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