Meet Elysabeth Vance

Portrait of Elysabeth Vance
Portrait of Elysabeth by artist Kyle McGill

Welcome to my final character interview for now. This time you’re meeting Elysabeth Vance (EV), only child of Estel and George, and protagonist of The Most Special Chosen. She’s also best friend and roommate to Shawn Dooley, who you met earlier.

Elysabeth invited me to the townhouse she and Shawn share. It’s a comfortable, cozy place with a wonderful lived-in feel.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Elysabeth.


RdlF: Elysabeth, I’m so happy to finally get to talk to you.

EV: Yeah, I can’t believe how hard it was to set this up. It’s like our schedules are completely opposite.

RdlF: Well, we’re finally here now. I’m sure you know my first question. Readers will want to know how to pronounce your name.

EV: [giggles] Understandable. It’s Eh-lease-ah-beth. My mom is a fan of Pride and Prejudice, but she wanted to make my name more Latina, so she changed the spelling.

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Meet Damien Delanciennes

Damien Delanciennes
Portrait of Damien by artist Kyle McGill

Welcome to my third character interview. This time you’re meeting Damien Delanciennes (DD), older brother of Selene who you met earlier and eldest child of Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.

I was, once again, invited to the Delanciennes’ house, but this time I was treated to some time in the gardens. They actually have a hedge maze, how cool is that?

I hope you enjoy getting to know Damien a bit better.


RdlF: Damien, thank you for taking time to talk to me. I’m sure you must have a lot on your plate with a double major.

DD: It is not so bad. There is less work between midterms and finals.

RdlF: Remind me of your majors.

DD: International Relations and Diplomacy, and International Business.

RdlF: With an international focus, I’m assuming learning foreign languages is highly encouraged.

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Meet Shawn Dooley

Portrait of Shawn Dooley
Portrait of Shawn by artist Kyle McGill.

Welcome to my second character interview. This time I sat down with Shawn Dooley (SD). For those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Dooley, he is Elysabeth’s roommate and has been her best friend for the past eight years.

We met in the quad between his classes, and I’m thankful he was able to fit me in at all. The life of a math major gets busy.  

I hope you enjoy getting to know Shawn a bit better.


Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Shawn, thanks for taking some time to talk to me. I really appreciate it.

SD: No problem. Lys mentioned she’ll be speaking to you, so I figured I might as well do it, too.

RdlF: You two are such good friends. How did you meet?

SD: She asked me about making games for my calculator on our first day of high school.

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Author Spotlight Wrap Up

I’ve had fun with my Author Spotlight series. I’ve made some good friends, learned a lot, and have discovered some interesting books.

I announced the series just over four months ago, and have had some fabulous entries since then. If you missed any, here’s the full list:

What’s Next?

Finishing the series doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing spotlights entirely, they just won’t be a regular thing. I’d like to take more time with each spotlight in the future to really personalize them. One thing I don’t want to change, though, is asking “different” questions.

A lot of the authors I profiled mentioned that my questions were new and different. They weren’t things they’d been asked before, and I’m really happy about that. It’s what I was trying to do. I hope they didn’t get boring for the readers, either.

While I’m comfortable ending the series, I have to admit, it means the pressure’s on for coming up with blog content. The spotlights meant I had plenty of content to publish, and now I’ll have to come up with stuff regularly on my own again. As such, I may not post as often for a while, until I get back into that flow. I hope you don’t mind.

Anyway, if you enjoyed the spotlights, drop me a comment and let me know. If you’ve got suggestions, leave those in the comments as well. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

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Author Spotlight: Edd Sowder

Welcome — or welcome back — to my last Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

This spotlight is special. I’ve got the spotlight turned on Edd Sowder, Vice President of Burning Willow Press, my publisher. He’s finding time to write again, among his MANY other duties and projects, and yet still managed to find some time to answer some questions both on paper and in his video interview (at the bottom of the page).

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of Crossroads in the Dark 3Okay, since I am the publisher and not sure when this will be produced, I will tell you the one I am finalizing currently with the author. I am currently working on finishing Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed which is an anthology based on what scares you, me, them, it, each other, whatever. Real monsters, make believe monsters, like the boogeyman or the politician. We are in pre-production of book 3 of The Human Undead War trilogy by Jonathan Ondrashek as well called A Kingdom’s Fall. Look for it to be released in September with CRITD III. [NOTE: Edd’s video spotlight includes an updated discussion of what’s coming out next]

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Author Spotlight: S. L. Perrine

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on award-winning author of many genres, S. L. Perrine.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Advertisement for Turning The StoneMy next book Is Turning the Stone. It’s the 2nd book in The Blood Rites Trilogy, published by Vamptasy and CHBB Publishing.  It releases in January of 2018. To find out more information you can check out my website www.slperrine.com  I always post my release dates and news about upcoming releases.

How well would you fit in one of your books?

It depends on the book. The Crawford Witch Chronicles is set in this time period. So, I could fit in that series well enough. I’m also a witch, so maybe they’d let me join their coven.

The rest, not so much. I’m not a fighter, nor am I a dragon, and I don’t think I kick anyone’s ass in this lifetime. My body is to fragile lol

Do your characters talk to you?

Yes, almost all the time. When I’m not writing they speak to me and tell me what they want to do next. While I’m writing they speak to me when they change their mind about what they want to do next. It’s a horrid cycle, but it keeps things interesting.

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I read other things. Sometimes I read in the genre I’m writing just to keep the tone of my writing even. Sometimes I don’t, and it makes me veer off. For instance, I’m moving out of writing YA, but I love to read it. I have to coax myself into getting bolder with my writing while I read a new YA novel. It’s a little frustrating, but at least I’m not getting inappropriate while writing a YA novel, while reading an erotica. That was funny. My characters suddenly wanted to rip each other’s clothes off.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I’ve never considered that I hadn’t been asked the proper questions in an interview. I think I’ve been asked an array of questions, just depends on the interview.

Ms. Perrine took some extra time out of her busy schedule to answer a few follow up questions via Skype. Check out her video interview for some fun additional information about her.

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Photo of S. L. PerrineThank you, Ms. Perrine for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you want to know more about S. L. Perrine, she can be found on numerous websites:

Her books are on Amazon.

 

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Author Spotlight: K. J. Taylor

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on Australian archivist, K. J. Taylor.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

I’ve got two upcoming trilogies, one of which will start coming out this year, and the other of which will come out at the tail end of 2018. My closest new release is a novel called The Last Guard, which was originally published in 2015, but the publisher closed its doors and I’ve now found a new publisher who will be re-releasing it. You can read more about it on kjtaylor.com. Once it’s available again in December 2017, I’ll add links to places you can buy it!

Has anyone ever made a suggestion for one of your stories that you liked so much, you altered said story to include it?

Yes! In fact it’s happened twice now. The first time around I was talking to a friend/fan about a character of mine. I told her how I was going to have him form a touching bond with a troubled teenage girl. The friend immediately insisted that the two of them should fall in love despite the 20 year age difference, and I eventually did just that… except I wrote it as extremely messed up and unhealthy, complete with substance abuse, a spot of domestic violence and an accidental pregnancy. My friend was not at all pleased! The second time it happened was with a fan who had been reading ahead in a series of mine – I shared the manuscripts with him as I was writing. He told me he wanted a certain thing to happen. At first I was reluctant, but I ultimately realised that he had spotted something I hadn’t: that I’d been unconsciously foreshadowing this thing right from the beginning. So I went ahead with it, and was very glad I did.

What is the quickest you’ve ever written a book?  Longest?

I once wrote an entire 100,000 word novel in four days. No, I’m not joking. Four days. I was a complete wreck afterwards, mind you. I could barely remember my own name. The longest would probably be… maybe a year? When it takes me that long it’s generally because I’ve abandoned the manuscript and not come back to it until a while later. With some of them I never went back, and those books are likely to remain unfinished. Oh well. It happens.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

“The World Is Made Of Stories, And Mine Has Been Told”

Do you know how all of your characters look and sound?

Definitely! It helps that I draw pictures of them, and have recorded myself reading a lot of my books aloud. When I read, I’m always careful to give each character their own voice. And by that I don’t mean a goofy accent or something; I alter the tone, pitch and speed of my voice depending on who’s speaking. It’s a lot of fun!

Can you read other things when you’re working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

Honestly, these days I read very little fiction and mostly stick with non-fiction.When you spend three days a week writing novels and short stories and the rest of the week thinking about writing them, after a while fictional stories become something you need to take a break from during Me Time. It’s like working in a chocolate factory; after a while you’d really prefer to just have a salad.

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Do you have a favorite book/story among the one’s you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

Tough question! (That’s why I picked it, actually. I wanted a challenge). There are a few books and stories of mine I’m particularly proud of, but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the final book of my Cymrian Saga series (given that the series is 18 books long and covers about 500 years, I decided it had earned the right to be caleld a Saga). The Last Guard is book 7 in that series, so we’ve got a way to go yet! The final book is called The Touch of Light, and I’m proud of it for a few reasons. One is that it’s the book where everything (well, most things) is finally resolved, and my favourite characters get the closure they deserve. It’s also the book where I finally said goodbye to that world after over a decade of writing in it, so there was a bittersweet feeling as I wrote the last few pages. A major theme of the story is homecoming – finally forgetting your troubles and returning to the place where you belong, able to rest now since there’s nothing more that needs to be done, and peace has come. That was how writing it felt.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

Honestly, I love being asked specific questions about the actual content of my books rather than generic stuff like “where do you get your ideas?” and “what advice do you have for aspiring authors?”. You can only answer questions like that so many times before you run out of interesting answers. I much prefer to be interviewed by someone who’s read my books and has questions like “what was the name of [character’s] mother?” or “What did [character] mean when he said [dialogue quote]?”. That’s when I really get engaged and am answering questions for reasons other than to be polite!

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Photo of KJ TaylorThank you, Ms. Taylor for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about K. J. Taylor, you can check out her websiteFacebook page, and Twitter. Her books are on Amazon.

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Author Spotlight: Susan Schwartz

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on author and nurse, Susan Schwartz.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we learn more about it and you?

Cover of Centennial AnthologyMy next book coming out is the Virginia Writers Club Anthology 1918 – 2018 celebrating 100 years of writing. It comes out on November 4, 2017. [Note, it is now out and can be found on Amazon.] I have a non-fiction piece in it titled “Using my Karate Chops in Nursing.”

In the Fall of 2018, I have another non-fiction book being released titled “Haunted Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties.” It covers the history and hauntings in and around Charlottesville. These include UVA, Monticello, Michie Tavern, Comyn Hall, the old Albemarle County Jail, and other locations. Other counties include Madison, Nelson, Greene, Orange, and several more. I visited the dwellings, took many tours, and researched the history of the specific venue. I hope that everyone will enjoy reading about the history and the current ghostly situation. It is a book for everyone, including Civil War buffs, travelers looking for an interesting place to stay, and paranormal investigators. There is something for everyone.

Do you have a favorite book/story among the ones you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

My favorite story is “The Sparkling Floor.” Not only was it my first story ever published, it was also based on my experiences as an OR Nurse. I enjoyed bringing my two worlds together in such a horrifying way.

What genre do you wish you could write?

Sci-Fi. It is so popular these days. While I am a huge Star Trek nerd, I just cannot place the words on paper for some reason. Maybe I will try a Sci-Fi Horror one day.

Can you read other things when you are working on a book, or do you have to stick with writing?

I read about 4 books at one time, I get bored very easily. So when writing, if I get stuck, I tend to pick up my latest books and read a chapter or two in each one just to get my mind off the issue I am having writing. It helps immensely.

Does what you’re writing at any given time feature in your dreams?

No, but I have had my characters wake me up and ask when I am going to finish their story. I have actually gone back to a paranormal romance because the characters were after me to get it done. I have written several chapters and really like the direction the story is going in at present.

Do you support the Oxford Comma?

Yes, I am old school. I like things separated as they should be. The meaning is that much clearer as well, I believe.

If you could have an accent from anywhere in the world, what would it be and why?

I would love a crisp Australian accent. Having visited the country and picking up on the accent for a bit, I really enjoyed being able to talk differently for a little while until I got back to the US, and I started talking normally again.

Did you have a security blanket as a child?

Yes, it was a pink stuffed dinosaur named Dino that my father had brought me from Canada. I still have the little fella today.

Would you rather be invisible or able to read minds?

Read minds, I think that would be interesting to be able to act on another’s thoughts before they even think about it themselves. Hmmmm, sounds like a good horror story.

What are you most nostalgic for from your childhood?

The easier way of life and Saturday morning cartoons.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

I always loved Bugs Bunny as a child, and I loved Gossamer, the red-haired monster. I always wonder who else liked him as well. A close second was Marvin the Martian and his space modulator. My question would be Who is your favorite Bugs Bunny character.

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Susan SchwartzThank you, Ms. Schwartz for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about Susan Schwartz, you can check out her website and Facebook page. Her books are on Amazon.

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Meet Selene Colette Delanciennes

Selene Delanciennes
Portrait of Selene by artist Kyle McGill.

In the lead up to the release of The Most Special Chosen, coming March 3, 2018, Miss Selene Colette Delanciennes (SD) was kind enough to respond to my request for an interview and grant me a few minutes of her time to let you all get to know her.

For those of you unfamiliar with Miss Delanciennes, she is Damien’s youngest sister, and the 5th child (of 6) to Donovan and Selini Delanciennes.

She invited me to join her at her family’s house, and treated me to authentic, according to her, chocolat chaud. It was delicious.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Selene a bit better.


Rachel de la Fuente (RdlF): Selene, thank you for introducing me to chocolat chaud. My only complaint is that I won’t ever appreciate hot chocolate again.

SD: [carefully cradling her own cup of chocolat chaud] You’re more than welcome to come back when you’re craving it.

RdlF: Thanks! I’ll take you up on that offer. Now, you’re my first interviewee, so I hope you’ll forgive any mistakes I might make.

SD: I’m sure you’ll do quite well.

RdlF: [grinning] I appreciate your confidence. Perhaps it would be best to start by having you pronounce your name properly.

SD: Yes, that’s probably wise. It’s a French name, so it may be difficult for some to pronounce. It is Deh-lon-see-ehn.

RdlF: Thanks! Now, I understand your Grand Coming Out is less than a year away. Have you started planning it?

SD: Absolutely. My parents and I have been working on the plans for nearly a year already.

RdlF: In that case, I suppose it’s safe to assume you’re happy with the planning so far. Are you getting excited yet?

SD: I am. My parents have been kind enough to allow me to take the lead in the planning. As to being excited [she shrugs nonchalantly], there is still too much to do. I’ll be excited when the planning is over.

RdlF: I can understand that. If I recall my etiquette lessons correctly, you’ll have an official escort that day. Is there anyone special in your life to take on that role?

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Author Spotlight: Debbie Manber Kupfer

Welcome — or welcome back — to another Author Spotlight! If you’re new and want to know more about how the series got started, go check out the introduction post.

Today the spotlight is on word and logic puzzle constructor and prolific author, Debbie Manber Kupfer.

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Let’s start with the most important. What’s your most recent/next book, and where can we go to learn more about it and you?

Cover of UmbraeI have two recent releases. In March, Umbrae, the third part of my P.A.W.S. Saga came out (and now I’m working on number four, Londinium). Also I just released my first ever picture book, Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. I wrote the story originally for a contest and everyone who read it said it needed to be a picture book. Then I was fortunate to meet a talented artist from Sri Lanka, Tina Wijesiri, online and she helped bring my little fairy to life.

You can pick up all my books from my Amazon page and follow me on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter or sign up for my newsletter, P.A.W.S. Post.

Do you have a favorite book/story among the ones you’ve written? Why is it so special to you?

It has to be P.A.W.S. because it’s where it all started. I’d been writing stories all my life and always knew I wanted someday to write a book, but I thought I had all the time in the world. Then in 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through treatment and today thankfully I’m cancer free, but my bout with cancer made me realize my mortality, that maybe I don’t have all the time in the world and that if I really wanted to write that book I had to do it now. So in November 2012 I decided to try NaNoWriMo and in that month I wrote the first draft of P.A.W.S.  And the following June after many rounds of edits it was published. Holding that book in my hands for the first time was an amazing experience.

What one person would you most like to get your book(s) noticed by?

Neil Gaiman would be nice. I have this fantasy that I get to meet him one day and he tells me how much he liked one of my books!

Do you drink coffee/tea? Do you find you drink more coffee/tea when you’re working on a book?

Tea – I drink about a gallon of tea a day and even more when I’m working on a book. I’m originally from England and like my tea like most Brits do strong with milk added. I also strongly believe that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can do anything.

Do you write in a linear or non-linear fashion?

I’m a non-linear gal. I cannot write a story in order as most folks who have read my books know. I have been known to put flashbacks in my flashbacks! Because of that and because I’m writing a long series I keep a running timeline that I add to whenever my story includes a new significant event. Without that I’d never keep it all straight.

What is one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?

My favorite dinosaur! – It’s a stegosaurus by the way.

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Debbie Manber KupferThank you, Ms. Kupfer for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. If you’d like to know more about Debbie Manber Kupfer, you can check out her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. Her books are on Amazon.

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