If you like fantasy novels…

Dear reader,

Something wonderful is happening to one of the books brought forth by the Alexandria Publishing Group:

Song of the Fairy Queen, written by Valerie Douglas, is still in Amazon.com’s top 100 of Epic Fantasy. If you have not read the book and you like fantasy, I can recommend it. (Interested already? Click here.)

And since you are reading about books: another great fantasy novel is created by Terry Simpson.

The Shadowbearer (Aegis of The Gods), which you can find here.

The next big thing. Week 9.

Dear reader,

Valerie Douglas, co-writer at the APG, was so kind to tag me in this chain of blog posts called “the next big thing”. Let’s get to the questions. And of course, the answers!

What is the working title of your book?
Green Haven.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The initial idea was born when I participated in NanoWrimo last year. I wanted to write a form of Science Fiction again and this looked like a good choice.

What genre does your book fall under?
This will be a Science Fiction book, although it has some paranormal stuff in it.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ouch, that is a difficult one as I hardly know any actors. I’m not so much a film watching person… Please allow me to pass!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A group of role game players plan on taking on a super-hero gone out of control.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I intend to self-publish this book. I like the freedom of self-publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Since the original concept was born for Nanowrimo, I wrote the first draft in one month.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I am not aware of any book that deals with the same topic that I am writing about. Now that does not mean a lot of course, as I don’t know about all the books written. It is a mix of Superman gone crazy in the environment similar to Blade Runner.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It was without a doubt the atmosphere that is painted in the film Blade Runner.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The huge contrast in environments/neighbourhoods in the city of Green Haven might be something that intrigues readers. And I hope that the personalities of the characters that appear in the book give some entertainment of course.

My tags for other authors to keep the chain going: Wayne MeyersLillia ForsythePayal RoyJess Mountifield and Phil van Wulven.

Rules

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
It’s that simple.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Two years

Dear reader,

It’s amazing but true. Two years ago I published my first little book, about a wicked witch called Grimhilda. Hilda for friends. When I pressed that “publish” button for the first time, little did I know…

What followed was a small avalanche of books (at least that is how it seems to me). More Hilda books, and people kept downloading them. I brought out a few books in a different genre too, but Hilda apparently is everyone’s darling. Not bad for a wicked witch. I started an author facebook page to have a way to interact with fans of my written heroes and heroines, which was a good idea. I met very nice people!

A very nice and also surprising milestone was the invitation to join the Alexandria Publishing Group, a collective of independent writers who stand for books that are good in every way. Not just the story, but also the grammar, spelling, etcetera. Quality all through the work.

I am grateful to Sharon and Jean, who made Hilda happen, and Arlene for nearly getting on my nerves to publish that first booklet of Hilda. Without them, this all would not have happened. Thank you, Carol, who patiently looks for all the mistakes I hide in the texts, and of course, I am grateful to the fans of Hilda, William, Babs and Lily (and all the others), for downloading and buying my books. Without them, this would never have taken off the way it has!

Two years. Amazing. How will things look two years from now…

Something’s brewing at APG

Dear reader,

Something is brewing at the Alexandria Publishing Group.

If you want to know what exactly it is about, you might go and have a look at the special webpage for the event. Let me tell you that it concerns free e-books.

Please note that, since we are dealing with writers from all over the world, it may happen that you see this notice before the special webpage is available. For this our apologies. Also, please check that the book you select is free. Again, we’re facing time zone issues here. If you see a price, please check again in a few hours.