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To those of you who have been following me as I interview authors and their books, it’s now my turn. EEEKK. Yes, with trembling knees and fingernails bitten to the quick, I take my first steps into authordom and ask myself the same questions I posed to them.
Following the brave authors before me, I am releasing my debut novel, The Paladins of Naretia, (book one of the Naretia series), a young adult fantasy novel.
What is the book about?
A vision sparks the beginning of treachery and war in the kingdom of Naretia.
The story is told by a nearly three hundred year-old wizard, Olórin, and a seventeen-year-old tyrannical queen, Aria. Olórin knows only one thing for certain: that his adopted son, Aramus, will end all life if things are left the way they are. He must scour the kingdom for otherworldly ingredients to make a potion that will save him. If he cannot, then by his eighteenth birthday Aramus’s father, Dantet, will send his dark army to kill his son and take Aramus’s powers for his own. The evil God will be free to walk upon mortal soil and incinerate all who live there.
Olórin is optimistic, however, that Aramus’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him. He also hopes that his love for his son will be enough to steer Aramus away from the darkness. But underhanded deeds by traitors within the wizard caste prevent Olórin from achieving his goal, and Aramus turns before the potion is ready. Olórin is faced with an impossible choice: his son’s life, or all who dwell in the kingdom of Naretia.
What was the inspiration for this book?
I woke up from a dream one night, after having witnessed a strange and dynamic world (which was later to become Nareita) fall into chaos in my dream. In it, I saw the fiery winged figure of a young man with amber eyes. I began to wonder what an ominous, but obviously torn, figure would have to do with the destruction of the world and how it might affect him. So, in truth, the world was created by my unconscious brain and everything else just fell into place after that.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I also write in science fiction and I’m working on a book as we speak. Science fiction and fantasy interests me the most because I’m not limited by the bounds of reality. Should I decide that there are three moons in the sky, then there are three moons. I’m only limited by my imagination and that’s the kind of freedom I love to write in. Not only that, but I love to figure out the dynamics of the different characters between each other and the strange environment they have been put into. Working out the logistics of the science side of things for Scifi is a bit more daunting, however. But I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.
Can we expect more?
This is just the first book of the Naretia series, of which I’m expecting about 4 in total. Also, the Scifi novel I’m working, Kepler One, on is a trilogy. My love of literature, and strange worlds, won’t allow me to stop writing, so, yes, you can expect a lot more.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
In my youth, I was a terrible student, not for the lack of brains but rather for the lack of interest. I remember every parent teacher’s meeting, my poor parents would come back exasperated with me because every year it would be the same. “She could be fantastic, if she only tried a little harder.” Little did they know that my lack of interest stemmed from a lack of an ability to be able to spell. There is a history of dyslexia in our family, although I’m not sure if I am dyslexic. But I’ve struggled all my life with reading, writing, directions, and my confidence suffered because of it. I learned to work around my issues and mask them as best I could. The only thing outing me was reading in public, so I avoided that at all costs.
Despite my lack of effort, I never lost my interest in hearing the teacher reading fantastical stories. It was the best part of my day as a child. I would relive those tales at night when I couldn’t sleep and I made up my own stories, but never told a soul. It wasn’t until I had my own two children that I began to tell the stories bubbling around in my noggin. My confidence grew, and soon I began to write them down (thanks in large part to spellcheck). After writing a couple of books, I finally found my groove and out came The Paladin of Naretia.
I love quirky authors, or books where the worlds ooze imagination. That, of course, is only second to a good story. My favourite authors are, Douglas Adams, JRR Tolkien, Jonathan Stroud, Ransom Riggs, John Green and, of course, JK Rowling.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
I have so many. My favourite books are the ones that remain with me after I’ve read them for one reason or another. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Charles Dickens – A Christmas Tale, Mrs. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, or most recently, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – NK Jemisin.
Have you written other books we should know about?
I have written other books, but this is to be my debut novel.
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
When you live inside your head as you make sense of your make-believe world, don’t forget to come up for air. Inspiration can be found in the world around you, and the biggest characters of all are not on paper. Believe in yourself, and remember, those who love your work will keep it in their hearts much longer than those who don’t.
Where can we find your books?
My book has yet to be published. The release date for it is Feb 28th 2016. But you can join me at the release party and enter a chance to win a fab prize, on Facebook by clicking HERE.
Where can we find out more about you?
I’m all over social media, most of my links can be found on my website
Where are you from? Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born and raised.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I don’t have any books out yet but am hoping to have one this year.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? It started when I was about five years old. I remember writing about a girl using a magic calculator to solve her math problems. It was horrible of course but soon after that for some reason I fell in love with story telling.
What are your current projects? I am writing several pieces for Sinister Grin Press, Sirens Call Publications and Play With Death Publications. All of which I hope gets published. Yes, I am a busy girl 🙂
What books have most influenced your life most? On Writing by Stephen King, The Chosen by Edward Lee, Dark Lover by J.R. Ward and Off Season by Jack Ketchum. During my teen years leading into now being in my twenties, all of these books helped me a lot when it came to expanding my imagination but also my writing skills.
What inspired you to write your first book? Although I haven’t written a book yet, what inspires me to write my stories is usually everything. Whether it’s people which it is mostly or music or a movie, I could just simply wash dishes and a story idea just happens and I write it down as soon as possible.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? No. Just love to entertain.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part of writing stories for me is ideas. Some days I would have a great idea but then the next day I would have a completely different idea so keeping a steady idea can be difficult.
What book are you reading now? Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. It’s such a great read, I highly recommend it.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes I have and it sucks lol. It usually happens when I feel ideas aren’t working but once I listen to music or do meditation I manage to push through it and just keep going.
What is one random thing about you? I am a huge wrestling fan! My favorite wrestlers are The Undertaker, John Cena, The Rock, Trish Stratus and Lita. Sadly, I haven’t yet been to a wrestling event. I also love the Backstreet Boys! As much as I love rock, metal, reggae, classic r&b and motown oldies as soon as the Backstreet Boys come on I’m screaming and singing along like the biggest fangirl 🙂
What is your preferred medium of writing? I don’t have mediums when it comes to writing it sounds hippi-ish but I go with the flow and see what happens.
What does your writing process look like? Despite coffee and meditation being a must, I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. Whenever an idea pops up in my head, I immediately write it down but I never know where it would lead, which sometimes can be the fun part. 🙂
Do you have any strange writing habits? No I don’t except coffee being a must. However when I write I start off in the first person to get inside of my characters’ skins so to speak and for some reason I mostly write during the night. It gives me a silence and inspiration that sometimes I can’t get during the day because I’m usually at school or work.
How important are names to you in your books? Names really aren’t that important to me.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? I do but thankfully as of late I haven’t had a bad review. Regardless if I do I would respond with a thanks and take it as a way to step up my game.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Coming up with a steady idea because my mind is everywhere when it comes to being creative I feel like I have to get them all down at one time so some stories could be incomplete until a later date. Well Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in the future? I try to avoid negativity from not only others but myself by removing self doubt and unneccessary critiques from others. I do my best to keep a positive mentality whenever possible.
What is your favorite motivational phrase? That’s a really good question. My favorite phrase is you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great by Zig Ziglar.
What is your favorite positive saying? Another really good question. My favorite positive saying is from the book of Philippians Chapter 4 verse 13. It says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. To me personally one of the factors in my life that gets me through difficulty in life aside from family and friends is my faith.
Qhat is your favorite book and why? Wow that’s like picking my favorite child! I have too many but one of them is Misery by Stephen King. It was the first book I’ve read of his and it’s such a great read and it made me fall in love with his storytelling.
What is your favorite quote? Love the life you live, live the life you love by Bob Marley.
What is your favorite film and why? This might seem weird but it’s The Wizard of Oz. It always brings out the kid in me and I love watching it with my niece whenever it is on tv.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Oh man there’s so many but one would be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It really made me think what if we lived in that type of world where books would be outlawed. I would honestly cry.
Do you have any advice for other writers? My advice would be to keep writing and honing your craft and most importantly staying positive. Not letting anything or anyone stop you from doing what you love to do. Just grab life by the balls because you never know what lies ahead.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love to read, watch movies, spend time with my family and party with my friends.
How can readers discover more about you and your work? You can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tabitha.thompson.58555 Twitter: @Tabicat90, Tumblr: tabithathompson23 and wordpress blog http://tabithathompson391.wordpress.com Don’t be a stranger :).