Check out this author spotlight for Mandi Oyster!
You can find all the links for where to find her furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Mandi Oyster dreams of living in a world where dragons and unicorns abound. For now, she lives in Southwest Iowa with her husband, two children, four cats, and two chinchillas. By day, she works as a Digital Prepress Supervisor for a local printshop. By night, she makes stories come to life.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? I like all the seasons in equal parts. I’ve always lived in the Midwest, and I wouldn’t know how to get along without all of the seasons.
Cat or dog? Cats. I’m allergic to dogs, but even if I wasn’t, dogs just seem awful needy to me.
Tea or coffee? Neither. Milk, Water, and Dr. Pepper are all I drink.
Morning or evening? Evening. I’m not a morning person at all. I get my second wind at night, and if I didn’t have to get up at 5 am for work, I would stay up until 2 or 3 most nights.
Witches or wizards? Both. I have always loved magic. When I was younger, I played D&D, and I never played a character that couldn’t cast spells of some sort.
Mountains or beaches? Mountains. If I don’t get to see the mountains at least once a year, you don’t want to be around me.
Plotter or pantser? Pantser. I tried plotting, but my characters wouldn’t have anything to do with it. They went off on their own paths, and I was stuck following them, waving my outline in the air, telling them to follow it. When they didn’t come back, I decided plotting wasn’t for me.
Pen and paper or computer/phone? I start out with pen and paper. Then I type it on my pc, fleshing it out as I do.
Standalone or series? Series. I love seeing the characters grow.
Book or ebook? Hardcover please
Hero or anti-hero? Hero. I realize most villains believe they are heroes, but I need morals and ethics.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I really like YA Fantasy. Magic is my go-to, and there needs to be a little romance in there, not too much to take over the story, though.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write YA Fantasy. My books are all Magical Realism. I have 5 books published in my Dacia Wolf series, and the 6th book, Dacia Wolf & the Wings of Change, comes out March 31st.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Dacia Wolf & the Wings of Change will release on March 31, 2021.
The ebook can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Hardcover & Paperback editions will be available from your favorite bookstores.
Dacia Wolf has has saved the world twice and freed the dragons from an eternity of servitude. Her sacrifices have earned her a one-way ticket to prison at the hands of the Nephilim.
Without her magic, the chances of escaping before being taken to their sanctuary are dismal at best.
The only light in her endless darkness is Liam. Even though Dacia believes the Nephilim are using him to gain her confidence, she can’t help being drawn in by his kindness.
Will misplaced trust seal her fate, or will she win him over and gain her freedom?
Don’t miss the newest adventure in the Dacia Wolf series!
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
The settings in my books are based on my favorite place to camp in the mountains of Wyoming. I got the urge to start writing after reading the first 4 books of Harry Potter. JK Rowling, Melissa Marr, Becca Fitzpatrick, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, and John Flanagan are all authors who have inspired me.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I write when I can. Sometimes, it happens on my breaks and lunch at work. Sometimes, in the car on the ride home. (I carpool, and my hubby usually drives.) Sitting on the couch with the TV making background noise.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
Research everything before you release the first book. I wish I would have known about ARCs.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!