#FirstLineFriday (Chapter Thirteen)

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from Chapter Thirteen of Masque of the Vampire (available for pre-order with an April 1st release date) :

Katelina woke in the middle of the day. A sound in the hallway drew her attention, and she looked sharply to Jorick.

Yay! It gives us some tension and action.

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Book Reader Magazine

logotype-element-5-publicdo The people at Book Reader Magazine have been awesome enough to interview me. Check out the whole interview for questions like:

Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genre is fantasy (everything from high fantasy to YA fantasy romance) with sci-fi and horror tied for second and historical romance in third place. Honestly I like a good romance, no matter what genre I’m reading. What can I say? I’m a romantic at heart.

You can check out the whole interview at Book Reader Magazine!

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#FirstLineFriday (Chapter Twelve)

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from Chapter Twelve of Masque of the Vampire (available for pre-order with an April 1st release date) :

Katelina readied for the onslaught, but Trevor charged past her and towards Kai. The boy dropped and swept a roundhouse kick that took out Trevor’s knees.

Another mid-scene moment, though at least we finally have some action!

What do you think?

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Interviews with Writers

joleene naylor 2 (1)The folks at Interviews with Writers have been awesome enough to have me! When you get a chance, stop in and check out my interview. They had some great questions, like:

What inspires you to write?
I’ve always made up stories in my head, but what inspires me to write them down and publish is that I’ve been irritated by various main stream clichés. When I started the Amaranthine series I was tired of kick-butt females who seemed to go from plain Jane to vampire killer in a span of five pages, not to mention that there were never repercussions. No one bothered to explain how this new vampire life style affected her family, her friends, the house she left behind. And she was always so hot/sexy/gorgeous/clever/sassy that every vampire/werewolf/man that saw her instantly wanted her. Characters like that make me go “bleh”, so I wrote something different.

So stop in, check it out, and say hello!

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Questions Needed!

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I’m working on a Frequently Asked Questions page for my author blog to cover the questions people most frequently want to know. With that in mind, what is the question you most frequently want to know about you favorite authors or their books? Or do you have something you most frequently want to know about me? All suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

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Interview at My Book Place

booksThe folks at My Book Place were awesome enough to post an interview with me! They had some amazing questions, and I hope my answers were (at least a little) interesting.

For instance:

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Masque of the Vampire – to be released April 1, 2016 – is the eighth book in the Amaranthine series and, though it has plenty of blood, action, and vampires, it is inspired by the classic British mystery; a guest at a well-to-do days long party ends up dead. Who killed them? Why? Instead of a dead guest I have a series of child murders, a mysterious locked door in the attic, a phantom stalker, and a cast of suspicious characters.

Check out the full interview to find out about timey-whimey writing, why deleting can be awesome, and why I find Tricia Drammeh and C.G. Coppola’s books inspiring!

 

#FirstLineFriday (Chapter Eleven)

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from Chapter Eleven of Masque of the Vampire (available for pre-order with an April 1st release date) :

Katelina stayed as close to Jorick as she could. Flashing eyes moved over her, and more than once she felt the invasion of someone in her thoughts, though she was never sure who.

Another mid-scene moment.

What do you think?

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Author Interview with Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr.

Last Saturday Katelina interviewed Diego, a character from the Crest of Dreams series by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr. Today we have the author himself!

Thanks for stopping in! Can you tell us a little bit about your newest release?

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Venancio: My most recent book is Quantos Rising and it is the first in my Crest of Dreams series.

Crest of Dreams is the story of a world that has been split into four colonies after a Great War in which knowledge, civilizations, and time were lost from the world. After five hundred years of recreation civilization is split into four colonies: those that live on the ground call their colony ‘Damiroo‘; those who live in underwater cities call their colony ‘Retarctica‘; those who live in floating cities that hover above the clouds call their colony ‘Anotreshpore‘; and those who live in space cities following the same orbit as the moon around the earth call their colony ‘Centralis‘.

J: That sounds really interesting! What inspired you to write it?

V:The book was influenced by many experiences and it only makes more sense seeing as I took so long to write it—from 2012. However, there were two predominant accounts in my life that I referenced. Firstly was the idea of the city El-Versium which was domed on quarantine by reason of an outbreak of a deadly virus called the ATS-Dc which was allegedly engineered by the University of APEX’s research facility. When the Ebola virus broke out just over a little ago, all too often had I heard my friends’ panic and their greatest hope was that the virus never reaches the country. And when I took a little closer look at the situation, it seemed it wasn’t just my friends that were wishing that, rather even countries openly admitting that they would have done their best to make sure the virus doesn’t infiltrate their country. Now I never blamed anyone for that and it really wasn’t a bad thing, however I just personally thought no one was really looking at the bigger picture. Putting it in perspective, it seemed in a way that everyone was just thinking about their own personal safety and that was the funniest thing to me. I learnt earlier on in life that every problem faced by the people around me affects me either directly or indirectly. If I saw my neighbors dying of a disease from a distance, would it really be the wisest thing to start looking for a way to keep their disease as far away from me as possible? I just thought it was a little unwise and assumed that everyone’s first priority should have been looking for a cure together and that would help a great deal in, not only keeping the virus away from yourself, but also successfully keeping it away from others too as opposed to putting a glass dome over your neighbors’ houses each time one neighbor comes up with a strange illness. That experience greatly influenced a substantial portion of the story plot and it just helped me realize that it’s a little better to try as best as you can to help solve problems the people around you are facing because in one way or the other they do affect me either directly or indirectly.

Secondly was the project Lunar-Mount droid plot. I initially got the idea while learning about artificial intelligence and humanity’s persistence in creating artificially intelligent humanoid. And at that point I recall I loved watching a documentary series on the Discovery Channel called Visions of the Future when I saw the innovations. I never necessary pictured that the world would finally create a droid that would realize that humanity is obsolete and must be destroyed, being a computer savvy and a little of a programmer at the time I explored a little more on the notion of the danger of ambiguity in AI source code and how that would play a large role in the malfunction of a droid. The droid was programmed to wipe out any threat (or group of people with a large enough arsenal capable of wreaking a significant amount of havoc upon the world). It was programmed to detect threats and arrange them in an orderly array called “threat level” and wipe out threats based off who has the highest threat level first, then the one with the second highest threat level, and so on until it had completely eradicated every threat in its orderly array. However the algorithm was designed to constantly keep scanning for threats so the question became “when every threat was wiped out and the world was free of perhaps terrorists and rebel groups, who would be the next biggest threat?” How many more bad people does it have to eradicate until it starts considering good people as threats too?

J: Oh nice! This really sounds good! Can you tell us a little about your writing process?

V: How I love to write books is that I would first create or recreate a whole world before building stories inside, and what takes the longest in my process is the quality of the detail in the world I create so it shouldn’t come as much a surprise to know that it takes me quite a while to fully have a story ready because of the heavy processes involved. I began working on the Crest of Dreams world in the last few months of 2012 and I’ve been working on the story ever since. And since the story is so exciting and detailed, I would love to tell the story of each of the four Domiciles.Quantos Rising is simply the first and introductory short novel to the Damiroo Domicile and there will be three more short novels to tell the story of the other three Domiciles (T-16 to tell the short introductory story of Retarctica, The Superimposition to tell the short introductory story of Anotreshpore, and Sons of Time to tell the short introductory story of Centralis). After each of these short introductory stories will come full length novellas of each of the stories of the Domiciles.

J: What would you say is your favorite part?

V: My favorite part of the book is the three concepts of the Project Lunar-Mount (a threat seeking robot droid that built to destroy anything it considers a threat, be it innocent or otherwise), the Project-QR (resurfacing the long since sunken city, Quantos, fro, the times before the war that hit the reset button on civilization as we know it) and the idea of the deadly ATS-Dc virus and how and why it was developed.

J: And your least favorite?

V: Definitely the editing. QR was supposed to be a full length novel but it turned out to be far too long in pages with roughly around 600 pages to it. That was purely unacceptable: I want to entertain my audience, not try to bore them to death with a majorly long story. So as you would have guessed it, I chopped up the novel into four different short novels and these are the four introductory stories to the Crest of Dreams world (Quantos Rising, T-16, The Superimposition, and Sons of Time) before the launch of the full length novels. Now with a lifeline of around 8 months of writing 600 pages, editing and reading through those 600 pages line by line and over and over again was perhaps my least favorite part.

J: I understand that! I had that trouble with my first book – It later became two books, which is always challenging because now you have to do introductions, climaxes, restructure each one… *shudder* Sounds like you had your work cut out for you! What do you have planned next?

V: I’m currently working on the second Crest of Dreams novel called “T-16”. However since the series will take quite the number of years to complete, I would also like to start another series called “Ghost Tribes” and tell it simultaneous with the Crest of Dreams series, each of which will have 9 books and will take up a substantial amount of my next few years.

J: That sounds awesome! Love the title! In your Crest of Dreams series, who is your favorite character?

V: My favorite character in the novel is the Colonel Kurt. I love him mostly because he’s a reflection of one of the aspects of my own personality: the “Go hard” kinda personality. The man would do practically anything to get his job done and make sure with his own eyes that it’s done.

J: So he’s like you! That’s interesting – and speaking of interesting, can you tell us something interesting about you?

V: The most interesting thing about myself and my books is that I usually tend to model characters after individual elements of my own personality, experiences or feelings I felt but to only let out or portray in novel form.

J: And how about something interesting about your book?

V: What makes QR so compelling isn’t so much the story as it is the recreated world. The world of Crest of Dreams is a world that has been divided into four civilizations. And what makes each one of them interesting is that each Domicile is governed by a different arena of leadership. For instance, Centralis is ruled by a democracy, Retarctica is ruled by a monarch, Anotreshpore is ruled by an autocrat and Damiroo is ruled by Chiefs. The world of Crest of Dreams is also a world that had lost time because of the 100 year long war which forced humanity to recreate time and seasons because all the records of time and civilization before that war were allegedly wiped out during that war…or were they?

J: Oh! Great way to end the interview – I feel like some dramatic music should play there!

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Thanks for stopping in and checking out today’s interview. You can find more of Venancio and Quantos Rising at:

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#FirstLineFriday (Chapter Ten)

FLFIt’s time for #FirstLineFriday! On Friday, authors post the first one or first two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a published work  on their blog, and title the post #FirstLineFriday (just like this). It’s  a lot of fun, so feel free to join in! You can share your link on my blog comments, or on Rami Ungar’s (the brains behind FLF).

Today’s first line comes from Chapter Ten of Masque of the Vampire (available for pre-order with an April 1st release date) :

The guests were scheduled to arrive after lunch the following evening.

Yes, yes they are. It’s an information imparting line. Not very exciting, is it?

What do you think?

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Interview with Kin Diego

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Today we have Kin Diego from… Um… Hang on. What book are you from?

Arts and digital painting by Ven G Books. Copyright © 2015 by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr.

Arts and digital painting by Ven G Books.
Copyright © 2015 by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr.

Diego: You go right on ahead and ask Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr. yourself. I’m sure he’ll be happy to tell you the rest of the books I’m featured in from the Crest of Dreams series. But as for my origin story; it’s a comic book named after my military project codename, Zue Beta, and based around the Crest of Dreams world.

K: There we go! Would you mind telling our readers a little bit about yourself?

D: The name’s Diego—Kin Diego and I’m a 21 year old teen super soldier killing machine designed to rip apart anything and everything in my path. I guess you can call me an experiment by the Damiroo military gone wrong. Before my parents were murdered, we lived in a city called Bisenti here in the Mnematode denomination in Damiroo. The only thing I love doing more than my hitting up some rapids and mountain climbing with my buddy, CJ, is taking my motorcycle for a spin. It’s perhaps the fastest machine on two wheels.

K: An experiment? And I thought my author was horrible. Can you tell us a little bit more about this?

D: Of course.Among the few people who survived the ATS-Dc epidemic in El-Versium 20 years ago my parents were one of them, and they gave birth to me. But as a child I wasn’t quite normal; having been born from two people who had been exposed to the virus I kinda grew immune to it—but that came with a few things: I was stronger than most people around me, my focus was sharp, I was a near-perfect human. And that’s when “they” decided to start rounding “us” up (people like me whose bodies had evolved to a super human state). They murdered my parents and thought to carry out experiments on me. They were trying to enhance me further beyond my physical abilities and now I live on borrowed time—whatever they did to me, it’s killing me. My cells and tissue are dying each time I exceed my compensation point and the only thing keeping me alive is a vaccine CJ created for me—what’d I say? Super genius! But whatever it is they did to me, they did it to the rest of the people like me. They chose to wage war against us and now we’re bringing the fight to them. We have to save the rest of the kids they keep locked up in their research facility and prevent them from taking any more of us.

K: You say “they”? Who are they?

D:  The very same people responsible for turning me into this “thing” that I am—this violent beastly reflection I see smirking at me in the mirror. We have no leads as to who the real person is that is in charge of the teen super soldier experiments but rest assured we will find them, and when we do there will be bashing and tones of smashing.

K: Wow. I can’t even begin to imagine which is tough: dealing with what they made you, or with all of your past or –  what would you say is your biggest challenge in this story? 

D: Overcoming my rage. How am I supposed to not want to kill the very monsters that murdered my family, turned me into a reckless killing machine, and keep doing it to who knows how many more children around the world? I want to kill them so very badly, but is that really worth it? They wanted to turn me into a warrior and killer and if I do to them what they want me to do to the rest of the Domiciles then what’s the point of it all? I might as well go back and work for them.

There are a tone other challenges I face, though: dealing with the loss of my family, trying to find a way to stay alive in a dying body, and fighting against an organization I barely even know much about. But I blame Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr. for it all. I swear the day I get to see him I’ll punch him across the face—maybe that’ll make me feel a little better.

K: We could swap. I’ll kill your author if you kill mine. *looks nervous* Um, I mean, uh, we’ll talk later. Moving on, how do you feel you evolve during this story?

D: From the get-go I’m super pissed—but that’s exactly what my enemies want; I’m angry that my parents were murdered, I’m frustrated that I was injected with the newly improved ATS-Dc virus to enhance my body’s physical abilities yet it kills me more and more each time I exceed my compensation point, and I’m…afraid—that I’ll lose against my enemies; that they’ll take me back to the lab and have me lead the rest of their teen super soldier army in war against the other Domiciles; that I’ll die. But as the story goes on I loosen up a little after realizing that I’m not the only person who’s going to affected by this, and if I just sit around alone here in the forest countless innocent people will be killed by even more children that are in my exact situation. So I take up the responsibility along with my super genius buddy, CJ, and we move to taking down the organization spearheading this war and become the leader of the team of teen super soldiers.

K: Wow. What one event do you think really helps to shape your personality and future?

D: In all honesty, I believe it’s my parents’ death. Now before you kids go around and start having your parents murdered, let me explain a little. My world was happy before they died and at one point I always thought the story was all about me—that’s how my parents made it feel. I was their only child. But ever since I lost them I felt this gaping hole inside of me and I hoped to satisfy it with letting out my rage on anything that I feel deserved it. But I was wrong, I realized that the only way I was ever going to deal with it is becoming the man they always wanted me to be: strong, brave, sacrificing my own life for the sake and safety of everyone else around me—being responsible with the abilities that fate has given to me—that’s what drives me.

K: I have to ask, is that a cat hair on your shirt? Do you have pets?

D: One of CJ’s best attempts at keeping me from killing anything in my path was getting me a pet ferret and my only objective was to not kill it. It didn’t matter if I never fed it or didn’t clean it or walk it but so long as I never killed it then I would be a better control over my rage. By the way, the ferret is still alive and I’m starting to take a liking to it.

K: Oh, okay. I only asked because we once had an interviewee with a crazy cat…I didn’t want to relive that! But, anyway, that shows you have a soft spot. Does that extend to romance?

D: Emphatically yes, and I don’t get why! Like I said, I’m punching Venancio across the face for this. I mean really, c’mon? A romance of this magnitude? In the midst of a war that could reduce humanity to ashes again? Really, Venancio?

I have a friend I’ve been wanting to get together with for a really long time now, and she’s kinda a tech wiz. But I’m not just talking about any tech wiz, no this chic has a body of armor she engineered to help me and the rest of the teen super soldiers take down the people behind this madness. And as though that’s not enough, amongst the teen super soldiers is a girl just like me. She’s the one who freed me from my cell and risked her own escape for mine in order that I may go out, get help for the rest of the children trapped inside the facility. She was in the cell right next to mine, so we had a lot of time to talk. She has this insane belief that I’m the one who’s supposed to save the rest of the teens.

So now the fight is between the one that’s known me the longest and the one I relate with the most.

Arts and digital painting by Ven G Books. Copyright © 2015 by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr.

Arts and digital painting by Ven G Books.
Copyright © 2015 by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr.

K: OooOOoooO! Triangle much? Your author is evil.

D: Yeah. That’s why when the series is over I’m going to start looking for a cure for this super human virus that they injected us with that’s killing us. And also I’m leading a troop to look for Venancio and bring him back to me alive!

K: Right? These authors think they’re God or something! We’re just supposed to put up with unbelievable scenarios and horrible things happening! I wish I could just escape to Hawaii or Tahiti sometimes. What about you? if you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

D: That’s a tough one. Well, it would have to be between saving the world from going into a state of total chaos and being normal. I’ve always wanted to be normal, but someone has to save the world and as my dad used to say “if not me, then who else would I trust enough to dump this responsibility on and expect to win?”
I do want to be normal, don’t get me wrong, and I’d give anything in the world to have that. Maybe that way I would have never lost my parents. But I have a responsibility to carry out, and though it’s sad that I lost people so dear to me it would be pointless to start crying around about it and let the world down because of my sorrows. So what I want the most in the whole world, is to win!

K: Not a bad thing at all. Though it looks like we’re getting short on time. If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?

D: Don’t become a villain, otherwise start expecting a visit from me and it’s not gonna be pleasant.

K: And lastly, any special message for your author:

D: Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr. I swear to God I’m going to punch you across the face

 

K: Yep, that is about what I figured. Thanks to Diego for stopping by today. You can find him ZUE BETA by Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr. Visit the author’s website at https://cadlegomani.wordpress.com and the Crest of Dreams series Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/crestofdreams/

And a special thanks to Venancio Cadle Gomani Jr for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

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