Who doesn’t love a fantastic fantasy adventure? Check out today’s author spotlight and let me know if you would like to feature on the blog here.
Angela B. Chrysler
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Dolor and Shadow is about Kallan, an elven witch and queen of Lorlenalin whose powers and memories were magically suppressed as a child in an attempt to hide her from the gods who seek to destroy her. When the gods close in, Kallan’s father is killed and her nemesis, King Rune of Gunir, is framed. In an attempt to save her, Kallan’s kin hands her over to Rune and both monarchs end up in the mountains of Jotunheim, in the middle of Midgard. Now, to get back home to Alfheim, Kallan and Rune have to form an alliance while being hunted by a race of cave elves, the Dvergar, a crazed King seeking Kallan’s powers, and a vengeful Fae goddess who wants nothing more than to see Kallan killed. Along the way, Rune picks up powers of his own and he and Kallan have no idea how to control his new gift.
What was the inspiration for this story?
Kallan really. After creating this powerful witch elf, I researched elves and located the 13th century Icelandic tomes, the Prose Edda. I found myself smack dab in the middle of Norse Mythology and Vikings. And where Vikings go, Celtic Myth is close by. I merged the two and added my story alongside the historical events of Scandinavia in the year 995 C.E.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
Writing habits…well, I just sit and write. My cat, Cookie spends the day sitting next to me while I write. I have my coffee in front of me at all times and only break to change it out.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
My time. Specifically, staying away from Social Media. I love people and helping out. I adore coming up with ideas that help others and focus on my site, Brain to Books. I could too easily spend my life helping authors and not writing, but I must write. I recently put a two hour limit to the time spent online. By 10:00 AM I must be done with emails, tweets, and posts and start writing. Some days, it’s so hard.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
The sequel to Last Light Falling by J.E. Plemons.
Both books by C.L. Schneider—Crown of Stones series Magic-Price and Magic-Scar
Karen Marie Moning’s “Burned.”
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
Very. As important as the editing done on the book. A poor book cover will communicate to the reader that a writer is unprofessional, sloppy, and has low standards. If a reader sees a poor book cover, the reader most likely will think, “If they put that on the cover, what kind of an editing job/writing job did they do?” In turn, if a writer puts a prize winning cover on the book, the reader will most likely think, “If that’s the cover, the editing/writing must also be just as good.” In a second, a cover tells the reader exactly what quality and style of book they’re considering. If the cover is poor, the reader won’t even pick up the book to read the blurb. Think of a poor cover as a dissertation covered in coffee rings with dog ears that was printed on a low ink cartridge. A good book cover is like a pristine dissertation stored in a proper cover. The book cover can make or break your career.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
C.L. Schneider. I respect her quality, her standards, her professionalism. And it helps that she is one of my dearest friends.
Will you be adding Dolor and Shadow to your TBR list this Summer? Let me know in the comments!