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Author Interview: Eileen Schuh

I asked Eileen how she might describe herself as a writer. Her response was: I am a writer of powerful psychological thrillers, luring readers into the action and then compelling them to ponder. Please welcome science fiction author Eileen Schuh to No Wasted Ink.

Author Eileen SchuhI was born Eileen Fairbrother in the small prairie town of Tofield, Alberta Canada. I now live in the County of St. Paul in Alberta’s northern boreal forests and write under my married name, Eileen Schuh.

At the age when most are planning their retirement, I launched my writing career with my debut novel, THE TRAZ, the first in my young adult BackTracker series. Flicking through the pages of a book with my name on the cover as the author, was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. With half a century of stories pent up inside me, THE TRAZ was quickly followed by my first adult Sci-Fi and just 4 short years later, I have 6 published books to my credit.

When and why did you begin writing?

I wanted to write novels since I learned to read, which was before I started school. I was raised on a small dirt farm with no conveniences and little entertainment. Reading opened the world to me; I was mesmerized by the magic of the written word and by the power stories had over me. I wanted to wield that power.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve been a writer since the age of four. I have letters I wrote to my mom when I was in Grade I. I was very homesick when I was sent off to school (which was about a two-hour bus ride each day, one way). Mom told me when I got homesick to write her a letter. She kept some of them. Throughout my school years, I excelled at reading and writing and won many competitions. When I was in Grade 8, one of my short stories was published in the Wee Wisdom Magazine for Children.

I eventually got my Journalism Diploma and off-and-on throughout my child-rearing years, I plied my trade as a journalist, editor and feature writer. I also dabbled a bit in creative writing. However, with little uninterrupted time to hone my skills, I was never able to bring those early stories to fruition.

Eventually, with my children all successfully reared and on their own and the family business financially secure, I got to pursue the dream of being a novelist,

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

My latest release is my second adult Sci-Fi, a little near-future romance, entitled DISPASSIONATE LIES.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’m really worried about the inherent insecurities in the World Wide Web. We seem too dependent on a technology few understand. The internet is a more powerful tool than the atomic bomb, yet we don’t know who is controlling it. I let my imagination run wild as to what might happen in the near future if the web were to collapse, hoping society might take note and do something to strengthen internet security.

I realized that the shortfalls of cyberspace might be a dry topic to most readers so I decided I ought to spice my story up a bit. I had been told sex sells, so my original intention was to make my novel a bit steamy. However, my muses (as they often do) played a trick on me and my young heroine turned out to be a member of what the media in the year 2035 dubbed the ‘eunuch generation’—a generation of females born infertile and without libido.

Of course, the forbidden relationship is always the most alluring and I found a way to get around my muses.

Do you have a specific writing style?

My novels, whether gritty contemporary novels for teens (like my BackTracker Series) or science fiction for adults, are marketed as psychological thrillers. It is my firm belief that the most exciting and interesting things in life occur in people’s minds and hearts. I try to write my novels with a lesson for those readers who want one, and pure adventure and thrills for those seeking entertainment.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

I actually crowd-sourced the title on my facebook author page. Without telling my fans anything about the book, I asked which of four titles (all related to the novel) would make them most likely to pick up a book and read the back cover copy. DISPASSIONATE LIES got the most votes. Dispassion of course refers my heroine’s asexuality and lies…well, you’ll have to read the novel.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I really want people to not only consider the pitfalls of cyberspace, but also the environmental and biological risks inherent in our pharmacology industry. Perhaps the biggest message, though is: We ought to be more worried about who’s developing the quantum computer than who has weapons of mass destruction; quantum computing is where power of unprecedented strength will lie in the near future.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Very much so. I have an entire section at the back of the novel with links to news and science headlines supporting the premises explored in my story. DISPASSIONATE LIES is eerily realistic. Take note.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

Jay Williams’ Danny Dunn series of children’s Sci-Fi got me hooked on that genre back in middle grade. Williams took science out of the boring textbooks and classrooms and made it fun and relevant. He made the possibilities for the future intriguing. His stories stayed with me and now I want to make today’s science fun and exciting for adults.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I give much credit of my success to best-selling Canadian author, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, who has helped me immensely for many years, with everything from establishing my website to participating in the social networks, to believing in my work. When the time was right she also, through her company Imajin Books, became one of my publishers. My other publisher, Carol Hightshoe from WolfSinger Publications, is also an author and gave my science fiction dreams their voice.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Lee Barlow Kuruganti is the cover artist for DISPASSIONATE LIES. Sci-Fi covers are notorious distinct with their digital other-world auras. Although the sexy lady on the cover surprised me utterly, I quickly came to accept that Kuruganti had done an excellent job. She incorporated many of my suggestions such as the sodium streetlamp lighting and the code markings. As is somewhat standard in the industry for traditionally published novels, my publisher chose the cover artist but did ask me for input on the design.

Lee Kuruganti’s claim to fame is that she won the competition to design the 2008 Hugo Award statue base. I feel quite honoured to have had her design the cover of my novel.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I frequently lament the decades of writing I lost to raising kids and undertaking other major life adventures but I understand now why that was exactly the right path to follow. I urge all those for whom writing is an obsessive passion to ensure that they sacrifice their keyboards to live fully and abundantly and to not be unhappy doing so. As intriguing as the imaginary world of words is, reality is infinitesimally more rewarding and important. LIVE IT!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please, please leave me a review. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just saying if you liked it or not and why. Not only do I thrive on feedback but research shows reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, attract readers and I want everyone in the world to read DISPASSIONATE LIES.

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Author Interview: Jamie Maltman

I’m a big fan of historical fiction and when it gets mixed in with a good dose of fantasy, all the better! Please welcome Jamie Maltman, author and podcaster, to No Wasted Ink.

Author Jamie MaltmanI’m Jamie Maltman, from the Toronto area in Canada. When I’m not writing or consulting from home, I’m playing some kind of games (board-, video-, computer- or sports) with my wife and two young sons, or spending altogether too much time talking online about my beloved Toronto Raptors. We love to travel, but are keeping it closer to home while the boys are young.

I’m always reading at least one book, and if I don’t read someone else’s fiction before bed each night, my own ideas won’t let me sleep.

When and why did you begin writing?

Originally? When I was 4 or 5 I started to write my stories down. I typed, illustrated and bound my first little fantasy book around grade 2. I wrote a lot in high school, subverting English assignments to become fiction writing whenever possible, including the start of a novel I might revisit someday.

I started again after my son was born and I started reading to him, and wanting to share not just the stories of others, but my own. The non-kid stories took over soon afterward, and I don’t intend to ever stop.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Fall of 2011, when I made real progress on my first book, by writing daily for weeks at a time. Finishing the first draft of a complete novel probably sealed it.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

Brush With Darkness is the first in my historically-inspired fantasy series, Arts Reborn, set in a world reminiscent of the classical Mediterranean, where people believe in myths and gods, but haven’t seen any actual magic in a thousand years.

Simon Baroba is a new legionary in the Pazian army, more talented in logistics and cartography than war. Shadush, Grand Thane of the Scentari, awakens dark elemental magic, and thirsts for revenge over the Pazians that stole his people’s land. When Simon meets Elysia, the intriguing young sculptress who creates works of incredible beauty, she opens his mind to a whole new way of looking at the world, and the threat it faces. Simon must explore his buried creative Talents in order to play his part in defending the Republic from destruction.

It’s about the characters and how their personal worlds are impacted by this return of magic, and how that fits into the wider world. The events kicked off in the first book keep escalating over the course of the series, with book 2: Blood of the Water releasing summer 2014, and book 3 scheduled for the fall.

What inspired you to write this book?

I love history, and the Classical Mediterranean is one of my favorite periods. I had been considering some historical fiction ideas for a while, with a lot of research and picking out interesting setting points for that world. At the time, and completely unrelated, I started telling my very young son a story about a child being bored in school and doodling, but then finding out his doodling had power. The ideas began to collide, and I had just finished reading some books by Guy Gavriel Kay, where he borrows heavily from real history without putting words in the mouths of actual historical figures. Everything came together and the book started writing itself.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I prefer to stay close to my individual character viewpoints so they can experience the world through their thoughts and perceptions. I try to be lean on description, but my readers seem to appreciate the details that are on the page. I definitely keep things moving forward.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

Any possible reading of the title ends up being valid. Simon is a painter, and he’ll have to explore that magic in order to face the evil threat to his nation. But he also narrowly escapes that darkness early on in both dreams and reality.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The potential for greatness when people pursue their innate talents. There are other themes lurking under the surface that will be fleshed out more as the series goes on, but I won’t be pointing them out just yet.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not me, but people who have been discouraged from pursuing their art at some point in their life. There are too many I know, but more and more are finding ways to come back to it later in life.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I started reading C.S. Lewis’ Narnia and Tolkien’s Middle Earth when I was 3-5 years old, and they instilled my life-long love of fantasy.

Colleen McCullough (Masters of Rome) and James Clavell (Asian Saga) were the first two historical fiction authors who inspired me to look to the past for incredible stories.

Umberto Eco both inspired and terrified me with how much esoteric knowledge you can pack into one book, while delivering an amazing story.

Guy Gavriel Kay, Steven Erikson, and R Scott Bakker are all Canadian writers of fantasy who have created incredible worlds with their own living history, sometimes based on our own, and others as deep and rich as if they were real.

More recently, Neil Gaiman inspires with everything about his work, including his incredible audiobook narration. I hope to do the same someday.

And while I was never a Stephen King or horror fan growing up, reading his On Writing inspired me to actually pursue this crazy calling. And to read and enjoy his non-horror books.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I had a brief mentorship experience with a local writer, Richard Scarsbrook (The Monkeyface Chronicles), who was writer-in-residence at my community library right when I was getting more. After attending his classes, he sat down to read my first few chapters with me. His combination of positive and constructive feedback spurred me onward to finish the book and ultimately publish it.

In the SFF world, Brandon Sanderson is one writer I’d love to have as a mentor, since he’s both a great writer and a fantastic teacher. Or Patrick Rothfuss. Every time I listen to him talk about writing, I’m blown away.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Keri Knutson from Alchemy Book Designs. I saw some of her work from a post on the Kobo Writing Life Blog, checked out her pre-made covers, and saw her portfolio, so I e-mailed her and soon after we were working together. I’ve loved what she’s done so far, and I get lots of compliments on my cover.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write something, anything, all the way through to the end. If you can’t get through your current project, write something shorter first. Completing something, anything, will give you the confidence to write the next thing, or the bigger thing.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading, and I love to hear from you! I look forward to sharing more stories in this world, and many more. I’m only getting started. Please join me for a weekly chat about what we are reading and topics related to reading on To Be Read Podcast, I am the co-host of the show and would love to hear from you!

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Author Interview: Bonnie Ferrante

Fantasy author Bonnie Ferrante pulls you inside her protagonist’s mind and allows you to experience the fears and frustrations along with the joys and successes personally. Her characters are flawed but never hopeless. Please welcome Bonnie to No Wasted Ink.

Author Bonnie FerranteHi. I am Bonnie Ferrante. I’ve been published traditionally for two decades (under other names) and am now pursuing self-publishing. My present focus is on young adult and children’s picture books. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years but am now writing full time. I am a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Lay Leader and a grandmother of three spunky girls. Since developing Parkinson’s Disease, I predominantly use a speech to text program for writing and use Photoshop for illustrating. I seldom use acrylics anymore because I have a tremor in my right hand. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada which is on the northern shore of Lake Superior. I love the space and proximity to water, forest, and wildlife (although I could do without the rabbits and deer eating my garden).

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved books but I never had the confidence to consider a career in writing. My passion into writing curriculum and plays for my drama club is a great school teacher. Just for fun, I entered a newspaper writing contest on my most memorable Thanksgiving and won. It was a humorous piece. I wrote a few more similar pieces and brought them into the newspaper. They hired me to write a weekly humor column. I entered more writing contests and discovered I was better than I thought. While teaching part and then fall time, writing was more of a hobby. Now it’s my focus.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

A regional anthology contains two of my short stories. At the launch several people asked me to autograph the book. A number of readers told me they were fans of my newspaper column. Then I started publishing my stories in magazines in Canada and The United States. I think it really clicked that I was a “writer” when I had to create a file folder in my desk drawer entitled “publishing contracts”.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

Leya is a young adult fantasy. It is told in first person through the voice of Leya Truelong, a poor peasant girl who has been selected by the Mistresses of the Sphere of Vision to fill the magic potential shown in her eyes. However, Leah has a problem with impulse control especially with regards to her temper. If the Mistresses decide she is a danger to others, they will strip her of her gift leaving her brain-damaged. Leah finds the meditation exercises boring even though they are designed to help her with self-control. As well, there is a bully at the school who knows exactly how to push her buttons.

What inspired you to write this book?

About 20 years ago I wrote a short story that my critique Guild absolutely loved. However, I couldn’t get it published in any magazine. When two different editors told me that too much was happening in the story and it should be a novel instead, I set it aside. When I left teaching in 2009, I took a few more writing classes and decided to transform the short story into a novel. I applied for an Ontario Arts Grant using the manuscript for my submission and was accepted. That’s when I knew this book was going to be something special.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Generally I’d say my style is conversational. I try to keep my writing clear and accessible. I also like to add the occasional poetic element to enrich the text. I write the way I like to read. (Verbosity and pretention bore me.)

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, but I don’t want to tell readers what they should get out of it. It’s about small choices leading to large choices, self-control, fulfilling potential, and facing consequences.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not really. Although some of the training Leya goes through comes from my own experience with Buddhism. The setting for the Sphere of Vision is based on a resort in Punta Cana that I loved. I think it gives the novel and exotic feel.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

I’m an extremely eclectic person and that goes for my reading too. Shakespeare would be the unequivocal number one influence on my love of words. His writing was brilliant and beautiful yet accessible and influenced by the pop culture of his time. My interest in genres and particular writers varies from year to year but I always go back to Shakespeare.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

I designed the cover of my book. First I had water crashing into fire then I discovered dozens of books with similar covers. Then I tried using Leya’s two different colored eyes. The illustration is a visual representation of the title, the turning point.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Take classes, sign up for courses, read books about writing, follow blogs, listen to podcasts, watch videos, practice and learn for several years before you attempt to publish anything.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you enjoy my book, please write a review. If you’re not comfortable writing a review, then just rate it. Vote for my book on listopia be a if you want others to enjoy it as well. Mention it on your Facebook page. Tell your friends. Help to spread the word in whatever way makes you comfortable. (Marketing is my bane.)

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Author Interview: Raymond Bolton

Raymond claims that whether set here, or on another world, he tries to craft gripping stories about the human condition. This industrious author certainly is a man of all trades and brings much life experience to his worlds of fantasy. Please welcome Raymond Bolton to No Wasted Ink.

Author Raymond BoltonBy way of introduction, I am Raymond Bolton. Until my books take off enough to support me, I work as a hairdresser, spending part of every week in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon. I am on a plane every Wednesday. I’ve written some poetry, for which I’ve received some recognition, and four novels.

In 2010, having written only nineteen poems ever, I garnered third place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary competition among over 1,200 entries. More recently, my novels have begun winning significant recognition. In 2013, under its working title, Renunciation, my debut novel, Awakening, was one of eight finalists among 950 entries from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Europe and Australia in the Pacific Northwest Writers Associations Literary Contest. Hailed on BookViral.com as “a grand debut. An ambitious and well considered SF crossover… [that] breathes originality into the genre”, Awakening has received almost all five star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.

I am of the persuasion life is too short to squander. I enjoy fine food, so I have learned to cook. I am endlessly curious about the world around me, so I read and I travel. I like people—who else is there?—so I talk and listen and try to understand what I hear. Over the years I’ve driven trucks, been an FM disk jockey, produced concerts, served as a mainsail trimmer on racing yachts, piloted gliders, written software, worked as a hair stylist and owned and operated my own business—all with varying degrees of success. All have imparted a wealth of experience and taught great lessons. In the course of these doings I have had the privilege of meeting very accomplished individuals in the areas of music, movies, sports, technology, industry, finance and politics. Ultimately, all of this background comes together, struggles to find coherence and emerge in my writing.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing ever since I can remember. It’s something I am compelled to do. If I could say why, I could explain the meaning of life.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

In the truest sense, I can say my work transitioned from a hobby—a way to occupy idle time—into something more serious in the early 2000s. A friend of mine, best-selling romance author, Brenda Joyce, said one was truly a writer when the story inside burned to come out. I realized they did. Many stories. Since then, I have been studying the craft, attending conferences and entering literary competitions. I am still becoming the writer I wish to be. It’s an ongoing process.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

I am working hard to complete Thought Gazer, the first volume of the prequel trilogy to my debut novel, Awakening (Regilius Publishing, 01/01/14). People call it a sci-fi/fantasy crossover because it treads the ground between the two genres while eschewing the traditions of each. While set on a world with two suns, there is nothing by way of science, nothing by way of magic. Instead, telepaths, or those with unique psychic abilities tip the course of events.

The warlord, Hath Kael, kidnaps Darva, an opposing lord’s sister, to force her brother’s capitulation. When Bedistai, from a tribe of hunters, foils the abduction and undertakes Darva’s return, an ally of Kael recruits Peniff, a telepath, to find the two. Instead, Peniff comes to the couple’s aid, then attempts to rescue his family—held hostage to insure his cooperation—before his betrayal comes to light. This is the story of a man, in all other ways ordinary, rising above his fears to do what he must.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was working on my debut novel and had created a character I found fascinating. Awakening, however, already had more characters than a Russian novel and I knew I had to can him. I really liked him, though, and in time I came to realize he could become the core that drove a prequel.

Do you have a specific writing style?

The language I use has been described as formal. It seems to suit my subject and their almost medieval setting better than the casual language of our day-to-day lives.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

My protagonist reads minds and the title seemed to fit. Like my stories, it told me what I should call it.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Overcome your fears. Do what you must. No challenge is so horrible or so great you cannot surmount it. Doing what is right, rather than what is easy, is one of the most difficult tasks for all of us. Still, when all is said and done, the outcome of having acted from one’s heart—even if it was not what one expected—is the easiest to live with, the best place from which to carry on.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Hah! Hardly. The people I know are truly diverse, but there’s not one mind reader among them. One reads the tarot, another translated the Popol Vuh, the creation story of the Maya, while yet another’s husband is the world’s foremost translator of the I Ching into English, but that’s as esoteric as it gets.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

John Steinbeck first introduced me to how powerful a story one could craft with only words. J. R. R. Tolkien was the man who introduced me to fantasy. Dean Koontz delighted me with the way he turns a phrase. I envy Donna Tartt’s richly descriptive scenes, and sometimes begin to approach them—emphasis on begin. Martin Cruz Smith is a master of combining tension with realism.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

These days, I have to say it is the unparalleled George R. R. Martin. Every page he writes contains a lesson, whether it be dialogue, scenic description, examples of Show, Don’t Tell…the examples are endless.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

I am blessed to have discovered Natasha Brown. Her sense of color and form are at once unique and magical—so I guess there is really some magic in my books after all. Some people liken my covers to movie posters.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write from the heart. Write what appeals to you. Don’t dumb down your work in an effort to appeal to the broadest market possible. If your work has depth, if it resonates as something real, something important, something believable on a gut level, your readers will find you.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Please support your favorite authors. They have labored for months, or even years, to give you those hours of pleasure you find between their covers. If you enjoyed the experience, take a few minutes out of your life to post a review, whether it be on Amazon or Goodreads, on Facebook or Twitter, even in the blog you use to journal to your friends.

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Author Interview: Louise White

I asked Louise how she might describe herself and she replied: I watch and learn things from everyday life and swirl them around in my head. I think that most authors feel this way about writing and life in general. Please welcome Louise White to No Wasted Ink.

Author Louise WhiteHello Wendy, my name is Louise White, I was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland where it’s fairly cold for most of the year but also very beautiful. I am part of a large, very close family. Rather dysfunctional at times, it just makes for a more interesting life. I’ve learned a lot of skills through the years, in particular during my nursing years and whilst working as a police constable. I put a great deal of what I’ve learned into my writing.

When and why did you begin writing?

When I reduced my regular working hours in 2011, I had a little extra time on my hands so I started writing The Calling without thinking too much about it. Before that, my writing activities consisted mainly of shopping lists, compiling reports, record keeping and suchlike.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

That’s a difficult one. I should probably say, when I held my first book in my hand but that’s not really true. I only published my first book in November last year, and maybe it’s not sunk in yet, but I’ve never defined myself by any of the skills that I’ve gained. I have friends and neighbours who refer to me as ‘The nurse’ or ‘The police officer’. Lately, I suppose some will refer to me as, ‘The fantasy writer’.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

The ‘Gateway’ series is about a girl who is drawn into a system which coexists with Earth, unbeknown to most humans. From other realms, there are demons/ Otherworlders, the worst of which traffic in rather gullible or greedy humans. After her first horrific encounter with a Gateway to another realm, Carolyn is changed and becomes the mythical ‘destroyer’. The magically gifted organisation of the Protectorate recruit her, and together they police the gateways more effectively than before.

In opposition to the Protectorate, the government based Agency seeks to exploit the Gateways’ existence-often using methods on a par with the demons.
In Chasing the Demon, Carolyn and her demon friend Mario are stranded on another realm behind a locked gateway. Carolyn’s team are struggling to retrieve their destroyer.

The book is written from several characters POV and delves more deeply into the workings of the realms and the lives of the characters which The Calling has introduced. There are challenges and surprises to be had from the outset and along the way. There’s lots of action and adventure with the tension mounting throughout the story as the magical journey through the realms continues.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve never really grown up. As a child I was always in trouble for ‘daydreaming’. As an adult, the only difference is that I can hide it better. I look at situations before me and ‘what if?’ them. When I found the time to start writing, I hadn’t even thought about writing fantasy, I had a vague notion of something with a supernatural twist, but my imagination got away from me and the ‘Gateway’ series is the result.

Do you have a specific writing style?

For the ‘Gateway’ series I write in the third person from a specific character’s POV. That seems to work best for me. At first it was strange, but now I love the challenge of getting into the heads of ‘evil’ characters like the Agency’s Levy, and High mage, Sean, who is a mysterious and enigmatic magic user.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

Carolyn was ‘Called’ to service through the gateways, so it was the natural choice for the first book. Chasing the Demon is appropriate for book 2 in a number of ways, not least for the fact that Carolyn is in fact other than human, and the team is chasing through the realms to get her back.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

No. I want readers to simply enjoy the escapism that the story should give them. Should they choose to take anything further from it, then I’ll be very happy with that also. I am amazed already at how the difference in readers’ age and interests reflects on what they take out of The Calling.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Of course! Each character consists of traits and characteristics that I’ve observed, witnessed or experienced and filed for use.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

For my school Highers, we covered William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’, and it both horrified and inspired, which to me is the best possible combination for reading material. I’m also very partial to all sorts of poetry, favourites being The Lady of Shalott and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Highwayman by Alfred Noye and Ayrshire’s own Robert Burns’ Tam o’ Shanter.
The inspiration is to be found in the power of beautifully strung-together words. I like the emotional impact of words and phrases which may evoke joy, melancholy, awe, or they may highlight virtues of strength, courage and wisdom.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

Clarissa Yeo came to my attention as a very capable cover designer, I liked her bold exciting style.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

For brand new writers- Like me a few months ago! – I would probably stress that they shouldn’t put too much pressure on themselves. Goals are nice to have, but it’s best to keep them flexible and try to just to have fun with writing. Sometimes it is great just to share your stories verbally with anyone who will listen.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I feel honoured when a reader simply adds me to their ‘to read’ list, never mind how it is their reviews that continue to inspire me to work ever harder in the creation of my books. With busy lives and valuable time, my heartfelt thanks go to every reader who took a chance on a new author and purchased and/ or reviewed my book.

Chasing the Demon Book CoverLouise G. White
Ayrshire, Scotland

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