The starter’s pistol has been fired and baton is in motion (virtually speaking), slapped from one hand to the next. Passed to me by Juli Page Morgan , the author of Romances that Rock! She has lived the life, seen the scenes, and now she re-lives them on the page for all to enjoy! Stories of love and music, and the men and women that make them. Catch more about her stories from Crimson Romance and Amazon: Crimson and Clover, Athena’s Daughter, and Song Without Words. You can follow her on: Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
Now, I must run fast and hard with the baton and hope that I don’t trip! 😀
4 Questions before the baton can be passed on:
1) What am I working on?
Currently, I am writing the fourth installment in a short fantasy series that I refer to as Translations from Jorthus. Jorthus being a fictional world with elements pulled from realms of fantasy and fairytale, mixed in my imagination, and spilled onto the pages of my three previously self-published novels. Book Four: The Illusion will introduce new characters and bring together old favorites as the battle against the vicious, flesh-eating creatures infesting the lands of Jorthus is brought to a climax. The spiritual energies of every race will be tested. Lylith’s loyalties will also be tested; will she accept her place among the Magda Council or will she follow her own heart? I know, but I’m not telling until it is closer to release time. 🙂
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Although many of the elements in the stories are an homage to older fairy-tales, classic fantasy and myths, I feel that things are not always what is expected. The books are character driven and all the major protagonists are just as flawed in some ways as the antagonists. I do draw a moral line with each character, but because of their trials and obstacles, some dance back and forth across those lines like nimble ballerinas. Lylith, my main female protagonist, may be the “true north” of the stories’ moral compass, but she is not your typical perfect princess in a tower, nor is she seeking her “prince charming.” She is driven by motives outside the typical fairy romance and lets very little stand in her way.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Exploring themes and motivations has always interested me. Human behavior in the face of opposition can fascinate me, but writing ideas or situations in a contemporary setting can be limiting sometimes. Fantasy provides an unconstrained canvas upon which a writer can explore issues that may otherwise bring ire or outrage. A fantasy world is a reflecting glass. We can read into it what we want…and leave the rest.
4) How does your writing process work?
My stories usually start with my mind thinking up a “what if” scenario and then placing my various characters into it. It can be very entertaining and insightful to me. The main scene may not initially reveal whether it is the beginning or the end of a story, but as I expand on how it came to be, and what happens after, I decide where in the story’s timeline it goes. Then, I delve into the beginning of that plot and work up from there. Sometimes, I will have an overall plot line, such as who will win and who will lose, but I like to let the HOW evolve naturally (with minimal guidance, of course).
Next up, I will be tossing 3 batons to 3 different and talented ladies on Monday, March 24th!
First up is Tracy Angelina Evans is an author of The Chalice, The Blood Crown from Fey Publishing. Tracy is an avid music lover who spent almost 20 years in the music business. She’s a fan of the macabre and the strange and unusual. She works diligently to promote her favourite band, Shriekback, who is a major influence on her writing. If she could chase storms and ghosts, her life would be complete. She keeps up with a blog on livejournal and can be found on Facebook. Find her addition to this Baton pass on The Cliffs of Insanity!
Heather Poinsett-Dunbar is one of the co-creators of Triscelle Publishing, an up and coming independent press. She and Christopher Dunbar have woven a finely knit universe where history and mythology have spawned fascinating characters and situations in a dark, seductive twist on what we know as reality: The Morrigan’s Brood series. She will tell us a little more about it when she catches my second baton in her blog. In her spare time she makes soaps and lives in Texas with her husband and co-author, Christopher, as well as their furry feline masters. You can learn more on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.