Sunday, December 30, 2012

Protector and Decision Maker by Vanna Smythe : Interview


Welcome Vanna.  It's great to have you visit.  Thanks for this chance to find out a little about you.  How did you start your writing career?

I dreamed about one day becoming a writer since I was very young. I dabbled in writing all through high school and university, then one day I said to myself, “That’s it, I have to try and write a book!” That was almost 4 years ago, but I now have two books to show for it ;)


Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Protector Kae is by far my favorite. When I started writing Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1) he was supposed to be just one of the side characters, but he just came alive on the page and stole the show.


Entice us, what future projects are you considering?


Having just finished Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 2) I will now start working on a Prequel to the series to take a little break from full length novels.  But I plan to release Book Three in the series by next autumn.


What hobbies do you actively pursue?

I’ve been learning how to draw. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn and hopefully will soon. I also like to read and watch movies.


Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

As far as writing is concerned, I’m definitely a night person. Though in general, I just can’t get much done until after lunch.


New York or LA? Why?

New York City all the way! But I’m biased, because I grew up there. I’m actually considering setting a part of my upcoming book there (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 3), though nothing is set in stone yet.


Do you have a Website or Blog?

Yes, I do. It can be found at Please stop by and say Hi ;)
Duty versus love is the one battle warrior Kae doesn't know how to fight.

Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. But when he earns that honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie untold stores of magic. On the Realm's side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. He's willing to pay the price, even though it comes between him and Issa, the princess he loves.

But the Veil has weakened over a thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. If he goes after Issa, he loses everything he's worked so hard for. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.
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Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book Two) is the second volume in the Anniversary of the Veil fantasy series. It concludes the story started in Protector(Anniversary of the Veil, Book One), but can also be considered a standalone book that you can read at any time. Though it is enhanced by both Book One and the upcoming Book Three.

Kae, a warrior Protector, has followed Princess Issa across the Veil separating two worlds. They were told Issa will be a key player at the Anniversary of the Veil, but have been mislead! Kae will have to make a terrible choice when the Anniversary finally comes. He is the Decision Maker and will have to play a part in a ceremony that will join Issa's Life Force with her Other Half - but in so doing, it could leave her senseless or worse, dead.

As the King fights to find his daughter, as the Priesthood is falling apart; Kae has to decide if he will kidnap the Princess to stop her Joining and force her into a life of unhappiness, or if he will allow her to Join and thereby leave her a mere shell of herself. Meanwhile friends and foes alike are showing only half-truths to both Kae and Issa. They must make the most important decision of a lifetime without enough knowledge. How can they know it will be the right one?
Vanna Smythe is on a quest to become a (bestselling) fantasy author.  Right now, it promises to be a dangerous quest, full of questionable, powerful magnates, laced with pitfalls of obligation, and dreams. So it is good that she does not mean to quest thus alone. To keep her company along the way, she has enlisted the help of an incredible cast of characters. For the moment, they are a confident boy who must learn many things anew, a girl who would like nothing more than to live in endless summer, four who wish things were different, and one who will do all to keep things the same.
As she travels with them, they are slowly reveling their world, and who they are, to her, challenging her to look beyond what is easy to see. These characters may be from a different time, a time long ago, a time that never was, but they could all be here today, forming a part of your inner circle of friends.

Trying to understand them better, her blog will feature an array of posts on the way of life in the Middle Ages. Vanna has lived in European cities, which have sprung from former medieval towns, for most of her life. She has visited many more such cities. Maybe this is why she feels such kinship with her cast of characters.  She hopes you will grow to love them also.

Vanna also needs your help, because a story without a reader is like mist before the sun.

Vanna Smythe - Fantasy Author
Twitter: @Vanna_Smythe
Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1):
Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 2):

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