Check out this spotlight for Romantic Fantasy author Sky Sommers!
You can find all her links 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!
Hi, Catrin and thank you for having me! I’m an indie author who loves writing twisted fairytales. And I read them by the tons, too. All my books have humour in them and are linked by some character or another, but they are all standalones. As for genres – my Magic Kingdom series are retold fairytales of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Belle&Beast and the Wizard of Oz; I’ve recently branched into quirky romantic fantasy with my Goddesses Saga and there is a post-apocapyptic post-Brexit book out there as well. I live in Tallinn, Estonia and am like an intelligent dog (understand but don’t speak) multiple languages. I have 1 kid, but my hubby has 4 from his previous marriage who pop by, so I’ve given up on math of ‘how many to dinner’.
2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!
Most people probably have no idea who I am anyway, so anything about me would be something new to the world at large, but here goes:
- I try to find the fun even in the darkest of times, which is the background to my snarky humour and I hear that’s true for most comedians;
- I’m an attorney-at-law (solicitor equivalent in the UK), but currently on sabbatical, which is a new fact even some of my friends don’t know;
- I’ve travelled to all continents but the top and bottom one, but plan to make it there too, so polar-bears and penguins, beware!
- I judge books by dialogue, ‘coz it showcases someone’s character the best;
- I suck at writing descriptions, but am lucky enough to have a few indie author friends to help me with that developmental edit pet-peeve.
3. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Ebooks OR physical books? THIS – Ebooks for about 8 years now since an iPad & phone are easier to take along anywhere;
First person view OR third person view? THAT – while I hate descriptions and love YA (which has a lot of 1st person POVs), I prefer the movies running in my head from 3rd person POV compared to people shouting in my head, which I get with 1st POVs;
Standalone OR series? THIS AND THAT. Standalones when I need a good HEA pick-me-up and series if the writing is superb – then I want to explore the author’s whole mutilverse. I can and do give up on series if the 1st book is meh.
Read multiple books OR one at a time? THAT. I might have multiple books listed as “reading” on Goodreads, but I read 1 at a time and usually very quickly and then move on to the next.
Signed edition OR first edition? THAT. I prefer to have the 1st editions in my grabby hands.
Graphic novels OR comic books? NEITHER. I love drawings in books with lots of text and have grown complacent on getting the comic books brought to me in awesome movies.
Plot driven OR character driven? THIS AND THAT. The plot can’t be good without captivating characters and great characters alone running around like headless chicken are not fun either.
Zombies OR dragons? THAT. Dragons all the way. I hate horror.
Witches OR vampires? THIS AND THAT. Preferably together like in some of Phaedra Weldon’s books. And no, vampires are not horror.
Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online? THIS AND THAT. You can’t let me into a bookstore, I’ll come away with a huge-ass cart. Ironically, online, I manage to contain myself.
Hero OR anti-hero? THIS AND THAT. Although THAT is harder to find. Even harder is when THAT turns into THIS.
TBR list OR mood reader? THIS AND THAT. TBR list mostly during summer reading challenges, seat-of-the-pants decision is usually THAT (mood).
Music while reading OR silence? THAT. I do have playlists for some of my own books, but I listen to music when I’m trying to “see” or “feel” a scene I want to write.
Read in bed OR read on sofa? THAT. Always. Bed is for sleeping. And dreaming. And you know…
4. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?
Villains turning into heroes; heroes turning into villains; the one; virgin saviors; forced marriages that turn into loves to end all; enemies-to-lovers (but without harsh stuff that’ll give me PTSD); oh, I love them tropes, gimme.
5. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be
Sarky; quirky; lean.
6. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!
Some stuff I already mentioned. Ongoing projects – oh, there are many:
- Goddesses Saga – the first book: Charm& Mayhem released on October 4, 2022 within a 99c Realm of Darkness box set of 41 full-length novels – ancient and modern Earthen goddesses living it up – starting with the Goddess of Fate trying to bring magic back to Earth and then in February the Goddess of Death will try to find herself a successor;
- A Nutcracker retelling is in the workds for 2023-2024, to be co-written with Astrid V.J., a USA Today bestselling author;
- Enchanted Flames – a charity anthology in support of communities touched by fire – has one of my short stories in it and comes out in June 2023;
- Twice Upon a Name – a fun anthology of mishaps and mistaken identities – featuring my story To Find A Queen – comes out in April 2023;
- And just tonight I had a vivid dream about a RH (reverse harem) adult fantasy idea I now have to write…
My style – I write like I talk – which is usually the best advice for new authors anyway, right? So, if you’ve read my answers you can expect that same idiocy – sorry, sorry, quirkiness – running through the dialogue and descriptions in my books.
7. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My latest release is a goddess-angel quirky romantic fantasy called Charm & Mayhem within a 99c Realm of Darkness box set of 41 full-length novels.
8. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
You can stalk me online here:
Website and blog: https://skysommers.com/
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