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K.D. Faerydae Return Interview….


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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 How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?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.