IJF asks: What did you just finish reading?
I just finished reading "The Crimson Sword" by Eldon Thompsom Book one of The legend of Asahiel. It is a very well written and exciting tale. I love the way Thompsom describes many scenes and situations. His use of the English language was exquisite and raised the whole story to a new dimension.
IJF asks: What book(s) have changed your life?
I'd have to answer that the books that changed my life were: "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy." Tolkien's masterpiece is the epitome of beauty and I fell in love with the characters, so much so, that after the movies were done I couldn't let go of the beauty of it. I started "The Silent Warrior Trilogy" as an answer to the many question that the character's lives from this trilogy awoke in me. I wanted to know what the elfs were like in their communities and their everyday life. I also wanted to know more about the dwarfs and their kingdoms. I wanted to know what kind of woman Legolas would fall in love with. What do elfs hold dear to their hearts and so much more. The character Dellin in "The Elf and the Princess" book one of the Silent Warrior Trilogy portrays my answers to Legolas and his people's lives. The princess is his eternal companion. You could say that I give new lives to Tolkien's elfs and enhance their stories through the pages of my elf series.
IJF asks: Tell us your best fan encounter story:
This older gentleman told me, after he read "The Elf and the Princess", that it was as good as Louis Lamour's books. He is an avid reader of Lamour and has the whole collection of his books. He told me that he had read them at least four times each. For a new author I felt extremely humbled when he compared me to this great author. I realize that I have nowhere near Lamour's talents, but it was awesome that this gentleman would have chosen to say that to me.
Do you consider your work to be similar to fan fiction for Tolkien?
Not. I consider my work inspired by Tolkien but not fan fiction. I don't used the same characters he has. I do use Orks, Elfs, dwarfs, trolls... but they are universal characters and used in many books besides Tolkien's without being fan fiction.
When is the third book set to be released?
If everything goes well, it will be released by fall next year. Sept or Oct. would be my preference. "Trouble in the Elf City" was to come out in Sept., but didn't make it until the end of Nov.
How long have you been writing?
I started seriously four years ago. I had some earlier work that I am re-writing now as well as trying to translate my first book "The Elf and the Princess" into Spanish.
Who are your favorite authors?
J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling and lots of others.
Is there a book trailer for any of your books?
Yes, on my website and also on youtube. (On youtube search for the name of the book and it will show up.) They were made by a great young man who is very good at it, but not a professional. I hope you enjoy it. Leave a comment if you do.
What do your elves look like? Can you describe them?
They are a head taller than the tallest mankind you know with long hair and pointed ears. They are great strategists, solemn people who have gathered their wisdom through the thousands of years they have lived in the land, majestic beings full of wisdom, great healers, and lovers of all life. My website has drawings of them, under the art links for each book.
Your books are now on Storycasting.com, and we always ask: are there any current film or TV stars you think would fit the roles? Have you had a "casting discussion" with your fans, either by email or on your blog?
I thank you for the opportunity to be in storycasting.com Yes, they are many... The Elf Dellin; Orlando Bloom Princess Adren; Keira Knightly Prince Paletin: Johnny Depp Tadren the elf commander; Patrick Stewart Donian the Warrior; Viggo Mortensen Saelia the elf maiden; Liv Tyler King Rohison; Sean Connery and many others. Have you had a"casting discussion" with your fans, either by email or on your blog? Not by those means, but I have with others of my known readers. People who live close by me and I see almost every week.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Never, NEVER give up. Try everything you get your hands on. Find the writers group closest to you and join. They are a fountain of wisdom and ideas at your fingertips. They will guide you, and often for free. Also get your name out... start blogs and participate in forums-- especially the genre you write for. I belong to Tolkien's and writers' forums, and many others. Enter many short story contests and do online magazine reviews. Read everything in the library about promoting your work online.
Are you touring or doing any appearances?
I did many this year for the first book. I have book signings and I was a panelist while I promoted my books in most of the fantasy conventions in Utah. For the second book I have a book signing on Jan 12 to start the new year with a bang. In Feb. I will be part of the BYU Symposioum in Provo, Utah (a big writers conference). There is a Renaissance festival in May here and I will be there. I will also do many book clubs, more signings and writers' conventions.
Where do you write? And how do you get inspired?
I write on my lap top anywhere I am. At home in my front room, my home office, kitchen table, my bed. I have also done it in the airport and on airplanes when I am traveling. Just give me a plug and I will write. How do I get inspired? I weave these tales in my head, and it depends what mood I am in. I wrote a book called Once Upon Two Kingdoms. It is a medieval romance story, from my romance series that I have not published yet. I had the idea, and while I put it down on my computer I was listening to romantic music (my favorite), and the songs there greatly guided me in the plot and the feelings of the story. The Silent Warrior trilogy was totally inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The rest of my elfs series still have some of the master Tolkien's inspiration but not as deep.
Do you have a favorite character?
Yes, in each of my books I identify closely with one of them. In the trilogy it is Princess Adren.
Do you know the ending of the trilogy already?
Yes. I've been polishing the last book for more than a year now.
Are your stories also for adults in a psychological/spiritual way, or are they just good stories to be enjoyed as entertainment?
I am not sure what you mean by psychological/spiritual way. However they do have moral messages that can be applied to anyone. Family values and respect to all is one of my messages. I do want to let my readers see that there are better ways of doings things and that we owe it to ourselves to become better. Never settle for the easy or mediocre way. Try and try again and if you can... lift another. I write for teens, yet I know that many of the people that purchase and read my books are over the age of twenty. I know many between their sixties and eighties who love them and after they read them... they give them to their grandkids. I love the fact that my works appeal to all ages...
What are your plans to write next, or do you have a WIP?
My plans are many. The Silent Warrior Trilogy is just the doorway to my elfs series. You can expect in the futures titles like Elf mountain- The Royal Elf of Avalon, Curse of the Elfs and The Flying Elf in that series. All of them have new characters and plots that are not related to the Trilogy. I also plan on a romance for teens series that I call my Princess series. There you will find tittles like The Golden Princess, Once upon Two Kingdoms, A kingdom by the Sea, Princess Magnolia and The Good and Evil Twins. I plan with time to have my books translated to my original language (Spanish) and have them published in that market.
What are your new years goals for 2009? If you don't mind sharing...
I want to be more involved in community events to raise money for them. I just have to figure who… Any ideas?
Finish translation to Spanish of The Elf and the Princess.
I want to have a Christmas section in my website starting in Nov, 27, 2009 and have free Christmas stories for everyone’s entertainment there. I will be reading them. Ya, me with my accent.
I also would like to finish The Flying Elfs that has been put on the shelf for the holidays.
Did you have as much fun writing your second book-Trouble in the Elf City as you had the first?
Yes, I had so much more I wanted to tell about them that I couldn’t help it.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader's lives once they read your books?
That they will see the wisdom of trying to do their best and never settle for less.
What made you want to write the Silent Warrior trilogy?
My husband. I told him the story of The Elf and the Princess one evening and he left and came back with a laptop and said: “Write it!!!”
Can you describe briefly Adren and Dellin's relationship in the second book? What changed from the first book?
In the first book they fell in love and found out that that love could never come true .
In the second book their impossible longing has turned into a miracle and they treasure each other more deeply.
Adren has lost everything that made her what she was and had no future for herself. Now that she has a second chance at life she gives everything and lives life to its fullest.
Dellin knows how it feels to lose her and does pretty much the same. They love without reserve.
Can you share with your fans how can you describe so well your battle scenes and the sword's playing action?
We found a medieval swordfighting class at the local high school and we have taken it now for three years. I ask anything I need and the instructor gives me his wisdom. The funny thing is that my instructor is much younger than I. He loves medieval times.
The art work in your books is magnificent! Can you tell us more about it?
That is one thing I have a hard time with. I have tried three different artists and ended up with Carlos by accident. He has not studied to become an artist, in fact he works in the dental industry. We are both learning at the same time. You can expect great stuff from him. Lois does my covers and she gets help from her art teacher with them. They are both awesome people.
The characters in your trilogy are very loving, kind, respectable and seems to me that there is a kind of special family relationship-the traditional kind that is disappearing in today's society. Do you believe this to be true ?
Family unity is disappearing in our society and I want it to come back. I am blessed to know great married couples and be surrounded by them. But I know that that is not the norm. I have found my eternal companion and I know it takes time to have a eternal relationship… I have also seen that it is possible.
I love the character's clothing in your books. Can you tell me about them?
I love sewing and I have collected pictures of clothing for a long time and now with the Internet I can research clothes on line. Movies, theater, fantasy fairs, books in the library, fantasy sites and my artist’s imagination does the rest.