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K.D. Faerydae Return Interview….


K.D.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My husband, he knows what a wild imagination I have and he suggested I put it to good use.

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How did you come up with the title? 

Before I’d even written the first word of the first book I knew that I wanted to write a fantasy story about a magical place that was hidden from humans. It was therefore very easy to come up with the title for book 1 ‘Hidden Magic’.

The second book in the Liberty Realm Series focuses on the collection and preparation of an army. This army is needed to fight against the ever growing evil of the Nomeds. Everyone knows that the best way to defeat evil is with the power of good, and so book 2 is titled ‘An Army of Good’.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?

I have written two books so far and I’m currently writing the third and final book in the Liberty Realm Series.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Definitely! Unfortunately there is too much selfishness and cruelty in the real world. I hope that my fantasy stories are thought provoking and encourage readers to love and respect the beautiful world that we live in.

How much of the book is realistic?

It’s classed as magical realism so it’s a bit of a mix. There’s lots of fantasy, some of which is set in realistic surroundings, a beach, woodland, house, school and so on. Some of it is high fantasy and other parts are more every day.

Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I have taken many character ideas from family and friends and then added a splash of fantasy to them. The character Mad Mrs Potty Potts is loosely based on a very good friend of mine. Mad Mrs Potty Potts is a fun-loving school teacher who is as mad as a box of frogs. In book two, Mrs Potts, goes to school wearing odd colored shoes, as did my friend in real life!

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If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

No, I don’t think I could even if I wanted to. It just comes out how it comes out. I don’t get much control over it. It’s almost as if my books write themselves.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you!

I hope that you enjoy reading the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

What is your favorite part/chapter of your book/project?

There are a few. If I had to pick one it would currently be book 2’s chapter 6: Leah. This is the first time that the reader is introduced to a member of the Woodland Kith, Intriguing little characters to say the least.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write? 

Fantasy and I don’t think it will ever change.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I’m a child at heart and anything too grown up tends to bore me so I’m unlikely to write anything along the lines of a political thriller or historical fiction.

What book are you reading now? 

I’m currently reading Thomas Taylor’s ‘Haunters’. Taylor puts a unique spin on the idea of what ghosts really are and I’m looking forward to finding out how the story concludes.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

No new ones at the moment. Rather embarrassingly I haven’t read the Harry Potter books. I know they aren’t new, but they’re what I’m interested in reading next.

Do you see writing as a career? 

It would be nice to write as a career, but I’m equally happy writing as a hobby.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I really don’t know and not knowing is all part of the adventure.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, punctuation! I rely on the magical powers of copy-editors and proof-readers to help me out with these tricky little blighters.

Have you ever hated something you wrote? 

No, not really. I sometimes wish I were more experienced, but I’ve never hated my writing.

What book do you wish you had written?

I’m happy with writing my own, there’s nothing that can compare to it… although J.K. Rowling’s bank balance would be nice!

What is your best marketing tip?

Get your work seen! My own personal experience is that my books sell much better ‘in the flesh’. You don’t get to experience the true magic of a book unless you can hold it in your hands and physically turn the pages.

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What genre is your next project? What is it about?

My next project is currently in the hands of some very well known people within the book industry. It’s another children’s fantasy story idea. One that I am very excited about. But for now I’m unable to disclose any further information.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Book 2 in the Liberty Realm Series, ‘An Army of Good’, is due for release May 28th 2015. The second installment in the series sees Grace and Christian whisked through Bluebell Wood upon the noble Zavier. They are taken to the relative safety of Serenity Sunrise Beach where they play, have fun and get used to their new environment and friends. This joy doesn’t last however and it isn’t long before they find themselves at the mercy of the Nomeds and on a roller coaster ride of emotions. An Army of Good has already received some very positive comments. And I feel it is an ideal summer holiday read for children, (including adult children), age 10+.

How do we find your books, blog and bio?

You can find out about me and my books at any of the following:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/an-army-of-good/k-d-faerydae/9781784623265

http://www.kdfaerydae.co.uk

www.facebook.com/KdFaerydaefantasy

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-Magic-Liberty-Realm-Faerydae/dp/178306188X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Read K.D.’s previous interview here:https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/10/18/k-d-faerydae-author-interview/

Into the Abyss…Does Social Media Work..?


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We all struggle to promote our work and turn to the numerous social media sites as avenues of interaction. We can spend hours posting book links, reviews, book cover art, links to our blog etc. When it comes to determining the success of all this activity, we can feel despondent. A tweet is lost in a multitude of other tweets within seconds, a face book page post may last slightly longer but its place is taken once the feed renews. Now you may feel such random and spasmodic promotion does little to help you become known but take heart in the fact that these efforts are not in vain. Re-tweets and shares are confirmation that someone has seen your post and it spreads to other media sites in the process.

There are analytic pages for most media sites, where you are able to track the success of a particular promotion. You can focus on specific groups or locations as well, giving your promotion an advantage and ensuring the ‘right’ people view the information you supply. I utilize all the usual social media sites but have to confess I am not an everyday user so ‘miss’ whole days or even weeks of potential promotional opportunities.

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That is why I was so thrilled to find a site called Co-Promote last year. At the time most of the users were involved in the music business. Once I read how the site worked I was intrigued but thought there was no room for authors. I wrote an email asking if they would be expanding their reach to other enterprises. The reply was quick and favorable. Anyone was welcome to join no matter what their trade, business or creative genre. I was informed new options would be added for books, magazines and blogs. Encouraged by this willingness to accommodate, I joined up and have found this site to be excellent. You can join for free or register for a sliding scale of options.  More here: https://copromote.com/about.php  The added bonus is that whenever there is a share you are sent an email advising you of who has shared. Each email also shows you new shares, new engagements and the reach of your promotion has achieved. Each promotion can be run for a few days or a few weeks, whichever is preferable to your requirements. My current promotion began on 12th October – so far it has reached 27.5K  people! I could not have done that with any other site in such a short time.

What promotional sites do you use?

Which is the most successful for you?

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Book Marketing – My Interview…


I was interviewed regarding my experiences with book marketing and today the post went live. Take a look :http://www.calamusworks.com/author-interview-series-mandy-eve-barnett/

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What has been your experience in marketing your novels?

What did you find to be the most successful? 

What was the least successful?

Join in the conversation and help fellow writers.

 

Summer Reading – Get Your Books Ordered & Receive A Special Offer…


 

So summer is dawning and our thoughts turn to relaxation with a great book, or if you are like me books! I thought this special offer would appeal to many of you. You will find a wide range of books in various genres available at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/catalog/books

 Buy a book (any book, any order) on line in June and July from the Dream Write Publishing catalog >> Read them. Enjoy them at home, at the beach, at the cabin, on the bus… or wherever you might be this summer. >> Review them. Write up a short “how you feel” about the book and send it back via the contact us form on the web site. We will post them on the book’s page so others can read your review (we will only put your first name). Buy 2 books – one in June and one in July – and get the August book 50% off >> Request your 3rd book from Dream Write Publishing via email and we will send it out to you at a discount! To be fair to the third author, please, send us a review for that book, too. 

Why not join in the fun?

Quotes:

A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.  Joyce Carol Oates

As writers go, I have a skin of average thickness. I am pleased by a good review, disappointed by a bad. None of it penetrates far enough to influence the thing I write next. Rachel Cusk

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In other news – I will be signing books at Leduc Artisan Market on 7th June between 10 am – 2 pm. For more details see their facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/752053214816971/?ref_notif_type=like&source=1

Rumble will be accompanying me – he just loves lots of cuddles! Rumble display

Now let’s think of a prompt for today. How about a short review of your favorite book? It will give you some practice before your first book order arrives from Dream Write Publishing!

 

K.D. Faerydae – Author Interview


Annihilate – definition: to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; to destroy.

Please welcome K.D. Faerydae, a fantasy author excited to share her upcoming book, Hidden Magic, where forces are determined to annihilate a magical world.

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a)      What do you enjoy most about writing?

I love completely immersing myself within a fantasy world that I created. I was once asked where was the most interesting place that I’d ever visited?  The answer had to be MY IMAGINATION!

b)      What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I’d never considered or even been interested in writing until a few months before my 40th birthday. I’ve always had a ‘shall we say gifted’ imagination which led my husband to advise that I wrote a book… and so I did!

I still don’t consider myself to be a writer, more of a fantasy-storyteller that is transformed into a writer by the magical powers of a copyeditor.

c)      Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

The first book that I can recall enjoying reading was The Secret of Nimh by Robert C O’ Brien and the book that I’m about to read is Shadowmancer by G.P Taylor, so I guess fantasy has and always will be the genre for me.

d)     What genre are you currently reading?

Hmmm that would have to be FANTASY!

e)      Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

Mostly pleasure.

f)       Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My family and friends have all been very supportive but my husband has been absolutely amazing. He even delivers refreshments to me when I’m busy writing in our garden lodge – aka ‘The Hobbit Hole’.

g)      Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I honestly couldn’t pick just one, I love them all! They are all so different and there’s something I love in each of them.

h)      Where is your favorite writing space?

That would have to be the Hobbit Hole, especially when the log fire is roaring and it’s snowing outside!  (I’m sure, like me, you will be filled with jealousy at K.D.’s perfect writing space…Mandy)

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i)        Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants writer?

Definitely seat of my pants, if I try to plan the stories they seem to lose their magic.

j)        What inspires your ideas/stories?

Nature, walks in the woods, winding pathways, babbling streams, mysterious looking gates, magical trees, funny little creatures and so on.

k)      Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Yes, I’m a member of the Hastings Writers Group.

l)        Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

My debut childrens fantasy HIDDEN MAGIC is to be released on the 1st of Dec 2013 and is available to pre-order from many retailers including Waterstones, Amazon and WHSmith.

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m)      If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?

Robert C O’Brien, because I love the Secret of Nimh.

n)      Where can readers find you and your blog?

Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and my website: http://www.kdfaerydae.co.uk

o)      Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

I’m already having loads of fun writing it. It’s the second book in the Liberty Realm Series titled: The Gathering… An Army of good.

A Cool Modus Operandi…


Modus Operandi – definition: a plan, or mode of operating or working.

Today’s interview is rather special as it is a joint interview with William L. Bozarth and Laura D. Jame, who worked together on a children’s story book – a perfect modus operandi..!

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W = William L. Bozarth
L = Laura D. James

a) What do you enjoy most about writing?

L: I enjoy losing myself in writing and the “high” that it gives me. It’s amazing for me when I work on something and pretty much submerge myself in it then come back out later to the world around me feeling like I’ve been somewhere else.

W. Things that previously existed only in my imagination come to life. These squirrels have been living in my head for the better part of the last two years, so it’s nice to see them scurrying through these pages.

b) What age did you start writing stories/poems?

L. 5 years old, pretty much as soon as I learned how to read.

W. I started writing poetry for girlfriends when I was 11 or 12, but didn’t really take writing seriously until I was a junior in High School, so perhaps 16 or 17 years old. That’s when I started my first band, and I was the vocalist/lyricist. ‘Spooky Skwerl Stories’ is my second or third attempt at writing an actual story that isn’t in verse or screenplay form.

c) Has your genre changed or stayed the same?

L. I played around with fantasy/sci-fi when I was very young and have tried suspense/crime and literary (or just non-genre… mainstream?) here and there but I’ve always been enamored with the horror genre. The squirrel books were pretty much Will’s idea and I think this will be a lot of fun though I’m sure I have a lot to learn about writing spooky things for children.

W. I’ve always been a horror guy, so everything I’ve done could be categorized from personal horror to fictional horror.

d) What genre are you currently reading?

L. I haven’t been able to concentrate long enough to finish reading a book in a long time, I guess from being so obsessed with working on my own novel, and it bothers me since reading was always how I would relax. It’s pretty much always horror, though. I’ve got a few novels and anthologies that I pick up when I try to make myself read.

W. I wish I could say that I’m reading something, but I’m not.

e) Do you read for pleasure or research or both?

L. Mainly pleasure, sometimes research

W. I don’t read much, really. I used to read a lot when I was in elementary school, but the fun was kinda sucked out of it when they forced us to read gigantic novels in middle school. A twelve-year-older shouldn’t read ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. It takes a bit for me to actually sit down and read something nowadays. The last book I read was Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, and the ending disappointed me. Before that, it was Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’… and the ending disappointed me. Why take a month or more to read a large book, learn about all of these characters, cry for the loss of the characters, then have it all be explained by *spoiler removed* forces. So, I guess my answer is “research”. Since I don’t really get any pleasure out of it.

f) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

L. My father: he’s encouraged my love of reading and writing since I was very young. He paid a lot of money for me to go to a college in another state to major in creative writing. That didn’t really work out but he’s never made me feel guilty about it and he’s believed in my ability/potential as a writer even when I haven’t. He never demanded I try to do something practical or get “a real job” and has always been 100% supportive of me writing because it’s what makes me happy. Will is a close second because he’s the brains behind all the adventures, endeavors and chaos we’ve been through. He’s got a plan for pretty much everything and more dedication and energy than I could sum up on my own. I also have to mention Julie Castillo, a writing instructor whose class I took a year ago and will be taking again at the community college in my town. She was the only writing teacher I’ve ever had who was totally supportive of what students wanted to write instead of what they “should” write (aka literary stuff) and she was just so wonderful and dedicated to everyone’s individual works. I kept up with her through e-mail after class and she helped me with a lot of questions and gave me lots of advice.

W. My parents have always been very supportive. I’ve never had any instances of Laura being unsupportive, thankfully.

g) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

L. Probably a girl named Brigid who was a supporting character in the novel I just finished. She’s a timid young aspiring writer who goes through some crazy stuff with her friends. She’s a main character in the follow-up novel I’m planning and things just get crazier and scarier.

W. The combination of the squirrels in ‘Spooky Skwerl Stories’ since they’re characterizations of some of my personality traits.

h) Where is your favorite writing space?

L. My room, listening to some goth/doom metal

W. On a bus or train with my headphones on.

i) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants writer?

L. I usually planned my short stories. When one of the stories turned into a novel I planned that thing out but it wound up going in a completely different direction and I’m glad. I’m planning other novels I want to write but they’re probably going to deviate from the plan, too, and it should be fun.

W. I have a beginning, middle, and end planned. It’s the getting from A to B to C that isn’t planned.

j) What inspires your ideas/stories?

L. Anything, really: anecdotes, places, snippets of things I hear on TV. Sometimes I’ll read/hear random details in stories that aren’t supposed to mean much of anything and they’ll just blossom into back-stories and plots in my mind.

W. Random thoughts.

k) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

L. I’m on a message board called Absolute Write (http://absolutewrite.com/ )      where I’ve gotten lots of good advice.  aw_logo_header

W. Facebook groups “Horror Writers” and “Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators”.

l) Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

L. Not traditionally published yet but I’ll have to keep you posted. I’m waiting to hear back from the publisher I submitted my novel to and if they don’t take it I’ve got a few others I’m interested in. If I don’t get published, we will go the same route as ‘Spooky Skwerl Stories’.

W. Both of my books are available on Amazon. Just search for “William L. Bozarth”, and they’ll pop up.

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m) If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?

L. I would say Richard Matheson but he is no longer with us, so I’ll go with Peter Straub because I don’t think any other author has mystified, enthralled and terrified me quite like he has with the way he writes.

W. I’ve already met them, so I’m ahead of the game. :). Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Lois Lowry.

n) Where can readers find you and your blog?

L. I don’t have a blog but you can find me through the Spooky Skwerl Stories facebook

W. http://www.facebook.com/SpookySkwerlStories for all updates.

o) Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?

L. I’ve got one or two novels planned as a follow-up for the one I think I might be planning an unrelated haunted house novel. Will and I have more ideas for Spooky Skwerl Stories than we know what to do with but we’ll figure something out.

W. Many many many

Irregularity in Social Media – Let’s Clear the Blockage…


Wayward – definition: disobedient; turning or changing irregularly; irregular

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Let’s start with a problem a great many writers/authors face – the consistency of our social media presence. We are encouraged (read expected) to have a platform and engage our readers on a constant basis. So how can the majority of us do that? Holding down a day job, a  home, family commitments, some sort of social life, and the time to write, limits our ability to have the presence we are ‘required’ to have. The result is an irregularity of posts, blogs, tweets and so forth.

The answer is different for everyone because all of us have restrictions on our time to varying degrees. How can we change the irregular into the regular? Here are two scenarios:

Tom – He works full time, is married with three kids ( 6yrs, 10 yrs and 13 yrs), his wife works part-time, and they live in a 4 bed roomed house with a large yard. The majority of his weekdays are taken up with work, helping get the kids to and from school and their activities as well as looking after them when his wife is working evenings. Weekends are more kid related activities and yard work.

Angela – She is married, has one child (8 years old) and works full time. Her husband works away a lot leaving her with household and yard chores for the majority of the time as well as looking after their child.

So where can they fit in writing and social media? The trick is to find periods when there is less demand for their involvement.

Tom – travels by train to and from work – he can write and ‘blast’ social media while travelling. Evenings when his wife is at home he can ‘escape’ to his writing space for an hour or two.

Angela – Her child’s school bus picks up thirty minutes before she needs to leave for work – writing or social media time. When her husband is home she allots an hour or two during his time off to her writing.

Obviously these are fictitious characters, but hopefully it gives you an idea how time can be managed. A routine of posts on social media can be created as long as the frequency is workable for your schedule. Look at when (date in the month, time of day etc.) works best for you and make it your ‘writer/author’ time. Personally, I found drafting blog posts in advance has helped me a great deal…no mad panic each morning thinking of a subject.

Care to share your writing time tips?

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Take a look at these links:  http://www.theguardian.com/edinburgh/2011/apr/14/edinburgh-sara-sheridan-digital-rights

http://www.copyblogger.com/time-management-writing/

And for a little perspective in rhyme.

http://rhymeandareason.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/wayward-journey/

Graphic from: http://szwordsmith.com/

Missive – A Dying Art..?


Missive – definition: a written message : letter

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Can you remember the joy of receiving a letter – a proper letter that came in the mail? The excitement of a new stamp design from another country, the feel of your finger sliding under the seal to break it open. There is something special about a real letter rather than the email we constantly use in today’s world.

We are so used to the instant gratification of communication nowadays. Years ago I wrote every other week to an overseas friend and then waited in anticipation for the reply. We got to live each others lives, in part, through these letters, albeit delayed.

Do you prefer a real birthday card to a facebook or email message? I like the mantel filled with cards myself. It brings a smile to my face. The well wishes on social media are nice, of course, but a real card shows extra care on the sender’s part.

Are we witnessing the demise of letters? Is it a skill that will die in future generations?

Do you write letters? Have you got a story to share about them?

And just for fun try this: http://hobosandhightops.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/how-to-get-more-fun-mail/

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What’s Your Monomania..?


Monomania – definition: obsession with a single subject or idea

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Well, I’m sure you are all aware of my monomania – writing but it would be fun to see what your obsession is.

Since finding ‘writing’ as a creative outlet there has been no stopping me. The added benefits are the friends I have made through the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and through all the forms of social media I subscribe to, especially this blog.

Take a peek at this great links:

http://www.thechangeblog.com/monomaniacal-obsession/

http://amboyle.com/2012/10/01/writing-a-blessing-or-a-curse.aspx

Related link:

http://jegvilhaalt.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/monomania/

Interview Robin Leigh – 5th May…


Please join me on Robin’s blog for an interview today. Although I’m usually the one doing the interviewing it is a nice change to be on the other side!

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http://mypennameonly.blogspot.ca/2013/05/talking-with-mandy-eve-barnett.html

http://mypennameonly.webs.com/apps/blog/show/26171455-talking-with-mandy-eve-barnett

http://mypennameonly.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/taking-with-mandy-eve-barnett/

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