I’ve recently become a member of an awesome group of writers known as the HMS Slush Brain. One of the members, Angela, has become an Amazon best seller. I wanted to share some of her thoughts as she’s where most indi authors want to be. She’s a wonderful person, and I’m happy to present a brief interview I conducted with her via email.
Two months after its release, Broken made it to number #1 in its category on Amazon. How do you feel about that?
Somewhere between amazing and ecstatic! Its strong confirmation that Broken is loved. Readers are wonderfully quiet people. When they love something, they rarely speak out and tell the author, which leaves an author guessing. A small percentage leave a review, so in the end, an author really doesn’t know how the readers feel until they see a review or the sales increase. To see Broken at first place in its category… its confirmation I did the right thing in publishing it.
Is this your first book to reach number 1?
Yes, it is. The topics in Broken touches far more people and reaches a far wider audience than Dolor and Shadow, which is an epic fantasy for High Fantasy fans.
Tell us a bit about your books?
Dolor and Shadow is an epic fantasy and the introduction to Tales of the Drui. It introduces the Dokkalfar (Dark Elf) witch and queen, Kallan who is at war with the Ljosalfar (Light Elf), King Rune. The story revolves around the Seidr, an ancient and mysterious magic that gives life to all things. Kallan has unusually advanced skill with the Seidr. Within the first chapter, readers learn that Danann—yes, that is Danann as in Tuathe De Danann—is hunting her. So her powers are suppressed and part of her memory is erased to keep her hidden.
Early on, Kallan inherits the Alfheim war between the Ljosalfar and the Dokkalfar. When her powers grow beyond what her kin can conceal, she is placed in protection with her enemy, King Rune. The hunt for Kallan continues and lands Kallan and Rune in the mountains of Jotunheim, smack dab in the middle of Midgard—ancient Norway. In order to survive Midgard, which is currently under attack by Olaf I, who hunts Seidr users or witches, Kallan and Rune have to form and alliance. The alliance, the trek across Ancient Norway, and the witch hunt, all takes place while the Tuathe de Danann hunts Kallan.
It’s Star Wars meets Enemy Mine in the style of Lord of the Rings while set in Game of Thrones.
Broken is much harder to explain. At first glance, it’s a memoir. But it’s much more than that. It’s a journal I wrote in the style of a fiction psychology thriller, so it reads like a fiction novel, but it’s a memoir. For me, personally, it’s a philosophy book.
We meet Elizabeth, a renowned author. (Yes. A renowned author. *smile* It’s my book and I have dreams). Elizabeth has retired to a hermitage. William, a young journalist and fan, comes to her cottage and asks for an interview. Right away, readers catch a glimpse of Elizabeth’s fragmented mental condition, but we’re still not certain why or how severe her state of mind really is. Elizabeth agrees to the interview and grants William 24 hours. And so it begins.
As Elizabeth recounts her life—from an abusive child hood where she was forced to barricade herself in her bedroom to survive while being exposed to a significant amount of torture, animal abuse, rape, pedophilia, enslavement, and prepared for trafficking—we see Elizabeth quickly descend into her psyche. The more Elizabeth talks, the more we begin to witness her multiple personalities. What looks like schizophrenia is really a severe case of PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar, Mania, and dissociative disorder. All these conditions were brought out and formed by the abuse we are reading about.