Friday, May 20, 2011

FIRE'S DAUGHTER ... A NEW NOVEL BY WENDY TYLER RYAN

It's Friday and I plan to start off the day with an exciting interview with premier novelist Wendy Tyler Ryan, author of Fire's Daughter.  Gorgeous cover, isn't it? Now let's no waste any time, Wendy has just arrived.





Michael:  I am thrilled to be hosting you here today Wendy.  Welcome to my blog. Your new novel is certainly an eye-catcher.

Wendy:  
Thank you very much for having me, Michael, and thank you for the compliment.  Yes, I knew from the get-go that a good cover was paramount.  I was very lucky to have found Catherine Nodet to do the artwork.  I found her on DevianART.

Michael:  I only have a few poignant questions for you today, but I am really looking forward to your answers. I want my blogger friends to get a good feel for your book. I know they will love it, judging by what I've seen so far.

Wendy:  
Thanks again and I shall do my best.

Michael:  When did you start writing Fire's Daughter and how long did it take you to finish the final draft?

Wendy: 
 I'm afraid to tell you when I first started it because I had about two pages written and then put it away for a good number of years.  Put it this way, when I wrote those two pages my kids were small and when I took them out and dusted them off, my kids were grown.  But now we're getting dangerously close to talking about age, and who wants to do that!  But seriously, I would always think about this particular story, I even knew exactly how I wanted to end it, even though I wrote a whole other novel first. I have always been drawn to the medieval-ish, Robin Hood-ish period of history, but that wasn't quite good enough.  The fantasy aspect lets me create my own world with my own rules.  It's awesome.  So, once I did dust those few pages off, all I wanted to do was finish it because I really yearned to write this story, but as you know, life happens so I worked on it when I could and then made a real push the last two years.   Mind you, a lot of the last two years was spent researching agents and riding on the query-go-round.
 
Michael: I think we can all relate to that. Right everyone? I understand this is the first book in the Fire Through Time Trilogy. What sparked your interest in wanting to write a series? And what are your plans for the other two books?

Wendy:  
Before I even finished the first book I thought that there could easily be more to the story, plus, I was in love with characters and didn't want to leave them.  One day I opened a notebook, thinking I would just write a couple of paragraphs to get me started, but that turned into several pages that just spilled out of me.  Now the book is more than half done.  I'm not sure how to describe the other two books without spoiling something in the first.  Suffice it to say, the second book is titled Fire's Children and I'll let you make of that what you will.  The one thing I can tell you is that all three books would never be classified by an agent or a traditional publisher as being precisely the same genre - I do cross a few lines and muddy up the water a bit by the end of the third book, but that's what's so cool about imagination and having complete control over your work.  I can guarantee that you won't just get a re-hash of the same plot in book 2 and 3. 

Michael:  Now that's interesting ... I like that you're doing your other novels as a cross over. Wendy, I find the premise of your novel is quite intriguing. The heroine, Zehdra Kilgam is forced into an arranged marriage and also has a special gift. Could you tell us more about her? What is her focus? Her dreams? And especially what is her unique gift?    

Wendy:  
Zehdra is in quite a lot of turmoil when we first meet her.  Fiercely independent, she wants nothing to do with her betrothed or her inherited gift of fire manipulation which has just begun to surface.  Her goal is to thwart her marriage, master her gift before it destroys her, and find a way to be with the man she really wants, who is in fact, the man she doesn't want - or so she thinks.  That's all I can say about that.  There's a lot that goes on in this book that Zehdra is not privy to and I love that.  You, the reader get to gasp and go "oh no", and poor Zehdra is oblivious.  Did I say I love that?

Michael:  Yes, you did, but that's okay, I love your enthusiasm. What about  her future husband, Gilliam Bellvane, how does he feel about her? Why is he agreeing to the marriage? Does he have an ulterior motive?

Wendy: 
 His sole reason for undertaking the marriage at the beginning of the story is to align himself with the house of Kilgarn.  He wants to marry her for her bloodline plain and simple, even though he himself is not looking forward to the pairing.  An enemy has reared its head and Gillam knows that he cannot defeat the coming threat without strong allies.  Neither he nor Zehdra have set eyes on one another before.  Let's just say things change when they finally do meet and Gillam finds himself deep into a deception that he might not be able to crawl out of in order to win Zehdra over.

Michael: Ah, a
 bit of mystery.... I like that! One question has been gnawing at me since I saw the cover. We have been blogging buddies for quite some time now, and I know you are a strong and determined woman. I have a sneaking suspicion that you share similar qualities with your heroin. What specifically do you and Zehdra have in common? Are you and she one in the same? Do you also have a special gift that has been handed down to you?

Wendy:  
Wow.  No, I don't think we are one and the same.  Zehdra is much braver than I, perhaps she is my alter ego; the woman I aspire to be. The red hair was a must - I always wanted red hair.  Actually I have it now, but it comes out of a bottle!  And the eyes - I knew her eyes had to be green - mine are blue.   As to special gifts - if I have one, I don't know what it is.  I've always joked that I was a jack (or Jill) of all trades but a master of none!  Maybe others would have a different opinion.

Michael:  Fascinating answers Wendy. We all now have a very clear picture of the world you created and the woman behind it. Thank you so much for dropping by today. I really enjoyed hearing about your new novel and I am sure many of us will be getting a copy to find out more.
 
Wendy: Thanks so much again, Michael, it was a pleasure.

Michael: The pleasure was mine, Wendy. Your book has definitely got my attention!
Everyone, please drop by Wendy's blog at www.waitingforpublication.blogspot.com or website at www.wendytylerryan.com  to buy your copy of her book.
 
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If you have a bit more time, please hop over to Michelle Merrill's blog. I'm being featured there today!
 

20 comments:

  1. Glad the next book came so easily to you. Wish I could say the same about mine!
    Good interview, guys.

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  2. Thank you both for a great interview. Wishing Wendy all the best with all three books. I think my pile of TBR is taller than me!

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  3. I'm loving the crossover idea. Thanks to both of you for doing the interview. Great stuff!

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  4. Wonderful interview! I have two pages in a file somewhere that I started when the kids were younger. Good to see that you were able to pull yours out and finish. It gives me hope for mine.

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  5. So glad you didn't give up, Wendy! The book sounds intriguing and the cover is gorgeous. I hope you sell a gazillion copies. :-)

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  6. Sounds like a passionate author of a passionate read. Great interview. :O)

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  7. Alex: I will throw good vibes your way. It will come.

    Margo: Thanks so much. I have a pile like that too.

    salarsen: That is actually really good to hear. My ideas for the second and third book grew naturally from one another. I would have hated to try and mold them to fit into a neat little box.


    Lisa: Haul those puppies out, sometimes after they've been tucked away for awhile, a whole new inspiration can overtake you upon reading them again. The novel I would like to release after the Fire Through Time trilogy, is one such story. I wrote it for an asignment once - again, just a few pages. Then after doing the "Rainy Day Blogfest" something in my brain told me that I could pair the two together and suddenly I had the premise for a novel.

    Liz: Thanks so much for your well wishes.

    Madeleine: Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  8. Great interview Michael. I've been reading about this book and love the premise.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

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  9. Thanks for stopping by and showing support for a talented writer and friend.

    Alex, Margo, Sheri, Lisa, Liz, Madeleine, and Nancy.... You all my me smile and thankful that I am part of such a fantastic community.

    And Wendy... it's always a pleasure.

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  10. This sounds really good, and that cover is beautiful! I do love a good fantasy novel so I'll be checking it out. Best of luck with it Wendy!

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  11. Beautiful cover! This sounds wonderful!

    I found your blog through a comment on Tahereh Mafi's and have been thoroughly enjoying reading the archived posts, you have a tone to your words that I love.

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  12. Great interview. It so nice to hear that even though the seedlings for the story started long ago you finished it and published it. Congratulations.

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  13. Great interview Michael, Wendy I agree with you and imagination I have to have room for it as well to make it what I want.

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  14. Thanks to everyone who has come by to comment thus far. I appreciate your kind words and support.

    I can't imagine a more thoughtful online community than our little corner of the world!

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  15. Thanks Michael, and thanks Wendy for an interesting interview. I suspect you do really have a special gift, and that it's writing. Just a hunch :-) Your enthuisam is infectious.

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  16. That IS a gorgeous cover! It was fun getting to know Wendy. I'll head over to her blog. And thanks Michael for the shout out (two days in a row). I had a great time interviewing you :)

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  17. GREAT interview!

    Hey, I really appreciated your comment on my blog the other day. Finding balance is SUPER important. :)

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  18. Thanks Michael, congratulations Wendy. Love the book cover and your journey sounds awesome.

    Denise<3

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  19. The story sounds fascinating. And I have already bought it. The story behind the story is equally fascinating. I wish you high sales, Roland

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  20. Always cool to hear more about Wendy's story to publication :-)

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