Jeda must use all of his assassin skills to stay one step ahead of them all, but will it be enough to save himself and keep the children of prophecy alive?
Tell us about your current release.
Assassin’s curse is about elite assassin Jeda. His latest assignment is to kill the witch Miriam and deliver her infant twins to their grandmother, the Countess of Berkshire. However, Jeda is in for a big surprise. Miriam is waiting for him and even though he does stab her, she renders him unconscious with an elemental blast of magic. When Jeda regains consciousness, the dying witch is performing a compelling spell between him and her twin daughters. Now bonded to the girls, Jeda's old life is forfeit. His only thought is to take the girls and run as far away as he can. He has no idea that the twins are the ones spoken of in the long-lost prophecy of The Witch Stone. Forces are gathering: the white witches want to teach them; the Countess wants her grandchildren back, and the guild has sent their best assassin to bring Jeda back, dead or alive.
This is the story of how Jeda copes with taking care of two infants. He goes through a lot of changes in a short period of time from only taking care of himself to being responsible for two other lives. It’s totally alien to him and he must find a way to do it and fast before he is found.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, we have beta readers and they made Assassin’s Curse infinitely better with their comments and insights. Things that Dave and I hadn’t thought of, our beta readers thought of. It’s great having a group of people willing to read and comment on your work.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Our writing process starts with an extensive outline. When you have two people writing a story, it is imperative that the story be fleshed out. That’s not to say that we don’t go off on tangents within a story because that has happened quite a few times, but if we have the basic outline of the story then we both can write different scenes or chapters. Usually one of us chooses to write a chapter, emails it to the other for additions and edits. Instant Messaging and Skype play a huge part in our writing as well.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
We usually decide on the main character and try to build around that. With Assassin’s Curse, Jeda is our main character. He is an elite assassin so to support that we had to create the Assassin Guild. This involved deciding on a structure the guild would be built upon. To make matters interesting, we created Mave, another elite assassin who originally brought Jeda into the guild, but is now his nemesis. Then we had to build upon the story – we have the twins of prophecy, Kala and Kara and their mother Miriam. Adding into the mix is
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Yes and the most important one is patience. Writers get so excited when a book is finished and are anxious to hit the publish button, but it’s better to wait. Let the book percolate a bit, then go back and look at it again. You’ll be amazed at how much you want to add/change once you get some distance from it. Another piece of advice is to hire an editor. It will be the best money you’ve spent for your writing. Too many writers say they can’t afford one and I think this is wrong. An editor is your best friend and will turn your work into the best book it can be.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
No one likes to get a bad review, but sometimes there is a lot to be learned from one. This is one reader’s reaction to your story, but is there a reason why they didn’t like the book? Were there plot holes? Was a thread left hanging? I try to learn from each review, good and bad, and move on. I never comment on reader reviews. It’s their opinion and they have a right to express it.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Dave and I are currently plotting out 2 books. Witch’s Curse is the second volume in THE WITCH STONE PROPHECY series and The King’s Last Word is the final volume in THE RULE OF OTHARIA series. We hope to have these published in 2012/2013 timeframe.
Where can readers find you?
I blog about writing, ebooks, epublishing as well as post book reviews at Two Ends of thePen, All of my books are listed there as well.
You can find a list of all of our books at my Amazon author page.
Their newest release is an epic fantasy, ASSASSIN'S CURSE. They have written two novels, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE in the RULE OF OTHARIA series and three novellas in the DARK FUTURE series to-date. Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife.