If you had three words, how would you describe 2019?
Eventful, Stressful, Hopeful
It’s certainly been eventful and often stressful (especially on the world stage and also locally). Here in Australia the unprecedented bushfires, the smoke haze in many of our major cities but especially Sydney, and the drought has dominated the news. And of course, then there is Brexit, Trump and the revival of old political rivalries to keep us on our toes. So many issues to face and to take a stand on (whichever way that might be), that sometimes the good news can become lost in all the furore.
But if it all gets too much, why not escape into another world with a good book (or movie) to replenish and revision for a more positive future? With that in mind – how was your 2019 for books read, books written?
Recap of my 2019 literary adventures.
New Books and Stories
Under the Mountain Series complete
With the publication of Shadows Crystals & Shadows of the Deep – the Under the Mountain series is now complete. Currently, the first four novellas are available in print, and fifth soon will be.
Four my short stories & a poem have been published in five anthologies in 2019
Altered Instincts aka author Leo McBride recently interviewed me following the recent release of Caverns of the Deep .and also Wolf Scout, in the Inklings Press latest anthology, Tales of Magic and Destiny. He asked some great questions.
What inspired the story [Caverns of the Deep]? The first book in the series – Heart of the Mountain – which started as a short story on the theme glimpses of light (for the Glimpses of Light anthology). I set the story in an underground realm in which the power and lights were failing. But, as often happens to me, the story grew too long, so I submitted another story instead (Ruhanna’s Flight). Heart of the Mountain became a short novella which birthed the Under the Mountain series.
As a writer, have you ever had a character grow to be a much bigger part of the story than you expected? Who was the character and what was it about them that made them emerge from the sidelights? Yes. Dinnis in Akrad’s Children started off as a side-kick to Mannok. I loved his snarky, cynical view on life and, as the story developed, his wrenching back-story, difficult circumstances and motivations gave him a strong presence, until it became obvious that the first book in the series was, in fact, his story.
What are your favourite genres to read – and what is it about those genres that draws you in?
Jeanette: Zadeki, Welcome. We’re chuffed you could take
time to fly into today to enlighten us a bit more about yourself. We’ve been
following your adventures Under the Mountain and also across the ocean in the
Lonely Isles. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing (sorry, couldn’t resist the
pun). Coughs Please, please pull up a seat and make yourself welcome.
Zadeki: My thanks,
daughter of the pen. (Brushes a small feather from his hair, and jumps up onto a
tree branch.) I’m glad you decided to have the interview outside. Sometimes I
think I’ve been in more tunnels than anyone should in a life time.
Jeanette: I can understand
that. The last few days most have been particularly harrowing. Can you tell us
a bit about how your association with the twins, Delvina and Retza, came about?
Zadeki: Ah, well, that’s a bit embarrassing. I wanted to
prove to the Kinleader that I was ready to be a Pathfinder. So I decided to fly
over the mountains to show my skill at shape-shifting. Instead, I ended up being
caught in a snow storm and colliding with a mountain and breaking a wing … er
arm. That’s when the twins found me and took me into the mountain caverns.
Jeanette: Your time with the twins and their people has
been fraught with danger and difficulties. Even now things are in the balance,
yet I’m sure the twins have been very glad of your help and that of your Kin.
Jeanette: Lets talk a bit more about you. In our world,
people are often divided between ‘cat’ people and ‘dog’ people. Do you have a particular preference between
I had a great time at the Omega Writers Book Fair with an exciting range of other authors, workshops and giveaways. Looking forward to the Book Fair next year.
Supernova Gold Coast
Young Adult Spec Fic authors Lynne Stringer, Adele Jones and I were at Gold Coast Supernova last weekend – under the Rendered Realms banner.
Lynne looked particularly dashing in her Verindon Overlord dress and tiara (the Verindon trilogy). I went as Delvina (Under the Mountain series) and also as Kupanna Mara (Akrad’s Children).
I was excited to have Stone of the Sea the third book in the Under the Mountain series available. I also managed to snag an amethyst crystal that fits in nicely with my Under the Mountain series and hopefully enhances the display. And Lynne had copies of Challenge Accepted available – a charity anthology for the Special Olympics with awesome speculative fiction stories, including one by me, Lynne and Adam Collings.
Have you been wondering what the young shapeshifter, Zadeki, and the twins, Delvina and Retza are up to? At the end of October I released the next instalment, novella 3 of the Under the Mountain series. The Crystal Heart may be saved but the people under the mountain are running out of food, while strife and disaster bubble beneath the surface.
A desperate journey into the unknown
Food is scarce, the Glittering realms in chaos and solutions fast disappearing. Twins Delvina and Retza have always stood shoulder to shoulder. Will new challenges pull the twins apart? Will they, and their shapeshifter friend, Zadeki, find food before the people under the mountain starve?
Join Delvina, Retza and Zadeki as once again they face their fears and rescue a realm.
Stone of the Sea is the third novella in the Under the Mountain series. It is set in the world of Nardva.