Today, my blog is dedicated to a very dear friend of mine,
I was delighted when Anastasia asked me to be part of her blog tour. It is such a great honour. I could post excerpts and reviews about the book, but all of this is available from the websites. I want to introduce Anastasia herself so you can all get to know her a bit better as a person as well as a great author.
Anastasia, welcome to my blog. It’s a delight to have you here today. Please make yourself at home while I ask you ten random questions about personal life, and try and think what people would most like to know about you. LOL
You're making me blush. You're a great friend and support to me, and I think YOU are pretty amazing and talented. Thank you for letting me visit your blog yet again!
Me: You’re welcome on my blog anytime J Okay, let’s start from the beginning. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer, and what inspired you to finally do it?
I'm not really sure. I've been writing for my entire life it seems, but I don't remember a moment where I had the thought "I want to be a writer" exactly. It just sort of happened. I dove in feet first without a second thought and haven't looked back since! I love it.
Me: What is the one thing you love most about being a writer?
I love getting to meet people, whether it's other authors, my fans, publishers, illustrators, cover artists, editors, you name it. I just love the interaction and support within the writing community. I've met so many wonderful people (like you, Kurt!) throughout the years, most of which I now consider to be my close personal friends. It is amazing to me to see people band together like this to help each other out. In any other work environment I've been in, that has never happened - at least not to this degree.
Me: I couldn’t agree with you more! In contrast to my last question, what is the one thing you dislike the most about being a writer?
Hrmmm, this is a tough one. Sure, it's not fun getting a rejection letter, getting bad reviews, or receiving nasty emails from people you're trying to help, but all in all, I love being a writer. The bad stuff is part of the process. It makes sure you know what the good parts are by comparison! But I don’t think there is anything I outright 'hate' or 'dislike' about being a writer.
Me: I’ve been dying to ask you this. What was your dad’s reaction when you told him about your book? Has he read it?
HAHA Awesome question. Okay, for those who don't know, I dedicated Cleanse Fire to my dad. He was the inspiration for the book after all, as I set out originally to write a story about his military career. In the end, it turned out as a fantasy novel with elves, but the basic premise of honoring my dad and all soldiers is still there. So, the book is dedicated to him and I donate to Wounded Warrior Project to support the troops.
Now, to answer the question. He was speechless! I don't think he really believed me at first either. I told him over the phone that I was dedicating the book to him, but it wasn't really until I snapped a photo of the dedication page and posted it on his Facebook wall that I think it really hit him. And, when he got his signed copy of the book just a few weeks ago, he took a picture of himself holding it and posted it up! He had a big smile on his face, so I'm sure he's happy and proud.
I don't think he has read it yet. I did send him an e-copy a while back, but he is like me and prefers print books. Now that he has a print copy, he'll read it. So even I can't wait to know what he thinks of it!
Me: As an author, I can fully appreciate how much work goes into a novel from the initial birth of an idea to when it comes out in print. How did it feel when you held the first copy of your book in your hand? This is something I can only imagine at the moment.
Oh my gosh. I cried. I laughed. I squealed. I felt weak in the knees! I might have hyperventilated a bit. The only thing I can compare the feelings to was the first time I saw my son, right after he was born. That just complete and utter
Me: haha!! That is so cool. The thing I noticed most since joining the writing community is how much there is to learn when becoming a writer. Not just about writing, but the whole industry. You have been through this whole process now, but if you had your time again, would you have done anything differently?
Nope. I wouldn't change a thing. A part of me does wish I could have been published sooner but honestly, I think if I had been, it would have been a disaster. I just wasn't ready to deal with the 'bad' parts that sometimes go along with being published and honestly, my writing wasn't ready either. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be and I wouldn't change it for anything.
Me: What plans do you have for the future? Not just with this series, but your whole writing career?
More books! Of course, the rest of the Kinir Elite Chronicles is going to come out in the coming years. I'm writing Blood Trade as we speak! But I also have a few other fantasy books in the works. One I hope to release next year also is titled, Ryn's Quest. It's a YA fantasy, a grand adventure for Ryn to save the only family she has left. It's a little more on the humorous side than any of my other books, but hey, with a hyperactive pink dragon in the picture, things are bound to be silly! I plan on venturing into sci-fi at some point as well.
Me: If you won the jackpot on the lottery, what would you spend it on?
Oh. Really tough question. That depends on how much the jackpot is! I'm all for helping my friends, so while I might buy a few things for myself, I'll most likely help friends and family with most of it.
Me: How would you describe yourself to the rest of the world? Come on, don’t be modest.
I once told you, Kurt, that I'm a Plain American Girl, and you responded that I'm more like a Plain American Angel - so we'll go with that. ;)
Me: Do you have any strong beliefs in anything, like Karma, reincarnation, everything happens for a reason, astrology, anything like that?
I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Example for you. My husband and I owned a Honda Civic – well, we were still making payments at the time. Some paperwork with the dealer got mixed up and they told us we were behind on our payments and were going to repossess the car. We weren't behind, they found the mix up, and told us not to worry about it. Well, they came and took the car anyway! Oh yea, we were SO upset about that. So, we bought a Chevy Silverado pick up truck. Just a few months after we got the truck, we were in a major car accident, with another big pick up - at 75 miles an hour. If we had been in the little tiny Civic, I would have been crushed by that truck when it hit us (it hit on the passenger side, my side of the truck) and my son would have probably died or been severely injured too. So, while it was the worst thing ever to have them take our car, having the truck instead, I'm convinced, saved our lives! So yes, I definitely believe that everything, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, happens for a reason!
Me: Thank you so much, Anastasia, for your excellent answers. I love interviewing you! Now, please tell us about your awesome book, Cleanse Fire. I have a copy of this in my Kindle, and I have to say, it’s such a fantastic story.
Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.
Treason is only the beginning…
Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.
The past holds the key…
Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?
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Me: Thank you for coming to talk to us today, my dear friend, and offering my readers a chance to win a copy of your wonderful story. I wish you all the luck in the world, you deserve to be a superstar.
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