisdom of the true leadership gurus of our time. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I close with some practical applications that you, the reader, can use immediately to take this pearl of wisdom and apply to your own life. The result is a powerful combination of left and right-brain thinking.

I sent a draft of the manuscript to some tough, seasoned leaders and experts whom I respect and asked them to give me their candid feedback. I was humbled by their words:
“inspiring” “informative” “practical” “a treasure” “engaging”
“thought provoking” “superb” “enlightening”
“brilliant” “simply genius” “a delight to read” “a must read”
“a treasury of leadership wisdom” “a breakthrough”
“timeless wisdom” “heartfelt” “I loved it”

I hope and trust that you will enjoy the compendium of leadership wisdom I have gathered here. Good luck and Godspeed on your leadership quest.

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Author Interview Kaitlin’s Tale

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How long have you been writing?
Thirty years. And since I’m tihrty-eight, I do mean I started when I was eight! I did get more serious after college in 2003, when I attended a by-audition “boot camp” with Orson Scott Card.
What was the most challenging part about writing KAITLIN’S TALE?
Getting inside Kaitlin’s head. You have to understand that she came to me from the outside as a secondary character in Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. And she grew. And grew. And grew. Until I knew she needed her own story.
But Kaitlin… she’s a tribute to someone I knew in high school. Someone who told me a terrible secret I should have immediately reported to a school counselor. It is, I confess, the greatest regret of my life that at the time I believed true friendship meant keeping the confidence. I should have done something to help her; Cassie was going to do something to hepl her.
But Kaitlin never opened up to Cassie, probably because she knew exactly how Cassie would have reacted. And ultimately both Cassie and I learned an important lesson by the end of the fourth (and final) book in her series: You can only change yourself.
Kaitlin needed to be the hero of her own story.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
Coming up with new ideas. Dreaming!
Is this book part of a series? 
Yes and no. You can read it as a stand-alone spin-off, but I personally recommend reading the Cassie Scot series first. You’ll understand Kaitlin much better if you do.
Do you have any works in progress?
Yes, but it’s slow progress. I’ve recently suffered from serious writer’s burnout and as part of my recovery, I’m only writing for fifteen minutes a day right now. Fear not – more books will come – but it’s going to take me a while to get back into writing for me (which is where the magic happens) and away from writing for sales (which is where the burnout happens).
On a positive note, I do have a new character I think readers will love – she’s totally blind but “sees” (feels?) auras. Yeah, I’m still trying to work out exactly how her power works but I do know her twin brother, a healer, is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit so that’s exciting. 🙂

About the Book

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Author: Christine Amsden

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

 

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

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Madison’s Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)