An Interview with the author of Blood of the Chosen!

And now for another interview!

Today we interviewed another very talented friend of mine about her latest book, an epic fantasy called, ‘Blood of the Chosen’.  I’m so excited to read it!  I hope everyone here will be too.  🙂

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1.    Tell us about yourself.

I’m Kara Owl, I write fiction and non-fiction about things that I am passionate about.  I’m an invisibly disabled woman living in Florida with a husband, a bunch of kitties, and a spoiled rotten puppy who is on her way to becoming a good dog.  I love to write, to read, and to play video games.

2.    When and why did you start writing?

I started writing when I was a kid.  I wrote my first “book” when I was in kindergarten, just after I had learned to write.  I continued writing stories throughout grade school and high school, though I didn’t start really trying to write novels until I was in my 20s.  I started what became my first completed novel in 2000, and never stopped.

3.    What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Blood of the Chosen is the story of three elves struggling to protect their place in the world from the encroaching darkness that has taken root in a former ally.

4.    Was there an event or a person that inspired the creation of this book?

My best friend.  Over 20 years ago, he mentioned to me that he’d had a story idea, of a stuffy, uptight elf who was named after a horse.  From that seed, these characters grew in my mind until I had this story that needed to be written.  My BFF still jokes that he’s a horrible, absentee father, giving me this idea and then never helping me write it.  I don’t mind, he’s been much more supportive than he knows.

5.    Under what genre does your book fall?

It is fantasy.  I like to say it’s epic fantasy, but it is a very short epic.

6.    Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I think I’d love Tom Hiddleston to play Toman.  He has that elfin quality, though he’d need his eyes to be darker.  Julianne Moore would be a great Kerwilian, though she’s old for the part—but she has that elfin, sharp-featured face that I love.  For Romerin, I think the closest actor would be Colin O’Donoghue.  He’s got the cheekbones and can pull off a fantastic scruffy look.  Rom was always scruffier than his sibs.

7.    How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The very first draft took about four years.  The last rewrite took eight months, and I’m really proud that I’m getting better at writing faster.  Book 2 took six months; hopefully book 3 will only take four!  (A girl can dream, right?)

8.    Will this book be the first of a series or is it a stand-alone?

It is a series.  Currently, I am plotting out book 3.  It might be the end, it might not!  I am not sure.

9.    Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A plotter.  I write up a loose outline, and then usually tweak it about half-way through the book, to make sure I wrap up all the crazy subplots that come out in the book.

10.   Do you have a favorite character in this book?

My favorite characters are always minor characters.  I love my big three, but the minor ones are usually just as interesting and I don’t get to see as much of them.  I think that’s why I end up adoring them.

11.How did you come up with the title for this book?

I wanted something that would carry over for the trilogy, that would mark it as part of this series.  Since the main characters are all chosen by the gods, it just fit.

12.What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Sword of Shannara, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the Dragonbone series.

13.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It is about elves, magic, swords, and the bond between siblings.

Here’s a link to information about Blood of the Chosen.  The publisher is Jupiter Gardens Press.

Thanks Kara for telling us more information about your book and the series!

Free Giveaway Winners and Upcoming Events

Selling books to a Dalek

Selling books to a Dalek

This Week So Far…

… has been difficult thus far, as anyone who has read our previous blog post can attest, but life must go on. In that spirit, I (Christopher) would like to announce the winners of two recent free giveaways. As I mentioned before, we are still going to award books to winners from the Comicpalooza giveaway… it just took us several weeks to announce the winners. Now, with Space City Con, our delay has been a few days, but that is due to our recent tragedy. In addition, I would like to advise our readers of our remaining 2013 appearances, as well as our budding 2014 calendar.
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2013 Space City Con, Free Giveaways, and Other News

2013 Space City Con

New booth lighting at the 2013 Space City Con in Houston, Texas

Welcome Newcomers and All of Our Readers!

For those who recently discovered us at Space City Con, welcome! Sorry for the late post, but as a border-line introvert, it sometimes takes me days to recover from such an extroverted event. Now that my mind is at peace, I can give you, our readers, a reflection of the weekend, a look ahead of events to come, and give our readers, new and old, a chance to win some things… books and… wait… now I remember, a Kindle Fire. Want more information? Well, dive in!
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Updates and Giveaway Winners

2013 AggieConI don’t remember the last time I (Christopher) posted, but it has been a while. It’s funny, because we have been to a plethora of events these last few weeks, with more events this weekend and next weekend. I guess work (my day job), getting ready for upcoming events, and recovering from prior events, are my biggest excuses. Well, here I am, blogging. So, what shall I blog about? How about free giveaway winners from the Houston Celtic Festival? First, however, I would like to welcome all of the people we spoke with at our booth during the festival. Thanks especially to the folks who attended our readings. Despite the volume of rain dropped on us that Saturday, the event in 2010 caused rivers to flow through the arena, so this wasn’t so bad.
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Interviews and More Interviews

Authors Heather and Christopher

Heather and I (Christopher) have been interviewed again, and I thought I should provide links so all of our wonderful fans don’t have to go hunting for them. We have also been working on our 2013 calendar of appearances.

Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Just a few weekends ago we attended the Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Salado, Texas. What a time we had… As we were unpacking our truck to set up our tent at the fair grounds, Heather and I noticed that our tent frame had broken in transit, and without parts it was irreparable. With no tent frame, we rushed to the Walmart in Belton and then the Academy in Temple, before we found a tent we thought would work. After driving all the way back to Salado, we soon realized that this tent would never hold up to any sort of rain or wind (the roof came in layers, you see, with big openings where one layer overlayed another). This would not do… so we rushed back to Temple’s Academy and exchanged the tent. This one also, we found out, was not rated for wind or rain (you don’t learn these things unless you open the box and look at the directions inside… neither the website nor the box mentioned these important facts.) So, we used the roof and sides from the other tent (the broken one).

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Blog Hop: THE NEXT BIG THING

Welcome to the Cemetery

Welcome to our blog this weekend after Halloween 2012! We had a wonderful Halloween… how about you? Please feel free to comment. If you have found Heather’s or my Facebook profile, we will be posting pictures from our Halloween.

Blog Hop

Well, Heather and I (Christopher) decided to join a blog hop with other authors we know across the USA. We each have been answering the same questions about our latest books, and I will provide links to our fellow authors’ posts here:

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Ruth Davis Hayes

Kara Hash

Tracy Angelina Evans

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Space City Con this Weekend and other News

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Events and Stuff

Lots of stuff coming up on the next few months, but nothing so impending as Space City Con! That’s right… *THIS* weekend is Space City Con, taking place in the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas. Visit Space City Con for more information on the event. Heather and I will be signing books there, so bring yours if you’ve got ’em, but if you don’t, that’s alright… we can sell you some of ours. Come out and enjoy the fun! Nichelle Nichols, R.A. Salvatore, and Breandán Ó Ciarraí, among many other talented actors, celebrities, artists, writers, and others will be there. Oh yeah… and us.

The Saturday after that… next weekend, we will be at the Magick Cauldron for another book-signing. If you don’t like big crowds, but you still would like to see us in Houston, this would be a good venue for you. Plus, you won’t have to buy a ticket to get in (like you would with Space City Con). Visit our Events page for more book signing events we will be attending this year and next.
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Free Giveaway Winners, Events, and other News

Author Christopher Dunbar in a kiltAh… time to breathe. We have had so much going on in the last few months that I (Christopher) have fallen behind on actual work… writing, and whatnot. Well, it looks like we are between events, so I should be able to catch a bit of a break. Today, I will belatedly be releasing the winners of the free giveaway we held for Comicpalooza (at the end of May), and I will be reminding everyone of our other free giveaway through Goodreads.  Also, here is a picture of me in a kilt.  This is the ancient hunting MacIntyre tartan worn as a great kilt [also called Breacan an Fhéilidh (belted plaid) or Féileadh Mòr (great plaid)].  The doublet is a Pendragon, the feather is a pheasant tail feather, the I made the sporran.  You can often find me kilt clad at these events, though the last few indoor events I was bereft of a kilt.  I shall have to make up for it in the future.

We have some exciting prospects coming up towards the second half of this year, though as in previous years, there seems to be fewer events we attend in Q3 and Q4 than we attend in Q1 and Q2. Still, plenty of events for you to come out and see us or listen to us read aloud. Let’s see… there is Space City Con, the Salado Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and even the Sherwood Forest Celtic Music Festival, among others. That’s another observation of our events… most of the events in Q3 and Q4 are outdoor venues, whereas most events we attended in Q1 and Q2 were indoor events. Strange.
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