The Chronicles of Fire and Ice Tour

Merry Christmas everyone!

Today I have author Laura Hunter on my blog for her book tour. I met Laura on facebook some time ago, she is an amazing and wonderful woman! Please enjoy this interview and be sure to check out her new release! It is available at Amazon ,
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1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m 24 years old and I live on the central coast of NSW, Australia with my family. I enjoy writing, reading, acting, singing and directing. With my dramatic arts class I have written, directed, and starred in two original plays.

2. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first began writing when I was 15. I wrote a lot of song lyrics as a way to get my thoughts down on paper. I then switched to writing fan-fiction at the age of 19. I finished my first book about September this year.

3. How did you choose the genre you write in?

I have always loved reading the paranormal/ urban fantasy/ YA fantasy fiction genres, so its only natural I began writing this genre, it chose me lol

4. Where do you get your ideas?

I get my ideas from anything I experience and my friends and family, but mostly  my ideas come from dreams.

5. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Yes, I am currently having a little bit of writer’s block at the moment, mostly due to not plotting properly so I need to go and do that for my next few books.

6. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

As a teenager I remember walking into my school library and searching through the YA books. I picked up Phillip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife and my love affair with YA fantasy fiction began. Cassandra Clare and Kathy Reichs also inspire me every day.

7. Can you tell us the challenges in getting your first book published?

The first real issue for me was money. As I am not particularly rich and a self published author, I found investing my own money into my first book quite taxing, so I hope it will be worth it in the end. Everything else has been a breeze.

8. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best for your genre?

As a self published indie author I feel marketing is the biggest challenge for us, but I have found social media is the biggest help in creating a platform and reaching my target audience- Facebook, twitter and blogs (I have read several eBooks on the topic and they said this was the best way) Also I am addicted to goodreads! I recommend that every author get a Goodreads account as you can add the books you want to read to shelves and keep up to date with upcoming releases and have people rate and review your work.

9. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

The Chronicles of Fire and Ice is a New Adult urban fantasy set in Melbourne, Australia. It deals with the fact the human race is becoming over taken and out- bred by angels. It features Scarlett, a 21-year-old half Nephilim girl who finds out she is also half archangel and she has a frightening new ability to go along with it. She enrolls at an Academy for angels where she meets the handsome, yet mysterious Dyston Blackbell, the youngest son of the owners of the Academy, whom she discovers has been sending her weird dreams for years. Some of the story also deals with the backstory of Dyston’s dashing yet egotistic older brother, Lakyn.

10. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Some things in my book are from real life experiences, like some of Scarlett’s dreams, they actually happened to me. Some of my characters are based on my friends, certain qualities. Most of the fantasy parts are all from my imagination.

11. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

One of my favorite scenes that I loved writing was when Scarlett first met Dyston. I also loved writing Lakyn’s backstory. He is one of my favorite characters to write as he has two sides.

12. How did you come up with the title?

I came up with the title, The Chronicles of Fire and Ice a few ways. I wanted something catchy and unique (aspiring authors, I recommend googling possible titles to see if there are any similar already out there, or doing a goodreads search) and also I played around with the elements of my story and tried to fit them into the title. Some might say fire relates to Scarlett, and ice to Lakyn, yes they do, but the meanings run deeper than that.

13. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Probably the toughest and most offending compliment given to me was criticizing my marketing plan, saying social media isn’t good enough. They are not authors so I didn’t really listen. As for the best compliment… I get more beautiful messages and compliments about my book every day and it almost brings me to tears, it means a lot to me.

14. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Yes, believe in yourself and believe in your work. If you think negative thoughts then that will be reflected in your work and it will suffer.

FUN QUESTIONS

 

1)    If you were a superhero (or villain!) what would your power be? Would you wear a cape?

I love superheroes! I think I would like to the ability to heal. And no cape for me.

2)   Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla?

Chocolate all the way. I am a self- confessed chocoholic!

3)   The light side or the dark side?

I love all things dark but I live on the light side

4)   Do you have deep dark secret? How about a shallow grey one?

Hmm had to think about this one… I have a crush on someone I shouldn’t.

5)   What sort of coffee would you order? Simple coffee, complicated soy-non-fat-extra-espresso-half-caff-nightmare?

My poison is a soy latte. And sometimes if I’m feeling like a sugar hit, I order a soy hazelnut latte.

6)   Have you ever given someone who asked for decaf, regular coffee just to see what would happen?

No because you can taste the difference. But I have given someone full cream milk when they have asked for skim.

7)   Is there any food you refuse to eat? (Other than brussel sprouts because NO ONE likes them)

Bananas!

8)   If you could live off of chocolate would you? What kind?

Totally! Chocoholic here! Dairy milk or the dark and nutty kind would suffice.

9)   What do you think the coolest pet to have would be?

I have always wanted a pet Panda.

10)If you could visit any world (real or imagined) where would you go?

Hmm, The House of Night school, or Narnia (before and after the white witch’s rein)

11) What kind of person drives you nuts? (personality trait)

Loud, obnoxious people, and smokers.

12) Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

All the time. And I’ve had to leave it until I could find a bathroom to fix it lol

13) Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?

Fuzzy but then my shoes don’t fit lol

14) Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

No point because it’s a known fact that bed bugs love made beds.

15) Be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

Once a week, I have the worst frizz prone hair

16) Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?

I don’t drive but I hate slow drivers and tail gaters

17) Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?

Cockroaches, spiders and flies. I have a phobia of bees and wasps.

Stalk me the following ways:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LL-Hunter/110104129132865

Blog: http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/llhunter_angels

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6559537.L_L_Hunter

Author Bio:

I am an Australian author who began writing when I was fifteen or sixteen, originally song lyrics, but then moved onto fanfiction when I was nineteen. Having published over 20 stories online. One of which was nominated for an award. I have also written, directed and starred in two original plays entitled, “No Frills Airlines: Flight 123,” and the sequel, “No frills Airlines: Come Fly with Us.” The latter of which was a musical.

Interview with Author Thomas Rowe Drinkard

I have author Thomas Drinkard on my blog today. Learn more about him and be sure to check out his book! Don’t forget to stop by his webpage too!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born, reared and educated in Alabama. When I graduated from college, I was also commissioned in the U.S. Army. I went on active duty eight days later—I had a son who was nine months old—graduate school wasn’t an option. I spent almost two years in Ft. Monmouth, NJ and was bored. When the opportunity to volunteer for the Special Forces (commonly called “Green Berets”) came, I eagerly grasped it. Fortunately, I was selected and after about a year of intense training, I wore the Beret. I left active duty after about fifteen years and went into the reserves. I found my way into teaching/writing for the exam preparation business. Much of what I wrote is still in use. I left that business in 2010 and became a full-time writer (and sometime freelance editor).

What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have a day job as well?

Other than writing, I have no specific job. I do cook pretty well, my wife says.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing while in grade school. I wrote stories and poetry. I once wrote an essay on citizenship that evolved into a speech. When I presented it in a contest, I won the county’s medal for first place.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve published a thriller/mystery; a story of combat and love in Vietnam; a soldier/vampire story and a chapbook of Vietnam poetry. A thriller/mystery is in editing; an action/adventure book about tracking down terrorists is nearly complete and there’s a space opera to be finished. I guess I’ve been eclectic in my writing choices

Where do you get your ideas?

Anywhere. My first book came from being bombarded, on my frequent trips to New Orleans, by TV evangelist programs. I thought one of those organizations would be a perfect cover for all sorts of nefarious activities.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Writer’s block is not normally a problem. If I can’t work out a scene in a book it’s simple to go to another work-in-progress. That usually works. I tried to work from an outline but almost immediately deviated. One of my writing mentors, the late Anne George, told me to let the characters tell their stories. If a writer has created characters strong enough to tell the story, they may take the author in unexpected directions, but the book will be better.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

I mentioned Anne George. Helen Norris, who wrote The Christmas Wife was also helpful in both poetry and prose. I learned, as an adult writer, from three major authors: John D. McDonald, Robert B. Parker and James Lee Burke.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

So far, the social media and word-of-mouth have been best.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Not in today’s publishing world.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

The next book will be the second in the vampire warrior novellas. V Trooper – First Mission starts the series. The exact title for the second book has not yet been set. The full-fledged book now in editing, is Devil’s Blade. A New York detective has tracked down a particularly vicious serial killer. The murderer is jailed but escapes and disappears. Two year later, he is killing again, in the southern hometown of the detective.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The only book based on personal experience is Where There Were No Innocents. Places and organizations were drawn from real life but used in a fictional manner.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Oh, for sure, the combat/confrontation scenes. My blood gets a big adrenaline infusion while writing.

How did you come up with the title?

The first title, Piety and Murder refers to killers and drug dealers using a TV evangelist as cover.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I’m having a lot of fun with my vampire/warrior series right now.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I guess the toughest criticism was when an agent said that my prologue was filled with, “…too many pretty words.” I wondered if she would have liked James Lee Burke’s writing. The highest praise has been from some who have compared my writing to authors I admire. Having one’s work compared to LeCarre, Brown, Clancy and Rice is enough to create dizziness. It’s wonderful to have readers tell me that the characters in all my books make them want more. When someone tells me that they stayed awake until three A.M. to finish one of my books, I’m honored and humbled.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Create strong characters. Ask them to show you where the story should go. Don’t quit.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

The next book in the V Trooper series is coming soon! Devil’s Blade will follow.
FUN QUESTIONS!
If you were a superhero (or villain!) what would your power be? Would you wear a cape?

Mind control. No cape.

The light side or the dark side?

I wish I could invent funny, smartass characters like Parker’s Spenser. Just not my gift.

Is there any food you refuse to eat? (Other than brussel sprouts because NO ONE likes them)

I don’t like Indian curry.

What do you think the coolest pet to have would be?

A tiger.

If you could visit any world (real or imagined) where would you go?

Australia/New Zealand.

Have you every done anything really crazy? Do you regret it?

Does jumping out of perfectly good airplanes count?

When you rip out a page from a spiral notebook, do you leave the strip with the tabby pieces in? Or do you have to remove them? 

Gotta pull out the debris. Bugs me.

Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

No, but I have discovered—at midday—that I was wearing one dark blue sock and one black one. This, after standing in front of a class for four hours.

Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?

My wife says that I “talk” to other drivers too much. Dangerous stupidity from other drivers makes me angry.