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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Author Spotlight - Vanna Smythe

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What is your greatest strength as a writer? That would have to be creating realistic, life-like characters. I am also very good at writing realistic dialogue.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I did, in the past, and I find the best thing is to just write through it.

How did you come up with the title? I usually title things after I finish writing.  The title is always there in the end of a story, but it is not always there in the beginning of one.

Can you tell us about your main character? My main character is Protector Kea. He is a strong, kind of arrogant soldier who suddenly finds himself with very powerful magical abilities. His whole world is thrown upside down as a result off it and he must make sense of it all and rediscover himself in the process.

How did you develop your plot and characters? I think of a direction I want a story to go it, what it will be about, and who the main characters will be, and the rest just kind of falls into place as a result of it. For example, in Protector, I started with a Princess who was facing an arranged marriage she didn’t want, and the rest just grew out of that. Even Protector Kae, who ended up my main character, even though I originally intended for him to only be one of the supporting cast, so to speak.

Who designed the cover? I did ;)  I initially paid a cover artist, but I wasn’t satisfied with the result and ended up designing my own.  I must say I really enjoy the process.

What was the hardest part about writing this book? Definitely the revision. I literally didn’t touch the book for a year after I first wrote it, because I didn’t know how to revise it. I ended up taking a course on revision, which helped a lot. I no longer fear revision, and I think I’m even getting pretty good at it.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? I think there’s a part of me in everyone of my characters.  Though some are more like me than the others.

How do you promote this book? I promote through my social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. I also have a blog, and occasionally do interviews and guest posts.

What is your favorite color? Black.

What is your favorite food? Pizza.

What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?  To thine own self be true.

What's your favorite season?  Spring. I love watching nature wake up after the long winter slumber. 

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Genre - Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Rating - PG13
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