Friday, August 10, 2012

Embers at Galdrilene by A.D.Trosper: Interview

“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future” 

As a Border Guard, it is Vaddoc’s duty to turn himself in and accept the death sentence with honor when he discovers he can use magic. But the ancient song of the dragons calls to him. Although pulled by duty and the honor of his family, the song proves irresistible. When he is offered sanctuary in Galdrilene, the old home of the dragons, he leaves duty and family behind to answer the call of the Song.

He is not alone in hearing the Dragon Song and he is joined on his journey by five others as the elements of magic are drawn together. It’s a journey that reveals everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong. With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, Vaddoc and his companions will do anything, even cross through the realm of the dead, to reach a future they never thought possible.

Welcome A.D. , It's fun to have this chance to find out more about you and your book.  Tell us about your current release.
Embers at Galdrilene brings together characters from different walks of life, in a world where a lake of the dead can lead to safety, where dragons can be the salvation or damnation of the world, and evil lies not in the gods, but within people willing to give up half their soul for the chance at power. 
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write whenever I can, but the vast majority happens at night. I usually write for about two hours, some times less if my characters are being quiet, sometimes more when my characters are all chattering and talking over each other trying tell me everything at once.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Oh yes, who doesn’t? My mother is actually my first beta reader. She reads it for the story, paying attention to pacing, consistency, etc. while ignoring typos and missing words. After that I spend some time editing it for all of the typo gremlins and miss plenty, lol. Then it goes to a private cue on Critique Circle where I have a group of very good people who have no qualms about telling me where I’ve messed up. My critters range from one who points out typos and missing commas and really pays more attention to the story aspect, to one who watches like a hawk for POV slips, telling, tense, etc.
That is fabulous. As an avid reader I really wish all writers got similar feedback from specialists like that before publishing their book. It can make all the difference between a mediocre or poor story to one that is amazing!  Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Panster, all the way. My characters pretty much show up with their own personalities, names and history all known to them. They make me aware of certain scenes that have to happen, I put in my thoughts on scenes I would like to see happen (some they agree with and others they toss) and then I write the in-between. But if I start to go a direction they don’t think they should go in, they refuse to move until I stop and listen to them. I did try plotting once, my characters laughed at me and threw it away and I was left to humbly follow where they lead.
Chuckling…as someone who can never be a writer because my mind is just too quiet, I think your explanation is one of the best and funniest I’ve heard.  Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Definitely. I find it hard to write without it. All of the music I write to has lyrics and there is a wide range of types depending on what I’m writing and the mood of the scene. I wrote a lot of Embers at Galdrilene to Loreena McKennitt’s Book of Secrets. In writing the next book in this series, I have written to Ships in the Night by Matt Kearney, various songs by Ben Howard, Nickelback, and Linkin Park.
What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?
When I’m not reading, writing, or critiquing, I am gardening, watching movies with my children, spending time with my husband, or doing something with the goats.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
I haven’t had a bad review yet, but I am sure they are coming. Everyone gets them. I will handle the same way I handled harsh crits. Calmly. There is always something to be learned, even in the negative. In fact, sometimes there is more to be learned.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I got married at sixteen. We are still married eighteen years later.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
I was supposed to stay sane? The only advice I can offer is take a break occasionally. Stop staring at the words searching for typos, stop staring at the blank screen waiting for words to appear, stop wracking your brain for what happens next. Go for a walk, a swim, a picnic, anything that gets you away from your writing for a while. When you have relaxed and a semblance of sanity has returned, everything will be easier to see. And sometimes, when you are writing, it is good to embrace the insanity.

Born in Kansas, I spent a lot of my childhood moving around. I've lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington State (around Seattle), and southern California. I had many great adventures growing up. Though settled down in Kansas with my wonderful husband, three children, and small dairy goat herd, here lately have begun to get restless again. There must be some gypsy/nomad gene somewhere in my ancestry.

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nrlymrtl said...

That is so cool that she can use her mother as her first beta reader. They must have a good relationship.

I also enjoyed the author talking about the characters being all chattery or quiet and it affects how much she writes in one sitting.

katieajennings said...

Great interview!! Can't wait to read Embers :)

Amanda Ray said...

Love the covers! The books sound great- definitely looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Anonymous said...

I have bean told that it is very good so I have put it on my to read list the cover is awesome.Thanks

J.P. Lane said...

Great interview. I've learned even more about this every interesting author in this one, and find I'm on her page in many ways.

D Mason said...

Looks fantastic!

Goldenmane said...

Great interview! I love magic and dragons and all. It must be fun to create a fantasy world and populate it with wonderful characters.