Monday, April 22, 2013

Author interview with Dawna Raver

Colour Wielders  
Heirs of the Magykal Realm Series Book One

By: Dawna Raver

 Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
 Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
 Word Count: 124k
 Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan

Book Description:

Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where Gods, creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess lives.

Quinn Sinclair is clueless to who she is. She thinks she's an ordinary young woman—well, mostly ordinary—living an ordinary life with her less than loving mother in Conifer, Colorado. On the night of her birthday, Quinn finds herself betrayed by a man who sends her life spinning out-of-control.

As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she finds herself transported into a Magykal battle forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn Sinclair for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks, or will powers beyond their control destroy them and their world forever?

Author Dawna Raver's Interview:

Tell us a little about yourself:
First, I'd like to thank you, Brenda for having me.
Let's see. I recently moved to San Antonio from Albuquerque, New Mexico because of my husband's work. I've had many careers from bookkeeper to graphic designer. But writing will be my final, and favorite one. I love to cook, read, and watch football. (Go Fins, go Broncos.)

Did you always want to be a writer?
Actually, I kind of fell into writing. I was recovering from surgery and was bored. I'd never written for fun before, but with nothing else to do, I sat down and started writing about an old memory.

What inspired you to write Colour Wielders?
As I mentioned,  my writing was inspired by recording an old memory. As I wrote, I thought it might be fun to change the outcome of the memory. From there, and after many versions, Colour Wielders was born.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The hardest things was fine tuning the plot. There have been times when I've felt it get away from me. That's when you have to stop and map out where you're going. And the editing. In fact, the editing was the hardest thing by far.

What was the easiest?
Creating the characters. I've always had a clear picture of them in my mind. But that doesn't mean they don't often surprise me. One of the coolest things about writing is when your characters does something or say something that turns the story on a dime. For me, that's pure writing magic.

What genre is this and what drew you to writing it as such?
Colour Wielders isn't exactly one genre but a combination. I call it a romantic urban fantasy. I love romance and love the idea of fantasy. You can do anything, be anyone.

How many will be in this series? Or is it a stand alone? When done what will you write next? Anything planned?
As of this moment, I believe the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series will be a trilogy. But if a 4th book is required, so be it. I won't limit myself to 3 books if 4 are necessary. There may be a standalone novel or novella about one of the subsidiary characters.
I also have an idea for a stand alone paranormal romance which could be expanded into a series. I'd like to have that out early 2014.

Do you have a certain routine you do before you start writing? Like a certain spot you sit in? Background sounds? Music you listen to?
I usually try to start writing by noon most everyday. I have an office with a lovely leather chain and a new desk. I really should be sitting in there everyday. But, we just bought a new leather couch and it's very comfy. I'll admit, unless I'm on deadline, I usually work from the couch. So I guess that makes me a couch potato writer. Sigh.

What have you learned through your publishing experience that you can share?
The biggest thing I've learned is you have to stand up for your story. If you have an editor that's taking it in a direction you don't like, say something. Say it loudly so everyone hears you. Your story is your baby. Only you understand the nuts and bolts. Don't be afraid to move on to another editor if it just isn't working.
Also, starting promoting yourself before your book not after. In today's world, you have to have a social media presence even if you don't want to. Make connections, talk to other authors, talk to reviewers. Sad but true, you will spend as much time doing this as you will writing. It's the nature of this beast we love.

Have you experienced writers block while writing Colour Wielders? How did you overcome it and can you give any advice to other writers?
I really didn't have writers block, luckily. I've pretty much always known where the story needed and was going. I did have a family crisis that effectively killed my writing for about 2 months. I didn't have the energy to write. After it was over, I was still worn out. But, I made myself get over it. You kind of have to.
I'd say if you're experiencing a block, read. In fact, as a writer, you should be reading a lot anyway.

As the release date gets closer, how are you feeling? I know I’d be nervous! What are you doing to pass the time?
Promotion, promotion, promotion. And yes, I'm as nervous as an expectant parent. Will you like my baby? Is it pretty enough? Yada, yada, yada. But, at this point, Colour Wielders is what it is.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Like any surprises coming up? A book preview? Or anything at all, just add it here.
I'd love to share the link for chapter one of Colour Wielders. You can read it here.


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