A Conversation with A.F. Stewart

Today on Paws 4 Thought another of our occasional author interviews. A.F. Stewart recently released the first of a new series, Ghosts of the Sea Moon.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m Anita and I write fantasy and horror under the name A. F. Stewart. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada, I’m a huge fantasy and sci-fi geek, and I love reading and movies. I’m a minor history buff and adore mythology and folklore.

 When did you first start writing?

I started writing as a child. I’d scribble poems, stories; I even tried songwriting. All the strange things in my head conjured by my imagination needed to come out. And still do, I suppose.

 Who are your favorite authors?

An easy one. Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. They all have a lyrical quality to their writing that captures my interest.

What inspires you to write?

I honestly cannot define it to one thing. It’s a bit like inscribing bits of my mind and soul onto paper whenever some thought hits me. For instance, recently I was staring out a window at a grey sky and boom:  an idea popped into my head.  I guess maybe it’s all about emotional being for me.

Tell us a little bit about Ghosts of the Sea Moon.

Ghosts of the Sea Moon is a sea-faring, epic fantasy novel that I expanded from a flash fiction story I wrote. It was inspired by tales of ghost ships and Greek myth, and follows the adventures of Captain Rafe Morrow and the crew of the otherworldly ship Celestial Jewel as they defend the Outer Islands. They are up against a mad Goddess, sea monsters, and a mysterious dark enemy who is pulling strings. The book has roguish sailors, dysfunctional gods and goddesses, magic battles, some murder, a brief appearance by a Kraken, and yes, ghosts.

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Who is your favorite character you have written?

My newest main character, Captain Rafe Morrow, a charming seafarer who is far more than he seems, is definitely one of my favourites, as is my sociopathic demon, Balthazar, who hunts souls escaped from Hell. However, I think my number one favourite would be Nimue, my immortal witch from the Camelot Immortals short stories and upcoming series.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on final revisions for the second book in my Saga of the Outer Islands series, Souls of the Dark Sea. After that, I’ll be working on book three in the series, Renegades of the Lost Sea, and a series history reference to keep all the backstory and my dysfunctional gods straight. I’m also trying to sneak in some writing on the first book of my Camelot Immortals series, Past Legends.

What do you like to do to relax?

I haven’t had too much of that lately, but I like to read, watch TV, or do art projects. And play the Word Cookie game on my tablet.

If you could have any superpower what would choose?

I’d definitely want to be able to fly. There’s a certain appealing freedom, I think, to that particular superpower.

How can readers connect with you?

The best way is through my website, as I have most all my social media set up there: https://afallonblog.wordpress.com/

You can also find me most frequently on

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scribe77

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afstewartauthor/

Or in my Facebook fan group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/348788975590362/

Ghosts of the Sea Moon is on sale for just 99 cents on Kindle.

Come set sail with ghosts, gods and sea monsters.

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Want to read a sample? Sure you do:

Captain Rafe Morrow paced the quarterdeck of his ship, Celestial Jewel, the signs of an oncoming squall setting him on edge. Blustering wind rattled the sails and the crew’s nerves, their usual jaunty hubbub reduced to grumbling and snipes. Trouble travelled on that wind. Rafe could smell it woven in the air, and his blood prickled with a sense of worry. The ship trembled as if with warning. He glared at the sky and its darkening clouds painted amber and crimson from the setting sun. A storm sky coming ahead of a full moon meant dark magic and sea monsters would prowl the waves this night.

The Moon Goddess will hold sway tonight.

A trickle of blue energy raced across the back of his hand at the thought.

Damn her…and her beasts.

On the breath of a sigh, he whirled to face his crew. “Storm’s coming, boys. Doesn’t bode well, not with the moonrise tonight.”

“How long, Captain? Will we be in the thick of the weather or just what comes after?” A rough-edged sailor, Pinky Jasper, spoke up, but all ears of the deck crew listened for an answer.

“It’s coming within an hour or two, out from Raven Rock, by my reckoning. After nightfall by certain. We’re heading in, boys, but we’ll likely hit the edge of it.” He heaved a breath, exhaling. “It’ll be a bad one even for this crew so expect trouble.”

A shiver of tension settled over the deck. Some of the crew cast worried glances at the sea and each other. Others shivered, and a few more whispered prayers. Storms brought bad memories and nervous anticipation to the sailors of this ship.

“Which port then, Captain?” The mariner at the ship’s wheel chimed in. “Might make Abersythe if we head north.”

“We might, Anders. But we head east. We’ll race the edge of the tempest, but it’s closer and the ship will find better shelter anchored at Crickwell Island.”

“Aye, sir. Laying in course to Crickwell Island.” One-Eyed Anders turned the wheel and the ship’s bones groaned. Others of the crew adjusted the sails, and the Celestial Jewel leaned into her new bearing headed east.

 

Instafreebie preview (download the first four chapters free): https://www.instafreebie.com/free/cu9nx 

Or pick up your copy today – did I mention it was 99 cents?

Books2Read link (all non-Amazon retailers): https://www.books2read.com/u/ml5GvM

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078MS397S

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37648721-ghosts-of-the-sea-moon

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Moon-Saga-Outer-Islands/dp/1981802223/

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