Author Interview: Karen DuBose

Happy Saturday everyone. Today I am sitting down with Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author Karen DuBose. Sit back and hold on while we get down to the nitty gritty. Hope you all are having a great weekend and this makes it better. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Where do I even start. Lol. For all who knows me. I write dark fantasy romance. I’m addicted to White monsters (Energy drinks). I love anything to do with Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Which is why my new real ease coming next month is my dark twist on it. I live in East Tennessee with my husband of 15 years and 6 fur babies (all dogs) ranging from 7 lbs up to 75 lbs. Not only am I a writer, I also love to read.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Dark fantasy romance. Because I love putting twist on things. I’ve tried doing non dark, but it always ends up dark. Not all my stories have happy endings.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I work a lot. Lol. I wish I had more free time to write. Only writing on the weekends isn’t cutting it for me. Lol.

What is your writing process like?

First I have to have my monster close to me and music playing.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I had a dream about my main character. After that they got into my head demanding me to write their story.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Ednah Walters. I told her about the story in my head and she told me to write it. I told her I wasn’t a writer. She then told me that if I wanted my story out there then to write it.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?

Computer because I cannot read my handwriting when I think that fast lol.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My husband, mom and sister. Plus my fans are amazing to.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me and my books. I’m so happy you guys love them. I hope you will love the others that I write.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I have a new release coming in September. World of Nightmares. My twist on The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m almost finished with book 2 in The Light Realm series. After that I will be writing Runes story (daughter of Dariya from The Elder Series), a twist on Aladdin, and then Edna’s story (best friend in Wailing Waters)


The Author

unnamed (1)Karen grew up outside of Chicago with her mom, dad and two older brothers. Being the only girl and the baby was hard when your brothers thought it was a good idea to make her the guinea pig. They both were in wrestling and they used her to learn new moves. Fun for them not so much for her. Family means everything to her, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing.

She traveled a lot and has finally settled down in a small town in East Tennessee in the mountains. Something about the mountains called to her and still does.
She loves to make her own swag and other gifts. She also loves anything to do with the outdoors.
Her favorite snack is gummy worms and bears. Her favorite drink is a white monster. She says she is a monster before she has one.
Her family is everything to her and they support her 100% with her dream to become a well-known author. She is taking it one step at a time and one book at a time.
She loves to meet her fans at book signing. To this day she still thinks its unreal. Like she is going to wake up and the dream will be over.

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The Book

9781949050912_p0_v1_s550x406🖤🖤Black Ruins Forest🖤🖤

Fate must’ve been bored. They’ve decided my lifecycle needs to be shaken up a bit. It’s bad enough waiting and wondering which of the four shifter animals I’m going to turn into. To top it all off I have these weird and crazy daydreams that come and go whenever they want. Leaving me disoriented. They’ve gotten me into trouble more than I like to admit. Then came to find out the Elders want to kill me or use me for some unforeseen reason. So, here I am on the run just to survive. With my best friend Kira, my mom and a bunch of dragon shifter I barely know. Oh, and the crush of my lifecycle Kiernan.
I’m really missing my old boring lifecycle right about now. If I can ever get back to it. I’m not taking it for granted again.

Will the Black Ruins Forest hold the answers we are all seeking, or will it just make things worse? There’s only one way to find out and pray to the source we all survive long enough to get those answers.

“Her fate will either kill her or empower her.”
If you love shifter books! Check this one out.

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Author Interview: Tanya L. Harris

Welcome to another Friday. Have you grabbed your book to consume your weekend yet? If not I got the perfect book for you. Check out author Tanya L. Harris and her book Unbound. Nice thing about her series is that it is on KU so you can go easily grab it without issue. If you don’t have KU you can grab it for $2.99 on Amazon. But, not only do I have her book featured below but also a special interview. Sit down and get to know more about this new amazing author. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I love building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these fantasy worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together! By day I am an Accounting Manager, by 5pm I turn into a lacrosse coach and after dinner I am word slaying writer. I love to hang out with my family and friends and see as much of the world as I can.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in the fantasy genre simply because whatever I say, is truth! I can develop my characters and my worlds with the only limitation being my own imagination.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have had a story rolling around in my head for years. I would think about it at night in hopes of falling asleep and landing my dreamscape that world. After meeting several indie authors, I decided to put my dreamscape to paper.

Tell us about your latest release?

Awaken, Book Two of the Aldreash Series is the continuing story of Katie

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Katie, is a strong independent female.

What is your writing process like?

A little bit of chaos, if I am honest. I write the

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am working hard on getting book 3 (yet titled) to a point for edit. I will also begin doing author events and appearances in and around the Denver, Colorado area.


The Author

2nd proflie imageTanya loves building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together!
She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughters. When she is not working as an accountant or writing her stories, she enjoys watching her daughters play sports and being outdoors, either hiking, boating, or just enjoying the fresh air. When time allows, she loves traveling with her family to new places.

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The Book

UNBOUNDTwelve remaining realms, an Evil bent on destroying them, and one unbeknownst woman with the power to stop it.
Magic, is not something Katie thinks about. She doesn’t even know it exists until it explodes out of her.
Now with her magic released, her entire existence, which has been kept secret even from her, has been revealed. She has become a target, hunted by monsters from other realms. To survive she must flee to a new world far beyond her imagination. There she is thrust into a world of secrets, magic, and ultimate power. All of which want to save her, control her or destroy her.
Beyond the halls of Alderash a growing threat, an evil so great that the realms are on high alert. The elven race is old, and many remember the last time the darkness began to consume the lands, destroying everything in its path. It is remembered the madness that consumed all. It is rising again. More powerful, more destructive.
Katie must learn the secrets that surround her and harness the magic within her or she will not be ready to fight the evil rising out of the darkness. If she can’t fight it, all will be lost.

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Author Interview: Jennifer Ann Schlag

It’s Thursday! The middle of the week is gone and I got another awesome featured today. I am featuring a good friend of mine from New York. Hope you will stop in and check out Jennifer Ann Sclag in her author interview.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am from New York and, although it can be a rough place to live, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Growing up around books and movies, I easily fell in love with storytelling from an early age. I wrote short stories throughout my childhood but wrote my first professional screenplay in 2002 (Goval: Parallel Destiny). After abandoning writing for a few years, I picked it back up and wrote the novel version to that screenplay, and that is when aspiring filmmaker became aspiring author. I am seriously addicted to YouTube and Netflix. It is often a distraction for my writing time. Sometimes people ask where I come up with my story ideas and I simply say I find inspiration from everything around me. Life is inspiration.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Dark fantasy/fantasy. Although I grew up watching sci-fi movies, fantasy movies have always been my favorite. Fantasy has a way of making you forget reality for a while, and we all need that. It transports you into another world and, for a moment, you believe in magic and that the impossible is possible.

What inspired you to become an author?

Watching movies and reading books. From there the passion for reading grew and the desire to write stories blossomed.

Tell us about your latest release?

Many who have travelled into the Veiled Haven have never returned, and those that do are forever changed. When opportunity arises for Talen to venture there with a spoiled prince, secrets are revealed about both of them which will change their position in life and what they mean to each other.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I saw a friend’s premade book cover for sale with a woman and dragon on the cover and instantly the story came to me.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Talen is a young woman who could always talk to animals, but mastering a talent such as talking to every animal in the world, even the sacred ones, is a skill only the Masters of the Veiled Haven can acquire. She often gets herself in trouble but manages to find a way out of it barely scarred or bruised.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?

Writing more books. Hopefully very successful before those 5 years.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My facebook author friends.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Stephen King, Jordan Frost, and Shakespeare.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Always keep a foot in the past, your heart in the present, and your mind in the future.


The Author

20160804_081937Jennifer Ann Schlag takes reality and smashes it into fantasy and lets things fall where they way. She finds inspiration from all things in life; the light and the dark are not to be feared. She has an infinite amount of love for animals, especially wolves. When not writing she can often be found reading about philosophy and science, taking sunset pictures, and playing video games. Her favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride because she believes it gives you a little bit of everything–making it the perfect movie.

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The Book

H_eir-of-Dragmoore_ebProving her innocence will be the least of her problems
Talen plans to become a master trainer of animals and leave her farm life behind her. That is, until, her father is implicated in the death of a mother dragon and her infant. She finds the infant dragon alive and presents it to the king in hopes of her father being set free, only to be accused of harboring a magical beast—an offense punishable by imprisonment.
Prince Remy imagines that he is anyone but a prince who will be forced to marry and inherit the throne. Knowing he can’t have both his freedom and his father’s respect, he decides to leave behind the royal life. However, when opportunity arises for him to achieve what he desires, he accepts the challenge and stumbles upon a secret to his lineage that will change the entire kingdom.
Talen and Remy find themselves walking the same path. Leading them straight into The Veiled Haven, a place where intrigue, desire, and mayhem rule. They must find a way to navigate through the dark temptations that wait to prey upon them. Can they trust each other enough to survive the journey? Or will the temptations be too great that they succumb to the darkness within?

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Author Interview: Lana Campbell

Hey guys and gals, hope you’re having an awesome day. I know I am. Today I got a special treat for you all. I’m featuring PNR author Lana Campbell in her very own author interview. Hope you will take the time to get to know this awesome author. Check out what she has to say below.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Lana Campbell is the author of the Forever and a Night vampire romance series. All of her books are psychological thrillers. They each have a Christian element, a feel good message and a romance so sweet and hot they’ll leave you breathless. She loves writing paranormal romance and is an avid reader of it too. From the time she was fourteen Lana always had a romance novel in her backpack and was reading it after school, at school, wherever she could find a few minutes to read. Reading enticed her to write. She wrote her first book in 1995, but never considered publishing anything until much later. She got serious about publishing in 2014 and book one, Forever and a Night came out in 2016. There are currently six more stand alone books in her series. Lana lives in Pea Ridge AR with her oldest daughter, Jessica and a cat named Jenna.

What inspired you to become an author?

I’d have to say my love of romance books. I was a reader for years and one day decided to try my hand at writing. That was 1994. I joined a great writers group in Springfield MO, Ozark Romance Authors and learned a great deal about writing. I didn’t publish until much later though.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

There are a number of things I would change regarding decisions I’ve made. I guess the main thing would be to love and forgive unconditionally when I was younger and didn’t understand the value of doing so.

Tell us about your latest release?

It’s a time travel romance starring vampires. Parts of it are futuristic and parts are historical, set in medieval times. Here’s the blurb to give you an idea of who the players are:
For months Ariana Chauvenski has been dealing with strange, realistic dreams of a vampire she believes is her true life mate, Lord Bryce of Aragon, who exists in a time a thousand years removed from her own, twenty seventy-seven. While the dreams are deliciously intimate and sweet, they’ve left her bereft and exhausted. She’s desperate to understand these nightly dreams and shares her problem with a girlfriend who Googles Lord Bryce of Aragon and discovers a Hungarian Lord with that name lived over a thousand years ago. Ariana is shocked when she finds out Bryce was born in the very year he claimed in one of her dreams. She contacts one of his decedents and learns he owns an ancient castle in the Carpathian mountains where she knows Bryce once lived. It operates now as a bed and breakfast. Ariana makes immediate plans to travel there, hoping she can find answers to her troubling dreams.

Once Ariana arrives at the Aragon castle deep in the Carpathian mountains, she hunts for clues and finds a portrait of the man of her dreams along with a headboard that has a beautiful waterfall carved into it. Ariana thinks the headboard must have belonged to Bryce because in every one of Ariana’s dreams, she meets Bryce at a pristine waterfall in a forest. Could Bryce have had dreams of her too?

Ariana believes the waterfall is near the castle and goes to hunt for it, but she finds far more than she bargained for when she goes spelunking in a cave behind the fall. Within the cave is a time portal that takes her back to the year eleven ninety-two. There she meets her dream lover, Bryce, along with a feral vampire who attempts to kidnap her, but Bryce thwarts him. When Ariana realizes her savior is Bryce, she believes her prayers to find her life mate have been answered. Then reality sets in. Can she remain with Bryce in his time or will she wake up one day back in her own? She knows she and Bryce are destined to be life mates and Bryce knows this too. Both fear losing each other and to make matters worse the feral vampire who tried to abduct her is terrorizing Bryce’s people and wants Ariana for his life mate. Bryce, who is a feral hunter, appointed by the Empirical Vampire Tribunal, searches for the feral relentlessly and one night uses Ariana to bait him. Ariana, Bryce and his men chase the feral vampire into the cave behind the fall. Bryce and Ariana pass through the time portal and land in the year twenty seventy-seven. What they don’t know is if the feral vampire went through the time portal as well, but Bryce is determined to find him, be it in Ariana’s time or his own.

They also face the plaguing question: where in time will they live together? Ariana grieves over the prospect of never seeing her family again and Bryce fears he’ll never find a place in a world with flying cars, holographic computers and teleportation devices. Can there be a happily ever after for Ariana and Bryce or will time or perhaps a feral vampire end up separating them forever?

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I’ve only published stories about vampires. My take on the vampire world is unlike any story I’ve read, many of my readers say, and they like the unique angle. My kids were into Twilight and although I liked the books I didn’t like the younger characters. I wanted to write older, more mature characters, so in my first book I made the heroine forty-two with three grown girls. The ages of my protagonists range from mid-twenties to vampires over two hundred years old. Most behave maturely but not all.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Currently I have eight books in my series published. They’re all unique, but the vampires in my books all suffer from a blood disease that requires them to have human blood two to three times a week. They evolved from humans due to this blood disease and are very human-like. Some readers who are not fans of paranormal have really enjoyed the stories and my take on vampires. Most of them get their blood from vampire blood banks and take it IV.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

Not really. I do however get up around two or three in the morning to write before I go to work. I love writing in the middle of the night. Maybe I’m part vampire.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Nora Robers, Christine Feehan and Hemmingway

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

More in this series. Book nine is two to three months away. I’ve also written a novella paranormal series called, Mystery of the Alien Blood. The first book should be out in a couple of weeks.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for giving a new author a chance and buying my books! I will say most are hooked. I’ve got a pretty good following and most people who try my books always come back for more.


The Author

Lana Campbell LowResLana Campbell is the author of the Forever and a Night vampire romance series. All of her books are psychological thrillers. They each have a Christian element, a feel good message and a romance so sweet and hot they’ll leave you breathless. She loves writing paranormal romance and is an avid reader of it too. From the time she was fourteen Lana always had a romance novel in her backpack and was reading it after school, at school, wherever she could find a few minutes to read. Reading enticed her to write. She wrote her first book in 1995, but never considered publishing anything until much later. She got serious about publishing in 2014 and book one, Forever and a Night came out in 2016. There are currently six more stand alone books in her series. Lana lives in Pea Ridge AR with her oldest daughter, Jessica and a cat named Jenna. If she’s not writing you can probably find her at the nearest lake.

So what do I write?

Christian paranormal romance psychological thrillers. Quite a combination, huh? Well, my vampires are most unique. I can almost promise you won’t find them typical. Some are famous billionaires, a few are OB/GYN’s for vampires. I’ve also got a computer geek, a interior decorator and oh, last but not least a thief of drugs.
Each story has bigger than life heroes and heroines and you won’t be able to help getting invested in their lives and all their drama. There’s always a villain you’ll love to hate who will stop an nothing to destroy the MC’s lives and love.

All stories have a message of redemption in them, leaving you feeling good after the drama-drenched rollercoaster ride of danger and disasters for the hero and heroine.

You’ll get no cliffhangers with my stories. All stand alone and all have happily every afters.

If you’re looking to sink into a story that will sweep you away and leave you hungry for more, try the books in my Forever and a Night series. You’ll be glad you did.

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The Book

Dreams Through TimeFor months Ariana Chauvenski has been dealing with strange, realistic dreams of a vampire she believes is her true life mate, Lord Bryce of Aragon, who exists in a time a thousand years removed from her own, twenty seventy-seven. While the dreams are deliciously intimate and sweet, they’ve left her bereft and exhausted. She’s desperate to understand these nightly dreams and shares her problem with a girlfriend who Googles Lord Bryce of Aragon and discovers a Hungarian Lord with that name lived over a thousand years ago. Ariana is shocked when she finds out Bryce was born in the very year he claimed in one of her dreams. She contacts one of his decedents and learns he owns an ancient castle in the Carpathian mountains where she knows Bryce once lived. It operates now as a bed and breakfast. Ariana makes immediate plans to travel there, hoping she can find answers to her troubling dreams.

Once Ariana arrives at the Aragon castle deep in the Carpathian mountains, she hunts for clues and finds a portrait of the man of her dreams along with a headboard that has a beautiful waterfall carved into it. Ariana thinks the headboard must have belonged to Bryce because in every one of Ariana’s dreams, she meets Bryce at a pristine waterfall in a forest. Could Bryce have had dreams of her too?

Ariana believes the waterfall is near the castle and goes to hunt for it, but she finds far more than she bargained for when she goes spelunking in a cave behind the fall. Within the cave is a time portal that takes her back to the year eleven ninety-two. There she meets her dream lover, Bryce, along with a feral vampire who attempts to kidnap her, but Bryce thwarts him. When Ariana realizes her savior is Bryce, she believes her prayers to find her life mate have been answered. Then reality sets in. Can she remain with Bryce in his time or will she wake up one day back in her own? She knows she and Bryce are destined to be life mates and Bryce knows this too. Both fear losing each other and to make matters worse the feral vampire who tried to abduct her is terrorizing Bryce’s people and wants Ariana for his life mate. Bryce, who is a feral hunter, appointed by the Empirical Vampire Tribunal, searches for the feral relentlessly and one night uses Ariana to bait him. Ariana, Bryce and his men chase the feral vampire into the cave behind the fall. Bryce and Ariana pass through the time portal and land in the year twenty seventy-seven. What they don’t know is if the feral vampire went through the time portal as well, but Bryce is determined to find him, be it in Ariana’s time or his own.

They also face the plaguing question: where in time will they live together? Ariana grieves over the prospect of never seeing her family again and Bryce fears he’ll never find a place in a world with flying cars, holographic computers and teleportation devices. Can there be a happily ever after for Ariana and Bryce or will time or perhaps a feral vampire end up separating them forever?

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Author Interview: Krys Fenner

Hope you are having a good weekend. I got a treat for you. I’m featuring fantasy author Krys Fenner in an author interview. Take some time out of your busy weekend and check out what she has to say.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Florida, which is where I fell in love with writing and creating alternate worlds. It started as anything fantastical or mythological, but when I was in my junior year of high school, my creative writing professor challenged me to write something different. I had to get ideas from my friends, but I accepted and excelled at his challenge. I wrote my first ever short story dealing with a traumatic event. Since then, I’ve had a knack for incorporating tragedies into my work, even in my fantasy novels.

What is the weirdest thing you ever put into your books?

Honestly, some of the creatures are pretty strange in my Urban Fantasy series. The one that jumps out at me the most are catalyncs. They serve as guides and have a unique form.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in two different genres: YA Urban Fantasy and YA/NA Social Issues. One is a story I have been building for over 8 years and it’s simply because I’ve always been attracted to the unusual. The other is because there are some dark things that people as young as thirteen (sometimes younger) face every day and I want them to know they aren’t alone. My intention is for my social issues books to be conversation starters.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My mom. She is absolutely amazing! I probably couldn’t do half of what I do without her.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have these stories in my head that simply need to be told.

Tell us about your latest release?

This is the first book in the Guardhian Series and it starts with a thirteen-year-old girl who is just getting powers she knew nothing about. Niamh suddenly finds herself trying to figure out how to use these powers so she can save her loved ones from an unknown evil.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

Believe it or not, this all started because I created a character (one of Niamh’s future children) for roleplaying purposes. I used to game online. Anyway, I came up with a full background for this character and a whole other world that her mother had been responsible for protecting. These characters and others served as a great way to escape and connect with people online who had a fascination with the other worldly like me.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

J.R. Ward, Colleen Hoover, and Janet Evanovich

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently working on my MFA, so I’m reading Build Your Author Platform for class.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

No dream is too small or too big. Go after what you want and don’t let anyone stop you.


The Author

ProfilePicKrys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. Having already published five books, she avidly continues working on her Dark Road series and is in the process of releasing an urban fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology, recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and continues working on a Master’s degree. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her three fur babies, Bones, Luna and Lola.

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The Book

KFP9.1Niamh has always known she was a little different. Perhaps not as unique as her brother, but definitely not normal. Before she understands what’s happening, she begins seeing things she has never seen before and speaking with creatures she always assumed were regular house pets. Just as her powers are awakening, her parents find themselves in trouble. With only her catalync as a guide, can she learn how to use her new-found abilities to save her parents from the darkness trying to steal them away? Or is she doomed to fail and lose them forever?

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Author Interview: Ariel Paiement

Heya everyone, today I have a special treat. I will be featuring fantasy author Ariel Paiement in a special author interview. Check it out below to get to know more about this author and her upcoming release.


The Interview

Please introduce yourself.

I’m Ariel Paiement, a fantasy author who dabbles occasionally in sci-fi or historical fiction. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey to get to where I am. Yes, even the moments when I was sitting there crying because a scene just wouldn’t work. I appreciated those moments more after they were over, of course.

What inspired your latest release?

It was inspired by a combination of world-building information from Pathway of the Moon–first in the companion series Annals of Alcardia–and a prompt from Wattpad’s Open Novella Contest. The prompt was called Myths of the Old World and had to do with the idea of truth being a lie and the lie becoming truth. The prompt really pulled together the idea with the other historical events I knew happened in Alcardia’s past. Those events tied into Pathway of the Moon, and so this story gave me a chance to “share the facts” while still pulling the reader into the world in a fun, immersive way. 

Tell us about your main character.

I have two. Kaidan and Zerua are a husband and wife Seeker team, and they work together on various historical sites around the world of Alcardia. They work for a historical and Seeker guild (their version of an archaeological society) known as the Society of the Learned or just the Society for short. The two of them get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they dug up a diary that belonged to Queen Bane of Ashkarith. Both of them are witty, though in different ways, and enjoy a good laugh. They don’t always agree on what constitutes a good laugh, but they definitely enjoy life. Zerua has a tendency to worry while Kaidan is usually the even-keeled one who calms her down. She’s also the fiestier of the two. But Kaidan is more impatient than she is. They balance each other out and work well together most of the time.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

You know, I don’t really know. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved stories. Whether reading, writing, or just daydreaming, I’ve always been one to immerse myself in other worlds and other lives, even when they were fictional. This just naturally spilled over into a desire to keep writing and to write stories that others like me could enjoy. I guess as time as gone on, I’ve stuck with it out of both enjoyment and a desire to share with children and young adults the same joy of reading that was imparted to me as a child. My hope is that my books will be something that even reticent readers will be able to enjoy.

What is your writing process like?

Very structured. I’m definitely a plotter. I like to use a combination of methods. Usually I start out with the Snowflake method from Randy Ingermanson and move on to using a mix of Rachel Aaron’s and Jordan Rosenfeld’s methods of planning for plotting out my scenes. I won’t start writing a chapter until I have all the scenes plotted out, and I rarely start a book unless I have everything from character charts to a synopsis done. The only thing that doesn’t have to be completely finished before I can start is that scene list.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

I talk to myself. Sometimes I can be loud about it too. My sister will be watching YouTube in the room, and I’ll just suddenly set the computer aside and start ranting about how annoyed I am at something a character did. She always laughs because it’s my book, so I did it to myself. But yeah… I definitely talk to myself a lot even if it’s incoherent mumbling. 

I’m also really particular about organization. I’m a plotter all the way, so everything needs to be in place for each scene before I start writing. Beyond that, I’m really particular about how my writing space is organized. Everything needs to be neat and uncluttered for me to work. If I’m sitting on my bed, it has to be made and straightened out regardless of whether I’m under the covers or not. Anywhere else, the surface has to be clean. I can’t think or focus on writing if it isn’t. It just makes me antsy.

What genre does your book fall into?

High fantasy in this case, though other books within the Alcardian universe could potentially be considered portal fantasy or alternate world fantasy since the universe is connected to ours and others. But for Bane of Ashkarith, it’s just high fantasy.

Why did you decide to write within that genre?

High fantasy and fantasy in general allows for a lot of freedom to create and build worlds. I really enjoy that. World-building, when done well, is one of my favorite parts about reading fantasy, and I love having the chance to bring what I’ve learned from reading well-written fantasy into my own work. Plus, fantasy is what I know the best. I’ve been reading it since I was seven or eight, and it’s remained my favorite genre to this day.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

Honestly, I don’t know. I guess my youngest sister does. She reads anything that’s at her age level that I write. I think she’s read some of the books she’s allowed to read multiple times, in fact. Knowing that she’s waiting for an update and enjoys reading my work, and knowing that it inspires her to keep reading and writing herself, definitely encourages me to keep going.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Well, my roots for fantasy definitely go back to Tolkien. He was my first major exposure to high fantasy, and the things I took away from reading his work will go with me through the rest of my writing career. But the most obvious influence is Brandon Sanderson. I’ve read a good chunk of his writing, and the Stormlight Archives in particular have heavily influenced me as a writer. He’s inspired me to reach for more with my world-building and my characterization by showing that it’s entirely possible to have both. I’ve striven to have that balance in Bane of Ashkarith wherever possible, and it’s shown in other works of mine as well. Obviously, I’m nowhere near Sanderson’s level of expertise on this, but just seeing that it could be done inspired me to write Bane of Ashkarith the way I did.


About the Author

Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.

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bane-of-ashkarithKaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.
As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.
But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.
Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?

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