Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Author, author....

... read all about it !!!

Today we have Zoe Forward sharing a little bit about herself and her work as a writer !

Welcome, so great to have you here with us.  Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you for inviting me to visit!  I’m a veterinarian with a passion for writing fiction and a special love for archaeology, especially anything Egyptian. Although I’ve been on field research expeditions to rain forests, I’ve never had a chance to visit a hot, sandy country and see a working archaeological dig site.  It’s a goal.  And I’m good at goals.
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
Occasionally, I do find incidental observations or events that work for a story.  But I do not base my stories on real-life events.
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
 I can say with certainty I’ve never based a character on an immediate family member. But I have borrowed traits from acquaintances for some of the characters I’ve developed.  When I’ve done so, it is done with love for these are characters that make me laugh.
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
  Each story I write involves a lot of research and world building along with character development. The basis is unique for each story.  For DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT I was inspired by an African proverb: However long the night, dawn will break.  For the hero, Ashor, this is the story of how the darkness he fights was lifted by the love of one woman.
When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?
I wish I had the luxury of scheduling my writing.  I’m thrilled when I steal a few minutes in a busy day to pen some pages.  Most of my plotting and brainstorming happens on my work commute or walking the dog.  Bottom line is that I make it happen.  But my writing days are anything but routine or typical.
How do you feel about marketing your book?
  This is a must and it’s super fun.  I’m excited for readers to discover DAWN OF A DARK KNIGHT and hear feedback.  I can only hope they love the characters and their adventures as much as I do.
What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
  Facebook is a wonderful tool.  Isn’t it amazing how word of mouth has changed over the years?  Now we all Facebook or Blog.
Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?
   I like to have the manuscript completed before I pitch.  I worry if an idea intrigues an editor or publisher that it will be requested right away.  And if it’s not done…oh my. Then, my writing process would be affected by the pressure of needing it finished yesterday.  For me writing is a layering process that takes time.
Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?
   I’ve dabbled in other genres, but each time the story gets going it turns paranormal. For right now, this is where I belong.
Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
  A huge part of the process is putting myself into the head of the character I’m writing.  I do not see this person as being a reflection of me, but simply an exercise in understanding the character.
Just for fun, I have a few personal questions, 
Favorite 5
1)      Favorite Male Actor  - Christian Bale
2)      Favorite vehicle -  Toyota Land cruiser
3)      Favorite way to relax – Reading a good book
4)      Favorite ice cream – Cookies-n-cream
5)      Favorite outfit - Pjs
And for a bonus:  If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be?  (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)
Somewhere warm with people always in a good mood like…Maui.  If Egypt wasn’t always experiencing some sort of internal strife, it’d be a gorgeous place to reside.
Where can our readers find you?? 

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.
An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.
Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.
She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm’s length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision—follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.
Publisher: Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com
“Watch out,” Kira shrieked as a four-door import pulled alongside the SUV. The driver targeted Ashor with a gun.
“Down,” Ashor commanded. He dodged the firing muzzle and grabbed Kira forward to avoid the bullet’s path. The bullet left clean holes in the side windows and a spiderweb of cracked glass.
“Persistent bastards,” Ashor grumbled as he jammed the SUV into gear and rammed the car next to them before peeling away. Just as they hit the road, Ashor’s new cell phone squealed in a high-pitched, synthetic, musical noise.
“You okay?” he asked, ignoring the phone. To clear his side view, Ashor thrust his elbow through the spiderweb of cracked safety glass. Glass cubes showered everywhere. “Shit.” He wiped his body free of debris.
“I’m fine,” she replied. She whiplashed into the seat as the SUV was rammed forward.
Ashor tapped the brakes. The cars crashed together again, slamming them forward and then forcefully back in their seats.
“Can’t you do a spell or something to protect this car or make his explode?” Kira asked.
“What? No.”
“Aren’t you a magus, which implies magician or sorcerer? You guys are supposed to do magic spells.”
“The spells were lost.” His phone rang again.
“Lost? What kind of moronic organization loses the spells!”
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Zoe thanks so much for spending some time with us and we wish you loads of success on Dawn of a Dark Knight !!
Readers, make sure to get your copy today !!

Publisher: Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com

Until next time, happy reading !!

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