This is going to be a longer post than you may be used to. I’ve included a new section so make sure read it all!
Tabitha Lord and J. Michael Squatrito from the Association of Rhode Island Authorswill be in attendance at the Tampa Bay Comic Con this summer. If you’re looking for space opera and epic fantasy books, seek them out!
Rhode Island Comic Con or Scituate Art Festival is going to be my next con, book 2 will be done by then.
Book 1 News
While book 2 is plugging along and the price of the ebook version book 1 is $0.99 on every electronic platform.
Book 2 News
Cover Reveal! Thanks to Rocking Book Covers for the design.
Shadow and Bone on Netflix is based on a series of books from Leigh Bardugo. I haven’t read the books, yet but I found the series quite enjoyable and judging from the reviews everyone else is liking it, too.
Shadow and Bone takes place in a pre-world war one world that has been sliced in half by a giant wall of darkness filled with lovely creatures that would just lurve to eat you.
It reminded me of the Scott Westerfield’s series Leviathan minus the mech and the living leviathans and added small sciences i.e. magic to the mix. And if this series doesn’t win an Emmy for costumes, heads are gonna roll.
At fifty minutes+ per episode (except the finale) it’s worth your time if you’re looking to fill that Game of Thrones void.
Also, go read Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan series, it’s worth it.
Debris on NBC. Looking to fill that X-Files / Fringe void in your life? Here it is.
Debris follows the adventures of a CIA and MI5 operatives as they track down missing pieces from an alien space ship that’s falling to Earth. The good news it’s family friendly and nowhere near as gruesome as some of the early Fringe episodes were.
The even better news is that even though there are debris episode of the week (i.e. monsters of the week), the mythology episodes are great and nowhere near as convoluted as X-Files became.
The only bad news (from my point of view), a two hour pilot showing how it all started because if you’re looking to get your hand held or spoon fed by a introduction episode, you’re sorely out of luck.
I hope this series lasts.
Welcome to a new addition to the mailing list! Author Interviews!
Our first interview is with Katie Zaber, author of Ashes and Blood and Below Dark Waters!
Katie Zaber knows the best way to decide who is cooking dinner is with a Nerf gun fight in the living room. Her boyfriend is an exceptional cook. When she isn’t baking, reading, or going to wine tastings, she’s busy planning her next trip to Six Flags Great Adventure or Long Beach Island, New Jersey. As a child, her mother would read stories about Atlantis and other fictional places that she dreamed of exploring, fueling her love of history, adventure, and fantasy. These days, she finds herself captivated by her many projects and enjoys quiet nights at home.
- How would someone close to you describe you?
I think the best way to describe myself would be a chaotic, imaginative, descriptive, passionate person who loves to explore as much as staying home, sipping sweet wine and eating delicious foods.
- How do you personally measure success as an author?
In increments. At first, I was proud to have a finished manuscript. Then I was thrilled to be working with an editor and cover designer. Every step of the way there has been an enormous accomplishment and the fact that I have fans is insane. The fact that I have reviews is mind boggling. End goal is to make this a full-time gig, and it’s amazing when I can see my hard work getting me one step closer. Every time I take another step forward, I celebrate.
- How would you describe your writing style?
Personal. I want readers to see through my character’s eyes, get stuck inside their head and feel the pivotal moments as if they are happening to them.
- How do you think being an author has changed you?
I no longer know what time it is or day… it’s all a blur. I have also been late to events or forgot to go because I was in the zone. So, I’m finding I’m more apologetic. Thankfully, my family and friends understand and support me.
- If you could have dinner with one author (living or dead), who would it be?
Oh, that’s a hard one.
I’d want to yell at George R. R. Martin and demand he finish the series. Fans have been waiting long enough! But I can’t imagine it would be the most pleasant conversation.
- Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?
I’ve always been creative, but never took up writing until I was recovering from surgery, was on a lot of meds, and let my imagination loose. Once off the meds and healed, I edited the story, building and rearranging, working through drafts until I was happy.
- Describe your desk / writing space.
I sit in front of a walnut stained secretary desk with a hutch holding an array of keepsakes. Albums, picture frames, my Snoopy collection, souvenirs, and nostalgic knickknacks line the shelves of the hutch.
My work space is a wonderland of post-it notes in three different colors: pink, neon-yellow, and green. On the right corner of my desk, shoved between the monitor and notary stamp, is a yellow, mini-spiral notebook that contains book outlines, plots, and ideas. Little sticker tabs separate the notebook into different sections. The tabs not in use are floating on the surface of pamphlets and lists of login information to accounts I hardly visit.
A leather bounded diary with nautical embellishments, complete with anchor bookmark, holds random thoughts and sketches. A mechanical pencil can be spotted, hiding between the yellow notebook and leather diary. Its extra parts—erasers & extra graphite are strewn about the entire desk.
Between the post-it notes there are three hacky sacks. There’s also a rectangular leather box with a brass kaleidoscope made to look like it was used on a whimsical pirate ship.
It’s a happy mess.
- Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?
I try to stick to a schedule, but that normally doesn’t happen and I end up writing when inspired.
- How do you come up with the title to your books?
When I write a book, I usually have a broad idea of what I want to call it, but I usually decide when I’ve finished the first draft. Almost like a when parent meets their new born. They might have an idea of what they want to name the child while pregnant, but that can change when they see the baby face to face and realize he isn’t a Jim, he’s a Stephen. Kind of like that.
- What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?
Intimate scenes. They are my weak spot. I feel like I can never get them exactly right.
My favorite ones are when I’m describing something for the first time. When I introduce the reader to a new environment, object, or food, my goal is for the reader to feel the mist and sun on their skin. I want them to see in minute details what the character is looking at and taste the juice running down their cheeks as character bites into fruit.
- What inspired your book/series?
The song, Lord of the Dance. Somehow, it was stuck in my head and my imagination took over. I pictured a king singing the song—a much more sinister version—while destroying a village of people who disobeyed him. At first, the story was going to be about him and how his reign ends, but I didn’t want to tell it from his perspective. That’s where Megan comes in.
- What are you working on next?
Right now I’m finishing up DNA—Angels N Demons, a book about a woman named Evie who mysteriously gets pregnant. After a DNA test proves that her husband is not the father, her life becomes complicated.
People become possessed around Evie, telling her to kill the baby or protect it at all costs as she tries to rebuild her life after a heartbreaking divorce. Throughout the book, she realizes that her child might be a celestial being, but isn’t sure if it’s angelic or demonic.
It’s almost done, and I hope to have it on sale by summer.
I’m also working on the third book in the Dalya series, title is undecided. It’s roughly 20,000 words, and I hope to have it out this fall.
- What authors or books have influenced your writing?
There’s a few. I’d say Margaret Atwood, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Chuck Palahniuk are some of the biggest influencers. However, I’d like to think I’ve absorbed a little bit from every book I’ve read.
- If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?
I’d love to live on a winery in southern Italy. The architecture is breath-taking and I love the small villages with cobblestone streets, knowing your local artisans by name and buying locally from them. There’s something really romantic and peaceful about that small village lifestyle that I hope to one day experience.
If I got to live in a fantasy world, it would be made of chocolate and it wouldn’t be frowned upon if I ate everything.
- What is your favorite meal?
I’m a steak and potatoes kind of lady, but the steak needs a decadent brandy cream sauce and buttery garlic whipped potatoes.
- Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?
A good cup of black tea with a little bit of sugar and milk is my go to in the morning. If I drink coffee, its half milk, and I don’t count the how much sugar.
I love moscoto and fruit wines.
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