Zrahnz Uleryn (of Rites of Heirdron by Newland Moon)

The Protagonist Speaks

aaron-michael-hall-rites-of-heirdronDear Readers, tonight with us is an intergalactic adventurer, here to tell us about his home-world and adventures.

Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?

Where I grew up? Well, I doubt that you could understand my world or what is left of it. The capital city is beautiful. There are rivulets, hillocks, large lakes, and gorgeous scented flowers that perfume the air. It appears to go on endlessly until you unveil the illusion. The Uleryn capital is all that remains of my world. My planet, Triaxeyn was nearly decimated during a biological attack shortly after my birth. All that remains is protected within a dome. That’s the truth of my world and of my life.

Did you have any favorite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?

It’s not the toys or frivolous items that I think of fondly. It was the…

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Author Interview – J.D. McGowan

 

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Author Spotlight

J.D. McGowan

Today I am pleased to introduce you to author J.D. McGowan. Mr. McGowan is a first time author with a new book of short stories available on Amazon.

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I suppose you can say I caught the bug after high school.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Hmm. My love for urban fantasy and westerns.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The book is a collection of short stories called The Secret of Olden Woods.

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Two television shows come to mind. The Big Valley and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to create contemporary rustic family of shape-changers. The supernatural aspect really takes a backseat to the relationship the characters have with one another.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

I play no favorites. (Smiles)

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Ah. See question five. (Laughs)

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

I have Josiah’s protective nature and sense of family loyalty.   I share Kate’s often-irascible temperament and Sherman’s wit.  Nina Olden, in many ways, is a beautiful mystery to me.

Does that answer the question? (Laughs)

8.   Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Message? None that I’m aware of.

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  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Hemingway’s short stories. I admire the compression of his prose. Elmore Leonard’s westerns: Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, and his short stories. Richard Matheson’s horror and fantasy novels and short stories had a big influence on me. He made both genres accessible to me because they were so modern in their approach. I think Stephen King said Matheson brought the terror into your local 7-11. Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels. I love their family code: “When you step on the toes of one Sackett, they all come running.”  James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Charles R. Saunders, Robert B. Parker, and Nancy A. Collins are favorites. The list is endless.

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Moses. I mean, the cat wrote the first five books of the Bible. And God All Mighty was his editor!

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I have a few ideas rolling around in my noggin. (Smiles)

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

You have to crawl before you can walk.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

How about the blurb?

Meet the Oldens, a proud bucolic family of were-creatures—or shape-changers, as they call themselves—residing in western Washington state.

Grandmother Nina Olden, the owl-changer, is the enlightened matriarch of the Olden clan. The eldest of her three grandchildren is Josiah Olden, the bear-changer, who is independent and even-tempered, yet loaded for bear when he or anyone in his family is threatened. He enjoys ’70s pop music, blackberry wine, and making Olden Golden Honey, his enterprise.

The middle grandchild is Sherman Olden, the wolf-changer, a good-natured ladies’ man and grade-school teacher. The youngest is Kate Olden, the puma-changer, who is often ill-tempered and misunderstood, as she is trying to find her footing in the world.

The Oldens live by an ancestral code known as The Path: always honor and defend the family, the land, and the sacred rites, come what may. Witness the trials, tribulations and triumphs of this unique family in their lifelong quest to preserve and protect their family honor.

Books excerpts can be read HERE.

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

I’m still up and coming myself. (Laughs)

For more information about JD McGowan, please visit his WEBSITE.

Thank you for sitting down and chatting with me tonight. I have ordered my copy of The Secret of Olden Woods and cannot wait to read it.

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Author Interview – Sédrie Danielle

 

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Author Spotlight

Sédrie Danielle

Today, I welcome Sédrie Danielle to the Desu Beast Blog. Sédrie is an Urban Fantasy author with an interesting series of tales and an upcoming novel.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Absolutely! I’ve been writing since middle school, but it wasn’t until I reached my 30’s that I got serious about it.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I am a huge fan for fantasy, sci-fi and horror. More often than not, books in these genres lack the diversity that I desire to see. I took into account a quote by Toni Morrison which states: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” So I did!

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Knights of Enmity – The Barons Have Fallen

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

While in college, I had the opportunity to study different cultures and religions which helped broaden my scope of the world. I began studying different “magical” systems such as Voodoo, Wicca and Druidism which are also heavily  based in mythology. I have taken my studies, my love for history and mythology, and attempted to create a world based on the things that I enjoy.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Cesare Borgia. He is actually a historical character who’s real life was just as interesting as the character I created. In real life, Cesare was the son of Pope Alexander VI and served as the inspiration to Machiavelli’s The Prince. My Cesare is a powerful Black Knight who runs around in a cassock playing with fire.

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  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Ugh. Callan. He’s a very weak person, one filled with rage and emotion which will ultimately get him into some trouble. Instead of using his powers to help humanity, he finds himself becoming a pawn for Solon.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Its funny because I believe all of my characters have a little piece of me in them. Lol. But, if I had to chose just one I would say…

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  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

You have to be open minded in order to really enjoy my books. I have characters that are gay, transgendered, pagans, atheists; all of whom exist in reality. I want my readers to grasp the idea of equality. We all hurt, we all feel joy and its my goal with the diversity of my characters that I help spread the message that we are different but the same.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Believe it or not, I actually don’t own or read many novels. Most of the books I read are non-fiction, conspiracy related or things concerning spiritual matters. Books like The DaVinci Code  and the pseduopigraphic text The Book of Enoch  have always served as a great influence to me and my writing. I love delving into Earth’s mysteries and I attempt to answer some of those questions in my own writing as I understand them.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Just to name a few: I love Stephen King, Judika Illes, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dan Brown, Neil Gaiman, Manly P. Hall, Bella Forrest.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

Of course! Knights of Enmity has expanded a little and I have a small graphic novel coming out January 2017. I’m so excited. I am also working on a horror novel which I completed during Nanowrimo.

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  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest novel?

This is a never ending battle. Every time I read it, I want to change something lol! The overall story, no. But minor things such as unnecessary dialogue, imagery, and grammatical errors. I always find them.

  1. Do you have a trailer that you would like to share?

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Yes. First off, write what you like. I know YA is a popular genre at the moment, but if that’s not your thing, then don’t do it. If your heart isn’t in it, then you wont put your best foot forward. Second, its always good to know a little about graphic design, especially if you’re an indy author.

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

www.horrortree.com

www.duotrope.com

To learn more about Sédrie or her novels, please visit her WEBSITE, TWITTER, or FACEBOOK.

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Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I have enjoyed Knights of Enmity and cannot wait to read more. Great Success!

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