Interview is HERE.
Whilst you're there, why not give her a like, follow her, etc, and show her a little love :)
Thanks Morgan for the great interview. We'll have to catch up soon!
My name is Dan Wright. I'm a author of Fantasy. I like to talk about writing, movies, comics, animation - or just anything else that interests me. This is my blog. Thanks for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy.
Hey guys! I recently got interviewed by the amazingly talented Morgan S. Comnick on her website! Go check it out - you might find a few hints at future Draconican based novels!
Interview is HERE.
Whilst you're there, why not give her a like, follow her, etc, and show her a little love :)
Thanks Morgan for the great interview. We'll have to catch up soon!
Last year I ran a blog based on the comic Perry Winkle, a comic created by the immensely talented Susie Gander. I asked Susie if she would be interested in having an interview so that I could spread the word about Perry Winkle and what it represents for her and others - and I'm excited to hear that she said yes. :)
Today, I present to you, an interview with Susie Gander.
Thanks for appearing on my blog! Would you be so kind as to tell your readers a little about yourself?
I am a lover of creative arts from comics to films, musicals etc, one of the cliché people who hear a piece of music and immediately wants to draw from it 🙂 I am a huge Lara Croft fan and own a bearded dragon called Eugene.
What made you decide to be an artist and how long have you been drawing for?
I have always loved art and it just seemed the natural course at School, uni etc. It was the only class I could really focus on, my mind tended to wonder of or doodle in a maths class (hence my need for carrying a calculator lol !!) I have been drawing for about 15 years, with a Higher national diploma in art and design and a Bachelors of Honours in Animation Specialist.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Micheal Turner is what drew me to comics, I am late to the comic world after seeing some Lara Croft art Micheal produced and was hooked after that, his detail and the way he draws emotion is awesome, so sad he passed away from cancer, one very talented man.
Tell us a little bit about Perry Winkle. What is the comic about?
Perry Winkle is the semi autobiographical comic about my recent battle with cancer – Hodgkin Lymphoma, the idea is to raise awareness of this cancer and Also as a way to help younger sufferers understand what happens, after a successful kickstarter we are sending print editions (being worked on now) to hospitals and care centres. Any remaining will be sold with 20% of funds going to charity, we are also extremely lucky to have award winning letterer Rob Jones on the project. 🙂
What are Perry Winkles superpowers?
Perry is your inner self, whatever power you would want to defeat cancer, she can create it, in this case, Perry can conjure up all sorts of weapons with a quick trick of the hands, accessorising for each fighting occasion, all matching her outfit of course, she wouldn't not coordinate.
I hate to bring up bad memories, but I understand that there was a personal reason for this comic’s creation. Can you tell us how it came about?
In Dec 2014 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) located in my neck and mediastinum. I didn't really have a problem talking about what was happening but those who know me know I'm not the most eloquent of speakers, so I wanted to say it the way I knew how 🙂 art 🙂. It also acted as an outlet for me, like a creative therapy, it was out my head and on the paper
Where can people read it? Is there a website?
What were your aspirations for this comic?
For the comic to help people.
If it were made into a film, who would you get to play the staring role?
I think Chloe Grace Mortez, just for her portrayal of Hit Girl in kick ass, Perry is a similar fiesty nature, just a more PG version.
What other projects have you worked on?
I have worked with Will Turner and Dan Butcher on Reynard City and done some collab work on a Tomb Raider comic many years ago 🙂.
And finally, is there any advice you can give to anyone wishing to be an artist. Also, is there any advice you can give to people with your condition?
The answer to both is … just keep going, for every hard day, there will be a better one, “when fate shuts the door, climb in through the window” the Cancer even after remission will never leave you, it always there physically and mentally, you can fear or embrace it, don't let it define who you are, show it what you can do
Thank you Susie for a truely inspirational interview today! Make sure you guys check out Perry Winkle and support this amazing work.
Oh, and on a side note - you'll be pleased to hear that I've also commissioned Susie to help with a front cover for my soon to be released The Gothon Campaign novel. Below is a WIP of it.
Fans of Trapped on Draconica may recognise the woman on the left as Gothon's doomed wife Sophia - but who is the woman on the right? And why does she look sad? Time will tell.
I am very grateful for Susie for doing this cover for me, I can't wait to see how it looks!
Thanks for reading guys. Have a wonderful day.
As you guys probably know Morgan Straughan Comnick is my writing Bestie! And has been since my time with Paper Crane Books. She is without a doubt one of the nicest human beings on the planet - and the fact that we both love Disney is a huge help as well! XD
She currently has a series out called Spirit Vision - which is ab0ut a kickass heroine that fights evil spirits. Sorta like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sailor Moon, it's a wonderful series that I've had the pleasure of reading.
The Power of Mortals is the third book in the series and she has been touring the internet to spread awareness of it. And what kinda of writing bestie would I be if I didn't do my bit to help? And luckily Morgan took time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her book and a few other things.
So without further ado ladies and gentlemen, I present to you - the wonderfully talented Morgan Straughan Comnick!
Morgan, thank you SO much for coming back to my blog! Missed you loads, darling. That’s not a question I know – but I wanted to say it!
;) – Thank you dearest! :D I’ve missed you as well! I hate that adulating gets in the way of our fun!
Ok, so REAL questions now. Tell us a bit about yourself. What does Morgan do when she isn’t writing?
I am from the mid-western part of the U.S.A., born and raised! I’m an Early Childhood teacher, Sunday school teacher, Anime Club sensei, and a huge otaku. I have such an amazing family, sweet husband, and epic friends. I like to be bubbly, silly, and never lose my imagination or child-like wonder.
And pray that you NEVER lose that! ;) I hear that you’re a teacher. How did you/why did you want to get into that line of work?
As a child, I got to watch my father prepare to educate his high school teachers, so I knew the ins-and-outs of being a teacher beyond the thought to be believed 8 to 3 schedule. When I wasn’t at home or school, I was at my grandma’s house, playing with my brother and younger cousins. One of our favorite games to play was school, and I was the teacher. Seeing their little eyes light-up when a concept clicked for them gave me such a surreal feeling that when my beloved fifth grade teacher and friend told me I had the compassion to be a teacher, I knew that was the career path I was meant to take.
I guess the big question is, what made you want to get into writing?
I was also a super shy person and words failed me, my lack of confidence constricting. I discovered I enjoyed writing and that I could express myself through poetry when spoken words were lost to me. Then, I had a very charismatic ninth grade Language Arts teacher (a co-teacher of my dad’s). He came into class one day, late, flung the door open with jubilance and exclaimed, “I’m going to write a book!” We all thought he was batty and continued with our work. He then yelled my maiden name, making my skittish-self leap out of my seat, informing me I would be a good character in his upcoming masterpiece. And…I laughed! I felt badly, but I laughed at a teacher! Later, I pondered, “If this man can write a book, what’s stopping me from trying?” And then, it’s like a switch turned on. I saw inspiration everywhere and “Spirit Vision” was 90% plotted in my head within two weeks, at the tender age of 15!
Awesome! it takes me about two or three years to plot my books out and I'm an adult! So who are you influences?
For Spirit Vision, I was inspired by my love for the supernatural. I believe there are things we cannot explain and when I was growing up in middle school, supernatural romances were new and all the rage. So, it’s easy to see where that came from. I based the normal aspects and characters on my life as a freshman in high school at the time I WAS one, so it was a breeze to write from that perspective. Lastly, my favorite game at the time was Sonic Adventure 2 for the Gamecube. It inspired Maren and Umbra and the sci-fi elements in the work. Now, I write to express myself, share the characters I love so much with the world, and my otaku/nerdy life.
Tell us about your Spirit Vision series
Spirit Vision starts out following Stary Moon, your average shy, kind, and nerdy freshman, well, she’s normal until she has a strange vision on the day a dead body is found at her school! Stary later meets the spirit of the dead girl, Maren, and her obnoxious friend, Umbra, them informing her she is the current Spirit Warrior for the Lord and it is her mission to track down and take the evil out of their murderer in order for Maren and Umbra to go to Heaven. The story infuses the supernatural with a mystery and romance while Stary is trying to survive being in high school, keeping this secret from her friends, and getting her crush to ask her to the dance! The next instalments follow Stary’s adventures still, adding new challenges, villains, characters, powers, and rewards.
OOOOOHHHH. I'm excited! And having read the first two books I wanna know where it goes from here! Without any spoilers, what can readers expect from the next book?
An answer to the cliff-hanger in “New Beginnings” along with new powers, reveals, and Latin!
I do love me some latin! And I also really like the main character, Stary Moon. Is she based on anyone?
She’s based on myself if I was braver and had kick-butt powers!
You mean you don't? ;) What influenced you to write this novel?
I knew I wanted to write five or six books for this series since the start, each adding to the dynamics of the supernatural world I crafted. New challenges, powers, and characters to add to the charm of the original is what drives me. I love these characters as if they are my own children!
You mentioned earlier (and it's probably the worst kept secret) that you're a huge Otaku! What are your favourite Mangas/Animes?
You know you’re an otaku when you are getting paid to be the sensei of an Anime club and twelve high school students bow for you when you enter the room! :D Yes, I am a HUGE otaku! I really love A LOT of anime and manga. In fact, Dan and I did a video each on our shared Youtube Channel, Moon Panda Power, about our favorite animes! :D I’m sure he can link that here. (done! ;) ) But, spoiler alert: Cardcaptor Sakura is my first and favorite anime AND manga (other than Pokemon because I did not know what anime or manga was when I started watching it). For manga, I love anything by CLAMP and ArinaTanemura along with Ouran High School Host Club, Stepping on Roses, and more. You can get a FULL list here on my “To be a nerdy Otaku” page on my website.
You’re also a huge fan of Disney. What are your favourite films?
All praise the M.I.C.K.E.Y. M.O.U.S.E!!! :D I ADORE Disney. I grew up in the Disney Renaissance, which was a GREAT time to grow up! If I had to pick three films, it would be The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. I really love Lilo & Stitch too!
As I also know you’re a Power Rangers fan, I have to ask - what is your opinion of the trailer for the new film?
Power Rangers was LITERALLY my early childhood and I will never grow out of my dream to be the next Pink Ranger. However, when I watched the trailer, my mouth was agape and my brain shut down for about three minutes. I had no real clue what to think, a rarity. It looks to generic, like many other bad-kids-become-a-team-of-randomly-overpowered-superheroes-and-there-are-aliens movie that I have seen a dozen times. That’s not MY Power Rangers. Mine were SO goody-goody-two-shoes that it was laughable, but we all praised that. My brother and I are still going to see it opening showing in our best Power Rangers attire, but our bar is low. When my sweet grandma is bashing the trailer, it’s hard to be thrilled.
Yeah I know the feeling. I heard that (SPOILER ALERT) Rita Repulsa may be the Green Ranger in this one. If that happens I will be P.I.S.ed! XD Also, me and Morgan recently did a Power Rangers headscratchers blog. You can check that out here.
As I know you read my Amanda Moonstone series, I have to ask you, just for fun – who would win in a battle between Stary Moon and Amanda Moonstone? Be honest
;)-Well, it depends if Amanda has enough money to get good supplies! xD Also, I don’t think Stary would attack another human, even a magic-powered one unless it was for an assignment or Amanda was a murderer. I don’t think she COULD. But, I do have to say that they would make a kick-butt team!
To be fair, when Amanda is possessed by the Blood gem, she is pretty lethal. But a team up would be pretty cool. Now, if Spirit Vision was made into a film, who would you want to star in it?
Ah…me? Who knows Stary better? Is that too much to ask? For Maren, if Brittany Snow was a bit younger, I could see her. For Umbra…There are a few members in either the bands “Big Bang” and “Shinee” I’m looking at. ;) I promised Mr. Banger, who inspired my book series and is one of my biggest supporters, that he could play his character, Mr. Tin, but he wants a limo and tux for the premier!
And I'm sure that there would be a few people that would LOVE a role in it? Hint, hint! XD But how about a Spirit Vision/Draconica crossover?
I think that would be awesome!- Epic! Have your people call my people!
And finally – are you able to tell us what you’re working on now?
Starting a new job in a new district drains a lot of my writing time, but nevertheless, I will get it done. I am currently very SLOWLY going to work on Spirit Vision 4, but I am more focused on a new book project, coded for now H & B. It will be more adult in content and it still has fantasy elements, but with monsters and monster hunting instead of spirits. I hope to compile another collection of short stories and poems into my third collection in a year or two. ^_^
Morgan, it has been a pleasure as always. Don’t be a stranger now!
You too my Panda friend! Thanks for having me. Call me, beep me, you know how to reach me! Author besties! =D
And don't forget that you can purchase a copy of The Power of Mortals on Amazon. I'll even leave a link for you - because I'm nice like that ;)
Some of you may or may not know - my very good friend Morgan Straughan Comnick recently did a blog tour to promote her newest novel in the Spirit Vision series - New Beginnings. And whilst technically I am not part of the tour, I always do my bit to help fellow authors - so I asked if she would like to come onto my blog for a little chat.
You guys already know that me and Morgan have worked together on various voice-over projects. I first met her when I joined Paper Crane Books - and whilst I didn't stay long, the friendship between me and Morgan has lasted. I almost feel like I've know her for years, she's that good a person. And having read her work (and proofread it from time to time) I can tell you guys she is an incredible writer and one of the most charismatic people I have had the pleasure of working with.
So sit back, relax and let me and Morgan chat a bit about her latest release.
Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her "bubbliness." It is Morgan's mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.
Morgan - it is an absolute pleasure to have you on my blog! I'm sure I've bigged you up enough in the past - but why don't you tell these lovely people about you?
Sure thing, good sir. My name is Morgan Straughan Comnick. I am a young adult author for Paper Crane Books. Currently, I have three books published, the first two titles in my “Spirit Vision” series, a paranormal/mystery/romance (“Spirit Vision” and “New Beginnings”) and “A Sweet, Little Dream,” a collection of poems, short stories, and other literacy works I wrote in high school, but some are older.
Is writing your job or do you have some other work ourside of this?
Writing is one of my jobs and loves, but I also have a passion for teaching. I am currently the librarian for my hometown’s kindergarten and the one of the elementary technology instructors. I also teach Sunday school at my church and in the summer, I teach an array of engaging and educational week long classes at my college. This is a lot of work, but fun and rewording to work with a wide range of ages, interests, and personalities in teaching. I am still seeking a full time Early Childhood or Elementary teaching position; I am certified and have my licence for these areas.
So - million dollar question - what inspired you to become a writer?
I was such a shy child, with no confidence in myself. My voice was locked tight, but I had a powerful imagination. I wrote poems to start to express myself when my spoken words failed me, but thanks to a very charismatic ninth grade communication arts teacher who told me I would make a good character in his book, I got the fire to tackle writing my own manuscript at age 14, and bam! The world opened up to me and I saw inspiration everywhere. This was how I pieced together my first written work, “Spirit Vision.”
And roughly how many books have you written already?
As started above, I have three books published already. I also had two short story essays published in a holiday anthology. I am working on edits currently/soon for “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals,” and my college collection of short stories and poems, “Fallen Star Dust.” I have ideas for several more works in a multitude of formats for the future.
As I mentioned, me and you met through Paper Crane Books. What made you choose Paper Crane Books as your publisher and what has the experience been like?
Paper Crane has been incredible for me and Spirit Vision; my publisher and I are such a team and I know she loves my characters as much as I do. She works so hard too! I am so lucky I sent my query letter to them and I was accepted!
Why don't you tell us a little bit about Spirit Vision - the first book in your series? (not pictured)
Spirit Vision follows 15 year old Stary Moon, who discovers she is the current Spirit Warrior, selected by the Lord, given the ability to see, hear, and aid spiritual beings. Her first mission once this knowledge is granted to her is to find and take the evil out of the murderer of two teens, Maren and Umbra, who have been tracking their killer for almost two years, but to no avail. Stary must also develop her powers, keep her mortal loved ones safe, and try not to fall in love in the process. High school is never easy, especially when a murderer is vent on destroying you!
Have to say I never had problems like that in my school - I had enough to deal with without having to deal with that. XD What can people expect in the next book – New Beginnings? (pictured)
Words in other languages, spy missions, new paranormal powers and incantations that are B.A., hotties, prophetic dreams, high school drama, and all the nerd references! Oh! And…I might be hated for the final page…*ducks* I already had some students declare it so!
Oh yes. THAT scene! Have to admit I was a little bit peeved at that scene myself. But I'll be interested to see how the story goes from here. Now this may be the mother of all tough questions, but I have to ask it. Who are your favourite authors? Indie or otherwise?
My favorite author would have to be Lurlene McDaniel, although there are so many I like! Her books are so full of heart and make you really think of the importance of life, especially when it is cut short. Her works got me into reading in high school and I have not stopped since. My favorite manga-ka would be my first; CLAMP; they are so magical and their art stunning, stories breath-taking and diverse. Again, there are many manga-ka I enjoy deeply, so it was a hard choice.
Do you have any other hobbies?
IF I have free time, which is rare, I like to walk and listen to music, read, sing, do funny voices or act goofy with my loved ones, hug my cat Socks, play video games or Pokemon cards, doodle, act, shop for clothes if there is a sale, eat cheese, and, my biggest love: being an otaku! Anime, manga, Japanese culture, cosplaying…I LOVE IT ALL! I also love stuffed animals, Elvis, kawaii things, and hugs! :)
Funny you mention Japanese culture - and you already mentioned Manga as well - I was gonna ask if you have any favourite Manga's or Anime?
That is like asking which cheese is my favorite; there are so many! To name a few: Cardcaptor Sakura, Man of Many Faces, Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, anything by Arina Tanemara-san, and several others! I have a full list on my website in the “To Be a Nerdy Otaku” section.
As well as writing – I understand that you do a little bit of voice acting as well. Mainly with Yours Truly! How did that come about? Is it something you'd like to so professionally?
I do indeed love to voice act and it would thrill me to do it professional. It is an honor to work with such a superb script writer and voice actor each video! ;)
The first time I recall someone telling me shocked them with how I mimicked a voice well was that I was maybe…three, and I copied Olive Oil off of the Pop-Eye cartoon, her line, “Oh Pop-Eye help!” I am sure I was being a silly older toddler, but my mom STILL makes me do that voice to this day and I do not even remember how it went! >.< I also did elementary Jenny from the film Forrest Gump when I was young too, her “Run, Forrest, Run!” bit. I have always had an annoying to me high-pitched voice, but I love to act out books, plays, and stories. I am sure the voices just came to me; they do when I read now to my kindergarteners. :)
Do you have a favourite voice role you’ve done so far? From either my videos or any other voice acting you've done?
Ironically, my favorite roles would probably be either really cute, young voices, characters that are so adorable you get cavities listening to them OR slow talking, sultry, evil roles. They are opposite ends of the spectrum, I know, but I think because they are so different from my regular voice, that it’s easier for me to keep a hold of the voice whereas princesses or heroines, although I love them, I have to focus so hard sometimes to keep in character and not go to my speaking that I feel I goof up more and I am more critical with them. I still mess up big time with any role I do, though!
I understand also that you’re a bit of a Disney fan! What’s your favourite film?
I adore Disney to pieces and several of their works are classics in my heart, but, my all-time favorite would have to be “The Lion King!” I have so many embarrassing stories about how I was a super fan of the movie as a child, but I will keep those to myself…(evil Scar cackle).
Ok, dream scenario! You’ve just discovered that Spirit Vision will be made into a film/TV series. You can choose who to play in it. What would your ideal cast be?
OH gosh! This is such a hard question! I know, if I can get away with it, I would want to play Stary because she is BASED on me, personality and looks (although she is prettier and braver than I).
For Umbra…currently, the choice I like best would have to be Seungri from the South Korean band, Big Bang, For Maren, I would say a young Brittany Snow (when she has her wavy blonde hair, she looks so much like her)! I like Becca Tobin for Chloe (a younger version). On the others, I am not 100% yet. Thoughts friends?
So? Can you give us a heads up about any other projects you are involved in? Books or otherwise?
Writing, teaching, Sunday school, church choir, voice acting on shows and doing events on Youtube Channels…I do run Pokemon events once a month with my Poke Crew, where we teach students who to play the Pokemon TCG. It is very fun.
You certainly keep a busy lifestyle, my friend! What advice would you give to any aspiring author?
Hold on to what if. It took me four years to complete my manuscript and four more to find a company who believed in me. It is a long process, but never give up on your dream; that dream is too beautiful to crush. Let it thrive!
Ok, so those were the fun questions - now to get serious! And these ones will REALLY test your mettle! Ready?
A bus has five people when it begins its journey. At the first stop, two get off, three get on. Next stop, five get off. Next stop, six get on. In the final stop, half the total number of the people already on the bus get off and twice the number of people on the second stop get on.
The question is – does this T-shirt make me look fat? XD
You look as darling as ever! Good thing too because you lost my interest at the word math! I’d rather look at a shirt!
Haha! Don't worry. I suck at maths too! XD Ok, who would win in a fight between Pikachu and Blanka from Street Fighter 2
I would say Pikachu because he can make his own mighty electric charge from his body and he is super speedy too. It would be a…shocking match! xD
This one actually HAS been answered on Screwattack. I've seen the fight and... well, let's just say you might not like the result. You can watch it HERE if you want. Just don't blame me for the result! XD
Next question - is Jessica Rabbit bad or is she just drawn that way?
Drawn that way, but it’s fun to pretend she can be deliciously evil when it is useful for her. I suppose most women can be like that though. ;)
And finally… the most important question of all. What does the Fox say? XD
I personally like the “"A-oo-oo-oo-ooo! Woo-oo-oo-ooo!" idea, but I think Foxes really squeak or, in Oriental cultures, they are seen as deities, sometimes good, sometimes not…Maybe they do not need to make a sound then? ;D
Since FNAF I actually can't get THIS sound outta my head! (Don't watch if easily scared!) XD
Thank you so much for joining me today on my Blog Morgan! You can check out and follow this amazing author at the following links. And don't forget to grab yourself a copy of New Beginnings on Amazon :)
This was an interview originally posted on my previous blog on the 6th December 2014. I have reuploded it here as it was such a great interview and the previous link is now no longer working.
So enjoy this fun interview with author Nancy Christie of Pixel Hall Press.
Thank you for taking the time to appear on my blog. Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
I’m a writer by profession and by preference. I make my living writing magazine articles and handling copywriting projects for companies and agencies—all to feed my need to write fiction!
That sounds like a cool job! So what first inspired you to get into writing?
I don’t actually remember when I started writing. I always made up stories as child, and wrote my first story in second grade. Writing wasn’t a choice but just something I did naturally—like talking or eating or breathing.
So who are your favourite authors?
There are so many, so this is a far from complete list and in no particular order but… Agatha Christie, Mark Helprin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Enid Blyton, Jules Verne—there are undoubtedly more but I’d better stop there.
Do you have any other hobbies other than writing or is that your whole world?
Not to quibble about words, but for me, writing is not a “hobby” but a requirement of living. Or my addiction. Or so much a part of me that I don’t know where writing starts and I stop. Now my hobbies are gardening. And biking. And running (although I walk more than I run). And reading.
Do you have a particular favourite genre to write in?
Probably literary fiction, although the novels I am working on tend to be more mainstream. But when I write short stories, they end up falling into the “literary” category.
Without giving away too many spoilers, can you tell the nice people us a little bit about your new/upcoming book?
Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories is a short fiction collection about characters who, whether by accident or design, find themselves traveling left of center. Some manage to get back on the correct side of the road, some don’t, and others weave back and forth, courting disaster.
Sounds interesting. Where did you get the inspirations for this?
Some of the stories were inspired by events I witnessed or conversations I overheard, while others started from experiences I had that I then took further down the path of imagination.
As this is a collection, I guess there isn't really a "main character" as such, but do you have any favourite characters from any of the stories?
Not so much favorites, but the protagonist in “Annabelle” breaks my heart every time I read her story.
Awww. Sounds like it's a tear jerker. If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters? Do you have a favourite director you would choose for this?
I’ve no idea. I am so clueless when it comes to the current crop of directors or actors. But since I’d like to pursue that possibility in the coming year, I guess I better get educated!
Just as heads up, if Michael Bay comes your way - say no straight away! He'd probably just replace your stories with loads of explosions! Speaking of which, what in your opinion is more important – story or characters?
I don’t think you can have one without the other. A good story is what happens to the characters, but if the characters are badly written, the story will fail.
And what do you look for in a good story?
Believability. Not that it means that it can’t be a fantasy or science fiction or magical, but I have to believe that somewhere that story is actually taking place—that there is an alternate reality where the characters are living. If the story is well written, then it takes me to that place.
Very true - and this is often the problem I find with some Fantasy or Sci-Fi. As long as the setting is believable and the characters lifelike, you can take a fictional setting and make the audience get lost in the world. So what is the best advice you can give to authors?
Understand that this is a business. Yes, it’s wonderful to have written a book but that’s just the beginning. Now take off your author hat and put on your biz owner hat because your book is a product and it’s up to you to get it out there in the marketplace where it will vie for attention with all the other books that are out there.
That's really good advice - and indeed something that any author needs to bare in mind when promoting their work.
Ok, now for the REAL questions of the interview – and these are real life or death here! The fate of the world rests on this question and could cause a time collapse that will wipe out all life in the Universe. So think carefully before you answer. What DOES the Fox say?
Why am I always the bad guy in fairy tales?
Thinking about it, yeah. Foxes do get a bit of a bad rep. Especially in Naurto. But I have a more important question. Why did the chicken cross the road?
It was faster than tunnelling under it.
And finally... how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
It depends entirely on how far he had to chuck it and how much each piece weighs. He’s not exactly a champion at tossing lumber, you know.
Well that was a fun little interview there! Thank you so much for taking the time to appear on my blog, Nancy. Hope you guys found the information she gave useful. You can follow her at any of the following links.
Who would I get to play Amanda if Amanda Moonstone: The Missing Prince was made into a film? What's the quirkiest thing about my characters and what inspired me to write the novel? These questions and more are answered in this nice little interview I did on BooksChatter.
With the blog tour reaching the end, you can catch up with the rest of the tour here and see the other stops I made on this wonderful journey through the internet.
Continuing the Amanda Moonstone Blog Tour we now arrive at Women of Badassery - who interviewed me as part of the tour. Here I get to answer such questions like why I likened Amanda to Elsa from Frozen? Or how I got the inspiration for the story? It's all here!
Women of Badassery
And don't forget to check out the rest of the blog tour here by clicking on the picture!
What is it like for a male author to create a female protagonist? That's one of the questions I was asked in this little interview for Solafide Publishing - amongst other things - for the Amanda Moonstone Blog Tour. Check out the full interview here!
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