Guest Post with Joanna White!

Good morning everyone!

I am so sorry I’ve been absent lately. I almost completely forgot about my scheduled guests! I am actually in New York (a very sudden trip!) and have been quite busy for personal reasons. But, thankfully, I did remember I was hosting Joanna White today here on Other Worlds! So please join me in welcoming her!

Never Give Up

Hunter is my debut novel, book one of the Valiant Series. Underneath all the intense action, the heartbreaking tragedies, and suspense, it’s a story about survival and forgiveness, a story about becoming who you were meant to be and proving that you can be more than people think you are.

The main character, Averella, disguises herself as a man so she can save her brother, Gabriel. He’s unjustly been arrested and thrown into Zagerah, a dangerous prison where men and boys disappear and are never seen again. Inside Zagerah, Averella faces many obstacles ranging from the dangerous biomes that are almost impossible to navigate to the Hunters. They’re deadly assassins, genetically altered to be stronger and faster than humans with abilities people like Averella could only dream of.

As a woman, she doesn’t think she’s strong enough to keep herself alive, let alone find and save her brother. She doubts herself and in a way, I guess I included that part of myself inside her. Even though Hunter is my debut novel, it certainly isn’t my first.

I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old but I didn’t take it seriously until after I came back from college and decided to try something else. When I made the decision to go to college for writing online, there were distant friends that didn’t believe I could do it. Writing doesn’t pay well, putting that money into college wasn’t going to do me any good… All the while, my family continued to believe in me.

Even when I wrote Hunter and self-published, I tried so hard to market it but it was so hard. Like Averella, I faced many obstacles, but I kept writing and I pushed on, just like she did. I worked for seven years of my life on the Valiant Series, from high school all the way to the days when I wanted it to become published. My family’s support and my prayers to God were answered when Shifter, the second book in the Valiant Series, was accepted by Ambassador International. They wanted the first book and when they read Hunter, they agreed. It was taken off Amazon and completely rewritten and professionally edited and now we are here.

In Zagerah, Averella’s life seems so dark. It’s a prison where the sun is only out for a few hours, so the prisoners are forced to survive in the darkness and that… well, that is where the Hunters do what they do best. Like Averella, my dream seemed to live in the dark for too long but now… On April 30th, it’s coming to pass. The dawn is finally approaching.

I want readers to be able to read and see Averella’s journey for what it is – a story of redemption and hope, a reminder to never give up and keep pushing through no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’re facing. God will carry you through. The night will end and the dawn will come.

Learn More About Joanna:

Joanna WhiteI’m Joanna White, a Christian Author and fangirl of many different TV Shows, movies, and books. Writing is my passion and my calling and I want to inspire people with my books and give them clean worlds that they can completely delve into. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Entertainment and so far, I’ve written over 50 novels. My first, Hunter, is Book One of the Valiant Series and it’s going to be released on April 30th. Here is the synopsis:

A reckless young woman named Averella does what no woman has ever done.

She disguises herself as a man and purposefully gets herself arrested and thrown into Zagerah. Her brother Gabriel was taken, and with his disease, he will not survive on his own. She has no idea what to expect inside the prison; all she knows is that once men get taken, they never come back.

The Hunters will find her.

Genetically altered to be faster and stronger than humans, the Hunters use their Hunterpowers to find and kill every prisoner who enters Zagerah. The only ones who can defeat them, are in fact, themselves.

Jared is a Hunter. It’s all he’s known, all he remembers. He kills ruthlessly and without regret, one prisoner after another. When a new prisoner Dalex shows up, everything begins to change. Jared goes undercover to make Dalex and the other prisoners believe he is one of them, a prisoner himself.

No one knows the truth.

He will trick them.

Toy with them.

Then, he will kill them.

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To find out more about the Valiant Series and my other books, visit my website at: https://www.http://joannamariewhite.wixsite.com/mywebsite

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Interview with Tracy Traynor!

Good Morning everyone!

First, let me say I’m so sorry this post is late! I had a very hard start to my week and a couple of things completely slipped my mind. So, I apologize this interview is a few days late, but here we are! Please join me in welcoming Tracy Traynor for her author interview here on Other Worlds!

 

Welcome Tracy! First, tell us a little bit about your book. What makes your novel unique for readers?

Idi is a young orphan boy who grows up believing he is stupid. In fact the villagers called him idiot so much so that he becomes known as Idi, short for idiot. This is a three book series which will only see him fully understand who he is at the end of the third book, yet each book will see him grow in confidence as well as magic.  A magician called Marcus turns up at the village one day and after watching Idi being bullied by the other children and mistreated by the adults, Marcus offers him a chance to leave it behind and to train as a magician.  The overriding message of this story is about believing in yourself and overcoming your past.  That is the moral below the surface, the story itself sees Marcus and Idi set off on an adventure to save the future King of Talia.

What other authors are you friends with and how have they inspired you to be a better writer?

Since joining FB writers groups I have made lots of author friends, and now having just joined ACFW I hope to make more. I find the groups invaluable for support and advice and for chatting to people who are like-minded.

 Did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Not really. I wrote Idi & the Oracle’s Quest 24 years ago, every few years I would get it out of a box and re-write it never dreaming anyone would actually read it. Eventually an author friend inspired me to self-publish on Amazon, that was three years ago, and I have been on a steep learning curve since then with regards to the publishing world.  But as for writing the stories, that remains pretty much the same.  An idea builds in my head, then I spend hours whilst doing other things, (like driving or ironing) building the characters and the storyline, then when I come to write it just flows out.

 How many hours a day do you write?

I have a full time job and work very long hours so unfortunately, I only get to write at the weekends. Sometimes I will do two hours and other times I will write all day.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before you begin writing?

Idi & the Oracle’s Quest and the sequels fell from my imagination and didn’t require any research, unlike my two historical dramas’ that have taken months of research. For these two books, Grace in Mombasa (finished and on Amazon) and Faith in Abertillery (WIP) I spent long days upon long days researching every tiny aspect of life within the timeframe of the story, Grace WW2, and Faith 1904. I love the internet I must say, it makes research so much easier.  I read books written in the time frame of my books, watch movies, but mostly pure research – going through newspaper archives (quite a chore although extremely interesting) and reading people’s real life stories of what happened to them during those years.

What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Not having enough time. I dream of making just a small amount of money from selling books so that I could do this full time. I love writing; it is my passion through and through.

What’s your favorite novel?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

If you could tell your younger self something that would’ve helped you with your writing, what would it be?

Believe in yourself. I am dyslexic and grew up believing I was stupid. I left school with low grades and my first job was washing dishes in a restaurant believing it was the only type of job I would ever get.

Finally, tell us about the world/setting you’ve created for your novel!

Talia is a world full of magic. We encounter a shape-shifting dragon, goblins and three clans of witches. It is a typical story where good strives to overcome evil.  Evil comes in the form of the wizard Norvora and the demons he releases from the Depths. But all the way through this is a story about people who the reader can root for.  My beliefs are also between each line.  The last in the three books is called Idi &The Sirocco Witch – the Sirocco Witch (Sirocco is the name of a wind) is my representative of the Holy Spirit as she appears to help the main characters along their journey.  The Brothers reflect discipleship, and so on.

Thank you for joining us today Tracy!

 

OQ Book Cover 01.08.18An orphan with a painful past. A wizard running out of time. Together, they’ll discover the most powerful magic is hidden within.

Orphaned at birth and bullied his whole life, Idi never thought he’d grow up to become anything other than the village idiot. When a washed-up wizard tells him he’s destined to become a legendary magician, he’s certain he’s got the wrong urchin. But that doesn’t stop Idi from tagging along on his quest to save the future king.

After seven decades spent puttering around with his magic, Marcus worries his time for heroics has come and gone. So when an oracle entrusts him to train the only boy capable of saving the entire kingdom from dark magic, he jumps at his final shot for glory.

As Idi studies magic under his new master, he struggles to push past the painful memories of abuse and self-doubt that block his powers. But with each step along their perilous quest to save the future king, Idi’s confidence grows along with his healing touch. As dark magic creatures join the race to sway the future king’s heart, Idi and Marcus must learn to believe in themselves to free the kingdom from the clutches of evil.

Idi and the Oracle’s Quest is the first book in the exciting Born to Be series of YA fantasy adventure novels. If you like magical creatures, action-packed quests, and journeys of self-discovery, then you’ll love Tracy Traynor’s heartfelt coming-of-age story.

 

Check out an excerpt from Tracy’s novel here!

 

“Oh, mother of all demons!” Idi cursed as he swayed on the wet, moss-covered stepping stone.  This was the furthest from the village he’d ever been.  Just maybe, today, he would escape this wretched life of a despised orphan.

The snowmelt flowed into the fast-moving rapids below, hurtling downstream.  The stone Idi stood on shook under its power; his cold, dirty feet curled tightly over the slimy surface.   Knees bent, arms outstretched steadying himself he shook his head, flicking his long, greasy hair off of his face.  He daren’t for a moment take his eyes off the creature in front of him.

On the other side of the river, blocking his path stood an enormous crow.  It was roughly the same size as the huge wolves he’d spotted stalking the forest recently.  The bird’s claws scratched at the river bank, whilst its beady black eyes focused on Idi intently.  If Idi hadn’t been concentrating on where to step next, he might have noticed the huge bird arrive sooner.

Looking past the monster to the mountains, teasingly close behind, Idi ground his teeth.  It isn’t fair I need to get out of this cursed valley.

The creature, as if sensing Idi’s sudden desire to make a dash for it, threw open its huge black wings and squawked with piercing menace.  Idi wobbled in fright, and as he did so his foot slipped, and his thin arms flailed manically for a moment, before he toppled forward into the rapids.

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SONY DSCTracy is dyslexic and has struggled with feelings of being stupid for a large part of her life. Her first job was washing up dishes as she felt this was all she was capable of doing. At the age of 40, she became a single mom and with four sons to look after she decided to go back to college. She is now a successful Finance Manager and has turned her life around. Under all the magical characters in her story is the underlying message to believe in yourself and overcome the past. Her biggest dream is that people who struggle to read, like herself, will be able to pick up this easy-to-read book and forget about their problems for a while as they escape in this world she has created. But also that the reader, if they have low self-esteem, would be encouraged to believe in themselves.

Website: http://www.tntraynor.uk

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Interview with Gail Sattler!

Join me in welcoming Gail Sattler, here to talk about her new releases, one of which has a supernatural twist!! I’m very happy to have Gail with us today, especially since she’s talking not only about her novel with a twist, but her Romantic Suspense! As someone who loves all genres, I’m bending the rules of my fantasy/speculative only blog today. 😉

 

Welcome Gail! First, tell us a little bit about your new release. What makes your novel unique for readers?

I have 2 new releases – Mercury Rising and The Other Neighbor. They are both quiteMercury Rising - cover different from each other. Mercury Rising is an adventure with a supernatural twist, and The Other Neighbor is a romantic suspense. These are both unique, Mercury Rising was totally dreamed up with my husband, on our daily walks with the dogs in the mornings. The Other Neighbor is unique because it’s based on something that really happened and that affected my husband and me in our real lives.

Do you try to be more original or to give readers what they want?

I try to be original, but in being original, the readers enjoy the stories, so therefore, they are getting what they want, which is not more of the same-ol same-ol in the romance novel genre.

How many unpublished and half-written books do you have?

I’d say about a dozen.

What is your favorite childhood book? Why?

Charlotte’s Web. I usually like the classic happy ending, but this is still a happy story because the Wilbur the pig was saved from slaughter and will live a long and happy life, and even though Charlotte dies, she lived her normal lifespan and accomplished her goals, which first was to help Wilbur, and second, all her children are starting their lifetime adventures at the end of the book, and some of them stay, as will future generations.

What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Perseverance. I naturally get distracted easily, as I think most writers do. It’s that active imagination that makes me a writer, and in doing that, I watch and soak up what goes on around me, which usually is much more interesting than what I need to do at the moment.

Have you ever based any of your characters on the people in your life?

The Other Neighbor coverFunny you should ask that. Yes, the villain in The Other Neighbor is based on a customer of my husband’s, and one of the reasons I wrote The Other Neighbor was the hope that the income from book sakes will recoop what we lost when his business went bankrupt and he owed my husband’s business a lot of money. As a business owner, the rent and salaries and expenses all have to be paid, and it is the owner’s risk of being able to collect the money, which in this case, we couldn’t.

What is the first book that made you cry?

I have absolutely no idea. When I get into a book, I really get into the book, and that went way back to when I was a kid. I can’t remember that far back to something so specific.

What other authors are you friends with and how have they inspired you?

Colleen Coble is my friend and her rise into stardom as a writer is inspiring that she’s been so successful, as our first books, both Heartsong Presents, released in the same set.

How old were you when you began writing and what prompted you to start?

I started writing when I was 38. I have always been an avid reader but with working a full time job on night shift (my husband worked dayshift and I worked nightshift so we didn’t have to put our kids in daycare), and having 3 kids was exhausting, plus I was in a band that practiced once a week. The company I work for closed and everyone was laid off, including me. I thought I’d have a lot of spare time, so when a friend from where my husband worked sold off hundreds of books she’d been keeping – she is deaf and reads approximately one book every day – I bought a big box of books and started reading. One I read, which I won’t name, was pretty awful, and in my arrogance I thought I could do better. Well, I didn’t, but I found I loved to write! I joined a few writing groups and improved my craft, and my first book sold on my 40th birthday, and the rest is history.

Finally, tell us about the world/setting you’ve created for your novel!

The Other Neighbor is a normal setting, in the suburbs. But Mercury Rising has a more exciting setting – in Reno NV, and the big moments are set at Moon Rocks in the Nevada desert, including a supernaturally produced cave where the ultimate battle of good and evil is fought.

Thank you Gail!

Gail SattlerGail Sattler lives in Vancouver BC Canada, where you don’t have to shovel rain. When she’s not madly writing (Gail Sattler has over 40 published novels and novellas, plus a few works of non-fiction) she plays bass for an Elton John tribute band as well as a community jazz band, plus she plays piano for a smaller private jazz band. When she’s not writing or making music (or at her day job) Gail likes to sit back and read a book written by someone else, along with a good cup of hot coffee.

Visit Gail Sattler’s website at http://www.gailsattler.com

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Purchase Mercury Rising & The Other Neighbor:

The Other Neighbor – Cheryl Richardson doesn’t know that her landlord who owns the other half of the duplex where she lives is plotting to build a bomb—but the FBI does. In order to discover what her landlord is planning to blow up, agent Steve Gableman moves next door to get closer to Cheryl to learn what she knows, namely the target and motive, so they can stop it. But when Steve involves himself in every area of her life, including her dog, will Cheryl be the one to explode?

 

Mercury Rising – Michael wants to save his daughter, but first he’s got to save the world.

Michael and Charlotte meet when Michael is trying to find Ashley, his missing daughter who has fallen into drug abuse, and Charlotte is searching for her son Jon, a brilliant and aspiring young scientist who has also gone missing.
Ashley and Jon should have nothing in common, but after the murder of Jon’s favorite professor, they become ensnared in a tangled web that becomes worse with every new discovery.
When Michael and Charlotte join together to figure what their children have become involved with, they, too, are sucked into a sinkhole for which there are no answers, only more questions.
When all seems lost, will they all recognize the source of strength offered to them, and… will they take it?

Guest Post with Al Ady!

Please join me in welcoming aspiring author Al Ady! Like so many other writers out there, Al is working his way toward publication and is the first unpublished author to be a guest on Other Worlds. As someone who was where he is not too long ago, I feel very inspired by his post today, and hope you will be too!

Writing with a Purpose

It’s the year 2054 and the United States is desperately clinging to the fading hope of survival. Society is crumbling nearly as fast as the infrastructure. A strong military, strict rules, and the promise of moral freedom are the only tools the reigning Dictator (President Kurtlan) has to keep control of his weakening nation.

With the rise of homosexuality and the falling desire to have kids, the States sanctions a breeding program called The Future of Our Nation (TFON). Women are paid to be matched up with soldiers and give birth to children owned by the States. These children never meet their fathers, and are later torn away from their mothers. They are servants of the state.

In downtown Denver, Colorado, glass shards fill the streets from shattering skyscraper windows. Families band together in skyscrapers to protect each other from the crime, government, and bitter winters. People vanish without warning and are never heard of again.

Surrounding the inner Denver area lies the Deadlands: a wide ring of abandoned and decaying neighborhoods. This is the land of the lawless, where even the military fears to enter. Scavengers plunder the buildings for materials, robbing anyone they find on their way. Mobs operate ruthlessly without fear or resistance. And struggling rebel cells organize, train, and attack without warning. In these lands, no one can be trusted.

Hidden from all lies the Catacombs: a massive Christian civilization hidden deep in a mine somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Thirty-thousand Christians hide from the government, fearing every day that they might be discovered and destroyed by the States because of their stand against the State’s moral-freedom laws.

Most of these Christians never leave the safety of the caves. Those that dare venture beyond the caves are the Riskers. Despite the laws stating that they must be shot on sight for their anti-freedom beliefs, they step out to share the love and life they’ve found in Christ in hopes that some may repent and believe. They fix their eyes on eternity, and lay their lives down so others may be freed from the burden of sin and find true life.

The nation is lost and hopeless. Not even their pursuit of pleasure fulfills them. Suicide is the norm. Their hearts cry out for hope but those who have the light hide deep below the ground. Only the few Riskers dare reach out and often die as a result. Something must change. Lives must be lost so others can be saved. The few faithful Riskers cling to the hope that somewhere, and in some way, God is at work.

 

Upon moving to the Middle East for a year-long mission with cru, I recognized a serious problem. Millions of Muslims and billions of others around the world are forced to live meaningless and hopeless lives without ever getting the chance to hear the gospel. I saw broken hearts pass me on every street. But how could I tell them all? And why was no one else coming to reach them? Why are American Christians so afraid and so preoccupied with their own safety and comfort when there are thousands of people dying every day without ever getting a single chance to hear the good news of Jesus?

I couldn’t stand it, nor could I fix it. So, I did the one thing I knew I was good at. Alongside sharing my faith with Muslims in the Middle East, I started writing the first book of the Thrive Series: Winter.

I’ve always loved writing books. I finished five books before I went to the Middle East. But, when I saw the desperate need for the gospel, I understood why God gave me this passion for writing and why he called me to the Middle East.

Jesus used parables to change hearts. Stories. This is the key to unlock the human heart. By writing a story based on our current world, I can show the need of the lost and expose the passivity of the American Church.

I used to write simply out of a love for writing, but now I write with a purpose. Now I have a mission in mind that pushes me on even when I have no idea what to write. I write to change lives, and I write to play my part in saving lives. Praise God that he writes these desires in our hearts and then fulfills them by inviting us into his great rescue mission.

–Al I. Ady

Al AdyAl I. ADY has had a passion for writing fiction novels since the age of seven. Since the age of thirteen, he’s been sharing his faith with neighbors, co-workers, classmates, people on the bus, and strangers he meets anywhere. Now he works with the Great Commission Alliance in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he trains others in evangelism and discipleship and writes fiction books to challenge believers to take hard steps of faith and show non-believers what true Christianity should look like.

 

 

Website: www.aliady.com

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Interview with Erin Howard

Good morning all! Today we are hosting author Erin Howard, here to tell us about her upcoming release!

Welcome Erin! First, tell us a little bit about your new release. What makes your novel unique for readers?

Hi Erica, thank you so much for having me! The Soul Searcher, is the second book in my supernatural series, The Kalila Chronicles. It starts immediately where the first book, The Seer, leaves off and it doesn’t slow down from there. In the first book, a teenage girl named Thea is thrown into a world of ancient societies, demons, and angels. The series is unique as in, the angel, Matthias, and the demon, Viktor, were brothers. Viktor fell from heaven when Lucifer was kicked out. Both are assigned to Thea. There are thousands of years of history between them and lots of anger too. They are forced to work together to save Thea’s life. Book two adds on new threats and more challenges for the group.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing can be exhausting for me. I find that when I need a boost, crocheting or doing some other type of craft recharges me and I get back to writing. I’ve always loved to be creative, and I find it very calming.

How do you choose the names of your characters?

It’s funny because I’m going through this right now for a novella series that I’m working on. Deciding on characters names are almost as hard as it was to name my children! I love old fashioned names, or ones that are spelled differently. In my debut novel, The Seer, all of the names are either old names or ones that I searched for a specific meaning to go with either the theme of the book or a personality trait of the character.

What was your hardest scene to write?

My books are fast paced and have lots of action scenes. Sometimes the fighting scenes are difficult for me. I’m a huge movie fan, and we watch a ton of action/fighting movies, and I do research, but I still bring my husband in and have him read the scenes and help me visualize how the fights would go and what weapons to use.

On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the deadline that I’m given, but around six months or less for actively writing and editing. Then it has to go through my publisher’s editing process, and that can take a few months as well.

Do you try more to be original or to give readers what they want?

I like to be original, but also keep up to date on what people are reading and wanting. I did include my Inner Circle members (Beta/ARC readers) input on what type of series I would do next. We had a poll in our FB group, and I was surprised to see that it was almost split down the middle. They wanted to see a new series that in the same story world as The Kalila Chronicles.

Tell us a little bit about your process. Do you add spiritual or underlying messages into your novel? Or do you let such themes happen as you write, without trying?

Life is messy, and everyone struggles with something in their life. It’s important to me that my readers are able to connect with my characters and know they aren’t alone. While my faith plays a role in my books, it’s woven in and is underlying.

Do you like your books to stand on their own, or do you prefer connecting them?

I haven’t been able to plot a stand-alone book yet. I’ve tried, but my brain automatically goes to thinking about what would come next. Perhaps it’s because I love to read book series. My next series will be connected to my current one but will highlight new characters and societies.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors and was there a particular author who inspired you on your writing journey?

Learn as much as you can about the writing craft, and then keep learning. Become disciplined in your writing, and join a local writing group. They will understand you on a level that no one else can. They will be your cheering section. Become an avid reader in the genre that you want to write, but don’t neglect other genres as well. You will be surprised at how much you can learn from other authors. The author that really inspired my writing journey would be Ted Dekker. I love that you can find faith underlining his stories, but also appeals to those who do not read Christian fiction, which is what I want from own writing.

Finally, tell us about the world/setting you’ve created for your novel!

The Kalila Chronicles is an urban fantasy series, so while there are fantasy elements (like demons, angels, and abilities), it’s set in the real world. The Seer, the first book in the series, is about two estranged angel and demon brothers who are both assigned to a teenage girl named Thea. This girl is the last in her bloodline who can see the spiritual realm, except she doesn’t know it yet. In book two, The Soul Searcher, which releases on 2/19/19, picks up with the characters right where book one ends. It adds in a new character, Elnora who finds herself kidnapped. Thea sets out to rescue her, but a new threat emerges. Book three is set to release next year.

Thank you Erin!

Check out Erin’s upcoming release The Soul Searcher below!

 

the soul searcherElnora’s parents gave her one rule:

Stay hidden away at all costs.

Elnora Scott is used to her survival depending on the decisions of others. Locked away in her safe house, it is easy to follow her parents’ dying wishes until an angel, demon, and seer show up on her doorstep. Now, waking up in a dirty cell, she wishes she would have gone with them when she had the chance, because the very ones who unknowingly ushered the kidnapper to her location may be the only ones who can save her.

When Thea learns that Elnora may be in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to go find her. Thea thought stepping through the portal would be her greatest obstacle, but it only reveals a more sinister threat.

Release Date: February 19, 2019

 

author picture erinErin R. Howard is a developmental editor, fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, fueling her craft addictions, and teaching writing workshops. Erin is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the KenTen Writers Group. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children.

 

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Welcome Richard Spillman!

Today, please join me for Other Worlds’ first author interview with Richard Spillman!

Welcome Richard! First, tell us a little bit about your book. What makes your novel unique for readers?

In Hebrews it says that it is appointed to man to die once. That led me to the question: What happened to Lazarus and all those Jesus raised from the dead? Were they special cases that died twice or are they still with us? If they are still with us what would they be doing now?

The Awakened, the first of the Lazarus Chronicles trilogy, is my answer to those questions. I think the summary at the back of the book best describes these answers:

The AwakenedEveryone dies once. But what if a chosen few were raised from the dead? 

Two thousand years ago Jesus resurrected his friend, Lazarus, who founded a secret organization: SOAR. Since then Jesus has added to the resurrected—The Awakened—to aid Lazarus in SOAR’s battle against Satan’s slaves, the UnVeilers. The threat is escalating. The UnVeilers have stepped up their attacks on mankind through a charming leader and a devastating series of bombings in Dubai and Tel Aviv. 

But the invasion doesn’t stop with international terrorism. The UnVeilers are searching for a secret that Jesus embedded in Lazarus’ journal that not even Lazarus knows—and it will determine the fate of mankind. After a failed cyber-attack against SOAR’s computers, Lazarus and his team of experts must find the secret before the UnVeilers do. What clue is he overlooking that could turn the tide of this ageless conflict? 

The souls fighting with Lazarus are weary, but the war against evil is far from won. Can Lazarus and his team set aside their longing for heaven and put a stop to these satanic attacks before it’s too late?  

 

What other authors are you friends with and how have they inspired you to be a better writer?

I’ve started to attend writer’s conference (something I would strongly recommend to any new writer) and have got to know a few authors. Mary Weber and Jill Williamson are the two that have had the greatest impact. I’ve read both their books and attended their classes at the conferences. Hearing their take on writing and then seeing it played out in there books has helped me grow as an author.

Did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Kind of yes and kind of no. While publishing it taught me about some of the important details that go into formatting a book. As a result, I will write my second book with those in mind. What really changed my process of writing was the feedback from my editor. I learned a lot about how to craft a good story all of which makes the writing of my second so much easier.

How many hours a day do you write?

It really depends on the day. Some days it may only be an hour, other days it may be as many as 5 hours. Of course that was when I didn’t have deadlines. This is changing as I begin my second book with deadlines that require I consistently spend 3+ hours writing. BTW when I’m not writing I’m writing. I’m always thinking about the book, about plot or character issues and how I want to handle them.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before you begin writing?

Most of my research consists of searching the internet. I kind of research as I go along. So I begin by doing just enough to get me started then as I need it I pause writing to find what I need to continue writing.

What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

On any given day it’s getting started but once I do, I usually sail along. From a psychological standpoint, self-doubt is downright horrible.

What’s your favorite novel?

It has to be the LOTR series closely followed by the Dune books.

If you could tell your younger self something that would’ve helped you with your writing, what would it be?

Don’t wait to start.

Finally, tell us about the world/setting you’ve created for your novel!

It’s basically today’s world with one little tweet. A tweet based on the verse in Hebrews that says it’s appointed for man to die once. So in my world, Lazarus and anyone else Jesus raises from the dead are still alive. They have banded together in a secret organization called SOAR with the purpose of bringing out the best in mankind while protecting us (called Naturals in the book – people who have not died yet) from the UnDead. The UnDead are reanimated dead possessed by demons. The first book in this series is about the attempt to hunt down an international terrorist who happens to be one of the UnDead.

Thank you so much for joining us today Richard! But the fun doesn’t end here! Keep reading for a sneak peek at Richard’s novel, The Awakened!

Sunday, April 10, Present day- 9:47 p.m., Seattle

Sometimes, in the deepest, darkest recesses of my heart, I wonder if mankind deserves to survive. Lazarus or L, as he preferred, the director of SOAR, sat at his desk, frozen, staring out into the Seattle night, as if by concentrating he could dissolve into it and find peace. Worry, not age, tugged at the muscles in his face. No, his scars were invisible and ran far deeper than his age or physical appearance. They were scars born of twenty centuries of leading a secret organization to help mankind while watching human beings, Naturals, driven by lies, kill each other. Doubt and disappointment had become his ageless companions.

I feel like I’m building a dam out of paper to stop a tsunami. Why are lies so powerful and truth so fragile?

He went by L, in part because his real name, Lazarus, raised eyebrows and brought questions he’d rather not deal with. Besides, after his arrogance in Berlin in 1938 led to the death of fifteen innocent Naturals, the name left a bad taste in his mouth. Yet, there was still evil out there to hunt.

He slowly, rhythmically rubbed his hands.

The last time I felt like this was …

He closed his eyes and cupped his face, bowing his head.

… that dark day at the foot of the cross.

That memory, as it always did, brought tears to his eyes. His words broke the silence of the evening. “Lord, forgive me. You gave everything so that mankind could survive. But I’m so tired. When can I finally come home? I don’t belong here anymore.”

L leaned back in his chair and stared at the ceiling.

A darkness is coming.

He wrinkled his forehead.

It may already be here.

 

Richard SpillmanDr Richard Spillman founded the Kingdom is Near Ministries (KIN). Through KIN he has supported an orphanage in Uganda as well as a church/school for kids from conflict zones in the Philippines. He has small teams on short term missions into slums and jungles around the world. He has also taught in DTS for YWAM in Mali, South Korea, India and the Philippines.

 

 

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Guest Post with Cynthia Hickey

Please join me in welcoming my first guest to Other Worlds, Cynthia Hickey! Don’t forget to stop by my Featured Book page for more info on Cynthia’s novel, Shayna!

 

WHY I BECAME A WRITER

Funny how this roller-coaster business can tug on someone until it’s either write or die. A bit dramatic, yes, but that’s how most writers feel. Writing is like breathing, or eating.

I started reading at the young age of five and became hooked on words and stories. Being a shy child, I would make up stories to act out, but it wasn’t until Junior High and an English teacher assigned a writing project that I realized how much I loved putting the story to paper. I began writing short stories in which my younger brother was featured as the hero or I’d write a romance featuring me and whatever boy I had a crush on at the time.

When I turned fifteen, I wrote my first “real story” about terrorists taking over a high school. Funny how I have now seen that very plot made into a movie. I couldn’t be stopped after that first “book”. I kept writing, keeping my stories in a notebook, which I unfortunately lost when I married and moved out of state. Then, life happened and I didn’t take up writing again until the age of forty when my children were older and I had time to devote to the art.

In 2007, I published my first cozy mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, with Barbour Publishing and haven’t slowed down since. Fifty plus books later, and several genres added to the mix, I have no intentions of stopping this crazy career any time soon. In May of 2013, I left behind the day job and became a full time writer. Scary, but worth every busy minute.

My husband and I now own a small press with over seventy authors on our roster. How do I do it is a question I’m asked over and over. Post it notes and lists! Add that to God’s grace and I can’t see myself slowing down any time soon.

Good Vs. Evil

I’ve always wanted to write a fantasy series linking the fate of humans with the fate of fae. Placing the story in present day New York seemed the best choice. After all, the Big Apple seems to be the hub of our country. Bringing another world into ours allowed me the freedom to introduce many creatures to a detective he thought only existed in storybooks.

There’d also be no battle worth giving up everything for other than the epic battle of Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark. Pit a warrior faerie queen, giants, witches, leprechauns, and a handful of humans against vampires and a new breed of demon against each other brings a trilogy that, I hope, leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next book.

Fairy tales aside, our world is constantly fighting a battle we cannot see. Here, as the sky darkens overhead and evil steps up its game, we see our different races can fight side-by-side to rid the world of darkness and fill it with light.

You’ll find love, courage, redemption, and friendship within the pages of the trilogy, Fate of the Faes.

-Cynthia Hickey, writing as Cynthia Melton

CynthiaMeltonAuthorMulti-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has nine grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

 

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