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Interview with Stephanie Ross, Author of Tears of the Unicorns

 

Good morning,

Today’s interview is with Stephanie Ross, author of Tears of the Unicorns.

Please enjoy.

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My author name is Stephanie Rose, it is my maiden’s name. I thought of keeping it as my pen name since I already published under this name before my marriage. Would have been weird to change my author name. I am located in South Germany near Stuttgart.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

My newest book is called “The Tears of the Unicorns”. It is a Fantasy trilogy and the final volume will be released on November 15th 2019.

3) What is the book about? 

“The Tears of the Unicorns” is about the angel Caylen, who gets lost in his despair about the injustice of the world. He strives to destroy everything in order to create a better, more just world for all beings, especially those that are different. His sister Miriel has to find a way to stop the destruction her brother caused and safe the world.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

The first ideas for this series came to me at the spur of the moment during a little project – a role play – I did with my best friend. It was a love story between the elements of Water and Fire. This story finally inspired me to pick up the idea of elemental magic and create a mystic new world of my own.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

If I remember correctly, it took me about 2 or 3 years to finish it – with looooots of disruptions.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

I’d say it cleared my mind and helped me realize what I want to do with my life. It inspires me to go on.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

I do have an author website which is bilingual (German and English) – www.searose-fantasy.de

I’ve always dreamed of a book video, but I haven’t found the right inspiration for one so far.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists? 

First, I’d say never give up on your dream. If you want to be a writer be a writer, with all your heart, and for the main part write for yourself, not to please others. Write what you want to write and not what others want you to. Put all your heart in it.

Since I had to find out the hard way that all that glitters is not gold, I decided to do the cover work for my books myself – and I think I am doing a pretty good job with it. It is – somehow – part of my real job (advertisement design).

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

I LOVE Fantasy stories! It is my favorite genre and I am always open to reading new and unknown authors if I like their story idea. There are so many good books out there that need to be discovered. I am no big fan of mainsteam literature though.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? 

I don’t think I have an all time favorite book. There are a few books I enjoy reading over and over again though.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

Does my husband count? 😀

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

I do have an eBook reader – a Kindle HD Fire – but I am not really into reading eBooks. I prefer the touch and smell of a real book.

 

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Interview with S.J. Hartland, Author of The Last Seer King

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with S.J. Hartland, author of The Last Seer King (Book 2 in the Shadow Sword Series).

Enjoy!

-Vincent Lowry

 

Interview

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
S.J. Hartland. I’m an Aussie author and live on the Darling Downs, Queensland. Qld is the “Sunshine State,” but the Darling Downs is high up, cold in winter and one of those rare Australian places that really has four seasons. At the moment, it’s still winter and the drought is ongoing, so it’s a bit miserable. Bring on spring!
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
I’ve just brought out the second in my epic fantasy Shadow Sword series, The Last Seer King. 
3) What is the book about?
The series follows a young warrior bonded to ancient gods who knows his fate is to die young in a malign battle against an inhuman foe. But fate has something far more lethal in mind. 
The second book is a blend of dark magic, obsession, betrayal, dangerous prophecy, and the forgiveness found through friendship. It’s about how secrets give others power over us.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
In The 19th Bladesman, the first in the series, the initial idea was, what if you had to kill a stranger to save someone you love, but the person you had to kill protected the realm. It moved on from there. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote the first three together over eight or so years. I wasn’t sure where I was “at” with them, or whether they were any good, or even if I could write, so I approached an amazing mentor, Dr Kathryn Heyman of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program. She was incredible. I’m a journalist, and Kathryn taught me what journalists don’t know about writing a novel – turns out, that’s quite a bit. 
The third is about to be edited, so hopefully it is out early next year. 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Where to start! Almost at once, I knew I wanted to go “indy.” That meant learning where to find an editor, a cover designer, how to market etc etc, or at least try to market! I’ve taken some of Mark Dawson’s courses and they’ve been really useful.  
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I’ve been really happy with Red Adept for editing, love the covers Deranged Doctor does for the series, and I’d be lost without Jason and Marina of Polgarus Studio for formatting.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love fantasy, obviously, but sometimes I just crave a thriller or a cozy mystery. I read less than I should these days; balancing a full-time job with writing after work is a bit crazy. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I’m not sure I can pick one. I love Dune and Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, as well as Australian author CS Pacat’s Captive Prince series. I devoured Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series. He managed to make me care what happened to the main character after two pages. There’s such a vulnerability to Evan (Orphan X) that I love being in that world. 

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