Character Interview from Shadow Stalker

Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview Renee Scattergood on my blog (you can read that here). Today I am interviewing the protagonist from her book series, Shadow Stalker.

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Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

My name is Makari. I’m the son of the emperor of the Galvadi. I’m a shadow stalker by birth, but I was not raised on the Dark Isle with the others of my kind.

Where are you from and what is it like there?

I grew up on Nadiria, an island in the far south of the Serpent Isles. It’s not quite a tropical climate, but we do not get snow and it tends to stay fairly warm year round. The winters do get cold, but not unbearably so. Nadiria is the capital of the Galvadi Empire. I admit I haven’t seen much of it since I grew up in an academy from the age of five. Before that my father kept me locked up in a small room in his palace most days. I didn’t see much of Ostara, the city where my father lives and the capital of Nadiria, during my childhood, but judging from what I’ve seen as an adult, I haven’t missed much. It’s an old city and my father does little to keep it from looking run down. Read more

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Author Interview: Renee Scattergood

Today I am happy to introduce author Renee Scattergood. I was able to interview one of her characters, Makari, which you can read here.

Renee Scattergood's Bio PicTell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

Right now I’m working on my Shadow Stalker serial. It’s about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi, who claims she will enslave the people of their world. Auren is trying to end his tyranny while trying to avoid his prophecy.

What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?

I write dark fantasy for young adults over 15 year old and adults.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?

I always start with a character. I develop the main character and the story comes from that. Once I have a general idea of what the story will be about, I start writing down ideas. Then I organize the ideas into a basic plot. Usually by that point, I know about how long the story will be and I can start breaking down the main plot into smaller plotlines to figure out how many books it will take to write out the entire story. Then I start planning the individual books. I write out the scenes and develop a timeline. Once I work out how it all fits together and have the scenes in the right order, I separate it into chapters. The last step before writing is putting together a detailed outline. This makes the writing go more smoothly and allows me to work out any final kinks and details in the story, which saves time with editing later. Once the story is written, I do my self-edits and then I sent it off to my editor. Read more

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Prophecy Half Price on Smashwords

Hello Everyone,

First off, Happy Canada Day from here in beautiful Canada.

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If you haven’t heard, there’s a big sale on over at Smaswords. There are so many books being discounted or even being offered for free. Prophecy is going to be 50% off for the whole month of July, using the code SSW50 (click this link to get to my book). If you don’t know Smashwords, it’s a fantastic site where you can buy independently published ebooks in pretty much any format.

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Author Interview: Missy Fleming

Today I am happy to introduce author Missy Fleming.

with youTell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

My current book is called ‘Who I Am With You’. It’s been a labor of love for years and one I have finally gotten to a place where I feel it is ready for the world. It’s about how tragedy changes people, how those people deal with that tragedy, and who we are once we come out on the other side. The backdrop deals with the after-effects of September 11th and how it continues to torment two survivors—a firefighter and the young woman he saved that day. Addiction, survivor’s guilt, emotional walls, it is all present daily in my main characters’ lives. I think they are both surprised by where they end up. It’s not all depressing! There’s romance and reconnection, forgiveness, self-discovery. It’s messy, just like life.

Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?

Olivia, before 9/11, was a bit of a golden child. Daughter to wealthy parents, heiress to a global empire, her life was on the fast track and she never wanted anything different. Her parents were in the towers when they came down, and she was on the ground, waiting to meet them for breakfast. Dealing with literally watching them die hit Olivia hard, not to mention all the other horrors of that day. She had to leave and there’s a part in the book when someone asks her, ‘why California?’. For her, it was as far from New York as she could get geographically and culturally. She masked her pain with drugs—cocaine and heroin—they were the only way for her mind to be free, for her to sleep without night terrors. When we meet her in the book, she is nearly a year sober…this time. Her grandmother, who she hasn’t spoken to in almost ten years is dying and Olivia has to finally return home to face her past, which her grandmother interprets as taking her place in the company. This new Olivia loves to bake and finds joy in the simple things, so there is a bit of a battle of wills there.

Duncan is still a firefighter, relying on prescription meds and avoiding his family at all costs. He is fearless on the job and careless with his personal life. His survivor’s guilt fuels him. In his mind, he didn’t do enough that day, didn’t save enough lives. That was his one job and in his mind, he failed…except for the young woman he did save. He runs into Olivia randomly and they strike up a relationship. Through her, he is able to realize how badly he hurt his family, his children, and he begins rebuilding those foundations, but only after hitting rock bottom. Read more

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