Sunday, July 24, 2016

A YA Summer Freebie!

Firstly, I would like to thank Angela for having me on her blog today! I’m here to promote Mages of Vane, which is currently free until July 28th over on Amazon. Mages of Vane is the second book in the Phoenix Element series. However, it can be read as a standalone title. Normality Twisted being the first book in the series.

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Mages of Vane takes place at a magic school where our hero, Anya, is taking classes more or less against her will. In order to protect her friends and family, Anya sought out the mages of Vane to free her body from a powerful, and corrupt entity. The entity known as Ashima isn’t the only being corrupt at Vane. Soon Anya must battle Blood Mages, and her own conflictive thoughts in order to keep the school from crumbling down.

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Now on to the Q and A!

What was the most awkward dating situation you’ve ever found yourself in and have you ever used it in your writing?  

Can’t say that I have had that come up. There was an instance of spilled milk, literary, but nothing to make your jaw drop. I do use real world situations in my work, taking elements from different events in my own personal life and fitting them into the story. 

In interviews, authors are often asked what made them start writing. I think the real question is what keeps you writing even in a competitive environment like the publishing industry? 

I love my characters. They are a part of me and I want their story told. It wouldn’t be fair to them if I stopped their adventure right dab in the middle. And I do love to escape into my writing as well, so that is a plus. 

What is your favorite animal, the one that turns you into a big pile of mush when you see them?

I love animals! I have two cats and a dog myself. Pets and animals in general know how to make me feel better after a rough day. My favorite cat is the ocelot, which I finally saw at the Seattle Zoo a few years ago. I did a little jump of joy when I saw him. Then you have otters, red pandas, chinchillas, and of course cats and dogs.  

What place in the world makes you feel like all is right in your universe and do you go there often?  

This might sound silly and a little strange, but when I listen to music with my headphones on, late at night, I feel like I am transported elsewhere. It is also one of the best times for me to come up with ideas and scenes for my books. As for a physical place, I’ve only been there once: Mt. Rainier in Washington. The sights and the sounds of that area are truly majestic. I’ve lived near the beach my entire life, but seeing mountains, and that close, really struck a chord within me.

Finally, what story or storyteller has literally changed your life and how it affects you?  

Recently I discovered Critical Role. This is a show on Geek and Sundry where voice actors play Dungeons and Dragons. Their dungeon master, also known as the DM, Matthew Mercer, is a fantastic storyteller. By watching, I’ve gained some useful tips for my own stories, be it for my books, or for my own D&D adventure.

Once again, thank you for hosting me and thank you to the readers who took the time out to read what I had to say. I hope that you will download Mages of Vane and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you again for having me. I enjoyed answering those questions.