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Author Interview: KT Wilder

Check out this author spotlight for fantasy writer KT Wilder!

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!

Hello! I’m KT Wilder. I live in Fort Worth, TX with my wife, our 4 dogs, 2 finch birds, 3 fish, 2 horses, and 1 bearded dragon. I self published my first, and currently only, novel Between Worlds on my birthday July 28th. I’ve been competing horses since I was 12. I started with barrel racing, moved into hunter/jumpers and I’m now an eventer. My horse Delaney, whom the book Between Worlds is dedicated to, I’ve had for 14 years as of May. He’s 21 years old and retired. Gandalf is my young competition horse, the first horse I’ve trained from step 1. Most of my spare time is spent with them. The rest of it is spent playing video games or going on adventures with my wife. Survival games are our favorite, but if I’m playing by myself I like farm simulators and Assassins Creed. We like to visit zoos, go to the dog park, or find other shenanigans to get into. Other hobbies of mine involve painting, crochet, and meditation. I hate doing the dishes.

2. 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 (or more) and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?

I used to say winter because I love the holidays but after the last 4 days of snowmagedon 2021 I’m going to go back to saying Autumn is my favorite season. It’s cool enough for flannels if I’m lucky, everything is pumpkin spice, and the horses get their fluffy soft winter coats. I’m one of the lucky ones that didn’t lose power but we didn’t have running water for two days. We’re lucky no pipes have burst yet. You can have winter back, I’ll keep my snowless fall season.

Tea or coffee?

Tea. I prefer tea over most drinks – I am southern and sweet tea is life – but most of the time I drink coffee on work days because I need that extra caffeine boost. There is a cabinet in my office that my dad made in highschool. It’s gorgeous and has glass fronts. It is completely packed with loose leaf and bagged teas. I love black teas mostly, with lavender or rose notes. Anything I can put honey in. My second favorite is mint and floral teas. Everyone in my family knows that tea always makes the perfect gift!

Morning or evening?

I have never been, nor will I ever be, a morning person. 100% of Between Worlds was written between midnight and 5 am. The exceptions are: beach vacations, horse shows, and christmas morning. Even then, it’s a chore to get me up. And if left alone long enough, I can fall right back to sleep without issues. My wife hates that. I’ve always been a night person, which was great in college because I worked a night shift job for a while doing security at this classy independent/assisted living/memory care facility. It was amazing and I actually finished the first draft of Between Worlds while working there. I’d go back to night shift in a heartbeat!

Mountains or beaches?

Mountains. I’ve always felt at home in the deep, dense woods and sloping white capped mountains. The Appalachians are my favorite place to be. I prefer cooler weather, and the mountain air is unbeatable. I’ve lived near beaches much of my life and I do enjoy them, but they just aren’t home. Rainy days in the mountains are definitely not conducive to owning and managing horses but it’s still a lingering dream of mine to live deep in those mountain woods someday.

Plotter or pantser?

I fly by the seat of my pants for first drafts. I’m terrible at following outlines, they actually give me frequent writers block. It’s been a struggle with the sequel to Between Worlds since I don’t have a choice, I have to follow the outline for things to line up correctly and to tie up the loose ends from book1. Between Worlds didn’t get an actual plot until draft 2 when I had to clean everything up and make sure it fit together. Book 1 was written in a sequence of scenes that I eventually stitched together and modified to become a lucid story.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Romance, most of the time, is a necessity for me. I like stories where romance isn’t necessarily the main plot thread however. I’m a sucker for an already established couple having to go through story events together – it’s not always about falling in love but fighting to keep that love alive! I’m always attracted to stories with anti-hero villains. When what a villain stands for makes you question what side you’re really supposed to be on, I am all for it.

Also please, please, give me more stories with gay couples that don’t die. We need more of those. And more stories about gay couples where being gay isn’t the heart of the plot. If a gay couple is going on a dragon riding adventure to save a village, I will buy it and read it a hundred times.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Currently I’m working on the sequel to Between Worlds, which I am calling book 2. At the moment it’s taking up most of my time. It delves a lot deeper and darker into an ever expanding universe with old characters from the first book and a lot of new faces. There’s a lot more to it that in the first book so it’s proven to be a time consuming challenge.

Another project I’m working on is under the working title of The Story of Us. It focuses on a family of 8 siblings and their parents, with a supernatural twist. The entire family is in a coalition of supernatural hunters that actually work to keep the balance between all the supernatural creatures and the unsuspecting humans that have no idea they exist. Each sibling is touched by the supernatural from two werewolves, a vampire, witches, the child that just wants to be normal, and two that fell down the rabbit hole like Alice into other worlds for several years before returning not quite human anymore. It’s a big project that starts with the mother’s story – and how a horse changed everything. I’m really proud of how it’s grown and developed, I can’t wait to share it!

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Between Worlds was published on Amazon last year in July. It’s the story of Faelyn, and her wyre Celestin. Along with their found family, they are still piecing their lives back together in the wake of a virus that destroyed most of the population in their world before mysteriously disappearing. Faelyn comes across Warren, someone important from the years the virus was active, and with him signs of a new epidemic arise. Things are not what they seem (a trope I love!) and all the worlds are at risk if they don’t figure it out.

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!

Being out in the woods with the horses is a serious source for me, not quite so much for inspiration but for grounding. It quiets my mind and helps me keep my thoughts straight. I find relief in the horses, so when I go home to write or plot or do anything else writing related I can really focus. The movements of the horses also help a lot with description in the scenes I’m working on currently. I also find a lot of inspiration in settings like airports and coffee shops. Between spaces provide a certain feeling and mood that helps me get those creative juices flowing. If I get really stuck though, I play videogames or read something new to help get back on track. Music is a huge influence to me as well, and pinterest. Movie scores to Imagine Dragons, every song can spark a scene. Pinterest is just a convenient form of media that lets me find visual inspiration for all kinds of projects; great for world building, character creation, prompts, just about anything a writer could need to help get a project going.

I’m a huge fan of Sarah J Maas, her books are my current go to. Her writing style is so fresh and intriguing it’s easy to get lost, and her worlds are gorgeous. Definitely idea sparking! I have to give a lot of credit to Christopher Paolini too, as after I read Eragon the original ideas for Between Worlds started to form. I get a lot of inspiration from emotions and experiences, so poetry is another go to of mine – Tyler Knott Gregson and Nikita Gill are two of my absolute favorite poets. Gregson does a workshop every now and again that aren’t exactly writing focused but immensely helpful with mindset and clarity. Lastly I have to say, Austin Kloen’s book Steal Like An Artist changed my writing life. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who creates things to read this book.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

If there is a routine, it’s chaotic at best. My main goal when I do have the time to sit and write is to write something. 80% of the time it ends up being me working on posts for social media and research that usually ends up with me on pinterest for 4 hours. I don’t have a very strict routine as I am not the best at following them. I work 2 jobs and stay pretty busy with the horses, so anytime I sit down and feel like I can write is a blessing. I go days without producing anything, then suddenly a switch flips in my brain and I spit out 4,000 words in two days. The good thing is even when I’m not writing I’m thinking about it. That helps when the writing inspiration hits.

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?

Keep writing what you want. Don’t look back and think, no one is going to like this, it’s weird. Just write for you. Love every moment of it, put your feelings and hope into it, even the ones that hurt. Let the words help you feel better. Something beautiful comes from it, I promise.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1735378917

https://www.facebook.com/ktWild.r

http://wilderwritings.com/

Weekly update!

🌸 Aaaand another week is gone 🙈 Time for an update! 🖤

🌸 I hit a minor snag lately in life, but I’ve done my best to keep up my writing pace ✍️

🌸 Book 5 of The Light of Darkness is officially at 90k words, which was my intended goal. However, I’ve not quite reached the end yet, so I’m not entirely sure how many more words I’ll need to achieve that 😅 To be continued! 🤣

Author Interview: EG Stone

Check out this author spotlight for fantasy writer EG Stone!

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!

E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, quite literally, since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot and has written several full-length novels, various short stories, a screenplay, snippets of poetry, and various blog entries that may or may not make sense. E.G. enjoys writing in many different genres. The favourites are science fiction, mystery (preferably of the murder variety), adventure, fantasy — basically anything where the world isn’t quite what you would expect. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or wandering around and experiencing new people, places and things. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. She also is enjoying making a go of this writer thing full-time. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and causing trouble.

2. 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 (or more) and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Winter, unless I’m having a strange day where I actually require some sunshine, then spring.
Cat or dog? Both? Though I have two cats that follow me around all the time, and the dog only follows me when it’s time for food, so I imagine the cats probably take precedence.
Tea or coffee? Tea, Earl Grey, hot
Morning or evening? That depends on what, exactly, I’m trying to do. Admin work? Morning. Reading a book? Evening
Library or museums? Library! Though, if museums have books, then that’s pretty cool, too.
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer. I’m far too cumbersome to stalk something through the woods.
Witches or wizards? Well, I guess it depends on what I’m trying to do. If I need to curse someone, a witch would be useful. If I need to tame dragons, probably a wizard.
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas, because ships and I do not get along. Though, I’d be a very slow ninja. Doing tai chi. In a garden.
Mountains or beaches? Mountains, most definitely
Plotter or pantser? Pantser
Pen and paper or computer/phone? As much as I love pen and paper, and would prefer to use that all the time for everything, I do actually have to use a computer because my hands cannot handle pen and paper for more than three pages at a time.
Standalone or series? Yes. Both. Either.
Book or ebook? If it’s got words, I do not care.
Hero or anti-hero? Anti-hero, just about every time.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Um…this one is really rather difficult, since I read just about everything and therefore come across just about all the tropes or story types. I usually prefer whatever trope/story I’m reading at the moment, unless it’s really, really bad, which doesn’t happen too often.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write primarily fantasy and sci-fi, with a few bits and pieces of other things thrown in. Though, I do write romance of all sorts as Evelyn Grimald, so there’s that. But at the moment, I am working on writing more books for my upcoming series, On Behalf of Death, featuring Cal Thorpe, who is a marketing agent hired by Death. As expected, shenanigans ensue. I’m also working on the follow-on series to the Wing Cycle, called the Fire Wars Saga. Amongst other projects.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release is a rerelease of a book I published three years back, now. I had a great time writing the story and decided that it was time to give the book the cover and formatting it deserved. Information below:

The Crow and the King blurb:

Crow is a blacksmith apprentice without a master.

A chance meeting on the side of the road leads Crow to Jek, the royal blacksmith, and everything changes. For the first time in a long time, Crow has a place to belong, and a friend in the form of Crown Prince Alexander. The two make an unlikely pair, a man destined for the throne and a slim youth happy to work with fire.

There are secrets that Crow is hiding though, including a shadowed past that the world has forgotten, an affinity for the mysterious sword fighting style from the East, and the fact that while Crow might look like a boy, he is a woman, hiding her gender in an unkind world.

The Crow and the King is a tale of adventure and friendship, of learning to reconcile with the shadows of the past, and of finding love in the most unexpected of places.

Find the book at: https://egstone.com/book/the-crow-and-the-king/

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!

I don’t actually know where my inspiration comes from, so I cannot name any specific sources. I simply have an idea and go with it.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

My writing routine is mostly to do admin work in the morning. Then, in the afternoon I sit down, put on my background music, and start writing whatever project needs working on that day. When I’m done with a chapter, or however far my brain takes me, that’s that. I complete a whole book before going back and doing edits, which is an entirely different process in itself.

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?

Keep writing!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://linktr.ee/egswriter

Some reader love…

🕯️ Gotta share some reader love! 🖤

✯✯✯✯✯ “Russell is a great writer who seamlessly splashes down actiony scenes and emotional encounters in a way that kept me turning the pages to the end!” – Diabolic Shrimp @diabolic_shrimp 🖤

🕯️ As humans engage in a sweeping war against demonkind, a Priestess of the Light is forced to choose between heart and duty.

Fate, prophecies, and an impossible love will blur the very line between good and evil.

🕯️ Read more about the first book of the Light of Darkness series, The Power of Conviction, here: https://buff.ly/2LUjOXC 🖤

Author Interview: Sean Valiente

Check out this author spotlight for fantasy writer Sean Valiente!

You can find all the links for where to find him furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his 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!

Sean Valiente is a debut fantasy author who by day works for a tech company as a finance and accounting professional and by night dreams up fantastical worlds. He lives just north of Boston and often pesters his wife with his crazy ideas.

2. 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!

Tea or coffee?

Hot cocoa! My parents drank coffee like it was air, so that kind of turned me off to it, and for some reason I just never got into tea. But give me hot cocoa any day (winter, spring, summer, or fall – I’m not picky)

Morning or evening?

Evening! I’m a night owl and my wife is an early bird. The morning for me is like a state of delirium and the night is when all my ideas come to me!

Ninjas or pirates?

Ninjas! Be they surfing, in groups of three, or turtles… ninjas are much preferred to pirates.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?

Computer / phone. There is something visceral about a pen and paper, but my efficiency and organization is tenfold better with a computer or phone.

Standalone or series?

Series! If there’s one thing I love, it’s when the story continues.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I’m a sucker for a good hero’s journey – especially if it’s a different take or spin on it.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write mostly fantasy. I’m currently at work on two different things: the first is the second book in my ongoing epic fantasy series and the second is the beginning of a middle-grade portal fantasy series!

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My first and only book at the moment is “The Lighting Knight” which is book one of a planned series titled “The Knights of Nine”. Book one follows Oliver Quartermaine, a sixteen-year-old boy who is tasked with finding and saving a magic he doesn’t believe in. In the course of events, Oliver, along with his friends Roc and Yokel, and two mysterious strangers, Pathfinder and Windrunner, will embark on a series of adventures that will change their lives and the world. They will have to protect and train a young boy named Po, who is destined to be the hero the world needs, but will they be enough?

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!

A lot of my inspiration comes from my own life but also the books I’ve read and the movies and tv shows I’ve watched. Obviously being a fantasy writer Lord of the Rings is a huge influence, as is Eragon. Comic book stories like Spider-man, batman, and the avengers have really added to the themes I’ve written about. Ultimately, the characters are their own and take me on journeys I could never dream of.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I have a full-time job so most of my writing happens in the evening. And given my wife is the early bird and I’m the night owl, a lot of the writing happens after she falls asleep and I’m still awake. I try to write at least 3-4 times a week, but I do take time to reflect and let the ideas and writing marinate in my head.

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?

START WRITING! This was the biggest hurdle for me. I had years and years of notes for my book and series, but had the hardest time actually starting the process of writing the narrative. But once I started, it was hard to stop.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QL2DM9T

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lightning-knight-sean-p-valiente/1138513689?ean=9781666230444

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StayAtHomeSean

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theknightsofnine/

Monday update!

🌸 Another week, another update 🖤

🌸 I’ve sent all my book 4 files to my publisher now, after finally finishing the dreaded blurb 🙈

🌸 Hopefully, I’ll be able to offer ARCs soon! 😍

Author Interview: Michael Ross

Check out this author spotlight for epic fantasy and children’s books writer Michael Ross!

You can find all the links for where to find him furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his 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!

I come from an acting background, but have the mind of a 6-year-old boy, so perfect for writing children’s books and epic fantasy. I am a pantser, bringing in my acting skills which are very good at constructing characters and world building. But my wife was attacked and murdered and I was left to being up our two little boys who were 4 and 6. I went to see a clairvoyant who said I must write..so I wrote my true life story (Just Five More Minutes) which has traveled around the world. 18 books so far and many more in the pipeline, writing is in my blood. Also developed a fitness system called KETTFusion, that has won plenty of awards.

2. 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!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?

Defo Summer. I lived in Africa from the age of 1…so sunshine is in my blood. I am trying to be good in this life, so I don’t come back in the next as an Eskimo! I couldn’t stand all that ice and cold

Cat or dog?

Defo Dog. always had them, but did have had two cats once. They have sharp claws on the front end, and only come to you when they want to.

Witches or wizards?

Both! I love anything that creeps into the fantasy world. I have a fairy witch called Maldranan, but she was a beautiful fairy that was taken over by an evil entity, but we managed to bring her back in the end.

Plotter or pantser?

Pantser. Through and through. Tried the ‘conventional’ way. But my creativeness went AWOL! For my latest series I have a map of a fairy queendom with around 20 images on it.

Each one of those images will be a book, but what will happen in that book, who the characters are, will not happen until I start typing.

Book or ebook?

It has to be a book. I love books. If I had a wife, I would sell her before I would sell my book.

Books are tactile. It takes 2 seconds to pick up a book and adoringly hold it to your heart. And here we come to the crux of it all. We have to nurture books and reading in children. If not, where will our adult book readers be? I have just finished A Box Full of Aliens for middle-graders. All my beta readers are children-why not? It is written for them, they should have a say. I then invited children from the UK, Croatia and Dubai to draw me an alien, name it and tell me what its super powers are, and they have gone in the book.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I’m afraid I don’t read for pleasure when I am writing. Sure, I will review books, but generally I am too busy writing my own and also, don’t want any influences of ideas to come into my own imagination.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Multigenre. Here is a clue: https://www.thewand.me/all-other-books

At the start of Lockdown here in the UK last March, I had started a fantasy series called The Big Fairy Adventures, featuring a slightly overweight fairy, who is brave with a heart of gold called Tinker Tanker, and for children in the area, built a fairy garden  in a large grass verge. It grew and grew and children from a large area came to look at it, so I am now putting a little book together called, ‘My Fairy Garden’ and inviting children from the local schools to me to send me drawings of their fairies and putting them in my book which will be free. Irrespective of whether they are poor or rich or have disabilities…makes no difference to me.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

It is a two book series for middle-graders called The Moon and the Magic Box and A Box Full of Aliens.

The theme is based on a popular series of books from the 40’s by Enid Blyton called ‘The Famous Five’ I have 4 boys, a girl, and their dog called Nesbit. They are visited by an alien from the moon called Pangy, who when he speaks, sounds a little like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

( Have attached the covers) link: https://amzn.to/37kdjVw

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!

Through my acting, I am a method actor, I have the skill to construct a believable character and the world they live in, plus the fact I have the mentality of a 6-year-old. I see snippets in films, or books from the past that all get stored in my mind from Michael Moorcock to Pride and Prejudice.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

Don’t really have one, but generally, up, coffee, powerwalk then write before, after and later. All my days merge into one, so don’t have a weekend as such. I am never worried about ‘writer’s block’ which would never affect me. I write when the need takes me.

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?

I hate the marketing thing. It can send me to sleep. But I made the huge mistake in putting all my eggs in one basket. ie all books with Amazon. It came to the release of my epic fantasy series The Wand Chronicles. For 17 days no one could find the books, and then for 7 days when they could be found, they all said ‘Unavailable to purchase!’ So I would tell myself to place all my books with everyone ie Kobo, Goodreads, iBooks Draft2Digital etc as well as Amazon.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://www.facebook.com/Thetalentedauthor

https://twitter.com/wandchronicles

(@wandchronicles)

Pintrest:  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/thewandchronicles/_created/

https://www.instagram.com/thewandchronicles/?hl=en (thewandchronicles)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-ross-280532166/

Instagram: thewandchronicles

Amazon author page (USA) :

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Ross/e/B075PGWMSK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads author dashboard: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard?ref=nav_profile_authordash

Website: www.thewand.me

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