Deirdra: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I didn’t actually ever think I would be an author. It was my husband who commanded it. He said I had to do it if he was going to live to 40. He believed my imagination would kill him.
Deirdra: What makes you passionate about writing?
A love for things medieval and curiosity to see if I can do it.
Deirdra: What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?
My husband took care of it after some rejection letters. He studied the self-publishing market and we choose the one we thought would be a good match for us. I was picky on what I wanted and stubbornly fought to get it. I was having too much fun writing to care who the publisher was.
Deirdra: Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?
Yes, I reached my lowest when I realized that I really didn’t know anything about promoting my book. I spent hours trying one thing and another with little result. I have learned that promotion is a necessary evil and just continue to pluck away at it.
Deirdra: When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book eight years ago and two years later it was published
Deirdra: What books have most influenced your life?
Lord of the Rings. It opened my mind so wide that all these stories started falling out.
Deirdra: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I love the power I have to inspire, in a clean beautiful way, all the new generations of readers. I hope my books will inspire them to find their way safely. There are only two ways you go through life, one is happy and the other sad. I want them to be happy.
Deirdra: Where do your ideas come from? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
Well my elf series was inspired by Lord of the Rings.
One of the books in my princess romance series was inspired by the play Aida.
Emerine’s Nightmare was inspired by a challenge in a online writer’s group They suggested to write a Fairy story. I never read one before so I did, and then wrote my own.
My Sci-Fi series was inspired by a class I took in a writer’s symposium (LTUE) given by Librarians.
Also a retired librarian gave me an idea for a children’s series. The ideas come from any place or circumstance, you just have to see them.
Usually the stories come to me complete from beginning to end, and that is enough to know if it will work.
Deirdra: Can you tell us a little about your book, Flying Elf?
It is book number six in my Elf Series. The series has seven books so I am almost done with it. Here is a back cover blurb:
What would you do if the world as you know it comes tumbling down? That is what happens to Shahira every time she tries to fly. You see she is an eagle and eagles fly…then why can she not?
The wizard Huzan has spent all his life under the shadow of his renowned brother Zanteon. But no more… He has discovered the book that is key to his brother’s secret. Now he is going to use it to destroy all the wizardry school.
Llorradinn’s life has been simple and peaceful in the land of the elfs. That is until the human caravan comes and he is caught by the claws of a giant eagle. What does he want with him? Elfs have not seen the giant eagles for many centuries; then why now, and why so hostile to the elf race?
You will find all the answers in Flying Elf the next epic book in Anna del C’s elf series. Writing in the line of Tolkien, Anna del C. has created another tale to take the reader to a new world, full of twists, secrets, and love.
You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.
Deirdra, I am so thankful to you for having me visit your friends. If you would pick three commentators in this blog, I will send them a PDF of Flying Elf. I would love for them to do a review of it letter. Imagine the imaginable with Anna del C. Dye.