Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blog Tour: Storm of Arranon by @RESheahan #interview #giveaway

YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Date Published:  Re-release July 9, 2016, the book has been out since February 2013
Publisher: Rule of Three Press

A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.

   A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon, intent on destroying the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager's home. Forced to expose her strange abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.
   Stranded on an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey. 
   Aware of Erynn's potential, the alien enemy pursues her. She struggles to gain control of her growing powers while in a constant race to elude the invaders, and join the forces preparing to fight a mounting occupation. 
   Erynn’s secret may be her worlds' only hope, but at the cost of her life. Swept up in a chain reaction of events, Erynn's dedication extends far beyond service and duty. She learns the true meaning of sacrifice. 
   Along with courage and hope, Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness and growth.

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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The actual writing is great, especially when I get in the zone and join the characters, offering suggestions or a gentle nudge at times. I don’t even mind revisions after the editor and proofreader are done.
The hard part comes after the writing. Blurbs and the dreaded synopsis are just the beginning. Next comes marketing and promotion. After a successful promotion, I do feel exhilarated, like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Oh my gosh. How much space do I have? I’ll just list a few artists. Okay. Here goes.
Hillsong United
Kelly Clarkson
Chris Tomlin
Taylor Swift
Jeremy Camp
Colbie Caillat
Toby Mac
I’ll quit before I take up a whole page.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have critique groups during the writing process and beta readers after the story is finished.

What book are you reading now?

Book? Just one? Right now I’m reading, And the Band Played On, Bag of Bones, and Crazy Love.

How did you start your writing career?

I owned a ranch where I raised show sheep. While waiting for ewes to lamb in the middle of the night, I would sit at my computer for an hour or two and write. What a rambling mess of ideas and emotions. But I found I enjoyed writing. That creative release soothed my spirit and kept me tolerable to be around. From there, I took workshops and classes, joined critique groups, attended writer’s conferences, and even taught writing, publishing, and marketing.

Tell us about your next release.

Earlier this year I signed a contract with a small press for book four in the Storm of Arranon series. It’s scheduled for release late this year or early next year.

I’ll start with a brief blurb for each book so far.

Storm of Arranon
A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.

Storm of Arranon Fire and Ice
A dark evil rises. A world on the threshold of destruction. A crossing into a mysterious realm. The journey begins.

Storm of Arranon Allies and Enemies
A vicious attack on life and love. A race to deny death. Trust blurs and alliances break. The chase begins.

Book four - Erynn races to find the answers to stop Dhoran from using his mystical powers to destroy Arranon. His plan to alter the climate of this cold but vibrant planet will wipe out every living creature, the extent of this damage eventually harming her home world of Korin. With their governments in denial, appeased by enemy agents embedded in positions of power, and people unaware of the coming danger, Dhoran orders his armies to strike the innocent. Fear mounting, Erynn and her friends are running out of time and ideas until the living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, once again sending her on a perilous journey into uncharted opportunities.

I have always been a reader. I’d come home from grade school with stacks of books every week, and during the summer, I’d get my fix from the library. I love books. Later, while working every day outside at the ranch, I’d listen to audio books on cassette with one of those Sportswalk players I’d hook to my belt. I could go through three or four books a week.
I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. 
Trust me, it’s not always like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for reading. 
Writing got serious for me when I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. One hundred and twenty-two thousand words that desperately needed help, but it was a start. 
The characters demanded their story be told, so I joined critique groups and attended writer's conferences. I was on the fast track to learning what I needed to know to write well, and tell, show, an engaging story. 
In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA, so I guess I had learned something! BTW, I’m still learning.
      Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an "aha" moment. Brain storming sessions standing in dark, windy parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.

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