For Bloggers: My Author Media Kit


Welcome to my Author Media Kit! You will find my bio, social media accounts, lists of my books, and an extensive list of questions, along with pictures, a world-building interview, and an excerpt (at the end), all available for you to use on your blog with my permission. I do request that you let me know when your post goes live. Some of the questions’ answers overlap in material. Pick and choose from the questions you desire. I find interviews with 5-6 questions to be a sufficient amount for readers to follow. Below the plain text interview is the html version for your convenience. 

BIO 


Lisa Rector is a Maryland native and can’t imagine living anywhere else. And no, she doesn’t like crabs or Old Bay Seasoning. A mountain girl at heart, every so often, she drifts down to the coast and relishes the calm from the beachy breezes.

She married her high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple after she fell in love with his endless sense of humor. She enjoyed a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two beautiful daughters. In addition to her newfound love of writing, her passions are gardening, yoga, and her faith in Jesus Christ. Her favorite delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.

She has four published romantic fantasy novels. The Emrys Chronicles. Her novels are an ingenious look at the power of divine light inside immortals and humans, the ability to harness the energy, and the choices a person must make when darkness interferes. 

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS 


Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lisarectoremrys 
Website and/or Blog: http://perpetualgardener.blogspot.com 
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Rector/e/B00R1EOB9O 
Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10725328.Lisa_Rector 
Google+ Profile: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108362574770594201888 
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/awhatawriter 
BookBub Author Profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-rector 

BOOKS 


Half-Emrys: Master of Lies 


Lost to the lies. Consumed by revenge.

Unaware of her immortal heritage, the truth concealed from her, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds--a half-emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. When Ahnalyn is taken captive by evil tyrant Lord Caedryn, Aneirin, a Son of Light, defies law and risks exile to come to her rescue.

As Aneirin’s life becomes entwined with Ahnalyn’s, he is certain she belongs with the immortal emrys. But doubt and fear shroud Ahnalyn as the painful truths of her past unfold. Ahnalyn is thrown on a journey beyond her control, and she must sift through the lies Caedryn throws at her to uncover her true self and true potential, before the darkness consumes her.

Half-Emrys: Master of Lies, a romantic fantasy, is the first book in The Emrys Chronicles and may be enjoyed as a standalone read.

*Note: This book was previously published as Master of Lies (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys Book 1)

“A unique perspective of using inborn light or dark magic makes this romantic fantasy a compelling read.” Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship Trilogy 

Half-Emrys: The Two Masters 


Choose the light or choose the darkness, but you cannot have both.

As a half-emrys, Einion can wield the powers of light and darkness in the mortal world. But having known only the light’s purity in the immortal realm, Einion fears the dark power that leads to corruption. Despairs over his heart increase his uncertainty, and Einion is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save the one he truly loves.

Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into Einion’s life only to be challenged by her versions of good and evil. Her heart is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Familiar with betrayal, Rhianu must follow through with her master’s deceptive plan--no matter what the consequences or what her heart tells her.

Half-Emrys: The Two Masters, a romantic fantasy, is the second book in the The Emrys Chronicles. This novel may be enjoyed without reading Half-Emrys: Master of Lies (The Emrys Chronicles #1).

*Note: This book was previously published as The Two Masters (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys Book 2).

“Entertaining AND thought-provoking—a real treasure in a world of ‘fluff’ novels. Five stars.” Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship Trilogy 

Half-Emrys: Master of Time 


Time is only one enemy.

A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves shoved backwards through time. As a wielder of darkness, only Meuric knows the enormity of the evil that wants to claim Catrin, a pure Daughter of Light. Though they are two immortal enemies thrown together, Meuric and Catrin band together, searching for the way home.

As time forces Meuric to relive a tortured past and face his fears, Catrin’s health rapidly declines from a prior injury. Meuric confronts reality--his long-ignored light could save her but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Returning home has become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.

Half-Emrys: Master of Time, a romantic fantasy, is the third book in the The Emrys Chronicles. This novel is best enjoyed after reading the second book because it picks up with Meuric’s storyline, right before the final conflict in Half-Emrys: The Two Masters.

*Note: This book was previously published as Master of Time (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys Book 3).

Master of Time is my favorite in this series—Wow! Highly recommended.” Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship Trilogy  

Fallen Emrys: Niawen’s Story 


Even the purest can fall.

In a peaceful world of seemingly perfect people, Niawen defends the dragons’ paradise from the evils outside their realm. Throughout her life, she was taught that humans would corrupt her inner light and that entering the mortal world means exile.

Mortified when her chosen life mate doesn’t return her feelings, she flees to the mortal realms, despite all the warnings. Her growing affections for the humans are crushed by a new enemy--death, and Niawen willingly defiles her pure light in battle to avenge her friends.

As she fights to overcome her corruption, she faces a sobering truth--the humans she loves will die. Niawen must find the one emrys who came into the mortal world thousands of years ago or risk facing eternity alone.

Fallen Emrys: Niawen’s Story, a romantic fantasy, is the prequel to The Emrys Chronicles. This novel may be enjoyed as a standalone read.

*Note: This book was previously published as Fallen Emrys, a Chronicles of the Half-Emrys prequel.

The Boxed Set


Boxed Set The Emrys Chronicles series boxed set contains Half-Emrys: Master of Lies, Half-Emrys: The Two Masters, and Half-Emrys: Master of Time. Follow the stories of the half-emrys, immortal children who harness the powers of light and darkness. The Emrys Chronicles are romantic fantasy.
Half-Emrys: Master of Lies


Lost to the lies. Consumed by revenge.

Unaware of her immortal heritage, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds—a half-emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. As Ahnalyn is thrown on a journey beyond her control, she must sift through the lies to uncover her true self and true potential, before the darkness consumes her.

Half-Emrys: The Two Masters


Choose the light or choose the darkness, but you cannot have both.

Einion is fearful of the dark power inside that could lead to his corruption. Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into his life, challenging everything that was once always so black and white. As despairs over Einion’s heart increase his uncertainty, he is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save who he truly loves. Meanwhile Rhianu is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Knowing betrayal, she must follow her master’s plan—no matter what her heart tells her.

Half-Emrys: Master of Time

Time is only one enemy.

A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves thrown back in time. Only Meuric knows the enormity of this evil that wants to claim Catrin. Meuric’s light could save her, but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Discovering the way home has just become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.
When you’re done with the series, don’t forget to read Fallen Emrys: Niawen’s Story, book 0 in The Emrys Chronicles.

“An intriguing cast of characters draws you into Rector’s exciting realm of magic and dragons.” Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship Trilogy 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS 


Tell us a little about yourself. How many books have you written? Where were you raised? Where do you live now? Do you have any pets?

I’m a Maryland native and can’t imagine living anywhere else. And no, I do not like crabs or Old Bay Seasoning. A mountain girl at heart, every so often, I drift down to the coast and relish the calm from the beachy breezes.

I married my high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple after I fell in love with his endless sense of humor. I enjoyed a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for my two beautiful daughters. In addition to my newfound love of writing, my passions are gardening, yoga, and my faith in Jesus Christ. My favorite delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.

I have four published romantic fantasy novels. The Emrys Chronicles. My novels are an ingenious look at the power of divine light inside immortals and humans, the ability to harness the energy, and the choices a person must make when darkness interferes.

I have gone through tons of cats, and right now, I am catless. They’re all buried on the mountain in, what my parents have, a thriving pet cemetery. The last cat I lost was the hardest, and because of my husband’s allergies, we can’t have anymore.

At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?

Due to the delightful country music on the school bus, I had to find an alternative activity to occupy my brain. So I read every long 45-minute bus ride to and from school. My favorite childhood author was Lois Duncan. Motherhood separated me from reading for a time, and now I enjoy it every evening once I put my manuscripts away for the night. I started writing in February of 2013. On a whim. An idea came to me. I never even played with the idea to write before, but spent plenty of time dreaming up fantasies once my head hit the pillow at night. It was time to put pen to paper. The first thing I did was draw a map of my fantasy world. The stories evolved from there.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Every hour I jump up and dance to a song in my kitchen. I read somewhere that exercising five minutes per hour can prevent the detrimental effects of sitting. Plus it revs me up, and I enjoy my day more. You’d be surprised how fast an hour flies by when you are elbow deep in a novel.

What authors or books have influenced you?

My favorite childhood author was Lois Duncan. But more recently, The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi showed me that writing is an art. The way she even used her formatting to evoke the character’s emotion opened my eyes. I was blown away. Brandon Mull is my ultimate favorite author. He speaks to the kid in me.

Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read? Who inspires you in your writings?

I love fantasy. Anything that involves powers and immortals . . . and dragons help too. Give me a hunky guy and a snarky protag. I love snark. And clean, steamy scenes that make your blood rush. I get a major kick out dystopian. Oh, and the novel has to be a quick read. I’m a light thinker. Give me a book I can read in one sitting that tears me up inside. The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi did just that. It destroyed me.

Tell us a little about your latest book.

What’s inside Fallen Emrys: Niawen’s Story, the prequel book to The Emrys Chronicles? Immortal emrys, dragons, magical creatures, powers, light vs. darkness, good vs. evil, revenge, love, hope, forgiveness…

This novel has a different spin than the other books in The Emrys Chronicles. Fallen is about an emrys who enters the mortal world, and because of her purity, she falls from grace and is exiled. Niawen is the start of all the adventures on Bryn.

I created a species of immortals who can harness the power of light. My emrys, which actually means immortal in Welsh. I visit the concept of an immortal leaving a pure realm and coming into a corrupted world. Niawen doesn’t carry darkness like the half-emrys, who are the result of the immortals mixing their bloodline with humans. So what happens if a pure being does something to introduce darkness into her heart? How might living with the humans corrupt a being of light? You’ll have to read to find out.

My half-emrys carry darkness along with light. Half-emrys harness both powers, but it becomes a constant internal struggle for them. With the added temptations of the two competing Creators, the one good and the other evil, many half-emrys find themselves stuck between two worlds.

It’s a story I wrote to be a quick read, not weighed down with lots of superfluous writing, but filled with lots of tension. Written for new-adult audience, and it’s a clean story, safe enough that a fourteen year old could read it.

What’s my favorite part? The dragon humor. I have hilarious dragons. Oh, you must not forget the romantic tension. And one part always makes me cry, but you’ll have to read my novel to find out.

The tension between Kenrik and Niawen. And Caedryn. He’s a sneaky one, a villain you are going to love to hate. Or you just might love him.

What inspired you to write this book?

After reading book one in The Emrys Chronicles, a reader had tons of questions about Niawen, Ahnalyn’s mother. Aneirin and Niawen shared a past as close friends, and I wanted to answer readers’ questions about their relationship. Fallen Emrys also gives a deeper look into Caedryn, the villain in book one, Master of Lies.

I started writing my series when I was doing The Lord of the Rings movie marathon. I even based some of my characters off Tolkien’s. I imagined the rolling hills of Middle Earth for the Realm of Terrin and the murky swamps of the Dead Marshes for Rolant. The torturous snow peaks of the Misty Mountains could be my Eirwen Mountains, where the entrance to Gorlassar is hidden. And when you enter Gorlassar and fly to the capital emryn city called Mared, I imagined the majestic music from when the Fellowship entered the great hall in the Mines of Moria.

But scenes and characters aside, I think that’s where the similarities stop. My writing is nothing like Tolkien’s.

I would have to say music is what carried the feeling in my book. I mentioned the music from the mines of Moria scene. I did listen to the LOTR’s sound track quite a bit in the early phases of my free writing. But I took any music that uplifted or motivated me, from Evanescence’s Fallen CD to the Piano Guys. I think Twilight’s various sound tracks were a major inspiration for me. Evenstar (LOTR) was my inspiration for the final scene before the epilogue in my first novel, Master of Lies.

How did you come up with your characters?

In my faith, we believe that every being who comes into this world carries the Light of Christ. This led me to think of our eternal capabilities. If we could harness the light and project it from our bodies, what would we be like as glorified and perfected beings? The Light of Christ already acts as our conscience, so why couldn’t it be more? What would we be able to do? So with a bit of artistic license, my emrys were born. Immortal beings who can harness the power of light.

My half-emrys are the result of the immortals mixing their bloodline with humans. The result is the introduction of darkness along with the light. They’re able to use both powers, but it becomes a constant internal struggle for them. With the added temptations of the two competing Creators, the one good and the other evil, many half-emrys find themselves stuck between two worlds.

My initial basis for my emrys was the LOTR elves. Alas, my emrys don’t have pointy ears. I needed immortals with a flowing, graceful form, strong, lean bodies, and creamy, unblemished skin. Tolkien’s elves were a perfect reference.

I pictured the tall, thin frame of Legolas and his mysterious charisma. The constantly furrowed look of Legolas’s brows is exactly how I pictured my Aneirin.

Galadriel was my Meinwen. The way she moved with grace and her ethereal air was exactly how I pictured my High Emrys.

I stumbled across a “real life” Disney picture of Jane of the jungle. I knew I had found my Ahnalyn with her green eyes and her tiny nose and innocent look. Adorable. But with a hidden determination.

Einion’s a little rough around the edges. Picture Kit Harington in Pompeii.

Gemma Ward is my Catrin. As soon as I saw her almond eyes when she played the mermaid in On Stranger Tides, I knew she had the look I wanted.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

It usually doesn’t take long for me to work out a problem. Basic ideas come pretty quickly. Plot holes a little longer to resolve. Usually I sleep on it. Seriously. I just think about my book and a specific scene and close my eyes as I analyze the material. Sometimes I wake in the night and the idea has come to me, sometimes I dream it. But the answer always finds its way to me.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Flexible hours. You have to be ready to write when an idea strikes. Like at 3 am.
But no really, I’m a major homebody. I like staying home and writing, in front of my fire in the winter months, or in my sunroom in the summer. Perfect job for my introverted self. I think I will become a hermit, only emerging to buy gourmet cupcakes.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Get a support group. Join a critique group. Free write without stopping until the book is done. Forget the grammar at first. Just get it down. Find people to critique, beta-read, and proofread. But have fun. Don’t let anyone tell you how to write your book. Take the advice and use what works for you.
And remember, only write the parts people want to read!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

This is from my amazing editor, Beth Bentley. “The protagonist should have a terrifically hard time getting what she wants. The more obstacles thrown in the way of her progress, the better, but the best obstacles are ones that come from her trying one thing or another that goes terribly wrong, despite her best efforts. The reader wants her to triumph in the end (or else fail miserably if she’s actually evil, and her goals are simply self-serving).”

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a novel that’s unrelated to my emryn world. Switching Lives, a contemporary romance with a paranormal flare, about a witch who switches lives with her sister.

I have a whole other series planned, Lost Emrys, about an emrys stuck in our world. A contemporary romance is brewing as well.

How do you get inspired to write? What inspires you to write?

Anything and everything inspires me. I take inspiration from the scriptures, TV shows, books I’ve read, and dreams I’ve had. When I first started my books, I was on a LOTR marathon and received most of my inspiration from those movies. Many of my characters are based off LOTR.

Now that I’ve been writing for four years, the ideas keep coming and I cannot write fast enough. I hope that as my writing improves the process goes faster.

Tell us about your writing process.

I’m a serious outliner and story-structuring freak. Must have all the waypoints, plot points, and pinch points squared away before I write.

Do you have any rituals to get you in the writing mode?

Lindsey Stirling, famous violinist, has amazing albums. During long writing stretches, I jump up every hour and dance in my kitchen. I pretend I’m an airbender, harnessing power. Or sometimes an emrys. My less-than-graceful dance moves mimic those of the airbender, but it’s slightly reminiscent of Tai Chi. Very empowering.

Do you listen to or talk to your characters?

I become my characters. I put myself into the scene and live it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
           
I wanted control. And truthfully, approaching an agent or traditional publisher and writing that synopsis just scares me. I’m such an introvert!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

Self-published ebooks all the way. Better royalties. Ease of publishing. Just make sure you have a fantastic editor!

What other projects are you involved in? What do you do when you’re not writing?

My garden changes every year. I have raised veggie beds. So far, I’ve been able to keep a lemon and a lime tree alive for over three winters. I’ve already harvested some of the fruit!

I’m really involved with my church. I teach the women’s Sunday school lessons on occasion, and help new converts learn about my faith.

And the latest side project—I’m creating a version of the Game of Life based on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. It will be tragic. Let’s just say those with the least about of negative points will be the winner, because this Game of Life has tons of disasters just like the show.

What’s the most helpful feedback you’ve ever received from a reader?

That my novels were childish. I kid you not. I laughed about it and shrugged it off. But it did open my eyes. Every author has that moment when you realize that not everyone will like your writing style and voice, or even the story. Duh!

Did you ever write something you didn’t like?

I think all writers have those moments when something they write feels like rubbish. Depending on the day, I’ll think my books are awesome. Another day, I might skim a few pages in my paperbacks for fun and throw it down in dismay. But in the end, I’m darn proud of what I’ve accomplished.

Do you put people you know in your books? (If yes, do you tell them you did?)

I write everything from my life into my books. Never a whole person, but attributes. My characters are a mismatch of everything I observe. And no, none of the male guys in my novels are my husband. People always want to know that.

Do you write to music? (If yes, do your books have theme songs that match the mood of the story?)

I don’t write to music, but I take breaks and listen to music in between scenes and depending on the mood and tone, it will influence my writing.

Would you want to live in the world of your books?

Absolutely! I’d love to live in the dragon realm. Who wouldn’t want to see dragons or fly on one? I’d even like to see the steaming volcanic land of Morvith.

Which of your characters are most like yourself (and in what way)?

I’m a mash up of Ahnalyn (Master of Lies) and her mother Niawen (Fallen Emrys). Ahnalyn is strong-willed and short-tempered. Niawen likes to fight and flirt. I think I should also add that have a lot of Meuric (Master of Time) in me. He has a past that haunts him, but he always wants to do the honorable thing, even if he believes he’s a despicable person because of the mistakes he’s made.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

The Book of Mormon. The Shatter Me Series. The Fablehaven Series. Okay, I cheated. So that’s more like ten books.

What are you reading now?

The Change (Unbounded Series Book 1) by Teyla Branton. Fantastic story and fantastic author.

Would you rather travel to the past or the future? 

Future. Although I’m afraid the world will just keep going downhill—morally speaking. I like the idea of futuristic conveniences and medical discoveries, but I believe the future world will be at war—physically and spiritually—as men’s hearts darken. 

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? 

Cupcake shop owner/baker. Specifically froster.

Describe your life as a film genre. 

Supernatural thriller. The intuitive religious girl fights against actual unseen spiritual demons. The kind that are all around us but we can’t see them because our eyes are veiled. She harnesses her inner light and calls down the powers of heaven to protect those she loves.

Now if they took my life from my dreams, that would be a circle of apocalyptic disasters, particularly erupting volcanoes; action and adventure, with a myriad of special powers, including flying and telekinesis; romantic drama, the kind where the girl keeps searching for the guy but can never confess her love; and fantasy, with dark spirits and apparitions, especially ones who like to hover at your bedside.  

Fill in the blanks. I am a were__, but I only turn when__. 

I am a were cat, but I only turn when my kitteh sense is tingling.

If I were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that fruit and dried fruit are not snacks? 

No-bake cookies. Chocolate, peanut butter, and oats melted together to create supreme gooey deliciousness.

If you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be? 

Batcat. Cats only need to fly, and then they’d rule the world.

Vs movies seem to be all the rage. If you had to put one together, what on screen match up would you like to see? 

Well, they wouldn’t really be fighting against each other, but I’d like to see Dr. Temperance Brenin have her scientific, everything-can-be-proven bubble popped by meeting Dr. Who. She’d never be able to rationalize anything the Doctor does.

 If you had to build a house without conventional materials, what unconventional materials would you use? (Gingerbread is inadvisable because it attracts snacking children) 

Bubble wrap would make for some comfortable accommodations. Although I’d advise guests not to bring any sharp objects into the structure.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it? 

If you could have a “knack” for something, what would it be? 
I would have a knack for undermining the arrogant, with a phrase so carefully worded, the person wouldn’t realize he was subverted until later, and then those words would haunt him.

FIVE BEST MOMENTS AT THE START OF MY WRITING JOURNEY


#1: One month into writing my first novel, I learned that a dear friend of mine was getting ready to publish her own book. She held my hand through the whole writing process. I would never have published without her!

# 2: When I opened the email from my cover designer to see the first concepts, I was blown away! They were so much more than I ever envisioned.

#3: As I opened a package from Amazon, I had no idea I was opening my proof copy. I almost died. I was holding an actual book in my hand that I wrote. A REAL book!

#4: I had a book release party at a local coffee shop with another author friend, Misty Dawn Pulsipher. Scary being an extrovert for a day.

#5: Finishing the last book in the trilogy! A huge weight released. I was so thrilled to line the novels up on my table and snap a photo. Now to start the process all over again with another series!

WORLD BUILDING INTERVIEW


Brief summary of the The Emrys Chronicles:

Each novel in this series tells the story of a different emrys or half-emrys. The immortal emrys live in the realm Gorlassar, apart from the humans, who they believe are corrupted. As the series progresses, we learn that two emrys have ventured into the mortal world. Their children are the half-emrys—part humans and part immortals—and from their mixed heritage, they have the ability to wield the powers of light and darkness.

Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:

My world involves several realms or planets. The immortals live on Gorlassar, an entirely separate planet from Bryn, where the mortals dwell. Gorlassar and Bryn are connected by a portal. The majority of my stories take place on Bryn. The three realms in the west are separated by a barren expanse from the sprawling realm Morvith in the east. Morvith is home to the Dark Dragon riders and within its borders is the eternal prison of an evil god.

If we were to visit Bryn as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?

Between the three realms is the Great Forest. It’s called great because the trees are roughly forty feet in diameter and mass together, sometimes creating an impassable barrier. Many of the adventures take place within the forest because of its extensive history. The forest didn’t always have gargantuan trees. Even if you found your way into the depths of the Great Forest without being hopelessly lost, you might not want to ride the rickety lifts into the canopy hundreds of feet in the air, where a civilization of little people—the Eilian—dwell. These clever folk adapted to living in the treetops, but watch out, they’ll talk your ear off. If you are lost and lucky enough, the tegyd—the deer-people—will find you and take you to their underground realm of glowing cave crystals and soaring cavernous halls.

What dangers should we avoid in Bryn?

It shouldn’t be a problem to avoid Nudd, the stagnant swamp in the north, where the flower fey—the Gwri—live. But sadly, not all my characters have done so. Whether on a mission for the Dark Master or a group of daring explorers, nothing can thwart Gwri magic. When blessed by the Gwri, you will be altered forever. These mysterious flower fey have been known to cross portals into other worlds as well. If you feel the pull of compelling magic and hear nearly imperceptible giggles that you swore weren’t real, you’re in big trouble.

What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Gorlassar?

In the immortal realm, my emrys rarely use man-made weapons. The emrys are imbued with light from the Creator, and they harness the light and project it from their bodies in a myriad of ways. They can shield, blast, immobilize. The light quickens their physical frame so they are stronger, faster, more perceptive then mortals. Their greatest asset is their ability to discern the light in others and sense emotion on a soul-reaching level.

What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Gorlassar and Bryn?

Ah, the mortals are so fortunate. Once the emrys decided the mortal world was safe, they brought their dragons into Bryn. What once took a month to travel takes a day. Dragons are fabulous messengers, and with the riders’ dragon stones, messages can even be passed mentally over vast distances, even across the portals between worlds.

What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Bryn that we don’t see on Earth?

Bryn has all types of beings made by the Creator—the Master of Light. Humans, deer-people, flower fey, little people, and immortals. Bryn is also home to malformed creatures that the Creator’s brother—the Dark Master—made. These beings are creatures formed by the darkness. One such monstrosity is a Shadow Soul, a parasite that corrupts and even maddens creatures of light.

What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Bryn? If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.

My worlds are governed by the powers of light and darkness. Both are real tangible energies that dwell within the heart-centers—the spiritual centers—of every creature. The light heals and gives my emrys their immortality, and through the dragon stones that many of my emrys wear, the dragons have that same immortal life. The power of darkness sounds evil, and truly, its might seems to grow from vile deeds (it even mutates organic life) but many of the half-emrys prefer its grounding capabilities. Both powers are harnessed as weapons. Both have abilities that emerge over time.

Is there any advanced or unusual technology in Bryn? If you haven’t described it already, please give some examples.

My Eilian are an inventive, ancient race. They were clever enough to invent the pulley and many other advances. One Eilian even admits to his ancestor being blown up when he “founded the oven.” But that remains to say, their race was secluded for a while, and technological advances were occurring in other realms and on other planets at the same time.

The emrys have been able to get away with fewer advances in Gorlassar than we have on earth because they harnessed their light to do simple things, like heating water, eliminating the need for a water heater. Electricity has been unnecessary because emrys cast orbs of light into the air and even make rocks glow to light up a palace floor. Still, my stories are, what you might say, medieval, with horses and dragons as the mode of travel and knights fighting with swords on Bryn.

Tell us about any sports, games, or activities that are available for entertainment in Gorlassar.

Because Gorlassar is a protected realm and the emrys are charged with protecting the dragons, the emrys are trained in combat. Many mock tournaments are held to hone their skills in the event that evil might breech the protective barrier between worlds. On Bryn, mortals enjoy a good jousting tournament or sword fight. A yearly fall festival is held in the capitol of Talfryn, which draws subjects from across the three mortals realms for a week of satiating fun.

Are the days of the week and months of the year the same on Bryn and Gorlassar as on Earth? What holidays or special events are celebrated regularly there?

Time moves the same on Bryn as Earth. Bryn celebrates the cycles of their moon. It must be noted that Bryn has its own separate solar system, as does Gorlassar. It must be purely coincidence that time moves the same on these three spheres.

Is there a particular religion practiced on Bryn and Gorlassar? Please describe what it involves.

Because these two worlds are connected, they honor the same Creator. Deian is like our world’s God, and so he has an evil counterpart, Cysgod. Without getting into the nature of Christian religion, I am just going to say, that every world in my novels has a god, and it is not the same as ours. Other worlds might have other Creators, and those might emerge as other stories are written.

Eternal laws govern the people of Bryn and Gorlassar, such as the law of forgiveness or the law of sacrifice. When these laws are enacted, powers move into play and have been known to benefit the enactors. The immortals and mortals can choose which Creator to honor. Both Creators have rivaling mights, and they bestow their powers on to those who follow them.

What is the political or government structure on Bryn? Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?

The immediate world that you are introduced on to Bryn is the three realms. At one point, all three were ruled by kings, but as time progressed, lords have taken over rule. Lord Brenin is our noble, young ruler of Terrin, the western realm near the sea. His father died when he was an infant. Brenin’s uncle rules the neighboring realm in the southeast. In the northeast, a mad tyrant, Lord Caedryn, rules. Lord Caedryn came from Morvith after being exiled.

Are there any other unique cultural practices that we should be aware of if we visit Gorlassar?

Because of the light the emrys carry, they are held to higher laws governed by the light. Emrys discern the emotion of those around them, and because of this acute ability, their touch is limited and very intimate. Emrys are able to bind themselves to others in several ways. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. The spiritual bond is akin to a mortals’ marriage. It involves the exchange of light between two individuals and is an eternal commitment. Mental and emotional bonds may be done among friends. They may be undone. A physical bond is the consummation after marriage. This is done in conjunction with the spiritual bond. If an emrys of pure light bonds physically without the spiritual bond, they will fall—transition to a Dark Emrys. A half-emrys, who already possesses both darkness and light, has a bit of wiggle room. They can transition to a Dark Emrys by other vile deeds. What matters are the intents of the half-emrys and the purity of those intentions.

Has anything in your actual life inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book?

Sure has. All the beliefs are taken from my faith. The Creators. The laws. The light that is in all my beings is the same as the Light of Christ that is in us, with the exception of my characters’ light being from a different god.

What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your book?

Morality. But it is woven in to how my emrys deal with their purity and innocence. Off-page intimacy does happen between non-wedded characters, but it is not always in their control. It’s mainly to create new consequences.

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Kelyn sidled up to me. “Are you sick of nights on the road?” He took a long swig from a mug before jiggling it at me. “Warms the blood. Would you like a sip? Cian makes a throat-burning brew.”
I shook my head. “I’m plenty warm.”
“You’re always warm.” He set his mug on a stump and studied my unadorned tunic, neither thick for protection during combat nor quilted to retain heat. Kelyn wore a padded long-sleeved jerkin under his wool surcoat, but he stilled shivered on cold evenings.
“It’s my light,” I said dreamily, watching my puffy breath, imagining it sailing on the breeze to a sunny place.
“What does it feel like?” He brushed a wisp of hair away from my face, and his fingers lingered along my jawline.
I closed my eyes while my mouth relaxed open. My shoulders dropped, and the tension from the day’s ride slipped away. “Like warm water coursing through my body, soaking through every pore, under my skin and into my bones. It’s like lying in the sun, cocooned in a black blanket on a frigid winter day. The blanket absorbs the sun’s rays until I’m toasty enough to melt, but instead I drift off into a blissful slumber.”
“Show me,” he whispered near my ear.
My eyes popped open at his request, but his mouth descended over mine before I responded. I reveled in his gleaming eyes in the briefest second before they closed.

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She married her high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple after she fell in love with his endless sense of humor. She enjoyed a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two beautiful daughters. In addition to her newfound love of writing, her passions are gardening, yoga, and her faith in Jesus Christ. Her favorite delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.
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She has four published romantic fantasy novels. <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>. Her novels are an ingenious look at the power of divine light inside immortals and humans, the ability to harness the energy, and the choices a person must make when darkness interferes.&nbsp;</div>
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Website and/or Blog: http://perpetualgardener.blogspot.com&nbsp;</div>
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<i>Half-Emrys: Master of Lies&nbsp;</i></h4>
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Unaware of her immortal heritage, the truth concealed from her, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds--a half-emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. When Ahnalyn is taken captive by evil tyrant Lord Caedryn, Aneirin, a Son of Light, defies law and risks exile to come to her rescue. </div>
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As Aneirin’s life becomes entwined with Ahnalyn’s, he is certain she belongs with the immortal emrys. But doubt and fear shroud Ahnalyn as the painful truths of her past unfold. Ahnalyn is thrown on a journey beyond her control, and she must sift through the lies Caedryn throws at her to uncover her true self and true potential, before the darkness consumes her.</div>
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<i>Half-Emrys: Master of Lies,</i> a romantic fantasy, is the first book in <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i> and may be enjoyed as a standalone read.</div>
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“A unique perspective of using inborn light or dark magic makes this romantic fantasy a compelling read.” Sterling R. Walker, author of <i>The Orphan Ship Trilogy</i>&nbsp;</div>
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As a half-emrys, Einion can wield the powers of light and darkness in the mortal world. But having known only the light’s purity in the immortal realm, Einion fears the dark power that leads to corruption. Despairs over his heart increase his uncertainty, and Einion is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save the one he truly loves.</div>
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Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into Einion’s life only to be challenged by her versions of good and evil. Her heart is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Familiar with betrayal, Rhianu must follow through with her master’s deceptive plan--no matter what the consequences or what her heart tells her.</div>
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<i>Half-Emrys: The Two Masters</i>, a romantic fantasy, is the second book in the <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>. This novel may be enjoyed without reading <i>Half-Emrys: Master of Lies (The Emrys Chronicles #1).</i></div>
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“Entertaining AND thought-provoking—a real treasure in a world of ‘fluff’ novels. Five stars.” Sterling R. Walker, author of <i>The Orphan Ship Trilogy</i>&nbsp;</div>
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A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves shoved backwards through time. As a wielder of darkness, only Meuric knows the enormity of the evil that wants to claim Catrin, a pure Daughter of Light. Though they are two immortal enemies thrown together, Meuric and Catrin band together, searching for the way home.</div>
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As time forces Meuric to relive a tortured past and face his fears, Catrin’s health rapidly declines from a prior injury. Meuric confronts reality--his long-ignored light could save her but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Returning home has become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.</div>
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<i>Half-Emrys: Master of Time</i>, a romantic fantasy, is the third book in the <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>. This novel is best enjoyed after reading the second book because it picks up with Meuric’s storyline, right before the final conflict in <i>Half-Emrys: The Two Masters</i>.</div>
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“<i>Master of Time</i> is my favorite in this series—Wow! Highly recommended.” Sterling R. Walker, author of <i>The Orphan Ship Trilogy</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>
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In a peaceful world of seemingly perfect people, Niawen defends the dragons’ paradise from the evils outside their realm. Throughout her life, she was taught that humans would corrupt her inner light and that entering the mortal world means exile.</div>
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Mortified when her chosen life mate doesn’t return her feelings, she flees to the mortal realms, despite all the warnings. Her growing affections for the humans are crushed by a new enemy--death, and Niawen willingly defiles her pure light in battle to avenge her friends.</div>
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As she fights to overcome her corruption, she faces a sobering truth--the humans she loves will die. Niawen must find the one emrys who came into the mortal world thousands of years ago or risk facing eternity alone.</div>
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<i>The Emrys Chronicles</i> series boxed set contains <i>Half-Emrys: Master of Lies, Half-Emrys: The Two Masters,</i> and <i>Half-Emrys: Master of Time</i>. Follow the stories of the half-emrys, immortal children who harness the powers of light and darkness. <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i> are romantic fantasy.
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Einion is fearful of the dark power inside that could lead to his corruption. Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into his life, challenging everything that was once always so black and white. As despairs over Einion’s heart increase his uncertainty, he is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save who he truly loves. Meanwhile Rhianu is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Knowing betrayal, she must follow her master’s plan—no matter what her heart tells her.</div>
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A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves thrown back in time. Only Meuric knows the enormity of this evil that wants to claim Catrin. Meuric’s light could save her, but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Discovering the way home has just become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.</div>
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“An intriguing cast of characters draws you into Rector’s exciting realm of magic and dragons.” Sterling R. Walker, author of <i>The Orphan Ship Trilogy</i>&nbsp;</div>
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Maryland native and can’t imagine living anywhere else. And no, I do not like
crabs or Old Bay Seasoning. A mountain girl at heart, every so often, I drift
down to the coast and relish the calm from the beachy breezes.<o:p></o:p></div>
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married my high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington
D.C. Temple after I fell in love with his endless sense of humor. I enjoyed a
short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom
for my two beautiful daughters. In addition to my newfound love of writing, my
passions are gardening, yoga, and my faith in Jesus Christ. My favorite
delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.<o:p></o:p></div>
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four published romantic fantasy novels. <i>The
Emrys Chronicles.</i> My novels are an ingenious look at the power of divine
light inside immortals and humans, the ability to harness the energy, and the
choices a person must make when darkness interferes.<o:p></o:p></div>
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I have
gone through tons of cats, and right now, I am catless. They’re all buried on
the mountain in, what my parents have, a thriving pet cemetery. The last cat I
lost was the hardest, and because of my husband’s allergies, we can’t have
anymore.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>At what age did you realize your
fascination with books? When did you start writing?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Due to
the delightful country music on the school bus, I had to find an alternative
activity to occupy my brain. So I read every long 45-minute bus ride to and
from school. My favorite childhood author was Lois Duncan. Motherhood separated
me from reading for a time, and now I enjoy it every evening once I put my
manuscripts away for the night. I started writing in February of 2013. On a
whim. An idea came to me. I never even played with the idea to write before,
but spent plenty of time dreaming up fantasies once my head hit the pillow at
night. It was time to put pen to paper. The first thing I did was draw a map of
my fantasy world. The stories evolved from there.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Do you have any unusual writing habits?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Every
hour I jump up and dance to a song in my kitchen. I read somewhere that exercising
five minutes per hour can prevent the detrimental effects of sitting. Plus it
revs me up, and I enjoy my day more. You’d be surprised how fast an hour flies
by when you are elbow deep in a novel.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What authors or books have influenced you?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My favorite
childhood author was Lois Duncan. But more recently, <i>The Shatter Me</i> series by Tahereh Mafi showed me that writing is an
art. The way she even used her formatting to evoke the character’s emotion
opened my eyes. I was blown away. Brandon Mull is my ultimate favorite author.
He speaks to the kid in me.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Who are your favorite authors to read? What
is your favorite genre to read? Who inspires you in your writings?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I love
fantasy. Anything that involves powers and immortals . . . and dragons help
too. Give me a hunky guy and a snarky protag. I love snark. And clean, steamy
scenes that make your blood rush. I get a major kick out dystopian. Oh, and the
novel has to be a quick read. I’m a light thinker. Give me a book I can read in
one sitting that tears me up inside. <i>The
Shatter Me</i> series by Tahereh Mafi did just that. It destroyed me.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Tell us a little about your latest book.<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
What’s
inside <i>Fallen Emrys: Niawen’s Story</i>,
the prequel book to <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>?
Immortal emrys, dragons, magical creatures, powers, light vs. darkness, good
vs. evil, revenge, love, hope, forgiveness…<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
This
novel has a different spin than the other books in <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>. <i>Fallen</i>
is about an emrys who enters the mortal world, and because of her purity, she
falls from grace and is exiled. Niawen is the start of all the adventures on
Bryn.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
created a species of immortals who can harness the power of light. My emrys,
which actually means immortal in Welsh. I visit the concept of an immortal
leaving a pure realm and coming into a corrupted world. Niawen doesn’t carry
darkness like the half-emrys, who are the result of the immortals mixing their
bloodline with humans. So what happens if a pure being does something to
introduce darkness into her heart? How might living with the humans corrupt a
being of light? You’ll have to read to find out.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
half-emrys carry darkness along with light. Half-emrys harness both powers, but
it becomes a constant internal struggle for them. With the added temptations of
the two competing Creators, the one good and the other evil, many half-emrys
find themselves stuck between two worlds.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
It’s a
story I wrote to be a quick read, not weighed down with lots of superfluous
writing, but filled with lots of tension. Written for new-adult audience, and
it’s a clean story, safe enough that a fourteen year old could read it.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
What’s
my favorite part? The dragon humor. I have hilarious dragons. Oh, you must not
forget the romantic tension. And one part always makes me cry, but you’ll have
to read my novel to find out.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
The
tension between Kenrik and Niawen. And Caedryn. He’s a sneaky one, a villain
you are going to love to hate. Or you just might love him.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What inspired you to write this book?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
After
reading book one in <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>,
a reader had tons of questions about Niawen, Ahnalyn’s mother. Aneirin and
Niawen shared a past as close friends, and I wanted to answer readers’
questions about their relationship. <i>Fallen
Emrys</i> also gives a deeper look into Caedryn, the villain in book one, <i>Master of Lies</i>.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
started writing my series when I was doing <i>The
Lord of the Rings</i> movie marathon. I even based some of my characters off
Tolkien’s. I imagined the rolling hills of Middle Earth for the Realm of Terrin
and the murky swamps of the Dead Marshes for Rolant. The torturous snow peaks
of the Misty Mountains could be my Eirwen Mountains, where the entrance to
Gorlassar is hidden. And when you enter Gorlassar and fly to the capital emryn
city called Mared, I imagined the majestic music from when the Fellowship
entered the great hall in the Mines of Moria.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
But
scenes and characters aside, I think that’s where the similarities stop. My
writing is nothing like Tolkien’s.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I would
have to say music is what carried the feeling in my book. I mentioned the music
from the mines of Moria scene. I did listen to the LOTR’s sound track quite a
bit in the early phases of my free writing. But I took any music that uplifted
or motivated me, from Evanescence’s Fallen CD to the Piano Guys. I think
Twilight’s various sound tracks were a major inspiration for me. Evenstar
(LOTR) was my inspiration for the final scene before the epilogue in my first
novel, <i>Master of Lies</i>.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>How did you come up with your characters?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
In my
faith, we believe that every being who comes into this world carries the Light
of Christ. This led me to think of our eternal capabilities. If we could
harness the light and project it from our bodies, what would we be like as
glorified and perfected beings? The Light of Christ already acts as our
conscience, so why couldn’t it be more? What would we be able to do? So with a
bit of artistic license, my emrys were born. Immortal beings who can harness
the power of light.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
half-emrys are the result of the immortals mixing their bloodline with humans.
The result is the introduction of darkness along with the light. They’re able
to use both powers, but it becomes a constant internal struggle for them. With
the added temptations of the two competing Creators, the one good and the other
evil, many half-emrys find themselves stuck between two worlds.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
initial basis for my emrys was the LOTR elves. Alas, my emrys don’t have pointy
ears. I needed immortals with a flowing, graceful form, strong, lean bodies,
and creamy, unblemished skin. Tolkien’s elves were a perfect reference.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
pictured the tall, thin frame of Legolas and his mysterious charisma. The
constantly furrowed look of Legolas’s brows is exactly how I pictured my
Aneirin.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Galadriel
was my Meinwen. The way she moved with grace and her ethereal air was exactly
how I pictured my High Emrys.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
stumbled across a “real life” Disney picture of Jane of the jungle. I knew I
had found my Ahnalyn with her green eyes and her tiny nose and innocent look.
Adorable. But with a hidden determination.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Einion’s
a little rough around the edges. Picture Kit Harington in Pompeii.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Gemma
Ward is my Catrin. As soon as I saw her almond eyes when she played the mermaid
in <i>On Stranger Tides</i>, I knew she had
the look I wanted.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>How do you deal with writer’s block?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
It
usually doesn’t take long for me to work out a problem. Basic ideas come pretty
quickly. Plot holes a little longer to resolve. Usually I sleep on it.
Seriously. I just think about my book and a specific scene and close my eyes as
I analyze the material. Sometimes I wake in the night and the idea has come to
me, sometimes I dream it. But the answer always finds its way to me.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What’s the best thing about being a writer?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Flexible
hours. You have to be ready to write when an idea strikes. Like at 3 am.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
But no
really, I’m a major homebody. I like staying home and writing, in front of my
fire in the winter months, or in my sunroom in the summer. Perfect job for my
introverted self. I think I will become a hermit, only emerging to buy gourmet
cupcakes.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What’s your advice for aspiring writers?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Get a
support group. Join a critique group. Free write without stopping until the
book is done. Forget the grammar at first. Just get it down. Find people to
critique, beta-read, and proofread. But have fun. Don’t let anyone tell you how
to write your book. Take the advice and use what works for you. <o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
And
remember, only write the parts people want to read!<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What is the best advice you have ever
heard?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
This is
from my amazing editor, Beth Bentley. “The protagonist should have a
terrifically hard time getting what she wants. The more obstacles thrown in the
way of her progress, the better, but the best obstacles are ones that come from
her trying one thing or another that goes terribly wrong, despite her best
efforts. The reader wants her to triumph in the end (or else fail miserably if
she’s actually evil, and her goals are simply self-serving).”<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What are you currently working on?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I am
currently working on a novel that’s unrelated to my emryn world. <i>Switching Lives</i>, a contemporary romance
with a paranormal flare, about a witch who switches lives with her sister.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I have
a whole other series planned, <i>Lost Emrys</i>,
about an emrys stuck in our world. A contemporary romance is brewing as well.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>How do you get inspired to write? What
inspires you to write?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Anything
and everything inspires me. I take inspiration from the scriptures, TV shows,
books I’ve read, and dreams I’ve had. When I first started my books, I was on a
LOTR marathon and received most of my inspiration from those movies. Many of my
characters are based off LOTR.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Now
that I’ve been writing for four years, the ideas keep coming and I cannot write
fast enough. I hope that as my writing improves the process goes faster.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Tell us about your writing process.<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I’m a
serious outliner and story-structuring freak. Must have all the waypoints, plot
points, and pinch points squared away before I write.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Do you have any rituals to get you in the
writing mode? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Lindsey
Stirling, famous violinist, has amazing albums. During long writing stretches,
I jump up every hour and dance in my kitchen. I pretend I’m an airbender,
harnessing power. Or sometimes an emrys. My less-than-graceful dance moves
mimic those of the airbender, but it’s slightly reminiscent of Tai Chi. Very
empowering. <o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Do you listen to or talk to your
characters?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
become my characters. I put myself into the scene and live it.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>How did you decide how to publish your
books?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I
wanted control. And truthfully, approaching an agent or traditional publisher
and writing that synopsis just scares me. I’m such an introvert!<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What do you think about the future of book
publishing?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Self-published
ebooks all the way. Better royalties. Ease of publishing. Just make sure you
have a fantastic editor!<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What other projects are you involved in?
What do you do when you’re not writing?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
garden changes every year. I have raised veggie beds. So far, I’ve been able to
keep a lemon and a lime tree alive for over three winters. I’ve already
harvested some of the fruit! <o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I’m
really involved with my church. I teach the women’s Sunday school lessons on
occasion, and help new converts learn about my faith.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
And the
latest side project—I’m creating a version of the <i>Game of Life</i> based on the TV show <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i>. It will be tragic. Let’s just say those with the
least about of negative points will be the winner, because this <i>Game of Life</i> has tons of disasters just
like the show.<o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What’s the most helpful feedback you’ve
ever received from a reader?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
That my
novels were childish. I kid you not. I laughed about it and shrugged it off.
But it did open my eyes. Every author has that moment when you realize that not
everyone will like your writing style and voice, or even the story.<b> </b>Duh!<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Did you ever write something you didn’t
like? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<br /></div>
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I think
all writers have those moments when something they write feels like rubbish.
Depending on the day, I’ll think my books are awesome. Another day, I might
skim a few pages in my paperbacks for fun and throw it down in dismay. But in
the end, I’m darn proud of what I’ve accomplished.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<b>Do you put people you know in your books?
(If yes, do you tell them you did?) <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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I write
everything from my life into my books. Never a whole person, but attributes. My
characters are a mismatch of everything I observe. And no, none of the male
guys in my novels are my husband. People always want to know that.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Do you write to music? (If yes, do your
books have theme songs that match the mood of the story?)<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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I don’t
write to music, but I take breaks and listen to music in between scenes and
depending on the mood and tone, it will influence my writing.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Would you want to live in the world of your
books?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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Absolutely!
I’d love to live in the dragon realm. Who wouldn’t want to see dragons or fly
on one? I’d even like to see the steaming volcanic land of Morvith.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Which
of your characters are most like yourself (and in what way)?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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I’m a
mash up of Ahnalyn (<i>Master of Lies</i>)
and her mother Niawen (<i>Fallen Emrys</i>).
Ahnalyn is strong-willed and short-tempered. Niawen likes to fight and flirt. I
think I should also add that have a lot of Meuric (<i>Master of Time</i>) in me. He has a past that haunts him, but he always
wants to do the honorable thing, even if he believes he’s a despicable person
because of the mistakes he’s made.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If you were going to be stranded on a
desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you
bring?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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<i>The Book of Mormon</i>. The Shatter Me
Series. The Fablehaven Series. Okay, I cheated. So that’s more like ten books.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What are you reading now?<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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<i>The Change </i>(<i>Unbounded Series </i>Book 1) by Teyla Branton. Fantastic story and
fantastic author.<i><o:p></o:p></i></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Would
you rather travel to the past or the future?</b>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Future.
Although I’m afraid the world will just keep going downhill—morally speaking. I
like the idea of futuristic conveniences and medical discoveries, but I believe
the future world will be at war—physically and spiritually—as men’s hearts
darken.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If
you could have any job in the world, what would it be?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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Cupcake
shop owner/baker. Specifically froster.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Describe
your life as a film genre.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Supernatural
thriller. The intuitive religious girl fights against actual unseen spiritual
demons. The kind that are all around us but we can’t see them because our eyes
are veiled. She harnesses her inner light and calls down the powers of heaven
to protect those she loves.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Now if
they took my life from my dreams, that would be a circle of apocalyptic
disasters, particularly erupting volcanoes; action and adventure, with a myriad
of special powers, including flying and telekinesis; romantic drama, the kind
where the girl keeps searching for the guy but can never confess her love; and
fantasy, with dark spirits and apparitions, especially ones who like to hover
at your bedside. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Fill
in the blanks. I am a were__, but I only turn when__.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I am a
were cat, but I only turn when my kitteh sense is tingling.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If I
were to invite you over, what snacks would you bring, keeping in mind that
fruit and dried fruit are not snacks?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
No-bake
cookies. Chocolate, peanut butter, and oats melted together to create supreme
gooey deliciousness.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If
you could combine any two animals to make a hybrid, what would they be?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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Batcat.
Cats only need to fly, and then they’d rule the world.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>Vs
movies seem to be all the rage. If you had to put one together, what on screen
match up would you like to see?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Well,
they wouldn’t really be fighting against each other, but I’d like to see Dr.
Temperance Brenin have her scientific, everything-can-be-proven bubble popped
by meeting Dr. Who. She’d never be able to rationalize anything the Doctor
does.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>&nbsp;If
you had to build a house without conventional materials, what unconventional
materials would you use? (Gingerbread is inadvisable because it attracts
snacking children)&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Bubble
wrap would make for some comfortable accommodations. Although I’d advise guests
not to bring any sharp objects into the structure.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If
this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it
to be and how would you answer it?&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<i>If
you could have a “knack” for something, what would it be?&nbsp;</i><o:p></o:p></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
I would
have a knack for undermining the arrogant, with a phrase so carefully worded,
the person wouldn’t realize he was subverted until later, and then those words
would haunt him.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<h2 style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>FIVE BEST MOMENTS AT THE START OF MY
WRITING JOURNEY</b></h2>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
#1: One
month into writing my first novel, I learned that a dear friend of mine was
getting ready to publish her own book. She held my hand through the whole
writing process. I would never have published without her!<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
# 2:
When I opened the email from my cover designer to see the first concepts, I was
blown away! They were so much more than I ever envisioned.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
#3: As
I opened a package from Amazon, I had no idea I was opening my proof copy. I
almost died. I was holding an actual book in my hand that I wrote. A REAL book!<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
#4: I
had a book release party at a local coffee shop with another author friend,
Misty Dawn Pulsipher. Scary being an extrovert for a day.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
#5:
Finishing the last book in the trilogy! A huge weight released. I was so
thrilled to line the novels up on my table and snap a photo. Now to start the
process all over again with another series!<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
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<b>WORLD BUILDING INTERVIEW</b></h2>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Brief summary of the <i>The Emrys Chronicles</i>: <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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Each
novel in this series tells the story of a different emrys or half-emrys. The
immortal emrys live in the realm Gorlassar, apart from the humans, who they
believe are corrupted. As the series progresses, we learn that two emrys have
ventured into the mortal world. Their children are the half-emrys—part humans
and part immortals—and from their mixed heritage, they have the ability to
wield the powers of light and darkness.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Brief description of the world or
location you created for this story: <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
world involves several realms or planets. The immortals live on Gorlassar, an
entirely separate planet from Bryn, where the mortals dwell. Gorlassar and Bryn
are connected by a portal. The majority of my stories take place on Bryn. The
three realms in the west are separated by a barren expanse from the sprawling
realm Morvith in the east. Morvith is home to the Dark Dragon riders and within
its borders is the eternal prison of an evil god.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>If we were to visit Bryn as tourists,
what would you recommend that we see or do there? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
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Between
the three realms is the Great Forest. It’s called great because the trees are
roughly forty feet in diameter and mass together, sometimes creating an
impassable barrier. Many of the adventures take place within the forest because
of its extensive history. The forest didn’t always have gargantuan trees. Even
if you found your way into the depths of the Great Forest without being
hopelessly lost, you might not want to ride the rickety lifts into the canopy
hundreds of feet in the air, where a civilization of little people—the
Eilian—dwell. These clever folk adapted to living in the treetops, but watch
out, they’ll talk your ear off. If you are lost and lucky enough, the tegyd—the
deer-people—will find you and take you to their underground realm of glowing
cave crystals and soaring cavernous halls.<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What dangers should we avoid in Bryn?</b> <o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
It
shouldn’t be a problem to avoid Nudd, the stagnant swamp in the north, where
the flower fey—the Gwri—live. But sadly, not all my characters have done so.
Whether on a mission for the Dark Master or a group of daring explorers,
nothing can thwart Gwri magic. When blessed by the Gwri, you will be altered
forever. These mysterious flower fey have been known to cross portals into
other worlds as well. If you feel the pull of compelling magic and hear nearly
imperceptible giggles that you swore weren’t real, you’re in big trouble. <o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What types of weaponry or fighting
styles are common in Gorlassar? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
In
the immortal realm, my emrys rarely use man-made weapons. The emrys are imbued
with light from the Creator, and they harness the light and project it from
their bodies in a myriad of ways. They can shield, blast, immobilize. The light
quickens their physical frame so they are stronger, faster, more perceptive
then mortals. Their greatest asset is their ability to discern the light in
others and sense emotion on a soul-reaching level.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What types of vehicles, animals,
technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Gorlassar and Bryn? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Ah,
the mortals are so fortunate. Once the emrys decided the mortal world was safe,
they brought their dragons into Bryn. What once took a month to travel takes a
day. Dragons are fabulous messengers, and with the riders’ dragon stones,
messages can even be passed mentally over vast distances, even across the
portals between worlds.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What types of plants, animals, or
sentient races might we encounter in Bryn that we don’t see on Earth? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Bryn
has all types of beings made by the Creator—the Master of Light. Humans,
deer-people, flower fey, little people, and immortals. Bryn is also home to
malformed creatures that the Creator’s brother—the Dark Master—made. These
beings are creatures formed by the darkness. One such monstrosity is a Shadow
Soul, a parasite that corrupts and even maddens creatures of light.<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>What role, if any, does magic or the
supernatural play in the lives of people in Bryn? If there is magic, please
give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used. <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
worlds are governed by the powers of light and darkness. Both are real tangible
energies that dwell within the heart-centers—the spiritual centers—of every
creature. The light heals and gives my emrys their immortality, and through the
dragon stones that many of my emrys wear, the dragons have that same immortal
life. The power of darkness sounds evil, and truly, its might seems to grow
from vile deeds (it even mutates organic life) but many of the half-emrys
prefer its grounding capabilities. Both powers are harnessed as weapons. Both
have abilities that emerge over time.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Is there any advanced or unusual
technology in Bryn? If you haven’t described it already, please give some
examples. <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
My
Eilian are an inventive, ancient race. They were clever enough to invent the
pulley and many other advances. One Eilian even admits to his ancestor being
blown up when he “founded the oven.” But that remains to say, their race was
secluded for a while, and technological advances were occurring in other realms
and on other planets at the same time. <o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
The
emrys have been able to get away with fewer advances in Gorlassar than we have
on earth because they harnessed their light to do simple things, like heating
water, eliminating the need for a water heater. Electricity has been
unnecessary because emrys cast orbs of light into the air and even make rocks
glow to light up a palace floor. Still, my stories are, what you might say,
medieval, with horses and dragons as the mode of travel and knights fighting
with swords on Bryn. <b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Tell us about any sports, games, or
activities that are available for entertainment in Gorlassar. <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Because
Gorlassar is a protected realm and the emrys are charged with protecting the dragons,
the emrys are trained in combat. Many mock tournaments are held to hone their
skills in the event that evil might breech the protective barrier between
worlds. On Bryn, mortals enjoy a good jousting tournament or sword fight. A
yearly fall festival is held in the capitol of Talfryn, which draws subjects
from across the three mortals realms for a week of satiating fun.<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Are the days of the week and months of
the year the same on Bryn and Gorlassar as on Earth? What holidays or special
events are celebrated regularly there? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Time
moves the same on Bryn as Earth. Bryn celebrates the cycles of their moon. It
must be noted that Bryn has its own separate solar system, as does Gorlassar.
It must be purely coincidence that time moves the same on these three spheres.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
<b>Is there a particular religion
practiced on Bryn and Gorlassar? Please describe what it involves. <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<br /></div>
<div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-indent: 0in;">
Because
these two worlds are connected, they honor the same Creator. Deian is like our
world’s God, and so he has an evil counterpart, Cysgod. Without getting into
the nature of Christian religion, I am just going to say, that every world in
my novels has a god, and it is not the same as ours. Other worlds might have
other Creators, and those might emerge as other stories are written. <o:p></o:p></div>
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Eternal
laws govern the people of Bryn and Gorlassar, such as the law of forgiveness or
the law of sacrifice. When these laws are enacted, powers move into play and
have been known to benefit the enactors. The immortals and mortals can choose
which Creator to honor. Both Creators have rivaling mights, and they bestow
their powers on to those who follow them.<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<b>What is the political or government
structure on Bryn? Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of
leader is he/she? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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The
immediate world that you are introduced on to Bryn is the three realms. At one
point, all three were ruled by kings, but as time progressed, lords have taken
over rule. Lord Brenin is our noble, young ruler of Terrin, the western realm
near the sea. His father died when he was an infant. Brenin’s uncle rules the
neighboring realm in the southeast. In the northeast, a mad tyrant, Lord
Caedryn, rules. Lord Caedryn came from Morvith after being exiled.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<b>Are there any other unique cultural
practices that we should be aware of if we visit Gorlassar? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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Because
of the light the emrys carry, they are held to higher laws governed by the
light. Emrys discern the emotion of those around them, and because of this
acute ability, their touch is limited and very intimate. Emrys are able to bind
themselves to others in several ways. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and
physically. The spiritual bond is akin to a mortals’ marriage. It involves the
exchange of light between two individuals and is an eternal commitment. Mental
and emotional bonds may be done among friends. They may be undone. A physical
bond is the consummation after marriage. This is done in conjunction with the
spiritual bond. If an emrys of pure light bonds physically without the
spiritual bond, they will fall—transition to a Dark Emrys. A half-emrys, who
already possesses both darkness and light, has a bit of wiggle room. They can
transition to a Dark Emrys by other vile deeds. What matters are the intents of
the half-emrys and the purity of those intentions.<b><o:p></o:p></b></div>
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<b>Has anything in your actual life
inspired the locations, cultures, etc. in your book? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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Sure
has. All the beliefs are taken from my faith. The Creators. The laws. The light
that is in all my beings is the same as the Light of Christ that is in us, with
the exception of my characters’ light being from a different god.<o:p></o:p></div>
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<b>What, if any, “hot-button” or
controversial topics do you touch on in your book? <o:p></o:p></b></div>
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Morality.
But it is woven in to how my emrys deal with their purity and innocence.
Off-page intimacy does happen between non-wedded characters, but it is not
always in their control. It’s mainly to create new consequences.<o:p></o:p></div>
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Kelyn
sidled up to me. “Are you sick of nights on the road?” He took a long swig from
a mug before jiggling it at me. “Warms the blood. Would you like a sip? Cian
makes a throat-burning brew.”<o:p></o:p></div>
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I shook
my head. “I’m plenty warm.”<o:p></o:p></div>
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“You’re
always warm.” He set his mug on a stump and studied my unadorned tunic, neither
thick for protection during combat nor quilted to retain heat. Kelyn wore a
padded long-sleeved jerkin under his wool surcoat, but he stilled shivered on
cold evenings.<o:p></o:p></div>
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“It’s
my light,” I said dreamily, watching my puffy breath, imagining it sailing on
the breeze to a sunny place.<o:p></o:p></div>
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“What
does it feel like?” He brushed a wisp of hair away from my face, and his
fingers lingered along my jawline.<o:p></o:p></div>
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I
closed my eyes while my mouth relaxed open. My shoulders dropped, and the
tension from the day’s ride slipped away. “Like warm water coursing through my
body, soaking through every pore, under my skin and into my bones. It’s like
lying in the sun, cocooned in a black blanket on a frigid winter day. The
blanket absorbs the sun’s rays until I’m toasty enough to melt, but instead I
drift off into a blissful slumber.”<o:p></o:p></div>
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“Show
me,” he whispered near my ear.<o:p></o:p></div>
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My eyes
popped open at his request, but his mouth descended over mine before I
responded. I reveled in his gleaming eyes in the briefest second before they
closed.</div>
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