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I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe Naff from Facebook. His page is Joe Naff on Facebook. His series The Chronicles of Shyra is a great epic fantasy:) He has graciously allowed one lucky commenter a free PDF copy of his first book in the series “A Stone in Time.” I will have a review posted later this week so stop back.

For entry to win, fill out the form below and tell us…What character would you be in an epic fantasy and why??

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What inspired you to become a writer?? – Playing video games as a kid. I was always drawn to the fantasy games because of their rich stories. Oftentimes I would put in the cheat codes and skip all of the game-play just to get to more story. I eventually got to the point where I wanted to create my own story like. I started out writing movie scripts based on some of my favorite games. After that, I branched out into prose and writing my own material.
What character(s) of your book(s) do you most relate to?? – In truth, all of my characters often reflect different aspects of myself. The fun thing about writing is that you get to be lots of different people at once and you get to explore what it is like to be someone other than yourself. This is a reason why I like to write about female characters, so I can pseudo-experience life as a character I can never actually be. I can’t really answer this question because the character I most relate to is dependant on how I’m feeling on a particular day or at a particular time. If I’m feeling strong and cocky, I’m Shyra. If I’m feeling timid and unsure, I’m Gaiden. If I’m feeling contemplative and resourceful, I’m Rokku. It’s all dependant on who I am at any given time.

How do you visualize your stories? By dreams? Inner monologue with your characters, dreams, etc.? – I’ve always said that storytelling is ADD put to good use. Imaginative people have minds that constantly wonder. With that said, my stories are most often visualized while I’m carrying out the most mundane tasks of my day. If I’m driving to work, doing the dishes, or anything else that doesn’t stimulate my mind, I’ll often escape to my own worlds and come up with stories within them.

What is your writing ritual? Music?? Silence? Meditation? – Music while dreaming up stories, silence while writing them. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say silence ,really. I can never concentrate somewhere that’s too quiet. I actually do the majority of my writing in the break room where I work.

What inspired you to write The Chronicles of Shyra? – Playing Final Fantasy games. When I was just starting to write things like fan fiction and fan scripts, I was playing Final Fantasy X and was getting absolutely lost in its wonderful story. I made it a goal to one day create something that involved. It took MANY years to get the first book of Shyra perfected and even I’ll admit that the first drafts were TERRIBLE! I’m glad I stuck with it though

If you could be a book genre? Which one would you choose and why?? – If I could be a genre? I’m assuming you mean if my life could be a genre. If that’s the case, I would go with supernatural. I love the idea of this world being more than what it is.

What knowledge do you want to share with aspiring authors like myself?? – Make yourself do it. Seriously, that’s the hardest part. Coming up with stories is fun and exciting, but actually parking your ass in front of the computer and staring at a blank page instead of your web browser is very difficult. Also, if you’re going to be a writer, commit to it. Committing to writing means being a writer every time you write or type something. Always use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation whether you’re writing a letter, an email, or even a Facebook update. Take shortcuts, even in casual writing, can lead to careless mistakes when it matters.

if you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you bring and why?? – Pocket knife, flint rock, tarp, rope, the SAS Survival Guide. I’m a person who likes survival camping so I’ve actually put myself in this situation before for fun.

What other books do you have to write or be written in the horizon?? – I’m really excited about my current project. It’s a supernatural thriller that plays on established religious understanding. The main character of this book is actually the Antichrist! The whole story takes a bold look at the ideas of morality the definitions of good and evil. I think it will be both entertaining and enlightening for readers. Keep in mind, it’s an adults only story where Shyra is for young adults to teens. The story is called “The Gospel of the Font” and I’m planing to have it out by the spring. Production on “The Chronicles of Shyra: The Rise of Atheria,” (Shyra’s final chronicle) will begin right after that.

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead? Who would it be and why?? – Benjamin Franklin. I would absolutely love to pick that man’s amazing mind. I would also love some insight to how much of a role religion really played in the shaping of this country and what the founders were really thinking when they wrote the Constitution.

If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why?? – Ancient Rome. I want to see first hand how the first real Republic rose and fell. It would probably give us some good insight on how to save our own. Also, ancient Rome was proof that a thriving Republic that creates a wealthy nation for its citizens can exist without the ideals of strict, monotheistic religions interwoven into the fabric of society.

How do you write your books?? By the seat of your pants? Or is it plotted out in advance?? – Shyra was well planned out before production. “The Gospel of the Font” I’ve been writing by the seat of my pants. It’s quite an exciting way to write because you yourself don’t really know what’s going to happen next. I’ve had chapters end a completely different way than I planned for them to when I started, sending the story into a whole new place to explore. I recommend every writer write at least one story this way. It’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else.

How many books in the future do you see in the Chronicles of Shyra?? “The Rise of Atheria” will be the forth, and final, Chronicle. However, that does not mean it will be the last story told in the world of Darium.

Here is a twist…5 words or less, what comes to your mind first??

Rainbow – Pride
Moon – Goddess
Fantasy – Darium
Sanity – Boring
Panther – Awful football team.

About Heather Powers

Extraordinary girl in an ordinary world. I'm a mom, part-time poet/writer, and earth goddess-protector of the furries and like.

7 responses »

  1. I'd love to read the paranormal fantasy books and I've wanted to be it all, werewolf, vampire, siren, goddess, fairy. I think it would be neat to be a genie without a master. I could just grant randmom wishes to those who need them!

  2. What a cool site. And I love paranormal books. I write them myself and very much enjoyed your interview questions. Can't wait to read more from you and Joe Naff.

  3. I don't know if you consider The Chronicles of Narnia "epic fantasy" novels, but I'd love to be Lucy in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I can't imagine how thrilling it would be to discover a magical world like Narnia and to befriend a faun and animals who can speak! That would be so cool!!Great interview, Heather & Joe! And thanks for the giveaway!darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  4. I think the character I would be in an epic fantasy novel would be a very powerful magician. I would not want to be a necromancer sine they have to do a lot of stuff and they ultimately want to be a lich that I would not want to be. I wouldn't mind having magic to help the world. I think I would be either a neutral good or neutral evil wizard. at gmail dot comSassy Street Sister here!

  5. great blog and giveaway… Shannon S. calitigerlilly@yahoo.COM

  6. "What character would you be in an epic fantasy and why?" Well, a god, of course. Hey, if it's my fantasy, it's gonna go the way I want it to. I think I'd be a god like Paladine in the Dragonlance series–but in his Fizban the Fabulous form. That, to me, is probably the greatest character ever written, and if I had my fantasy druthers I'd be him.


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