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Author Interview: ‘Seeder Shadow Wars’ by J. Houser

About the Book:

Dating and High School: Hard Enough. Now Add Assassins.

Avoiding assassination wasn’t on Mel’s to-do list for her junior year.

Learning she wasn’t human hadn’t made the list, either.

An only child with overprotective parents, Melody Walters just wants a drama-free year-and to be able to date. She gains the interest of more than one suitor, but doesn’t realize any one of them could be an enemy on the hunt. For her, the dating scene could prove deadly.

Mel discovers she’s a member of a botanical race, forced to hide their daughters in the human world until they mature enough for their powers to bloom. Something goes wrong with her blooming process, breaking her cover and jeopardizing the lives of her protectors and the large family she’d never known about.

With the enemy threat ever-looming, in a rush to master her new powers before she’s stranded in the human world forever, Mel struggles to decide who she can trust and if the sacrifice being asked of her is too great.

PRAISE FOR SEEDER SHADOW WARS

“Seeder Shadow Wars presents the genuinely strong female protagonists that are missing in a lot of young adult fantasy today. This book has all the elements of great storytelling–relatable and complex characters, a great and accessible magic system, and deep themes.” -CM Adler, author of The Witches of Grimm Series

“SEEDER SHADOW WARS thrusts the reader into a duplicitous setting in our world, where anyone may be a friend, foe, or family member. J. Houser provides the reader with a world within our own, complete with botanical beings in an age-old war. It is the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to read more.” -Courtnee Turner Hoyle, author of The Pale Woods Mystery Series.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

BORDERED BY IMPASSABLE MOUNTAINS, a pocket realm tucked away on Earth was safely shrouded from human knowledge and interference. The hidden paradise was a land of beauty and lush plant growth, filled with an energy that coursed through the very veins of the people who lived there. The inhabitants could sense the cyclical energy shifts associated with the human world, though their own realm lacked any true change in season.

On the western front, people lived simple lives in quaint communities. As simple and quaint as they could be, in the midst of a never-ending war.

***

Murial stared down at her clutch of seedlings, her children. She wore a faint smile, her joy tainted by the vicious aching in her heart. Today would be the hardest day of her life.

Thod walked up behind Murial, wrapping his arms around her. He moved her auburn hair to the side and placed a sweet kiss on her cheek. “Are you going to be okay?”

She swallowed hard, reminding herself that she’d signed up for this. She wanted kids. Murial turned to face her husband, giving him the best smile she could muster. “I’ll be great.”

She looked around at the new home they’d just moved into. Like others lining their lane, it was much bigger than the tiny cottage they’d moved out of. It was beautifully simplistic with raw, natural wood. Books and potted flowers covered the shelves in the corner. The extra space and larger garden out back would be just enough for this next phase of their lives.

Thod gazed into her eyes. “I couldn’t have picked a better woman to raise my boys.”

Murial drew a deep breath, her smile warming. “I’ll make you proud. And I know you’ll take good care of the girls.”

He nodded, then patted his pants pocket. “I’ve got the letter for your dad. Anything else?”

She pursed her lips, thinking of the human dad that had helped raise her. Letters were all they had now. Having reached maturity, which allowed her to have a clutch, she wasn’t capable of leaving the Green Lands anymore. She scanned Thod, then glanced back at their seedlings.

“I think we’re all set.” Murial pulled him in closer. “There’s just one last thing.”

They shared a smile and she leaned in, giving him a kiss. The kind of kiss only a Seeder woman could give. The kind that imbued him with a portion of her energy, both expressing her love, and bolstering him for the long and difficult journey ahead.

***

It being the first day of spring, Murial and Thod gathered their seedling hopefuls and stepped outside. Walking a few feet from the door, they placed the glistening, round seeds on the dirt in the middle of the lane. A handful of neighbors were proudly doing the same with their own clutches for this year’s sprout reveal. Murial breathed deeply, tightly gripping Thod’s hand and forcing herself to soak in the wonder and beauty of the moment.

As the sun rose, it peeked over the wooden homes and bathed the eager parents waiting in anticipation. Shortly after the rays reached the seeds, they began to wiggle. Next door, a shout of glee rang out; someone’s first seedling had sprouted. Murial and Thod glanced over for just a moment to check it out, then returned to watching their own clutch.

Puff.

“There’s one!” Thod rejoiced, squeezing her hand.

Puff. Puff. Puff.

“Come on, girls, show yourselves,” Murial cheered in a whispered tone.

Twelve in total sprouted. The other twelve remained unchanged.

The breeze blew, and the palm-sized sprouted balls of fluff began to sway. Murial and Thod knew their time was short. They embraced, and then Thod stood next to the seedlings, like the other men in the street were starting to do. A gust rushed past—this was the one!

The wind swept up the balls of fluff—resembling dandelion seeds floating in the wind, but much more fluffy, like a bichon frise puppy. As soon as they lifted up, Thod sprang into the air, leaping forward into a somersault, transforming into his botanical form. His hair took on a purple hue, spiked like a thistle. A spiny leaf extended from each forearm between his wrist and elbow. His legs were now wrapped in taproots to his ankles.

Thod gathered their twelve sprouted seedlings in his arms and gave a reassuring, loving look to his wife down on the ground. The breeze blew them higher and higher, further from their village.

Murial watched on as he disappeared from sight past the lush hills in the distance. The knots in her stomach took over as she imagined the journey ahead of him and the time and space soon to be between them.

Years. In a completely different realm.

And there was no other choice.

Wiping tears from her face, Murial drew a deep breath and followed the example of the other women, taking her remaining seedlings back inside. She carefully laid them in a basin filled with earth. Sitting down, she gazed lovingly at her little boys, her heart swirling with a mix of emotions. Delighted to see her family grow. Gutted by her mate’s departure. And indignant at the other occupants of the Green Lands, the Ivies…

The Ivies considered themselves superior and insisted they’d been cheated out of prime land centuries ago, which was far from the truth. They’d deserted their claim to those lands and devastated the new region they now resided in. Not that truth held much weight in old feuds littered with propaganda.

Murial’s eyes glowed green, as she no longer tried to hide the change. This was the only way their species could survive anymore—by tearing their families apart.

Over a century ago, the Ivies had poisoned Seeder territories. Ivy poison, produced by their females, was strong enough to kill a human, but not a Seeder. The Seeder males were barely even affected by the attack. Future generations of females exhibited less power. Most devastating was the effect it had on the young Seeder daughters. Not having their powers yet, they were essentially human, defenseless. Every last one of them perished within a week of the Great Poisoning. After girls in new clutches also failed to survive, the true and lasting effects were realized and drastic measures had to be taken to protect their young.

A knock at the door broke Murial from her trance. She wiped away more tears and centered her energy, her eyes changing back to a deep shade of brown. She opened the door with a smile. “Hey! Come in!”

Sandra, her new neighbor, a short woman with light brown hair who was also in her late twenties, entered, giving Murial a long hug. “Just wanted to see how you’re doing.”

Murial grinned, pulling back and gesturing for her to sit down. “I expect we’re feeling about the same.”

Sandra gave her an understanding frown. “They’ll be okay.”

Murial nodded. “I know.” She picked at her fingernails. “It’s just different when it’s your own.”

Sandra crossed her legs, resting her hands on her knees. “How old were you at the time of your bloom?”

“Sixteen.”

“Right. I forgot. I was seventeen.”

So many years of waiting. Of separation.

Murial glanced down at her remaining seedlings. The boys always took longer to sprout, but by nightfall, they would start to form roots. She vowed to enjoy every moment she had with them before their childhood would be replaced with training. Whether protecting their homeland borders against Ivy attacks, or crossing over into the human world, the boys all shared one thing: they would be soldiers. Looking up with a forced smile, Murial added, “I’ll feel so much better once the first one is old enough to go over for protection duty.”

Sandra sighed. “We’ve got this.” She gave Murial a calm smile, standing back up. “I just wanted to pop in real quick, but I better get back to my own boys. You know where to find me.”

Murial walked Sandra to the door, giving her another hug. “I’m glad we’re neighbors.”

***

Murial spent the rest of the day preparing a vegetable stew and coconut-almond biscuits. She constantly looked over at her boys. Not that anything had changed about them yet—they were still little glistening seedlings, full of potential. It would be a couple weeks before their roots developed enough to shed their seedling forms, rapidly growing to appear like any regular human.

Sitting down after sunset, Murial grabbed her journal from the shelf. Day One. She processed her thoughts and feelings before she began to write.

Human teenagers have it so easy. Then again, when she’d been a teenager, before her bloom, she’d thought she was an average human, too.

It wasn’t enough for the Ivies to attempt genocide and lay siege to Seeder borders. Fully-rooted female Seeders were twice as powerful as the males—their energy was used to charge the border walls that kept their lands relatively safe from further Ivy attacks. With these girls being the only thing that kept the Ivies from their goal of Seeder annihilation, their safety was paramount. When the Ivy Kingdom had discovered that Seeders were hiding their daughters away in the human world, it became their new hunting ground.

The Ivies knew their enemies well. They focused on finding the girls during the vulnerable bloom-to-root period when their powers came in. Ivy assassins lay in wait, always watching for a hint of a bloom.

Murial put her pen to paper.

I miss him already. And our girls. I look forward to seeing each one of their faces some day.

She grinned, thinking of her boys.

This is going to be quite the adventure. Things will work out. I know they will. I have to believe it.

Murial tried to imagine the faces of each of her girls—what interests and personalities they would have. Each day without them, without Thod, would be a battle. But she was confident in her husband; he had done so much work ahead of time, planning and preparing, to keep them safe for the coming years.

The fate of the Seeder girls relied on one thing—who was in the know. In the mix of it all were humans, oblivious to the hunt happening around them—the two enemies constantly trying to sniff and snuff each other out.

In their own realm, Seeders had no need to be on the offensive. In the human world, they watched over their daughters and sisters, always observing for signs of the Ivies. Once the girls were old enough, they would show signs of budding, and then bloom, gaining their full powers. Their family just needed to keep them safe and guide them home, without being discovered. And so the game went. As if high school wasn’t already enough of a jungle.

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m not the typical author that’s been writing stories since they were old enough to pick up a crayon. I guess I’m more of the current cliché that found their passion during Covid-19 shutdowns. I decided to write a story based on a dream I’d had that I thought would make a cool movie someday. And then I wrote 8 more books in just a few months’ time. It became an addiction that I don’t plan to quit. In high school and college, I enjoyed journalism and poetry, but had never explored this side of literary writing until now.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

On a comfy chair or couch in the living room, and any time of the day. Though I’m more of a night owl… That sometimes creates more editing work than not because I read it the next day and can tell how sleepy I must have been, lol

3: Where do your ideas come from?

A mix of dreams and ‘what if’s.’ My debut Seeder Wars came from a little snippet of a dream.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Generally speaking, I really don’t enjoy outlining. I like experiencing the journey with the characters. But to some extent, I usually know major plot points, scenes, and the end game.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’ve never been good at limiting myself to just one niche, and I don’t plan to do it in writing either. I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, as well as contemporary works. Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, adventure. Young Adult and Adult audiences. One thing I’m apparently NOT good at, is excluding romance. It’s a big part of most of my manuscripts that I’ve written thus far.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I really haven’t given it any thought, and I’m horrible with that side of media culture, knowing actor and actress names!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I likely don’t read as voraciously as many authors (I blame it on ADHD.) I’ve started to read a lot more, though. I’m still forming my opinions, casting a wide net. I’m starting to find authors whose style I personally don’t love, but haven’t read enough of any one author to become a superfan quite yet.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’ve been listening to Clockwork Angel on audiobook. I promised my friend I’d give it a shot after mentioning I almost didn’t finish City of Bones because of the prose and characters. I can see that the author and her editors had made a lot of progress over the years. Like most people, I have a TBR list. Next, I plan to read a couple of indie published books.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

I’m not really a re-reader, so I’m not sure if I have a favorite book. Perhaps Pride and Prejudice? Though I’d say that’s because I enjoy the book + movie combo (the Colin Firth edition reigns supreme and so accurately to the book ❤ )

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just start, you never know what will become of it. And focus on finishing that first book. It may be a dumpster fire of a story, but you’ll improve. (My first manuscript has been though multiple edits but has been on the back burner for quite a while because it still needs a huge overhaul.) Constantly be learning—about grammar, writing craft, the publishing industry, etc.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My best social media is on Youtube, then probably Instagram, and I’m trying to get my Facebook more active. (Though I’m on Twitter and Tiktok, too.) My handle on all sites is JHouserWrites.

I’d also recommend my website as well www.jhouserwrites.com. You can sign up for my newsletter, follow other news, and get a free short story there!

Youtube: JHouserWrites – YouTube

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About the Author:

J. Houser has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her second language is Polish and she uses neither her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts nor her B.S. in University Studies. Instead, she takes snippets of dreams and a lot of ‘what-ifs,’ and is feverishly working toward her goal of being a multi-genre hybrid author. She’s a firm lover of both Jane Austen and Stargate, and currently resides in Idaho with her lovable fur-child, Mia.

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Author Interview: ‘The Alleys of Olde Architecture: Volume I’ by J. Evans

About the Book:

When her father is arrested in the middle of the night and confesses to a crime that cannot possibly be true, fifteen-year-old Alley a’Door has one day to climb to the top of the mountain, free her father, and clear his name—but how do you save a man who is dead-set on orchestrating his own execution? Over the longest day of her life, Alley and her friends will race against the clock to climb the great Stair, unraveling the mystery of her father’s cabalistic testimony and the truth behind his cryptic warning that their city—the only home she has ever known—is not what it seems to be.

Skirting the line between YA and Adult, this is a character-first story with breakneck pace and gut-wrenching personal stakes, a Grimmly-gothic atmosphere brimming with eerie wonder and weird humor and the barest hints of magic you can never quite put your finger on. If you are a fantasy aficionado, this is the book you have always been hoping to stumble across on the dusty, back shelf of the bookstore: wildly adventurous, never shying from the occasional detour down shadowy side-streets; dark, but never desolate; with a plot that twists your brain in knots, a dash of romance, a morass of moral conundrums, an oddball cast of characters who dance around old tropes like trip-wires, and a courageous heroine that readers can stand up and cheer for.

If you are still wondering what sort of book this is… imagine Diagon Alley designed by Tim Burton, then stretch it three miles into the sky on a mountain in the middle of the sea and fill it full of creatures from Guillermo Del Toro’s cutting room floor. Drop in a teenage girl as clever as Katniss Everdeen and cutthroat as Arya Stark, send her on an adventure that feels like Fablehaven was put in a rock tumbler with His Dark Materials, populated with characters that might be equally at home in Gormenghast or The Phantom Tollbooth, cap it all off with a four-dimensional Rubix Cube Conclusion—then run the whole thing through a blender in Neil Gaiman’s secret, underground laboratory, and voila: you have The Alleys of Olde Architecture.

The Alleys of Olde Architecture will be published in three volumes. Volume II will be released in late 2021.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am 37, married, and live in a small town in Illinois. After college, I worked (if you can call it that) as a nanny for the next eight years. When the kids got older, I stumbled into remodeling and have been working with my hands ever since. As it turns out, writing a book has a lot in common with raising kids and building houses; who knew?

I started writing seriously during the Harry Potter craze, although the inkling was always there. I wrote and self-published my first book when I was 21—and it was everything a good book shouldn’t be: clunky, corny, cheesy, choppy, and about 300 pages too long. But I learned a lot—about writing and being a writer—and have not stopped since.

The Alleys of Olde Architecture is my fourth novel.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I write everything by hand to begin with, which I’m happy to do anywhere outside or near a window. For all the computer stuff (transcribing, revising, editing, digital art) I am stuck in the basement, and usually knock that out in the morning with a cup of coffee.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

You know that feeling when you’re watching a movie and you think, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be cool if they <fill in the blank>?’ Writing is a bit like that, except when you have an idea for something cool (regardless where that idea comes from) you don’t need a million-dollar budget and a film crew to make it happen—you just crack open your notebook and start writing.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Style and strategy change depending on the project. I recently wrote a short, middle-grade novel (What Magic Is Not) with minimal planning and it turned out quite well. Conversely, for The Alleys of Olde Architecture, I probably did more planning than writing. My Notes file was several hundred pages long, the Outline looks like M.C. Escher painting inside a kaleidoscope, I had dozens of spreadsheets keeping track of every conceivable facet of the story, and I put together my own Dictionary with over 3,000 archaic, medieval, and/or other long-forgotten words to give the book that extra little ‘something special.’ That said, once your start writing, you never exactly what is going to happen…  

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Is ‘Magical’ a genre? I suppose all my books would be classified as ‘Fantasy,’ but they are all quite different from one another—the common thread between everything I write is the barest hint of magic you can never quite put your finger on.

Growing up, I most remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia, The Phantom Tollbooth, Redwall, and The Last Unicorn. I guess it’s no surprise I turned out like I did.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I love thinking about this question—unfortunately, my main character, Alley, and her friends are teenagers, and I have no idea who any popular young actors and actresses are these days. But there is a role in here that I think Nicholas Cage would knock out of the park (if he would agree to 6 hours a day in the make-up chair and he learned how to juggle and play the fiddle at the same time.)

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I don’t have time to read as much as I would like to, since most of my free time goes to writing. Perusing the bookstores can be overwhelming—especially when you view all the amazing books and talented authors on display as your competitors!

My all-time favorite authors are C.S. Lewis and Robert Jordan, but I could easily add another twenty names to the list.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am finishing up the Gormenghast Trilogy for the first time (and I am in utter awe of the beautiful writing); I am anxiously awaiting the last book in Brandon Mull’s Dragonwatch series (my guilty pleasure); and my wife and I just finished reading a delightful little book called Ida B, by Katherine Hannigan.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Easy! The Alleys of Olde Architecture, because it’s exactly the sort of book I would want to stumble across on the dusty, back shelf of an old bookstore—wildly adventurous, never shying from the occasional detour down shadowy side-streets; dark, but never desolate; with a plot that twists your brain in knots, a dash of romance, a morass of moral conundrums, an oddball cast of characters who dance around old tropes like trip-wires, and a courageous heroine that readers can stand up and cheer for.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

If you like the idea of toiling away for long, thankless hours, obsessing over the tiniest details on obscure projects which there is no guarantee anyone will ever read, enjoy, appreciate, or pay you for, writing is the perfect choice!

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My own website jeffevans.org is the best portal to find out more about my books, artwork, to contact me, or to sign up for my mailing list.

Amazon is the place to go to purchase a paperback or eBook. That link is: www.amazon.com/J-Evans/e/B09816FHYD

And I am on Goodreads. That link is: www.goodreads.com/author/show/383752.J_Evans

About the Author:

I write books for kids, grown-ups, and everyone in between. Visit my website at jeffevans.org for more info or to contact me directly.

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Release Blitz: ‘Two Between Worlds’ by Nissa Harlow

Title: Two Between Worlds

Author Nissa Harlow

Publisher: Nimble Hope Publishing

Genre: YA Low Fantasy

About the Book:

Two friends. Two worlds. One big decision.

Life isn’t easy for Ari. Her anxiety is a constant aggravation, disrupting every aspect of her life.

Life isn’t easy for Eph, either. After losing his arms and his hearing as a baby, he’s had to learn to adapt to a world that isn’t designed for him.

When Ari and Eph first meet as children, they forge a friendship that will see them through the ups and downs of adolescence. Ten years later, Ari finds herself struggling with a blossoming attraction to her best friend. Unfortunately, Eph doesn’t feel the same way.

After a mistake threatens to tear their relationship apart, Ari finds herself adrift. And things only get worse when another of her choices leads to an incident that sees Eph thrust into another world. Faced with the prospect of navigating life on her own, Ari must find strength in her independence while trying to come to terms with her feelings about her best friend . . . whose past might be far stranger than either of them realized.

Ari and Eph’s friendship will be put to the test as they both face important decisions about their futures . . . and the world each of them ultimately chooses to live in.

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Excerpt:

I grabbed my jacket from the hook, stuffed my feet into my boots, and yanked open the door, all while willing him to say something, to tell me it was okay, that he forgave me. But he didn’t say anything until I was already outside, pulling the door closed after me.

“Ari?”

I paused, my vision shimmering through unfallen tears. “What?”

“You can’t be in love with me, okay?”

About the Author:

Nissa Harlow wanted to be a writer from the time she was a small child, but it took a while before she finally did anything about it. In the meantime, she worked as a volunteer day-camp counsellor, a movie extra, and a digital-photo editor. She even once worked on a conveyor belt in a chocolate factory (which was as stressful—and delicious—as it sounds). These days, she lives in British Columbia, Canada and writes the types of stories she wants to read.

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Author Interview: ‘Grandest Revelation’ by Anubhav Anand

About the Book:

Astrophysics Professor Arthur Kane Davis survived a mysterious war, way before the Prehistoric era, only to brew plans in the present era to face the upcoming war once again. 

At the same time, Shawn Hammer, Grisha Hathaway, and Ravin Bhan encountered their respective hardships in different locations, just to unite together at a certain point where their paths were deemed to be crossed together. This convergence that they thought was a coincidence didn’t turn out to be so.

The trio learnt several theories and notions about their specialty that they thought didn’t exist or had no check with the reality. With the indulgence of Davis and other folks of their kind, the mystery began to unfold when they realized how large the picture was—they were the immediate descendants of the stars!

Imagine, if the stars would have life, then so they would have immense powers—the powers that have kept them alive for aeons; the powers that sometimes destroyed extraterrestrials and created chaos in the universe, because the universe was divided between good and evil stars.

But then…did the descendants know everything? Have they entirely understood the notions and the origin of their specialties and powers? Would they be able to adjust, or fate would be revamped upon some anomalies? And lastly…was it just about saving the universe from the evil stars or some conspiracy lied within the structure?

In order to seek these answers, they’ll have to encounter multiple revelations…only to embrace the grandest revelation of all time.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

There was a part of me that always created stories since my childhood. I never got them into writing—well, it was just a bunch of straight and simple plots. I started writing when I was ten-year-old. I wrote something of two hundred pages on my desktop, which I thought was a scrap—and I lost that anyway since the hard drive crashed. Then, I wrote something of similar pages on notebooks, which again, got lost somewhere. At that time, I did realize from my writing that it wasn’t perfect. Perfect in terms of language and story-making. I thought to wait for the right time! And then, I began writing poems and short stories when I touched eighteen. 

I came across this plot five years ago whilst I was traveling on the train, accompanied by my own thoughts. I always knew that there’ll come a time when I’ll have to write something. Something critical! Something big! I was just waiting for myself to be ready for it. The ideas in the train came to me when I was looking at the stars in a very casual way. And really, little did I know how I can manipulate vast theories on the stars in a fictional and fantasy way. That was it! An overview of the plot was created. The rest just figured out eventually when I acted on it.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Well, my thoughts prevail at night, just because the night has a sense of peace in it. I can go on from midnight to the morning, sometimes nonstop if the plot that I’ve been writing has a flow in it. I’ve my work table where I usually write, then again sometimes my bed has some involvement too.

Adding to it, I try to write whenever I travel, even on flights as well. It has limitations though, but the change in place can explode your thoughts only for a short term, according to me!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

If I talk about the poems and short stories that I wrote in past, it came from my mere observance of the tiny details where I just cultivate it according to my interest and needs to write on it.

I’ve always appreciated the ideas and stories of all the writers, be it authors or editors, or scriptwriters. I’ve read various novels across multiple genres and watched content in terms of TV shows and movies to evaluate my brain and capture the mesmerizing stories. My book might have some instances where one might relate it to some shows or movies, and it was all necessary when I was writing my book. Nevertheless, the essence of it is all based on my observance. The observance of nature, the world, and the universe!  

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

This is really a very brilliant question! You see, I created the overall plot in my mind way before I began writing. But the plot was just an overview of the story, where it just simplifies how the beginning and the end of the story along with only a few major instances of it. But, once I began writing it, I started exploring the detailed instances, which I might not have planned in my head. I just go with the flow, where I put the details and make justifications for it.

There also have been cases where I’ve planned something else for some characters or any instance in the story and changed it at the last moment or at the time when I was writing it in detail. This usually happens because, at that very moment, I tend to write whatever is the best for that character or the plot.

And lastly, there have also been some occurrences where I add some additional details or instances, which strike to me at the time when I was in the flow with the story. Well, this unplanned event happens because I’ve to give justice to the planned section of the story, and these additional details would just act as the catalyst to it. 

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Grandest Revelation: The Exordium revolves around the science fiction genre inclusive of fantasy. But the best part is that I never thought I would be writing in this genre. I read and like fantasy, mystery, crime, and thriller books, and I always envisioned writing on these said genres. But the thing about Grandest Revelation was such that the outline of the story automatically succumbed to science fiction.

Then again, this book will have some instances of other genres as well such as suspense, thriller, and a little bit of mystery and romance.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

This is difficult. Hah! Okay! Well, my book has several characters so putting them all in to cast would be a bulky task. Let’s narrow down some main characters though. I guess Morgan Freeman could be an appropriate cast for Arthur Kane Davis. For Grisha Hathaway, it’s a tough call, but I think it can be narrowed down to Sarah Grey or Anya Taylor-Joy. Having said that, the character Grisha is quite complicated and has some origin of British in her, so a new cast might appreciate this role in a captivating way. Ayden Mekus might capture the essence of Shawn Hammer, then again a new cast could also make his way to it. Ravin Bhan has Indian origin, so Siddhant Chaturvedi or Gagan Arora might be a decent cast for it, given that their age resembles as well with the character. It would be great if Daniel Radcliffe can portray Mark Jones, then again, Thomas Brodie-Sangster would also be a good choice. I’m way confused about the character Ethan Brown, so let’s bring a new cast for him.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

As back as I could go, I guess my interest in reading evolved from Enid Blyton’s books, mainly The Famous Five series, at the time of school. Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew attracted my interest as well. Down the line and I read the Harry Potter series, and it’s no mystery that Joanne Rowling became my favourite author of all time. I also have an affinity towards Dan Brown’s books, and I’ve read all of them. Recently, Stieg Larsson’s books made their existence into my shelves and I really appreciate the mystery-thriller genre in his books. On a similar level, some of Sidney Sheldon’s works raised my interest in crime thriller genres.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

It’s a shame that I’ve never gone through any of Agatha Christie’s books, which I always wanted to. Given my workload, I seldom get time to pursue my “reading novel” hobby. And so, presently I’ve picked up “And then there were none” to satisfy it. I’ve also lined up a couple of more books because murder mystery is one of my favourite genres and I admire this genre a lot. Well, let’s see where it would take me after this.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Well, for this question I would definitely go with the Harry Potter series. I’m keeping it basic! The reason being is that the level of imagination that the author has done in those books is something, which is beyond breath-taking. And why not, I mean the story indeed showed its presence to an overwhelming audience because of its mesmerizing content.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I would just say them to write based on their experience and imagination—the content will automatically become stunning. Keep your ideas noted down at the precise moment when it comes to your mind. Sometimes, the thoughts are so grand that they would always be with you, but for other times, you need to jot it down, be it in your notepads, or your mobile phones. Always save your ideas in your email or google drives so that you may never lose them.

Finally…be observant! That’s the core way to become a writer in whatever genre you’re progressing. Read and watch as much content as you can—that’ll only make your mind evolve progressively.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

First, you can find me on my website: www.authoranubhavanand.com

I also update the blog on my website, mostly on monthly basis. Now, some of the social media sites, where I’m active are:-

Facebook author page:- www.facebook.com/authoranubhavanand

Instagram author page:- www.instagram.com/authoranubhavanand

Goodreads:- www.goodreads.com/author/show/21567944.Anubhav_Anand

LinkedIn:- www.linkedin.com/in/anubhavanand16

About the Author:

Coming from a town in Madhya Pradesh, India, where Anubhav Anand grew up and spent his childhood, had seen, observed, and experienced a lot to jot down some instances of drama, which might be relatable with many. Working in the corporate world now, he has consummated his post-graduation in marketing recently.

He has always believed that masterpieces are conjured by the combination of imagination and one’s own experience. This belief of his has allowed him to write several poems, mostly based on the philosophy of life and attitude. He also has a keen interest in reading novels and watching creative content that has opened his mind to new ideas in the aspect of creativity and art. Grandest Revelation: The Exordium is his first attempt to start on his writership as a novelist.

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Author Interview: ‘Wolves of Adalore’ by Morgan Gauthier

About the Book:

Niabi killed for it once and is prepared to kill again. 

Crispin wants it and is determined to have his revenge. 

Salome wants nothing to do with it, but has to fight for it.

After years of people insisting she must be cursed due to her discolored left eye, Salome starts to believe they might be right. But when Harbona the Seer unexpectedly visits her, he reveals not only has the Year of the Hunter begun, but Salome’s distorted eye is in actuality the Mark of the Hunter, and she is charged to avenge the blood of the innocent.

With the Immortal Seer, their axe-wielding guardian, and a dangerous bounty hunter known as the Wanderer in their company, Salome and her brother, Crispin, embark on a journey to defeat their sister and reclaim the White Throne.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

Niabi: 12 Years Ago 

The Gate of Tayborne was underutilized and forgotten by most Northerners. She knew it would not be difficult to infiltrate, even on her own. Her green eyes glistened in the moonlight as she scaled the forty-foot-tall, white stone wall. As she neared the top, she hugged the wall to ensure the guards would not see her.  

She expected a small company of guards to be on duty, but there were only six. Six was foolish. Six would require little effort to kill.  

Slithering to the cobblestone street, the hooded intruder strutted up to the soldiers huddled by a flickering fire in the bailey. 

“Halt,” their captain stepped forward. “Who are you?” The soldiers drew their swords and encircled her when she did not answer. “I will ask you once more,” he growled. “Who are you?”  

Again, she did not speak, but she stretched her arms wide, level with her shoulders, fists closed and unarmed. Confused, the soldiers lowered their weapons. Then she struck.  

With the flick of her wrists, she launched twin daggers in opposite directions, slicing the necks of two guards.  

Two charged her. She whipped two lightweight blades from the holsters on her back, closed her eyes, and waited for them to reach her. The first soldier to get close enough swung his sword, but she dodged his blow, and as she rose stabbed him through his chest in one swift motion. She opened her eyes as the second soldier lunged toward her and blocked the incoming blow with her second blade. He thrust his weapon again but was unable to keep up with her speed. Losing control of his longsword, she sliced through his neck, nearly decapitating him.  

Two remained. Both trembled at the sight of the assassin covered in blood.   

“Who are you?” the soldier’s voice cracked.   

“One the North wished to forget.” Her raspy voice caught them by surprise. 

“A woman?” 

“A demon,” spat the taller soldier. “Come closer, so I might send you back to hell.” 

Even though she wore a black mask covering the bottom half of her face, the guards could see her smirk as she sprinted toward them. The tall soldier braced himself. She was quick. Their weapons clashed loudly as they dueled. The other soldier jumped in to take her down, but she ducked, dodged, and tumbled to elude them.  They stood on opposite sides of her, one in front, the other behind. She remained very still as they circled her. With a nod signaling to attack, both Northmen charged. She waited until they were near and when they swung their swords, she dropped to the ground in a front split and watched as they struck one another down.

She retrieved her daggers and opened the gate where her elite squad of warriors, the Shadows, was waiting. Marching in four rows, their black robes concealed their leather armor and their black masks made them look more like executioners than a rival army.

“That didn’t take you very long.” Tala the Andrago kicked over one of the dead bodies.  

“The Northmen have grown weak hiding behind their white walls.” She sneered. She caught a glimpse of the ivory stone White Keep perched on a hill in the center of the city of Northwind.

For a moment, everything was quiet; everything was peaceful. She closed her eyes. She inhaled the crisp mountain air and listened as the waves of the Ignacia Sea crashed in the harbor. The white stone buildings and cobblestone streets glistened under the moon’s glow. It was always a magical sight; it was just as she had remembered.  

“Just six?” Tala rubbed his clean-shaven, bronze face. He never wore a mask. He wanted his enemies to know exactly who was about to kill them. “Why just six?” 

“He always did underestimate me.” She wiped her blades clean against her black leather pants. “Give the signal.” 

Tala reached for the war horn that hung from his hip. “You’re sure about this?” 

“I have come too far to turn back now.” Her eyes narrowed as the horn sounded. “Now to kill the King.” 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

When I was younger, I was convinced I wanted to be the next Indiana Jones but discovered my love for storytelling far outweighed my love of history and archaeology, although I still love snuggling up in a cozy blanket to watch a good documentary. My love for reading quickly translated to writing stories of my own. I like to tell people I was “bit by the writing bug” when I was eleven and since then I haven’t stopped filling countless notebooks full of characters, plots, and fantastic worlds.

I was born in Chicago, but I ventured south to study Theatre at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), where I wrote two plays and produced them into successful staged readings. Shortly after graduating, I met my husband, Brad, at a pizza restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge. We now live in Tennessee with our three littles who are 3 years old and younger (yes, you read that correctly), and three rescue dogs, Potter, Skye, and Bubba. If I’m not nose deep in a book, writing one of my own, or binging on my latest television obsession, I can be found practicing archery, attempting to bake (‘attempting’ being the key word), and doing my best to avoid listening to the Baby Shark song.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

As a mom, I find I can write almost anywhere as long as I have a notebook and a pen. Normally, I prefer to write in my favorite chair or at my desk in the office/library my husband and I share.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Ideas come in different ways. Most importantly, I write what I would like to read. Sometimes I have an interesting dream and write it down and draw from that. Sometimes while writing uninterrupted, I find I really like what I’ve written. I’m open to inspiration wherever it might find me, really. I have found that good ideas cannot be forced. 

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I have a general idea of where the story is going because I do plot outlines to help guide me through the writing process. I am the type of person that needs to stay organized to think clearly, so plot outlining is a big help. However, I accept sometimes during the rough draft phase that my story has the possibility to change and I’m willing to adapt. So, I would say my writing has a good balance of structure and spontaneity.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

So far, my books are Fantasy – Action/Adventure. I have a love for the creativity the fantasy genre offers. The exotic worlds, the exciting adventures, the intriguing yet relatable characters you meet along the journey. It’s a great escape from the “regular” world.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Honestly, I think it would be great for unknown or up and coming actors to be cast in these roles. But if I’m choosing based on present day actors, I would be excited to see Naomi Scott as Salome, Katie McGrath as Niabi, and Brenton Thwaites as Crispin.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I normally read at least one book every week or two. I read a lot in the Fantasy and Action/Adventure genre as well as Whodunnit Mysteries. Some of my favorite authors are Agatha Christie, J.K. Rowling, Roshani Chokshi, and Leigh Bardugo.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Presently, I am reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The next books up for me to read are Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

That’s a tough question but I would say my favorite book is Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw. It was published in 1953 and is about an Egyptian slave girl who finds herself being a spy for both sides of a political uprising. While spying for one of her masters, she falls in love with him and finds she truly supports his cause. I’m not sure how many people have heard of the book, but I’ve read it about a dozen times since I was fourteen and still find it thrilling. I would highly recommend it.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Set aside time to write. Even if it’s just five minutes a day. Five minutes will turn into ten minutes, then thirty minutes, and the next thing you know, a sentence turns into a paragraph which turns into a page that turns into a chapter. You have to be dedicated. And I would also recommend always having a pen and paper with you. I even keep a notepad in my nightstand if I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

You can follow me on:

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Morgan-Gauthier/e/B0926ZMJL6

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/21380481.Morgan_Gauthier

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authormorgangauthier

Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_morgan_gauthier_

Website: www.morgangauthier.com

About the Author:

Morgan Gauthier was encouraged from a young age to read as many books as she could get her hands on and to support the fine arts. Her mom introduced her to art and history museums, live theatre performances, ballet, opera, classical music, and opened her eyes to different worlds like Middle Earth, the Star Wars universe, Hogwarts, and Narnia. At first, Morgan was convinced she wanted to be the next Indiana Jones, but discovered her love for storytelling far outweighed her love of history and archaeology, although she still loves snuggling up in a cozy blanket to watch a good documentary. Her love for stories quickly translated to writing stories of her own. She says she was “bit by the writing bug” when she was eleven and hasn’t stopped filling countless notebooks full of characters, plots and fantastic worlds since.

Born in Chicago, she ventured south to study Theatre at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), where she wrote two plays and produced them into successful staged readings. Shortly after graduating, Morgan met her husband, Brad, at a pizza restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge. They now live in Tennessee with their three littles (3 years old and younger) and two rescue dogs, Potter and Skye. If she isn’t nose deep in a book, writing one of her own, or binging on her latest television obsession, she can be found practicing archery, attempting to bake (‘attempting’ being the key word), and doing her best to avoid listening to the Baby Shark song.

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