Today I’m hosting the book that blasted across the web not too long ago. Once again I’m happy to showcase
Life on Earth is much improved since the pagan gods’ return. As conflict eases around the world, attention — and money — has turned to more humanitarian goals: improving the lives of the First Nations peoples and others who were repressed for thousands of years.
But the former ruling class – the military, religious, and corporate leaders who profited under the old system — are about to stage a last-ditch effort to bring their good times back.
The gods refuse to start a new war against those men, because that would make them no better than Their opponents. Instead, They have drafted three humans to help Them. Together, Tess, Sue and Darrell must find a way past their own flaws to ensure the gods’ peace will not be destroyed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynne Cantwell has been writing fiction since the second grade, when the kid who sat in front of her showed her a book he had written, and she thought, “I could do that.” The result was Susie and the Talking Doll, a picture book, illustrated by the author, about a girl who owned a doll that not only could talk, but could carry on conversations. The book had dialogue but no paragraph breaks. Today, after a twenty-year career in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University (or perhaps despite the master’s degree), Lynne is still writing fantasy. In addition, she is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited.
I had the chance to ask Lynne a few things to spice up this tour and give some inside information on the woman behind the author. So here’s the result of this little ‘get together’.
Hi Lynne, welcome and thanks for taking the time to do this in this busy time. The one question I want to ask you Lynne is … *drumroll*
If you could only speak the truth for the rest of your life which persons would you avoid?
My employers. I wouldn’t want to blurt out the wrong thing on a day when I hadn’t had enough sleep. And I would pretty much have to stay off Facebook.
And I presented her with a little This or That
Fountain pen or ballpoint: Ballpoint. I dislike the sound of the nib scratching along the paper. And fountain pens always leave those tell-tale smudges on your fingers.
Blue or black: Hmm. I suppose very dark blue is not an option…? Blue is my favorite color, so I’ll have to go with that.
Paper or vellum/parchment: How old a woman do you take me for? 😀 Paper, please. Although vellum has its place in certain applications – fancy invitations, for instance. Which I never receive. Not that I’m bitter. Um, let’s move on…
Letter or email: Email, sadly. Letters are more fun to write and receive, but I’m hooked on immediacy.
Abbreviations or the words: Abbreviations, apparently. My editor commented on all the acronyms I put in the Crosswind. But this is D.C.! That’s how we talk here!
Show or tell: Show. Much more effective. Even when writing backstory, showing (i.e., including the character’s feelings at the time, or having him/her relive them) is much better than just a straight narrative.
Adverb or show: Again, show. Although I’m less against the use of adverbs in fiction than I was when I was writing radio news copy, where both adjectives and adverbs were pretty much verboten.
Dialogue or narrative: Dialogue, as long as it sounds like an actual conversation. If you find yourself writing, “As you know, Stan…” then you’re not writing an actual conversation. Because as you know, Stan, nobody actually talks that way.
Series or stand-alone: Hmm. Either/or. I do like series, or I wouldn’t write them. But sometimes a single book is just perfect. (And it’s a mistake to split a single book into two or even three bloated movies, not that I have any particular movie trilogies in mind here.)
Novel or short stories: Novel, for sure. When I’m reading, I like to immerse myself in the world for a long period of time.
If you want to know more about Lynne, she’s been a featured author on here. Read the full interview here and discover what she told me about …, or you can find out more about her on:
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