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Ashes and Blood: Book 2 Aegis of the Gods

Here is the prologue to Book 2, Ashes and Blood.

Prelude to Ascension

They arrived at the gathering within the featureless chamber as they always did. A portal slit the air from left to right, turned sideways, and opened into the shape of an eye. Wreathed in oily smoke, many-faceted eyes reflecting the torchlight, tentacles blacker than midnight, the creatures stepped through one after the other. Armor of chitin and ebon steel glistened, and their wriggling minions appeared as if from nothing.

There were nine of them in all, each at least twenty feet in height. Nine netherlings.

Despite the fact that dreams had no physical effect on reality, she still shied away from them. But being in a dream had no bearing on the miasma emanating from the netherlings. Death, decay, the perfume of fresh blooms, wet earth after new rain, the northern chill, the burning heat of the lava-filled chasms in the Broken Lands. The odors and sensations were all too real, each one overriding the other for scant moments.

Faces shrouded in light and shadow, their forms insubstantial, people by the thousands took a step back. Rulers, nobles, merchants, teachers, philosophers, historians, soldiers, even the poor were represented within the crowd. She could not discern their expressions, but the gasps and whimpers told their own story. Each person wore their sect’s colors.

White, Shadow, and Gray.

She almost spit on the blackness below her where there should have been a floor. Those in gray were supposedly spies among the Gray Council, but the thought and worse yet the sight of the color brought on a loathing she found difficult to contain. She calmed herself with the knowledge that nothing the Gray could do would stop the ascension.

“The first is almost to the boy.” The netherling’s voice was as blank as her surroundings.

“The era draws nigh.”

“The gods die, the world remade, new gods ascend.”

As often as she’d attended these gatherings, she still found the singularity of their voices disconcerting.

“You have all done well to guide the world as needed for this to come to fruition.”

A murmur rippled through the crowd. The netherlings’ heads turned toward the disturbance. Space cleared around a male, his clothing one of shadow. He stepped forward.

“You bring news, young one?”

She sucked in a breath. Only another netherling would dare approach as this man did. She frowned. They hid themselves even among the common people?

“Yes, masters. I have discovered a place between the worlds where Prima lives. It is beyond what we may have anticipated.”

“Nothing is outside our calculations, young one.”

For the first time, she noticed a definite scoffing tone to the answer.

“Those who oppose already know of its existence,” the man said, “One of their own has been within its borders.”

“Yes. We are aware. However, the one we chose unleashed Prima into the world. The guardians will be drawn to it as they are to him. Kill the first before he secures the boy. When the others reveal themselves to the boy’s calling or to Prima, do the same. He must not learn to use his gift.”

“Yes, masters.” The man bowed from the waist.

“The same goes for all of you. The young one has served his purpose. Kill him and his mentors.”

Licking her lips with anticipation, she awoke from her dream to the glowing walls within the Iluminus.

 

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The Dragon’s Path : Epic Fantasy Review

The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1)The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmm. Where to start. Well let’s say the rating system here on Goodreads won’t reflect this one correctly. I consider it a 3 and a half. But I’ll have to tag it with a three. Why not at least a 4?

Well, not that it wasn’t a good book, because a 3 says it was a good book. Let’s start with what I loved.

The world and most of the characters fascinated me. The plot was well-laid out and offered some nice surprises and fit together quite well throughout.

The many races, the histories behind them and the descriptions, foreshadowing and setting kept me going and made the world so believable. I could have used some more on the religions for me to better understand them since they ended up playing a big role at the finale.

Cithrin was a wonderful, amazing character. I was hooked on watching her maneuver, grow and change. The whole aspect of banking and dealing was phenomenal. She was so well done I felt for her and in ways, the book could have been just about her, Marcus and Geder and I would have been fine with it.

Geder had his good points but in the end he just seemed the same guy oblivious to the fact he’s being used. When will he learn did I keep asking myself? For a well-educated person, he came off more than a little … dumb, may be too harsh a word.

Marcus Wester, I enjoyed seeing him play the father figure and relive that old pain.

Dawson did little for me. He was basically “This is where status x person’s should lie in society.” Not once did he waver from that. He was simply too predictable.

Here’s my issue with The Dragon’s Path. I’m a magic and action man. When you have a book with such a vivid world, created by dragons and goddesses, I expect the magic to be more upfront. In this book, it was so downplayed as to be irrelevant although it wasn’t. It is what made the difference in the end.

Lack of action. I like my sword fights. There wasn’t a single one that stuck out for me in this book. In fact, my best memory is of Marcus practicing with some others and the very brief fight to hold the gates of Camnipol. The book just seemed slow at times because of this. All the nice plots and characters should eventually culminate in some nice action is how I feel. For the most part, this didn’t.

For a lover of action and magic, this just did not bring enough especially considering the incredible potential there to do so. However, most of the main characters provide enough and the scope of the world and what is to come has made me get book 2 and I will be reading it. I’m hoping he goes more into what I enjoy in the next one.

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GIR 12 Days of New Year blog hop: Author Interview: Jonathan Gould

Say hi today to Jonathan Gould as part of the GIR 12 Days of New Year blog hop!  Jonathan is the author of Doodling.

Terry C. Simpson: How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

Jonathan Gould: Not really very long at all. I just happened to be in that mood where I was looking for a story to write. I’d just completed a year of studying creative writing and was really tired of doing writing for classwork assignments rather than writing for myself.

It must have been around 10-11-ish at night when my wife made a comment about how she felt the world was moving so quickly. That got me going. I’m not sure I had a lot of sleep that night. My brain just wouldn’t stop. What would happen of the world was moving so quickly that somebody actually fell off?

The next morning, early on, I was sitting at the computer, writing what at that point was little more than a short piece about a man falling off the world. I had no idea at that point that it would actually turn into something more. It felt to me like I was just doing a bit of Doodling, but of the literary kind, rather than the drawing kind. That’s why I decided, when this strange little piece actually evolved into a genuine story, I decided to retain the title Doodling.

Terry C. Simpson: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

Jonathan Gould: I suspect there’s an awful lot of me in all of the characters that I write.

Neville Lansdowne (the main character – the one who actually falls off the world) is very much like me. A quiet sort of person who spends a lot of time wondering around, observing things, and never quite understanding what is going on. Then again, Neville seems a lot better at organising people than I am. He actually manages to get people to pay attention which is something I’ve always struggled with.

I can also see myself in most of the other characters in the story. Their irrationality is something I can definitely relate to. Like the Toaster People, I’m sure if I was marooned on an asteroid in the middle of nowhere, I’d also have a totally illogical need for some sort of appliance that I’d really have no use for. And like the Aimless Girl, I do spend a lot of time being led from here to there without any sense of where I’m going.

Terry C. Simpson: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?

Jonathan Gould: Writing characters is always one of the most enjoyable parts of writing to me. Especially when my characters are usually quite simple and clear – a bit like cartoon characters – where they often have a single defining characteristic.

Once I’ve figured out what that characteristic is, I’ll think about how that can best be expressed. It could be something about their appearance, or the clothes they’re wearing. But most likely it’s going to be in their speech. I’m a very wordy writer and writing dialogue is what I enjoy the most (coming from a sketch comedy background). It’s really important to me that each character has a unique voice. That could involve some catchphrases (like the “spoilsport/party pooper” used by the Party People) which are really fun to play around with and vary so they don’t get stale. But it’s also more generally in the things they say and the way they say them. I try to hear the dialogue in my head so I can get a sense of how each character sounds.

The other important thing about the characters is that each of them must have their part to play. Over the course of writing Doodling, I came with a bunch of characters I liked a lot, but who I eventually discarded as they did not have a role to play as the story developed.

Terry C. Simpson: Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

Jonathan Gould: Apparently there is according to most of the reviews I’ve had. It’s funny because as a writer I definitely don’t try to put messages into my writing. I just think of ideas that interest or amuse me (like a man falling off the world). I think because the ideas I work with are so rich, the “messages” just seem to emerge naturally. For example, most readers suggest that Doodling is about getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and taking time to enjoy the little things. And they’re not wrong. I’d be lying if I claimed that I was totally ignorant of the presence of these “messages” but they’re not the primary motivator for my writing.

Ultimately, what is important to me is story. Getting readers engaged and involved through strong characters and a clever, well-constructed plot (as well as a few laughs), are what matters most. If readers want to pull more out of what I have written, then I know that I’ve managed to create something that has a bit of depth to it, which makes me feel like I’ve really achieved something as a writer.

Terry C. Simpson: Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

Jonathan Gould: One very powerful ritual. It’s called procrastination. I’ll spend lots of time doing other things, avoiding the actual writing. Often I’ll go back and read a bunch of other things I’ve written. I claim it’s to get me into the right frame of mind for writing. I could be lying to myself. Ultimately, writing can be a bit frightening. What if that idea that was so great in your head is crap once it’s on the page? Sometimes you don’t want to know.

Terry C. Simpson: Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

Jonathan Gould: One with lots of money and an insatiable appetite for books.

Seriously, I suspect my “ideal reader” is someone a lot like me. Someone who enjoys a laugh, doesn’t take themselves too seriously and spends a lot of time being confused about how little sense the world in general makes.

My experience is that people like that can be any age and either gender. There’s a lot of them around. I just need to figure out where they’re all hiding.

Terry C. Simpson: What is the most difficult part of the whole writing process?

Jonathan Gould: As I mentioned previously, I think the hardest bit is trying to translate the ideas in your head into something that works on the page. My brother-in-law pointed me to a great Lou Reed lyric – “Between thought and expression lies a lifetime”. I think it sums it up beautifully. You can have the greatest idea in your head but if you can’t figure out how to express it on the page, whether that’s through characters, description or dialogue, then it’s just not going to work.

It’s about communication. You have to get the best bits of the idea in your head into a form that will put it into the heads of your readers.

Terry C. Simpson: Do you have mental list or a computer file or a spiral notebook with the ideas for or outlines of stories that you have not written but intend to one day?

Jonathan Gould: I have so many notebooks filled with lists of thoughts and ideas, I’m pretty close to needing a separate notebook to list out all of those other notebooks. Ideas always come and go. I’ve lost some pretty good ones over the years. And some pretty bad ones won’t leave me alone. Alas for the difficulties of the creative life.

Terry C. Simpson: Who gave you the best writing advice you ever received and what was it?

Jonathan Gould: This is where I get to quote my hero, Douglas Adams. It’s in a wonderful, non-fiction book he wrote called Last Chance to See where he and a zoologist went around the world searching for endangered species (and goddamn it, that’s exactly why I want to be a famous writer too).

At one point, they were traveling with some German backpackers who so fit the stereotype of what you’d expect German backpackers to be like (ruthlessly efficient and scornful of all others) that Adams became quite upset – he felt that as a writer, you should never reinforce stereotypes. So he didn’t. He decided they weren’t German, they were Latvian, and described them as such for the rest of the book.

Anyway, that’s a round-about way for getting to the actual advice. Never reinforce stereotypes. It’s a rule I try to follow – when I feel like my characters (or ideas) are veering into cliché, I’ll always try to work out a way to subvert them.

And a bit of extra advice – read Last Chance to See – you won’t regret it.

Terry C. Simpson: Have you written any other books

Jonathan Gould: Yes.

I have had two children’s stories published as school readers – titled A Right Royal Day and Madoop and the Mountain Mower. They’re both about short kings but unfortunately I don’t think they’re generally available – certainly not on Amazon.

In addition to Doodling, I have another self-published ebook titled Flidderbugs. It’s kind of a fable/satire and again, I’d by lying if I said I didn’t think there was a message there.  But mostly, it’s meant to be a funny story about a bunch of insects with some strange obsessions.

Am I also allowed to mention upcoming work? I have a novel I’m planning to publish soon (Doodling and Flidderbugs are more novella length). It’s called Magnus Opum and is a kind of epic fantasy with a twist. I like to describe it as Tolkien meets Dr Seuss.

Terry C. Simpson: Where can people learn more about your books?

Jonathan Gould: At my blog: http://daglit.blogspot.com

 And at my sell pages:

DOODLING:

 Amazon

Amazon UK

Smashwords 

Barnes and Noble

FLIDDERBUGS:

 Amazon

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

Thank you so much  for doing this interview, Jonathan. You can connect with Jonathan on facebook or twitter.

 

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Dannye Williamsen – Author and Great Supporter of Indie Authors

Dannye Williamsen

This morning I was talking with a woman, Terry, who expressed that familiar adage that everyone has a book in them. It made me wonder what that really means. Some writers, I think, are driven because they have a mythical tale to unfold while others have an account from their lives to share. Still others are driven more by the message conveyed within their story. So I asked myself: what kind of book did I have in me?

The answer was that I am not driven by the creation of imaginary worlds or sharing my life experiences in fiction or nonfiction formats. I am driven by two things: 1) creating a story that allows me to share a message that is important to me; and 2) being able to step into the magical world of putting words together in just the right way to create a desired effect.

Using words to accomplish a goal has always been a part of my life, whether verbally as a manager, a technical analyst, or a coach or in written form as a nonfiction and fiction writer or as an editor. Dealing with facts and helping people increase their knowledge base has always been rewarding. I do have to admit, however, that the more sober venues do not compare to the wild abandon that you can experience when letting your imagination loose when you write fiction!

Writing my novels was akin to a mystical experience for me. I became so enveloped by each character’s life that I cried, laughed, and suffered along with them to the point that I often had to walk away from the writing for short periods because my emotional state felt under siege by what was happening to my character!

Second Chances is my debut novel, and it is followed by the sequel The Threads That Bind. Because of my strong belief in our potential as humans to reach a level of expression that goes way beyond the physical, it was not surprising to me that my novels would delve into the metaphysical to weave a story of suspense. Nor was it a surprise that my protagonist in Second Chances would reach deep within herself to find a solution that was responsive to the circumstances and not arising out of fear or conditioning. It was gratifying to read Sylvia Massara’s remark in her review of Second Chances:  “—in the end I came away feeling inspired and opening my heart to the fact that love truly does conquer all.”

My nonfiction works are about the process each of us has to experience as we seek to reach that potential I mentioned. Internal change leads to external change. In one of my books, I say this: “Your life is always under construction. It is your job to learn how to untangle the threads and weave a tapestry that matches your desires.” Learning to do this is what all my nonfiction writing is about, whether it focuses on one’s business or personal life.

As I became involved with the self-publishing industry through Facebook, I saw a need to have a place where readers could look at only self-published works, and so I established an online bookstore early in 2011: http://www.BreakthroughBookstore.com. The bookstore is not a statement about traditionally-published books. It is simply meant to provide a venue where the works of self-published authors can be more easily located by readers who are hungry to discover new writers. I provide reviews at my discretion and feature books that are brought to my attention in the marketplace. I also choose an Editor’s Choice book, which represents the best of the best that I have read among self-published books.

My novels, and most of my nonfiction works are available on Breakthrough Bookstore, of course  J, but they can also be found on Amazon.com. In addition, you can go to http://www.WilliamsenPublications.com to view and purchase all my books.

 

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Terry Persun – A few Ideas about why I write

Today, we the book has been turned over to the hands of Terry Persun. Author of several novels and winner of the Star of Washington Award and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist.

I carry several ideas for novels around in my head, with half a dozen voices or more clamoring for my attention. This goes on year after year, and has been happening to me for as long as I can remember. Often, an idea will be rattling around up there for more than a year before I actually sit down and begin writing. Sometimes it’ll take three or four years for everything in my head to work itself out. For me, the character has to come through with a name and a back story already in place. At that time, I will know the beginning of the novel, a few important events, and the end of the novel. That’s when I begin to write.

As for research, I find that I’ve been reading certain types of material, or have an interest in delving into subjects, that eventually lead to a portion of a novel or short story. I live my life and follow my interests at the time, but will use everything I find. If specific information needs to be looked up, I do that while working on the novel. I also tear sheet articles, and print pieces from the Internet, if they feel as though they are attached to one of the ideas running loose in my head.

Writing starts when I wake up one morning, usually early, like 4:00 or so, and my main character’s voice will be in my head. That when I start. Once I get under way, the first draft of the novel comes fairly quickly. I write a minimum of 1000 words per day, so in 90 or so days, I can easily have a 90,000 to 125,000 word first draft. But first drafts need work, so I let the book sit for a month or more. During this time, I’ll either start another novel, or I’ll write short stories or poems. I can keep several items going at any one time, so that has never been a problem for me. The book itself has such a strong and powerful feel that I can’t ruin it once it’s written. Typically, though, I only do two or three rewrites, and some of those may be nothing more than touching up a scene or two.

A lot of my books have to do with personal freedom. It doesn’t matter what others want, or what they think, I want readers to make their own decisions, and know that it’s okay to do that. We live at a time where our natural instincts and reactions have been so toned down that we’re afraid to make changes in our lives “just because we want to.” It seems to me that many people need reasons to make a change, even if the reason has to be fabricated. I’m all for taking responsibility for my actions without having to explain them to the satisfaction of others. I’d like to see more people live that way.

Since my first book got published in the 90s, I’ve noticed how much more committed to the act I am. I also continue to read books about writing, and try out new techniques. The great thing about writing for a living is that you are always learning something new, whether it’s information that’s useful for the book itself, or techniques to try during the writing. I love the process, from concept to rewrite to final touch-up, so it’s always fun and interesting to me. My life is happier while I’m working on a project. Yet, the most surprising thing about being a writer is how little control you have over what the reader takes away. I’ve thought a book was about one thing, then realized that the readers found something else within the pages. It’s great to know that this sort of thing happens. It raises the writing to an art form, where interpretation belongs to the reader, not to me, the author.

As for promotion, I believe that exposing the work to as many potential readers is important, but that once that’s done there really isn’t a lot more an author can do. I mean we can, and often do, talk incessantly about our books, but the number one marketing tool in the U.S. is word of mouth. If a few people read my novel and recommend it to more people, and they recommend it, etc., etc. then the book will sell well. You just have to do your best work, have it professionally edited (which is what publishing houses do best), and get it out there.

You can get my latest novel, “Cathedral of Dreams” from Amazon or on Barnes and Noble.

You can also visit my site www.TerryPersun.com

 

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Today’s Guest: Fantasy Author, Ty Johnston

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City of RoguesBayne’s Climb and More than Kin, all of which are available for the Kindle, the Nook  and online at Smashwords. His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.

I’m traveling from blog to blog this month to promote Ghosts of the Asylum, my new epic fantasy e-book, but instead of talking strictly about my books, I’d like to talk a little about my own road to independent publishing.

I am an indie author, or a self-published author, or an independent publisher. Whatever term you prefer, you probably get the idea. I do work with print publishers from time to time, but mostly for short stories. Over the years, I’ve had a few behind-the-scenes deals rolling for print publication of one or another of my novels, but they’ve always fallen through for various reasons.

Becoming an independent author is not an easy choice for many because they still yearn for the acceptance and recognition that comes with being published by a print publisher, especially one of the major print publishers, nearly all of which work out of New York City.

I know, because until a few years ago, I was still caught up in that game.

One thing changed my mind. No, it was not the sudden growing acceptance of self publishing brought about by today’s e-reader technology, though that helped push me along. What changed my mind was, I lost my job.

Yes, like millions across America have experienced during the last few years, in the winter of 2008, less than two weeks before Christmas, I found myself unemployed.

I had been a newspaper editor for nearly 20 years. The economy was in a funk, but my former business, newspapers, was getting hit worse than most, at least at the time.

Over the years, I had written plenty of short stories and managed to have a few of them published in one venue or another. So, when I found myself without a job, I decided it was time to change careers altogether. It was time to take my former hobby, one I had always loved, and to turn it into my career.

Unlike many who are traveling a similar road, I did not have the luxury of continuing to have regular employment while trying to build a writing career. I was thrust into it, literally in a matter of hours. Fortunately for me, I had some novels and a number of short stories and other projects available for publication.

It’s going on three years, and I’ve never looked back. Every single day I am thankful for getting the boot from a career that had eaten up my life for so many years.

No, I’m not getting rich, but the bills are getting paid and the wife is happy, which is what really matters. I have control of my own time and can work whenever and wherever I want. I can take the beagle for a walk. I can sleep in. I can stay up all night writing. Or not.

To those out there who are struggling, I offer only one piece of advice. Find what you love, find your passion, and focus upon it. It will take time and effort, but you don’t want to look back in 20 years and say, “I wish I had started back then.” Believe me, I know.

 

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Author Interview : Shay Fabbro

Today’s Author Interview hails from my favorite genre of scifi/fantasy. She’s in quite a few of the same groups as I on facebook, and it has been a pleasure knowing her. Introducing Shay Fabbro, a 2011 Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist:

Terry C. Simpson: What is your book about?

Shay Fabbro: The Chosen is the first of a scifi/fantasy trilogy. The Chosen are a special group of beings from four different planets (Earth is one) that have an enormous burden to bear: they must find a way to save the galaxy from the Mekan Hoard.

Terry C. Simpson: What inspired you to write this particular story?

Shay Fabbro: I had a dream while I was in graduate school that I couldn’t stop thinking about. It was maddening at times! I had all these questions about the man and the camel and the damn big machine that was descending on them. Once I started answering the questions and making up a back story, I realized I had something big going on.

Terry C. Simpson: What writer influenced you the most?

Shay Fabbro: I would have to say Tolkein, George RR Martin, and maybe a little Jim Butcher thrown in.

Terry C. Simpson: Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

Shay Fabbro: I have a lot of main characters so I’ll tell you about my favorite planet. It’s the planet Volgon which houses a fierce reptilian warrior race. Their lives have been shaped by thousands of years of war, forcing them to live an existence based on survival alone. The decisions they must make seem cruel and heartless to outsiders, but they know that only the strong can help fight their enemy. It’s only when they meet their fellow Chosen that they realize that physical strength isn’t the only kind of strength.

Terry C. Simpson: How long did it take you to write your book?

Shay Fabbro:  It took me about 5 years to complete the first draft. I was in grad school at the time so that didn’t leave me much time to write J

Terry C. Simpson: How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

Shay Fabbro:  I actually filled a spiral notebook with all sorts of information about my different planets, characters, cultures, history, maps, lay-outs of the villages and towns, cool names I could pick from. I spent about a year on the planning stage before I ever wrote a sentence of chapter one.

Terry C. Simpson: What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?

Shay Fabbro: There are a lot of things I hope people take from the book, and especially the series as a whole. The series will make people question the idea of destiny/fate versus free will. I want to delve into the notion of those that believe that each decision we make was already preordained, and those that believe our destiny is what we make it, that we succeed because we don’t give up. The various planets also gives rise to some very interesting internal conflicts between members of various alien races. They are so very different but I show that through a common enemy (the Mekans), they manage to work through their differences to vanquish their foe.

Terry C. Simpson: What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

Shay Fabbro:  I had a pretty easy time getting the story down. I had synopses for all three books written before I started on The Chosen. But it’s the fine-tuning I have a hard time with. When my editor suggests trimming some stuff, I feel like I am cutting on a body part! Each word seems necessary at the time but I am learning to say more with less. Although I do still tend to get a little wordy with some stuff 😉

Terry C. Simpson: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

Shay Fabbro: I write when I have time. I refuse to set goals. I am a biology professor at Colorado Mesa University and am busy with lectures, writing textbooks and lab manuals, grading, etc. I write novels because it’s fun. The minute I start forcing myself to write X number of words a day, I fear the fun will be lost.

Terry C. Simpson: What’s been the most surprising part of being a writer?

Shay Fabbro: How many people there are out there that truly support Indie authors, people such as yourself that will take the time to post interviews and guest posts, all to help us get the word about our books. It’s fantastic!

Terry C. Simpson: What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Shay Fabbro: To be prepared for a tough road. NO author ever “makes it” instantly. Whether you go the more traditional route and opt to find an agent or whether you decide to find a small press, or even self-publish, there are frustrations and heartache with each choice.

Terry C. Simpson: What advice would you give other novelists about book promotion?

Shay Fabbro: Start before you finish the book! I can’t stress this enough. So many authors mistakenly think they can’t start a Facebook fanpage, Twitter account, website, or blog until AFTER their book launches. Nothing could be further from the truth. Authors need to start early to build a following, send out teasers in the form of sample chapters and cover art, doing blog tours, holding contests for free books, anything to get the word out! Start building those relationships with people, interact with them (don’t just spam with buybuybuy my book). And pay the kindness forward for other Indie authors.

Terry C. Simpson: How have you marketed and promoted your work?

Shay Fabbro: I do local signings, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, website, guest blogs and interviews, various contests.

Terry C. Simpson: What words would you like to leave the world when you are gone?

Shay Fabbro: To never give up on your dreams.

Terry C. Simpson: Have you written any other books?

Shay Fabbro: I have four books out currently: The Chosen (Book One of the Portals of Destiny), Shattered Destiny (Book Two of the Portals of Destiny), The Mad Lord Lucian (Portals of Destiny Novella), Dangerous Reflections (Adventures of Alexis Davenport, Book One).

Terry C. Simpson: Where can people learn more about your books?

Shay Fabbro: They can visit my website http://shayfabbro.com/ for sample chapters from all my books as well as author interviews, reviews, etc.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Authors, Epublishing, Interviews, Writing

 

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