Saturday, 31 December 2016

Author Interview - NLJ on her book 'The Golden Sword'.

Welcome NLJ to my blog! Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions about your new debut book, 'The Golden Sword'. 

NLJ is an author, screenwriter, inspirational speaker, and former children's educator.  Her debut book, The Golden Sword, is book one of her four part series, entitled the 'Chronicles of Drenyon'.

The new book - 'The Golden Sword'.
In the land of Drenyon…

There is a maiden who is so desperately lonely that she befriends a frightful-looking tree that lives outside her village. Her name is Anya. Her tree is enchanted, and every day she listens to its strange and troubling fables, unaware that they are prophecies in disguise. One day, she returns home from visiting the tree and the first of the fables comes to life, causing her entire village to burn to the ground. Now it’s up to Anya to use the other fables to save the rest of her kingdom from the same destruction.  And according to these fables, there is only one weapon that has the power to save her people: The Golden Sword.

Author Interview NLJ – by Emily Williams

What made you want to become a writer?
I didn’t even know I was a writer until people kept telling me so. When I was in 4th grade, we each had to write a short story based on Egyptian culture. There was no page limit, but most people’s stories were a couple of pages long. Mine was 14 pages long, and I couldn’t even finish it because I kept thinking up new things for the character to do. The teacher read what I had so far and gave me an A anyway. 

Writing a long story doesn’t mean that it’s any good. But whenever I would share story ideas with people, they always looked at me as if I stole the story idea from somebody else. I assumed that the ideas were pretty basic until my teachers told me otherwise. By the time it sunk in that I was creative, I realized that I enjoyed writing.

Who were your favourite influential authors when you were a child?
There was a fantasy writer I was obsessed with as a pre-teen, her name was Sherryl Jordan. She wrote this fascinating book called The Juniper Game. It was about a game in which entire worlds were envisioned and then came to life.

There was also a series called Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.
And then, for kicks and giggles, I simply could not resist the Bruce Coville series, My Teacher is an Alien. 

My mother also read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry to my siblings and I.

Which one of your characters would you like to spend time with? What would you do?
The Tree Man is a character I would love to spend time with. He is soothing, charming, mysterious and quite handsome! I believe the popular term going around is BB (Book Boyfriend.) Of course, I would eventually insist that he work on some of his internal issues. They can be real deal-breakers. ;-)
I would pretty much just want him to ask me about my day, listen to me talk, and then tell me that I’m beautiful. 

Which bit of the book did you most enjoy writing? Which was your least favourite?
I have a pair of uncanny characters who call themselves the Oracle. They share the one name, because they share one purpose: to guide others with their insight. Writing them is always a blast. They are a character study, so any scene with them in it is an experiment of placing them in a new environment and seeing how they will react to it. Additionally, I pride myself on being a mostly polite person, which means I stifle a lot of direct, blunt and callous things that I sometimes want to say. The Oracle says 70% of the things I try not to say. I love them so much, I can’t stand it.

I hate writing long paragraphs of description. It is a weakness of mine when I read other people’s books. I do not need 5 paragraphs of detail to explain how red the autumn leaves were when they fell into the pond. I’ve seen leaves before. I think red leaves are pretty. I can use my imagination to envision them.  

Hence, in my storytelling, I like to get to the point of things: Did the bomb blow up? Did the character die? Will she ever find love?
When I try to write extensive description, I feel bored, and I feel that I am boring my readers.

Do you have any other talents? Besides writing :-)
I have experience playing guitar, piano, taiko drums, and trumpet. I also am a decent singer.

Have you written in any other genres? What genre do you consider your book to be?
I greatly enjoy writing science fiction, and I have dabbled in some sci-fi horror. My readers seem to like both.
My current book is an epic fantasy, somewhat dark, and influenced by my fascination with Anime. I am a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki.

Where is your book available to buy?
I hope you all will enjoy Chronicles of Drenyon: The Golden Sword as much as I enjoyed writing it.
The E-book is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, and Google Play.

Feel free to check out my author website at

Thank you so much NLJ for taking part in our author interview questions.
Thank you for your time!

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