The Sunshine Blogger Award – An Interview with Stella the Teg

I’ve been nominated by S.A. Gibson for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’, where a character in one of my novels has to answer ten questions about themselves. Stella the Teg demanded that I interview her. For those who do not know she is a crafty green fairy with Welsh ancestry that lives with her sister Morgana in their own Dominion in Umbrae.

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  1. Tell me what your life is like.

Stella lives with her sister Morgana in our own Dominion in Umbrae. We are the last remaining Teg sisters and are as wise as we are beautiful. And our magic is very powerful.

Mostly we relax in our Dominion, counting our silver, or eating at our scrumptious banquets while watching our pretty girls twirl on the dance floor. They have oodles of fun. It warms Stella’s heart to see them so happy.

Of course at the beginning they are angry with Stella for tricking them, but they soon come around.

Occasionally though – when Stella has a fresh body to inhabit Stella spends some time in the above world and has an adventure. That’s a lot of fun, but gets tedious after a while and then Stella’s happy to return to her Dominion and her girls.

  1. Who do you care about the most?

Well silver’s nice – and power – love power! Oh, Stella realizes now you said “who” not what. Ah, that’s more difficult. Morgana, I guess. She’s annoying at times, but she’s the only sister Stella has left, and she guesses it would be lonely if it was only me.

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  1. Who or what do you fear the most?

If someone was to steal my silver. I would hate that, but no one would dare! They fear the Tegs and rightly so.

  1. What kind of work do you like the most?

Work! What do you mean work? Stella has servants to carry out all those troublesome chores!

  1. If you had one incredible power, what would it be?

Just one! Stella already has oodles and oodles of power. But I suppose it would be nice if I knew a spell to make me a little bigger. Tegs are small fairies and sometimes that means folks don’t take our threats seriously enough. Of course from small packages can come great power and they quickly learn the erroneous nature of their assumption.

  1. What is one bad thing, you secretly wish you could do?

“Bad” – Stella’s not bad. Oh, Stella understands that she has the reputation of being evil in some quarters, but truly Stella’s just misunderstood.

  1. What’s is you favorite swear word?

Coc y gath! It’s Welsh of course, as all the best swear words are!

(For a translation and some more interesting Welsh curses check out this link. It is rumored that the Tegs helped create this page.)

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  1. Do you consider yourself a dreamer or a doer? Give an example.

Oh Stella dreams! She does! Stella dreams of a world where everything, above and below is part of her Dominion. Sorry, Morgana, our Dominion. One day the whole universe will bow down to our greatness. You’ll see.

  1. Would you replace your author if you could? Does you author annoy you?

Author? What author? Ah, you mean my biographer, Debbie Manber Kupfer. I think she does a passable job, though it does appear that sometimes she doesn’t fully understand the benevolent motives of Morgana and I.

You should check out her latest volume, Umbrae. It includes a lot of interesting details about our Dominion.

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  1. What type of weather best describes you?

Stella is a gentle green breeze that can quickly become a hurricane if she is irked. So pay heed. And hurry away now. I tire of these questions.

Who’s next?

Part of the chain is to nominate people with your own questions, so here’s mine!

  1. If you could visit any place where would you choose?
  2. Do you have any pets?
  3. Who are your best friends?
  4. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
  5. Do you play any musical instruments?
  6. Favorite genre of music?
  7. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite book?
  8. Favorite way to relax?
  9. If a genie gave you three wishes, what would you wish for? (No wishing for more wishes).
  10. One thing from your bucket list.

Virtual Fantasy Con – Renee Scattergood

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Introducing Virtual Fantasy Con. This October I along with some awesome fantasy authors from around the globe will be participating in a Virtual Fantasy Con. The Con will include themed days in different sub-genres with panels, games, giveaways, interviews, awards, and more. To get the ball rolling this week I’m part of a Fantasy Blog Tour – check out this link for a list of all the participating blogs. And here is Paws4Thought’s contribution to the tour – a guest post on fantasy world building from Shadow Stalker author Renee Scattergood.

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Simplifying the World Building Process

By Renee Scattergood

When I first began publishing my Shadow Stalker serial, the idea of World Building seemed so intimidating and well, almost impossible. There’s so much to it that when I researched it, the whole concept overwhelmed me. So I started writing without worrying about the world building too much. I just kept it in the back of my mind while writing the first draft and figured I’d work it out during the editing process.

Oddly, since I had been creating this world in my head for years before I started writing, it seemed there was little I needed to do. It happened naturally. Now I’m beginning a new series, A God’s Deception, in a new world, and I’m realizing I can’t fall back on that with this one.

To keep from getting overwhelmed with the process, I’m simplifying it. First, instead of trying to come up with everything right from the start, I’m going to do exactly what I do with my characters. When I create a new character, I come up with the basics to get the story started, but I let the character develop naturally as I write. Anytime something new comes up, I add it to my notes on the character so I can refer back to it later and prevent contradicting myself.

So far, I know I want my new story to take place on another world. It’s going to have two different religions. One is a monotheistic religion and the other polytheistic. I also know the political system is going to be based on the polytheistic religion. So I know I have to work out the basics of the world, the two religious orders, and the politics surrounding them, but things like money, technology, and more specific details will develop as the story does.

Any author who is feeling intimidated by the world building process of their story might benefit from simplifying it in this way as well. It takes the pressure of having to figure it all out from the start and allows the world to develop more naturally, which, in my opinion, makes it feel more authentic.

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Vote for Renee, Shadowstalker, me, P.A.W.S., and all of your other indie fantasy favorites at the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards.

Also P.A.W.S. is on sale this week for just 99 cents. Pick up your copy today!

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Summer Indie Book Awards

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Hey folks – it’s September 1st and that means voting has begun for the Summer Indie Book Awards. I am thrilled to announce that my books have been nominated in a number of categories. Please go vote – Click on the short links by each category. it only takes a moment.

Anthology: http://goo.gl/50ivBw

In anthology I’m proud to part of two nominated collections, Sins of the Future and Stardust, Always.

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Bio/Memoir: http://goo.gl/wgzu8e

In memoir, my cancer story, The Big C ,has been nominated.

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Flash Fiction: http://goo.gl/AQIiXH

In Flash Fiction it’s time for a little Tea and Dark Chocolate.

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Novella: http://goo.gl/6zVg5y

In Novella we ask Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? (Which is also on sale this week for just 99 cents.)

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Young Adult: http://goo.gl/gsq96a

And last but not least, in Young Adult, on the anniversary of its rerelease we have P.A.W.S.

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Go Vote Guys!

Sibling of the World Award

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Sibling of the World Award

A big thank you to Mike Wolff for nominating me.

Here are my answers:

  1. Orange or Green…Why?

Orange, because it was my favorite color when I was a kid (although I prefer purple these days.)

  1. Paper or Plastic…Why?

In reality a mixture of paper, plastic, and reusable bags (when I remember to bring them). It really depends on the store. Our main supermarket’s paper bags don’t have handles and as I often walk home from the store, that doesn’t really work.

  1. Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror…Why?

Mostly fantasy (both to read and write) because I love losing myself in a magic world. I do read a fair bit of sci-fi too though and I’m the editor of two horror anthologies (Sins of the Past and Sins of the Future), so there’s that, though generally is not my preferred genre for reading.

  1. If you had to describe your writing style as an animal, what would it be?

A cat of course. Seriously yes – I’m a discovery writer and truly if a cat a wrote a book I think it would write it this way.

  1. If you could chose a super power to have, what would it be and why?

I want Mary Poppins power – to snap my fingers and make the house clean itself so that I have more time for my writing and my puzzles.

  1. Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I read the book over and over as a kid and often used to visit Wonderland in my games. (It’s also Miri’s favorite childhood book in P.A.W.S.)

  1. What is your favorite sandwich?

Grilled cheese with mushrooms.

  1. A fairy, a robot and a zombie walk into a bar…what happens next?

The barmen looks at them and says “is this some kind of joke?”

  1. How many books to you read a year…roughly?

On average one every couple of weeks, so 21.

  1. Social Media: a great tool for the Indie Artist or a hindrance to creation?

Can be a great tool, but it’s also really easy to get sucked in. That’s why I like to take my puzzle work out to cafes to work on – no internet to distract me. (I don’t have a smart phone and want to keep it that way!)

The official rules of this award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

My Nominations:

Rebecca Jaycox

George Sirois

Nat Russo

Dave Higgins

Fiona Skye

Debra Mauldin

Charlotte Howard

Louise Findlay

Alex Brant

Margo Dill

My questions:

  1. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  2. What are you reading?
  3. What are you writing?
  4. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would you choose?
  5. Favorite band or music genre.
  6. Ninjas or pirates?
  7. If you were a shapeshifter, what would your form be?
  8. Favorite way to relax.
  9. Ever done NaNoWriMo?
  10. Favorite season and why?