Today is Author Interview Monday, and our interview is with Anna del C. Dye, a multi-published author of fantasy.
The Silent Warrior Trilogy
Book one "The Elf and the Princess"
Book two "Trouble in the Elf City"
Book Three "Elfs in a Conquered Realm"
What was your inspiration?
Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"
What is the setting of your books?
A medieval fantasy land.
Who are your main characters?
Princess Adren: the last survivor of her massacred mankind kingdom.
Prince Paletin: The prince of Adren's kingdom sister city. He discovers the dead realm and takes her in.
The Silent Warrior: Adren's champion and mute companion.
Dellin: The Elf captain archer who falls in-love with Adren.
Tadren: The elf commander and Dellin's father.
Tahitans: Bloody and lazy people.
Orks: A wizard's dark inventions.
In what ways do you think you are like them?
Adren lost everything she knew and has to start over with new people, customs and language.
I left... grant you by my own will... everything I knew, including my family, thirty years ago for a new people, customs, and language.
In what ways are you different?
I'm much less athletic than she is. lol
What is your favorite scene in the book?
When Adren and Dellin discover each other. An 8' tall man with a 5' girl. That has to be a sight. (lol) But they say love is blind.
After you wrote book one, how long did it take you to get it published?
Do you consider your work fan-fiction for Tolkien?
No. I consider my work inspired by Tolkien but not fan fiction. I don't use the same characters he has. I do use Orks, Elfs, dwarfs, trolls, gnomes and many more... but they are universal characters and used in many books besides Tolkien's without being fan fiction.
Is there a book trailer for any of your books?
Yes, two of my first book and one of the second, none for the third yet. They are on my website, youtube and also under my profile in facebook.
Book #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYu3J24mpSo
Book #2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2otpPaXvUw
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
NEVER give up. Find the writers' group closest to you and join. They are a fountain of wisdom and ideas at your fingertips. Also get your name out... start blogs and participate in forums-- especially the genre you write for. Enter short story contests and do online magazine reviews.
What are your plans to write next?
The Silent Warrior Trilogy is just the doorway to my elf series. You can expect in the future at least four more titles in that series. All of them will have new characters and plots that are not related to the Trilogy.
Anna if you could give your book to only one person, who would it be and why?
A teenager in trouble ... in the hope that he/she could discover the power they have deep inside to change and become better. I want them to see that nothing is impossible if we put our minds to it.
Where can we purchase a copy of your books?
Any online book store, including my site where you can purchase signed copies, including book #3 for less and you will find a promotion for the Trilogy.
http://www.annadelc.com/, http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.barnes&noble.com/
Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest this week.
Anna del C. Dye.