I’m kicking off a brand-new feature on The Olde Blog today. It’s a semi-weekly interview series called “Ours Goes To Eleven”. I’m going to be interviewing authors, getting inside their heads and asking them the important questions, stuff you’re dying to know… and stuff you maybe never thought of asking.
And why is the series called “Ours Goes To Eleven”? Well, it’s because most author interviews consist of only ten questions, but in my never-ending struggle to be unique, I came up with an eleventh question, thus making my series 10% cooler. And also because Nigel Tufnel is awesome.
So, without further ado, take it away Ch’kara Silverwolf, who is an Australian fantasy novelist!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria Australia, with my gorgeous partner and two beautiful Maine Coon cats. We have a wonderful life away from the rat race of the city. We live at the edge of a forest where deer roam and at night, come onto our land to eat the new leaves on the bushes. I spend most of my days writing. If it is cold and raining like now (it’s winter in Australia) then I am curled up beside the fire surrounded by the cats with my trusty notebook. In the summer, I write in our beautiful garden.
2. Give us a five-word synopsis about your latest work.
Magikal Fantasy quest, adventure.
3. When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?
That is a tricky one. I would like to say that mostly it remains intact, although I do love the way that the characters take me on a journey and sometimes divert off the path I had originally intended for them. It is like I am being taken on the journey with them and they sometimes take on a life of their own. I always seem to get where I wanted to go eventually, it’s just the in-between that has a life of its own.
4. If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
For Montayna, my main character I would choose Anna Silk from Lost Girl. Ashkelon Montayna’s love interest would be Ian Somerhalder, from Vampire Diaries. Luca would be Dakota Fanning. Ian McKellan would be the wizard Gilcune, and Orlando Bloom would be Antouk the elf. Of course there are many more characters but these are a few.
5. What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing?
The freedom to do the thing I love and work anywhere and anytime, often sitting in my pyjamas curled up in front of the fire, such as now. Mmm, the worst thing perhaps is finally getting it out there and waiting to see what people think.
6. What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity-jillion out there?
There are many that I love and follow and it is hard to choose, but here goes. I have just recently begun following your blog and am looking forward to many interesting reads.
One of my favourites is Jade Kerrion (www.jadekerrion.com) Apart from being a fabulous writer, her blog posts are always informative and I have gained a lot of knowledge on writing and resources through her blog.
Creative Writing With the Crimson League (www.crimsonleague.com) because there is a wonderful wealth of information from Victoria Grefer.
M.S.Fowle (www.msfowle.wordpress.com) because Melissa has interesting posts and interviews.
7. What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice?
I’m a huge fan of drinking water, I go through about 2 – 3 litres a day. I do love a great cup of coffee, so brew myself a cup or two during the day, and I mean real coffee, not the instant rubbish. Now snacks. I graze on fruit during the day. I don’t like to interrupt my writing to have to prepare anything. The most I have done is make cheese on toast while brewing the coffee. I am also partial to a chocolate fix a couple of times a week.
8. Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors?
Read everything in the genre that you want to write in. Edit, edit and edit again. Get Beta Readers, it is important to get feedback on what works and what does not. Then if you can afford it get it professionally edited. This is really important.
Promote your work on places like Amazon forums, Goodreads, and blogs such as this one. Enter your work in giveaways; it helps get it out there. The marketing part is the hardest part of the whole process, much more difficult than the writing.
9. What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years?
I think that the industry is moving away somewhat from the traditional publishers and leaning more towards self- publishing with companies such as Amazon, Smashwords and Draft2Digital. The big publishing houses are making it too difficult for authors these days.
10. What’s your next project?
I am almost finished book two of Prophecy of Nitesh. My first title is “Daughter of Light & Dark”. I haven’t got a title yet for the second book; this title seems to be challenging me. I know the right one will come to me when it is ready. I have a couple of other partly drafted books I have begun that will eventually see the light of day.
11. Who would win in a fight–a ninja-pirate robot or a zombie werewolf? Why?
Now that is an interesting question. I think if I was writing it into a story, it would be the ninja-pirate robot. It would have more ability and intelligence to win. I love werewolves but a zombie is a zombie and not so bright.
I would like to say thank you very much, Fiona, for the opportunity to connect with your followers. I love writing and couldn’t imagine life without it.
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