Today, I’d like to introduce you to Donna Usher whom I met (virtually) through one of my Facebook groups. We got talking and I was fascinated by her story. It resembles the journey of many, many writers, don’t you agree?
The book she’s presenting today is the first in her trilogy. You can get it on Amazon for 99ct or for free on her website if you leave her your eMail address. The choice is yours, but you should really be reading this.
Why did you become an author? Was it a childhood dream?
I kind of accidentally became an author. I always enjoyed writing, and I loved reading, and I actually started writing a book when I was about 8. But then I had an English teacher that put me off and I kind of forgot about writing for a long time.
After I sold my dental practice I had a few months off and I started writing during that time. It took me a few more years before I actually sat down and wrote my first novel.
What’s your greatest obstacle in writing?
I don’t really have many obstacles with writing. I guess that makes me lucky. I’ve learnt over the years to recognise the signs that there is something wrong with the plot – that normally can cause what some people might call a writer’s block, but what for me is writer’s confusion. So now I go for a long walk and let the book play in my head like a movie and I normally work out pretty quickly where I have gone wrong.
What makes the world of your novel different from ours?
Well Faery Born is set in England, but it is a magical England where witches live freely with humans. There is also an overlay land in which the faeries live. And although there are cars and televisions and other modern conveniences, there are no weapons of mass destruction and no firearms.
Who is your favourite Indie author?
There are too many fantastic Indie Authors out there, and I have to admit often I’m not sure if what I am reading is Indie or not. But I really enjoy Shannon Mayer’s work.
Who is your favourite traditionally published author?
There are so many. I think Jim Butcher would be in a neck-and-neck tie with Stephanie Meyers. And lately I have been loving Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan Series.
If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Hmmmm – More hours in the day, or to need less sleep. I think one of the things I am so jealous about in the Twilight Series is that the Vampires don’t need to sleep. I could get so much more done it I had that extra 7-8 hours a day.
It’s been thirteen years since the Dark Years ended. Thirteen years since the mad War Faery responsible was imprisoned in stone. Now, with goblin attacks on the rise it seems Galanta, the Goblin Queen, is intent on returning the land to chaos and terror.
Isadora Scrumpleton is trying not to think about the Dark Years. She’s just been chosen by her ‘familiar’, found out she’s half faery, and discovered she’s dating the second-in-line to the Faery Throne. That’s enough for one teenage witch to handle. But when goblins attack her village, Izzy is forced into action, ultimately joining the elite Border Guard and attracting the attention of the Goblin Queen.
As Galanta weaves a web of deceit, Izzy struggles to control her powers. Will she be able to stop the Goblin Queen in time, or will the world be plunged into a dark new reality?
A few words from Donna Usher
Hi there, I’m Donna Joy Usher. I started writing my first novel when I was seven. With no idea about plot or character development (I mean I was only seven) my storyline quickly disintegrated into a muddled jumble of boring dialogue between two horses. Disillusioned, I gave up writing stories for quite a while after that. Instead, I concentrated on my studies, eventually graduating as a dentist.
After many years of ‘drilling and filling’ I turned to writing in an effort to escape the seriousness of my day job. During that time I created my first book, The Seven Steps to Closure, and discovered that I love nothing more than making other people laugh. Well that, and my husband and two miniature schnauzers, Chloe and Xena.
I currently live near the beach on the Swan River in beautiful Perth. When I am not working or writing, I love to paddle board, walk along the river and sip chai lattes at the local cafe.
I’m thrilled to announce that WDM Publishing has released my final SPUN YARNS Short for 2016: NEW YEAR … just in time for the arrival of our real New Year: 2017 😀
A mother’s agonizing attempt to come to terms with the death of her beloved daughter turns to excitement as she realizes her adult child has solved the riddle of time travel
Today is the 4th of December and silly me forgot to let you know that the annual Indie Authors’ Advent Calendar has opened its doors again. If you love a surprise story every day, it’s THE place to bookmark. And if you sign up for the alert, you’ll get a bonus every day (a picture, a poem, a recipe or another story), and the eBook with all stories and bonuses on Christmas Day.
Have a wonderful Advent and do come by and read the stories. It’s completely free.
I admit, it was a little quiet on this blog, but we’ve all been extremely busy behind the scenes. Many of us prepared new releases. Last week, you may have noticed that Debbie announced a Halloween anthology. And today, I’ll show you what I’ve been up to (beside writing nearly 100,000 words and translating them).
The first of my new publications is already available. It is book #7 in the fairy tale retelling series, Treasures Retold (German versions of #1-6 are in the middle of the banner above). “Royal Swans” is an adaption of “The Wild Swans” by Hans Christian Andersen, and I wrote it upon a request from a German blogger. It tells the story of Prince Laurent and his siblings when he angers the princess of the visiting neighboring royal family by rejecting her proposal.
The next release is, naturally, a horror short story. It will be available in time for Halloween. “Insider” shows us the other side of death as a scientist discovers the truth about the light at the end of the tunnel (Beware, this story is NOT meant to be read by children or sensitive people).
In November, you can become an active participant in a non-linear time travel story. “Troubled Times – Time Troubles” is a branching, interactive short story with several different endings where you can choose the path through the story. It started as an experiment after I had been asked in which time forms and points of view I’d already written. I found that I’d covered most combinations except second person and future tense, so I tried to find out if that could lead to a valid story. My beta readers thought it did, so here it is. An experiment for you. Do you dare? Look out for it by mid-month.
Naturally December is reserved for all things seasonal. Since I’m not overly fond of the commercial push Advent and Christmas get these days, expect something more subtle from me. My short story collection “The Christmas Dragon and other Seasonal Stories” will be available on December 6th, preceded on December 1st by the eighth fairy tale retelling “The Challenge“, an adaption of “The Cold Heart” by Willhelm Hauff where a charcoal burner wants to improve his lot in live and makes a mess out of it. In my version the two magic entities that complicate the charcoal burner’s live are featured much more strongly.
And right after New Year, I will publish the most complicated story I ever wrote: an interactive non-linear murder mystery novel that tells a complete story. What do I say, it tells several complete stories. There are more than 20 endings for the reader to explore.
As a child I loved “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, but I hated the second person point of view and the lack of a story line with a vengeance. So when I set out to write this novel, I was determined to tell a story of connected events in one of the more traditional points of view (he or I) and settled on 1st person. This/these story/stories were a lot of fun to write but a nightmare to revise. It took me several years to get the novel into a shape where it could go to my editor. But now it’s nearly there, and I hope you’re just as excited as I am.
Maybe one of the books will make a nice gift for you, before, for, or after Christmas. Let me know what you think before I head into NaNoWriMo (a November writing challenge).
Just in time for Halloween, WDM Publishing has released my latest Deb Logan short story collection! MORE GHOSTS AND GHOULIES continues the tradition of spooky fun for younger readers I started with GHOSTS AND GHOULIES. Grab your copy now and be ready for the spookiest night of the year!
MORE GHOSTS AND GHOULIES
By Deb Logan
Audience: Juvenile | Paranormal | Short Story Collection
Another volume of spooky, supernatural stories for younger readers. This collection of five short stories includes two Dani Erickson tales (“Family Daze” and “Challenging Daze”), two flash stories (“Rush!” and “On Guard”), and an urban fantasy tale (“Terrors”).
A friend of mine is running a kickstarter campaign to fund her next release. Her calculation is moderate, and all money she’s getting will be used on the project, not on her. So I decided to help her out. Let her introduce her project to you (I promise, it is a cool one, and I love the cover). Welcome Thea van Diepen.
Like Mist Over the Eyes, n.
An outlaw battling unwelcome dreams must hold herself together amid an ancient feud between fairies and humans or else lose all hope of finding a cure for her insane unicorn.
Synonyms: The White Changeling series, book 2.
After I’d outlined the first story in the White Changeling series, Hidden in Sealskin, I knew that I wanted each book in the series to center around a different fantasy creature, and I already knew which one I wanted to feature in Like Mist Over the Eyes:
I’ve wanted to tell a story about fairies, ever since I first read about them in folklore. You know, where they steal babies, make you go crazy, send you back to your home to find 100 years had passed all because you ate their food.
But what kind of story would I tell with these fairies? I wanted to get into something that I felt was essence du fairy – a common plot involving fairies in folklore that I could stick into the world I’d made up and which I could put my characters into, thereby making my own thing out of it.
Naturally, I went with kidnapping.
*she says oh-so-casually*
Or, rather, capturing people through trickery. Which is basically kidnapping.
In the first book, it’s made very clear that the main character, Adren, considers humans to be evil and magical creatures to be good. So what if fairies captured her?
What would she do then?
How would she reconcile that with her rigid view of the world?
And what if we throw in Nadin, the teenage boy she meets in the first book who might be human, but also might be part fairy (and who she, thus, doesn’t know whether to trust) – what if he keeps helping her, just like he did in the first book, without any hint of turning on her?
Throw in some disturbing dreams (or memories?), a fake severed hand that seems awfully important to the fairies, an age-old feud between fairies and humans, and some pretty intense magic and you get Like Mist Over the Eyes.
In order to have the funds to publish this book, I’m running a Kickstarter, and it’s nearing its end. If this is a book you want to be real in your life, pledge here. Also, please spread the word about the campaign.