Afeclin walked nervously to the entry of the cottage. He held his breath as he passed over the threshold. A little cradle was the only piece of furniture left in the building. Afeclin touched the cradle delicately with one finger. All of a sudden he fell backward onto the floor as an image of the fire burst into his mind…He had seen a horrified face that screamed amongst red hot flames.
Found beyond the Elvin borders, Afeclin, a human child, is taken in and raised by an Elvin King. Now grown and longing to learn about the mystic arts, he embarks on a journey back into a land now unfamiliar. Accompanied by his elvin friend, Wolflang, they leave their homes to seek out their destiny. Unbeknown to Afeclin and Wolflang however, the warlord, Moorlan and his confederate, a dark mage, are preparing to bring war to the peaceful Land of Marrapassa, putting their lives and those they care about, in danger.
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Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I am an Australian Canadian. I grew up in Perth, Western Australia and now live in British Columbia, Canada with my hubby and currently two of our 4 children. I grew up loving skateboarding, surfing and karate but now its snowboarding and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Always thought I wanted to be an actor and have done much acting over the years but nowadays I just love to write. Funny how things turn out.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Titanian Chronicles began when an overwhelming need I had to create something turned into my simply writing a scene due to inspiration from my computer screensaver of a full green moon over a palm beach. This turned into a chapter and before long I had the whole trilogy mapped out in my head. I have always had stories in my head and enjoyed playing out ideas (mostly in my head, sometimes on paper). This time was different and I felt the need to write it.
How do you create your characters?
A lot of thought goes into figuring out characters. I have to consider their physical features, what race they are (dwarf, elf, shemalk etc), whether they are typical or whether they steer away from the social conventions of that particular people. And then I work on their personalities, likes and dislikes as well as their imperfections. It’s fun figuring out a character’s flaws and playing with it in the dialogue and story. Funny enough it is their flaws that make them seem the most real.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I pretty much write anywhere but at a desk. I use my laptop or ipad and have written at the skating arena with my kids in lessons, written on planes, sitting by the pool in Mexico… anywhere I am and not required to engage. The ideal is in the sun, be it on the couch, outside or on the floor (I am a sun chaser and will sit anywhere there is sun or at least warmth). Munchies are helpful and always a bottle of water.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I brainstorm a lot! Sometimes my writing process is just sitting and thinking, cleaning and thinking or walking the dogs and thinking. I can be inspired by movies or books and on occasion real life but mostly I have a story in mind and I just play with it until it makes sense. Sometimes I have to work hard to solve problems for it to logically work and I am not above experiments, researching how things work, or even acting out something to make sure it fits.
What do you like to read?
I have always loved fantasy but I tend to read murder mystery more than anything else, the more thrilling the better. Lately I have been loving Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
I would say that an important part of writing is letting others in to read, advise and critique. But that can be very daunting. Writing is super personal, even if it is fictional but you need to be able to hear other people’s points of view and decide whether what they are telling you is valid or not. Sometimes listening will make your writing better and sometimes it will just make you stronger and more resilient to hearing critiques. But never takes things personally! People like different things and that’s totally okay.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for having me! If you happen to be in British Columbia, I will be at the Kelowna Comicon in August from the 19- 20th. And next year I will be at the Gemstate Comicon in Idaho next April 6-7th. I have recently gotten into to doing these conventions and plan to do a lot more of them. So if you’re at one and see me, please come and introduce yourself!