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Book Review: ‘Sentient’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Sentient (The Mentalist Series Book 2)

Published: 27th October 2013

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.

When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realizes things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much-needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

 

Review:

So with Gemma coming back at the end of Aversion it looked liked she was ready to get closer to Russ. Well she would if she could understand whether her feelings, and his, are real or if they are just part of being a Sentient Twin. They are connected now, more than most, but don’t know how to handle it. Well Russ knows what he wants so he just has to get Gemma to see that her no touching rule is stupid. He seems to be able to figure things out in relation to helping her a lot quicker than most. He is her calming balm so to speak and it looks like they are going to need each other for what’s to come.

Gemma knows that she is meant to be developing her skills but seems a bit stuck. People think she is ‘special’ but she just can’t see anything different. That all changes when Laura, a fellow Empath, shows up at her door, seemingly sent by her father, to help her with her gifts. Now Laura was a fun addition and seemed to balance out any high tension with her humour and her abilities to suppress emotions. The only thing is that with her arrival Gemma can’t seem to fully let her guard down, trust issues with other Mentalists is high. Is she there to help or hinder her?

Now Peter, a fellow Mentalist and Averter from school, is starting to intrigue me a bit. He can clearly see trouble is brewing and he knows that somehow Gemma is at the centre of it. I’m thinking he will be playing a bigger role in the games that follow and will soon join our group. So watch this space.

Strangers in town are causing trouble. Anthony and his army of Progressive Empaths are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. Seriously they are like ten moves ahead and you will never know it. Well they do have an advantage with one of the Empaths extra gifts but still very cleverly played. They know a war is coming, that a new cull is on the cards and they are slowly pushing all their pieces into place for when it goes down. Are they on the side for good or evil? Something Gemma has no clue about but at this point is starting to realize she may not have much of a choice in the matter.

The subtle romance between Gemma and Russ is getting stronger no matter how much it scares them both. They are stronger together and are definitely going to need each other with what’s to come. Their connection is growing with what they share. Seems touching isn’t the only way and dreams start to hold a clue to what might come to pass. Sometimes you need to take them at face value to get an answer you have been searching for. Cliff hanger ending for the final which just makes you more intrigued to see how everything will play out. Who is going to land on top? What does the future really hold for our band of misfits? Only time will tell. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Path to Old Talbot’ by Jordan Elizabeth

About the Book:

Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.

In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now.

However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm.

Torn between two worlds, Charity knows that if she doesn’t help him, she may lose him forever if he follows through on his threats of self-destruction.

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Author Interview:

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

I have always made up stories. When I was little, I would make up the story to go along with the picture in the book. I refused to read until 4th grade because I said my stories were better!

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

I used to love to write at night, but now I write whenever I have time. I used to only write in my bedroom, but now I write wherever I can find a space. I have become much more desperate.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the times they come from dreams. The time travel idea for PATH TO OLD TALBOT came from a dream, although in it the family went out the back door into the past instead of using the parlor closet.

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 tried planning out a story once and I ended up hating it. Each chapter was a chore. Now I just go with the flow. I have an idea and see where it takes me.

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

They are all young adult fantasy. I have tried writing contemporary YA, but a bit of fantasy always sneaks in. I love the idea of magic being out in the world.

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

Me! I would love to have one of my books be made into a movie and have the chance to star in it. Okay, maybe not star. Can I at least have a cameo?

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

I read any chance I can get. My favorite author is Maria V. Snyder. Not only does she create amazing worlds, but she has a heart of gold. I’m pleased to call her my friend.

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

I am going through a G. Miki Hayden kick. She was kind enough to send me paperback copies. Right now I only have time to read while at work on my breaks.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

THE SEVENTH PRINCESS. Thinking about the story still makes me smile. It was the first chapter book I ever read.

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

Never give up. There are a lot of haters out there. Not everyone will like your work. Write for you and from your heart.

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

I am on Twitter and Facebook. I use Facebook more, but I’m pushing myself to be more Twitter-rific. You can find me on Facebook as “Jordan Elizabeth – Author.”

About the Author:

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

Jordan is a young adult fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Agency.

Connect with Jordan:

Website: www.jordanelizabethmierek.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/joriemierek

 

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Author Interview: ‘The Ugly Teapot’ by Fred Holmes

About the Book:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world. To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp that Hannah found most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special. Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do. She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

What people are saying:

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. It is BRILLIANT!” –Writers Digest

“The plot twist at the end took the book from a fun enjoyable read to a timeless novel of family and loss.” –Sarah Curtis @ BooksBeforeBandaids

“This book made me laugh;then it made me cry. (And that takes TALENT because this is a middle grade book and I’m 22…) Really though, go read this book! It’s an easy 5 stars!” –Rachel @nevertoomanybooks.wordpress.com

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Amazon: UK / US

Author Interview:

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

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. Way back in elementary school (and I do mean WAY back in elementary school when they used stone tablets) my parents bought me a DIY printer’s kit and I turned out my own neighborhood newspaper. Then, like everyone else, I wrote stories in school. However, when I left school I wasn’t interested in being a writer. I wanted to be a director of television and films. I started out in TV commercials and documentaries, travelling all over the world for a few years, then directed two feature films starring Lou Diamond Phillips, one for Miramax and one for Lionsgate; then I directed a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India that starred two huge Bollywood stars, one of whom had won the Indian version of an Academy Award.

During this time I also directed a lot—and I do mean a LOT! —of American television. Most of these shows were in the area of children’s television. According to IMDB, I’ve directed north of 250 episodes of TV, and along the way I’ve won quite a few awards, including three CINE Golden Eagles and two Emmys. But I was often disappointed with some of the scripts I was being asked to direct, so one day I decided to start writing my own scripts. Over time this led me into the more lucrative area of writing spec screenplays for feature films.

One of those spec scripts was called FIREFLIES and my agent shopped it all over Hollywood. It was very well received and several high profile producers optioned it, including my friend Jerry Molen. Jerry had won the Academy Award for producing SCHINDLER’S LIST and was known for producing big-budgeted blockbusters (HOOK, MINORITY REPORT, TWISTER, etc.). Unfortunately, FIREFLIES was a sweet, small-budgeted film, so he was never able to get it off the ground. Then a friend of mine at Disney read it, loved it, and suggested I turn it into a novel. I’d always been intrigued by the idea of writing a novel, but I never thought I could. Why? Well, the best analogy I can give you comes from some of my actor friends. A lot of them will tell you, “I’m only acting in television and films to make money. My goal is to be a star on Broadway where the real actors are.” And that, in a convoluted way, was my attitude about writing for television—the “real” writers were writing novels—and I was only writing screenplays and teleplays.

At the time, however, I was working in South Africa a lot and those seventeen hour plane rides to Cape Town gave me ample time to fuss around with the idea of writing a novel. I soon came to a discouraging conclusion: all of my work in television and film was irrelevant. It didn’t matter one bit. Okay, maybe it did matter one bit—writing so much television had taught me what a good story looked like, sounded like, tasted like (they taste like chicken and go really well with some fava beans and a nice Chianti), but I still had to learn how to translate that knowledge into writing prose. And there is a difference between writing prose and writing screenplays. Oh yeah, trust me on this. There’s a huge difference.

In order to educate myself, I began by reading a lot of books on the process, and I spoke with my friends who were novelists. I also read a lot of children’s fiction. I’ve always loved children’s literature, plus I’ve been fortunate to work on television shows that starred children. All of this helped. It also helped that screenplays and novels do share a common rule: “Show not tell”. Unfortunately, they’re also completely different in that novels are meant to be read and screenplays are meant to be filmed. Yeah, I know, duh…but what this means is that you only write down in a screenplay what the audience will see and/or hear. You do not dig into the characters’ psyche—that’s for the actors to portray, and the director to cover visually—and they both get really upset with you if you mess with their territory!

So in order to write THE UGLY TEAPOT, I had to learn how to write fiction. This was a challenge for someone who had never taken a writing course. What I did have, fortunately, was a lot of experience telling stories. So to make a long story only slightly shorter…I wrote copious drafts, ripped out more hair than I could afford to rip out, started over more times than I care to admit, but now, finally, have a story I’m very proud of.

A final postscript: There is a joke in Hollywood that if you ask an actor a question, he will give you his credits. This must also be true of writers.

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

If I had my druthers, I would write wearing a swimsuit and sandals in a bungalow on a beach somewhere…preferably Hawaii. Then again I probably wouldn’t get any work done. So I write in my office without any distractions, pretty much seven days a week, for about eight hours a day. I do take breaks now and then to go direct something, but even then I’m writing in hotel rooms and on planes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The short answer is my imagination. The idea for THE UGLY TEAPOT came from real life. My brother died of cancer at a very young age and his death had a devastating impact on me. At the time, I decided to funnel my grief into a screenplay (FIREFLIES), but I didn’t want to write a sad, depressing ode to my brother. He wouldn’t have liked that. So I wrote an action/adventure film filled with magic and humor. When FIREFLIES metamorphosed into THE UGLY TEAPOT, I stayed true to my original story, but tried to make TEAPOT more “novel-like”. This required, for one thing, expanding my story. FIREFLIES was 110 pages long (normal for most screenplays, but too short for a middle-grade novel), so expanding it allowed me to flesh out my characters and situations. This was fun and intimidating at the same time, but I was helped along by the fact that I had kept most of my notes on character and plot from the original screenplay, and I had tons of material I’d been forced to cut from the screenplay in order to get it down to length.

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’m a plantser by nature—in other words I plan my stories somewhat, but still write by the seat of my pants. I love the spontaneity of this approach, but before I start I do know the beginning, middle, and end of my story, plus most of my plot points.

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

At the moment I’m writing middle grade to young adult fantasy. I love this genre because I’m really a kid at heart, plus I have had the privilege of working with a lot of kids in my target age range during my career. I do, however, have a couple of adult thrillers that I would like to get to one of these days.

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

Dream cast? I would love to see Natalie Portman in the lead role when she was fourteen. The father I would love to see Harrison Ford play, and the mother, Sandra Bullock, both when they were the appropriate age. You did say dream cast!

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

I read voraciously and eclectically. I have so many favorite authors it would be impossible to pick just one, but I will say that I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, J K Rowling, Stephen King, Ken Follet, Orson Scott Card, Stephanie Meyer, and Terry Pratchett, along with a whole long list of others.

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

I just finished re-reading EQUAL RITES by Terry Pratchett. It is absolutely hilarious, brilliantly written, and a whole lot of fun to read. As a writer, it also teaches me a lot about the shorthand you can employ in good writing.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book of all time is Ray Bradbury’s DANDELION WINE. Why I connect with that book so viscerally, I have no idea. It is about a time in which I did not live and a place I’ve never been, and yet I absolutely adore it. A big reason why is Ray’s use of language. His writing is about as close to poetry as one can get. As a side note: Years ago, before Ray died, he was working with my friend, Jerry Molen, on the movie version of THE MARTIAN CHRONOCLES for Universal. When I told Jerry what a huge fan I was of DANDELION WINE, he got Ray to autograph a copy for me; and on the inside of the cover, Ray drew a picture of a dandelion and wrote, “Fred, this dandelion is for you!” It remains one of my most prized possessions.

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

First, write the absolute best book you can write. Next, make sure it is professionally edited, etc. Then finally, decide what release route is best for your novel. If it’s a children’s book, you might want to seriously consider getting an agent and a publisher. But whatever you decide to do, resolve to be in this business for the long haul. Do something every day toward meeting your goal of writing the best novel possible, and never, ever give up. The only people who fail are those who accept failure as an option. And know this: You have my very best wishes. Oh yes, if I had Aladdin’s Lamp, I would give you all three of my wishes. Why? Because you are attempting something good and noble and honorable. You are writing something that future generations will grow up reading. You are making the world a better place.

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

Fred Holmes Productions – www.flholmes.com

Amazon author page – www.amazon.com/author/fredholmes

Facebook Fan Page – www.facebook.com/fredholmesproductions

Goodreads Author Page – www.goodreads.com/author/show/15140923.Fred_Holmes

Twitter – @FLouisHolmes

Google+ – plus.google.com/u/0/108412608382221209520

YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_BXJ0hdYWCCuLsdPBjO0Dg

About the Author:

THE UGLY TEAPOT is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost written a non-fiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD. He is known primarily as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films, including DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives with his wife and son in the southwest United States, and can be found online at http://www.flholmes.com

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Release Blitz and Book Review: ‘The Nature of Gods’ by DJ Torres

 Published: 4th April 2017
 Author: DJ Torres
 Twitter: @NaturesNunitz
Instagram: @naturesnunitz

Synopsis:

When gods and goddesses abruptly overthrow Earth, humans are given two choices – worship or die. Desperate to survive, Olivia and her family devote their days to fulfilling the will of the gods. But the wrath of the gods is insatiable and unpredictable. With her hope crushed, Olivia is resigned to her bleak fate . . . until she meets Nature.

Immediately, Olivia knows this charismatic girl with color-changing eyes isn’t normal. Nature looks like a teenager yet she has the power to control the weather and converse with animals. Nature opens Olivia’s eyes to a hidden world that had always existed in harmony with her own. However, know-it-all butterflies and mystical creatures aren’t the only secrets revealed as Olivia discovers the dark plan of the gods.

When Nature decides to confront the gods, Olivia is catapulted to the forefront of humanity’s battle for survival. Olivia must rely on her courage, strength, and newfound gifts as she faces monster-infested pathways and ever-looming traps. But does she have enough courage or skill to battle brutal gods eager to rule the world and dole out punishment to anyone who defies them? Nature and the world depend on it.

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Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book by an author who uses initials in their pen name. Starts with a bang and just goes full steam ahead from then on. Talk about none stop action and drama.

So we are like one day into the story and suddenly all hell breaks loose with Greek Gods showing up to cause chaos. Seems they are under the impression that the world has forgotten about them. They aren’t happy that they are no longer being worshipped so plan on doing something about it. Their demands are quite simple, you either worship them or you die.

The story focuses on Olivia and her family while they come to terms with their, and everyone else’s, new way of life. You do have a couple clichés with this in that you have the guy Jace she’s crushed on for ages who she didn’t think knew her name suddenly noticing her and a classic high school bully. Did find that the high school bully wasn’t really necessary, as we don’t stay in the ‘normal everyday’ world for long before the powerful deities decide to make an appearance.

A budding romance soon starts to bloom between Olivia and Jace, even in the mists of a crazy Greek gods power trip. She thought she was invisible, more so with hiding behind glasses, but he saw her before she really noticed. So life goes on even in the crazy times they have found themselves in but soon things start to take a darker turn. Worship all you want but that doesn’t mean the gods are going to be content. It seems they have an ulterior motive and want their actions noticed. To do this they need to cause more harm. It’s after an attack that Olivia and Jace’s families decide to get them out of their town onto her dads boat. If they can escape without being noticed they might make it to safety. Wishful thinking really as danger is never too far behind and soon Olivia finds herself all alone.

Well she’s not alone for long it seems as a strange girl called Nature saves her and wants her help. Seems Nature has been asleep for far too long and can’t understand what has happened to the world she left behind. She seems to have an affinity with the weather and animals, which confuses Olivia to no end. She has a plan to confront the so-called gods and demand to know why they are causing so much harm to the world. To do this she needs Olivia’s help but to bring her along would put her in harms way so she needs to be protected. A flower head band might just be decorative to start with but soon helps her to evolve into something more. Its not long before Olivia is using some of her own tricks to save the day. Her creative imagination definitely comes in handy at times. They do have other help along the way to the battle that is coming. Namely in the way of a talking Nunitz – a butterfly to you and me just don’t tell Goldzy that or you might get an earful!

But is Nature falling into the gods trap? They do seem to be causing trouble to get her attention for a reason. Seems they want a fight and powers might be up for grabs. One thing these so-called gods should remember, you don’t piss off Mother Nature. She really does pack a quite a punch when pissed off.

Even though Olivia is meant to be sixteen I did feel at times she acted a bit younger. Up until finding out her age I was thinking she was a fourteen/fifteen year old tops. Mainly because I had recently read another book where the leading female was sixteen and acted very mature for her age. This book is definitely aimed at a younger audience like the author suggests but still an interesting read overall.

3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘The Ialana Trilogy’ by Katlynn Brooke

About the Books:

In this roller-coaster fantasy adventure series, six diverse characters, three girls and three boys, between the ages of 15-21 embark on an epic quest to find a magical crystal lost 500 years in the past. What is their connection to this crystal? They must not only rediscover their past and survive a perilous journey over mountains infested with venomous mutant creatures, but they must also discover who the traitor is in their midst. In the second book of the series, they continue their healing mission but are thwarted by a Galonese Warlord, and hunted by a deadly foe. Shape-shifters, mutant creatures, and a power struggle between the rulers of Ialana all work together to make this one of their most difficult challenges yet. In the third book of the series, the Six and Anwyn, the daughter of two of the Six, must find and deactivate a weapon of mass destruction before Astrobal, the Demon-Lord of the Shadowlands finds it and uses it to destroy all life on Ialana. An old enemy in a new and even more deadly form arises, one who is able to match their enhanced abilities. In a nail-biting race to the end, the outcome is uncertain. Have the Six and Anwyn met their match this time?

…refreshingly original, complete with surprising plot twists and interesting, engaging characters.” – Hungry Monster Review

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Purchase Links:

Trilogy – Amazon US / UK

Book 1 – The Six and the Crystals of Ialana – Amazon US / UK

Book 2 – The Six and the Gardeners of Ialana – Amazon US / UK

Book 3 – The Six and Anwyn of Ialana – Amazon US / UK

Author Interview:

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

As a child, I grew up in the African bushveld. My father’s job was to build infrastructure in a country that had little in the way of roads, bridges, or towns outside the confines of major cities. This resulted in a gypsy lifestyle of camping, wherever his job led him, into places with no power grids for electricity, or potable water.

Our main entertainment was reading, and I became an avid bookworm from the age of six. I quickly bypassed Dick and Jane readers, and moved on to the classics in literature by the time I was nine.

I also loved to write, and since our family entertainment did not include television or movies, we wrote plays and produced them on my mother’s 8-track recorder. We also made movies with her 8mm camera, so my exposure to the joys of writing began at an early age.

I did not seriously pursue writing as a career, though, until I realized rather late in life, that it was something I really wanted to do. With age came a desire to share a hodge-podge of life experiences in a way that could be both entertaining and enlightening to younger readers. I thought that epic fantasy adventure would be the best way I could convey my philosopy and feelings about life, so in 2014 I wrote the first book in the Ialana Series. Three months later, I wrote the next, and am now on my fourth book in the series.

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

I am most comfortable writing in my own home. I have everything I need at my fingertips, and I can multi-task, do other things when I get tired of writing.

Mornings are my favorite time. My brain is fresher, and I have the afternoons to take care of life’s many other responsibilities.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Since I was a child, I’ve had epic dreams that would rival any fantasy movie. For example, the island of Mu’A in Book One of the Ialana Series (The Six and the Crystals of Ialana), is based on a real dream I once had. Some of my characters are based on dream characters. Some, I believe, may even be past life memories. I feel I have lived in other times and places, and if that does not prepare me to write fantasy, then nothing else will!

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 am a “pantster”, as we’re known in writer parlance. I do not sit down and sketch out an outline, not even a short one on a napkin. I write by the seat of my pants. I just sit down and begin to write. There is a lot of thought that goes with this along the way, juggling of plot threads, characters, etc., but in the beginning it’s a fluid situation without bones or structure.

I know very few writers who do write this way, and I would not recommend it, either. Somehow, though, my plots do come together, my characters all begin to make sense, and I see a structure forming.

It’s weird, I know, but it works for me.

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

I write young adult epic fantasy. I wanted to learn how to world-build as well as Tolkien, and fantasy allows for almost any situation to occur. One does not have to adhere to the rigidity of an existing world created by others. To explore the worlds that exist in our imaginations, dreams, and turn them into a story that others can access, is the magic of fantasy.

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

I would not mind who played my characters, as long as they understood the character. Having famous actors play the parts would be awesome, but I would be just as pleased to see an unknown actor, one who understands the character well, in any movie or television production of my books.

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

I read approximately one book a week. My tastes are eclectic, and I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction. My book purchases — my secret vice — range from self-help to true crime, biographical, fantasy, adventure, and suspense. My favorite authors are Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, and Terry Brooks (fantasy), M. William Phelps, (true crime), and John Grisham (suspense).

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

Hostile Witness, by William Lashner; The Plot to Hack America, William Nance; and Denali’s Howl, by Andy Hall.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien. Reading the books as a trilogy transports me into a world unparalleled in fantasy fiction. Tolkien was a master at world building and characterization. His work has become the gold standard for many fantasy authors, and I find myself going back to these books, reading them over and over, just to get a sense of the feeling the story and words convey.

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

Read. A lot.

If you don’t love it, don’t do it. It’s not an easy way to make money. You can do better with a conventional job, but if you must be a writer, then never give up. Hone your craft, but know that there will always still be room for improvement.

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to publish your first book. Get a professional opinion about its readiness for publication before submitting, whether you are thinking of self-publishing or going the traditional route.

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

www.katlynnbrooke.com

www.facebook.com/katlynnbrookeauthor

Books in the Trilogy:

Book 1 – The Six and the Crystals of Ialana

Mutant creatures, a Reptilian Dragon King, and a mysterious shape shifter… The first book in the Ialana Series.
The quest to find and restore the lost crystals of Ialana, unites six people who, along with a seventh, were all born with a secret buried deep within.Guided by a shared dream, they leave the only homes they have ever known and set out on a life-altering quest through a maze of mountain caves and tunnels where they encounter insidious creatures, and dangers from within their group.Mentored by Irusan the transcendental shape-shifter, they develop impenetrable relationships and learn to rely upon one another. They battle their way towards the lost crystal, but will they find it in time, or will their enemy succeed in his mission to control the powerful crystals of Ialana?

Book 2 – The Six and the Gardeners of Ialana

In a seamless continuation of the first book in the series, The Six and the Crystals of Ialana, the six healers have escaped the destruction of the Citadel in Rhiannon. But now they find themselves caught in the midst of a power struggle between the competing rulers of Ialana.

Unable to complete their healing mission, to heal mutants who were genetically altered by crystal manipulation, they flee the Galonese War-Lord, Ortzi, and attempt a dangerous journey back to their homes in northern Ialana.

Trapped by malevolent creatures, hunted by a monster who seeks them for reasons of its own, and on the run from a king and a conniving shape-shifter, there seems to be no place of safety for them.

Will they find the mysterious abode of the Gardeners? Who are the Gardeners, and what is their purpose for the Six? Will The Six be able to find Queen Catrin, who sets off on a quest of her own, or will Catrin run afoul of her husband, King Brenin, before she can find The Six?

In The Gardeners of Ialana, the Six explore the mysteries of healing, elemental command, and through many more trials, learn their true purpose in life.

Book 3 – The Six and Anwyn of Ialana

In the third book of the Ialana Series, an ancient weapon of planetary destruction has been uncovered. Astrobal, the demon-lord of Iochodran, will stop at nothing to gain possession and control of the deadly weapon. When Astrobal discovers that the key to the control of this weapon is Anwyn, the daughter of Jarah and Tegan, he must use all the resources he can muster to hunt her and her family down. He sends Glahivar, an old and powerful enemy of the Six, to Three Rivers, where they and Anwyn are under the protection of the Queen. But Queen Catrin and her husband, Ambros, have problems of their own. A threat from the south is brewing: Moran, the war-lord of Yor Swamps has designs on Catrin’s kingdom. In a race to the end, Anwyn and the Six must not only gain possession of the weapon, but deactivate it too, before Astrobal can use it to destroy the planet.

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