Hello Little Twinkles,
I hope you are shining bright today?
I'd like to introduce a book and an author that I've just discovered, and I gotta tell you, after I finish writing this, I'll be heading over to Goodreads to add to my to be read list. The cover alone is so beautifully dreamy, I'm gushing over it!
If you weren't already tempted to read based on the cover alone, this intriguing blurb should push you all the way to Amazon to click buy now!
On Earth, Annie’s voice brought her fame and fortune. In Aerisia, her voice brings her magic, but the cost of that power might mean the destruction of Aerisia itself.
Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…
Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.
Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one Simathe warrior, Cole, who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.
Sarah Ashwood was kind enough to answer some random questions. Hope you enjoy the interview and make sure you check out Aerisian Refrain on Amazon and Goodreads.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Well, I learned to use beta readers! I didn’t even know what they were when I first published, but after some negative reviews that had valid points kept surfacing, I pulled my first book and revamped it before re-releasing it. (Thankfully the negative reviews on those particular points went away after this.)
From that point on, I joined several new author groups, like Clean Indie Reads, where I learned about beta readers and their value. I will never release a book without running it by at least a couple of beta readers again!
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
I have a confession to make. I’ve never read the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyers or seen the movies. I dislike vampire anything (apologies to anyone who doesn’t feel the same), so when the Twilight craze started I had no interest in it. Then Meyers’ book The Host came out, and I think I saw the movie at someone else’s house. Well…the movie really wasn’t too bad. I dared myself to read the book, and I actually enjoyed it. A lot. I still haven’t read the Twilight books (because vampires), but I shocked myself by enjoying The Host as much as I did.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I never force a name on a character. I don’t know whether to say my characters tell me their names, or their names simply grow on me, but from some combination of the two my characters get their names.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene to write in Aerisian Refrain was the end. I knew how the book would end, but I had no idea how to get there! I had all of these bits and pieces in my head, but I didn’t know how to string them together. I got my blast of inspiration while cleaning the kitchen one night. (I tend to think better on my feet.) Once that hit, everything sort of fell into place, thankfully.
Do you Google yourself?
I admit it: sometimes I do. Mainly to see if any reviews of my books have appeared that I’ve missed.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My kids? Haha I am a stay-at-home mom of three young boys. I love them dearly, but they aren’t very conducive to getting a lot of writing done. Sometimes I’m able to wake up very early before them and get my writing done. Sometimes I write during my toddler’s naptime. And sometimes, like now, it’s past midnight and this is my first chance to get any writing done. Basically, with three young kids, I write whenever I get the chance!
Don’t believe all the hype. Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a Highlander, a fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, she’s a genuine Okie from Muskogee who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma and holds a B.A. in English from American Military University. She now lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily run or workout to save her sanity and keep her mind fresh for her next story.
Sarah’s works include the Sunset Lands Beyond trilogy and the fantasy novella Amana.
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