Featured Author – Ethan Risso

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Hi Ethan, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can imagine not everyone reading here has heard of you before so I’d like to start with some personal questions. If that’s okay with you?

That sounds good to me, Lucy. I appreciate you having me.

Can you tell us what your favourite opening line for a story used to be and why?

I suppose it would sound incredibly pretentious and literary to cite the opening line to Anna Karenina, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it certainly resonated with me when I was a miserable teenager full of angst. Really, I imagine the answer would depend on how long ago we are talking about. Surely “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive …” fits in there somewhere.

Would you say you are an action hero, or a romantic?

I would definitely say a romantic. I imagine it probably goes hand-in-hand with most writers to a degree.

Given the choice would you woe someone with words or a home-cooked meal?

Words—written, mind you. It would allow for pause to think before the attempt,  hopefully avoiding the embarrassment of stumbling over my own voice.

Where would you rather live, in a lively sea-side town or in a remote mountain cabin?

I have always loved the sound of the sea—either the crashing tumult of a storm churning the ocean or the soft sound of waves lapping up on the beach. Some of my relatives have lived on both the eastern and western coasts of the US. Whenever I would return home from visiting them, I would have a terrible time falling asleep without the sound of the water, or the saltiness of the air.

Now for a few fast ones. Just one-word answers, without thinking, okay?

-sweet or savory? Savory

-hot or cold? Cold

-coffee or chocolate milk? Chocolate Milk

-think or go with the flow? Think

-fight or flight? Fight

Now, that wasn’t too bad, was it? But it isn’t why you are here, so let’s talk shop.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?

Gambit of the Glass Crowns, the first volume of The Sundered Kingdoms Trilogy

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Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

It presented quite a challenge, as I wanted the title to reflect several aspects of the book and be applicable to several characters. After creating many, many word association lists with the help of friends and colleagues, I narrowed the lists down until coming up with the final title.

Were there any parts in the book that were particularly hard to get right?

For me, there wasn’t one specific part in the book that gave me trouble. Instead, it seemed to be smaller things which disrupted the flow of the story. While I may have liked a certain scene, they had to be cut in the end for the betterment of the novel. What is that Faulkner quote? “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

It is a cliché, but tea. Both iced tea and hot tea are never far away when I sit down to write—and, let’s be honest, the caffeine is certainly a godsend.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

Oh how I wish I could. These days, I rarely cook an actual “dish.” Between working on the book and packing up to move, I do not get to spend much time in the kitchen.

Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!

To my great detriment, I have always been horrible when it comes to procrastination. I know if I come up with an excuse for not writing at all in a day, it will be a feeble one only used to give myself leeway to get away with the least amount of guilt possible.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

While I keep the secrets of others, I cannot honestly think of a secret I’ve kept all to myself. If someone asks me something, I am an open book.

Thanks for being here Ethan and allowing me to pry some tiny details from you. Let me just post a small sample of the book so the readers can make up their own mind whether or not to check out your work.


Bled dry by decades of war, religious strife, and bloody political intrigue, Dweömer is changing. At the heart of the tumult is Connor, the unwitting harbinger to the end of an era and doomed to die before his time.From the chivalrous royal court of the high king to the sacred forest enclave of Arlais, Connor must find his own part to play on the mummers’ stage, just as Gawain, the duke’s renegade bastard son, and Bronwen, the ambitious young queen, navigate their own ways through the tempest. With so much hanging by a thread, the stage is set for the final act of a dying age.

Conspiracy, adventure, magic, and romance abound in this first book in Risso’s The Sundered Kingdoms Trilogy.

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Ethan Risso can be found on:

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What I would love to know from said readers is how much of an ‘open book’ are you?

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