Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interview with Rachel Dunne, author of In the Shadow of the Gods


Inside the Book:

Title: In the Shadows 
Author: Rachel Dunne 
Release Date: June 21, 2016 
Publisher: Harper Voyager 
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure 
Format: Paperback/Ebook

A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals led by a violent, secretive man must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.

Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.

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The Interview

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I never had a big realization – I’d just been telling stories for pretty much as long as I’d been speaking, and writing them down as soon as I learned how. It came as a surprise to absolutely no one who knew me that I was going to go to college for writing. It’s just always been a part of who I am.

How long did it take you to write the book?

In The Shadow of the Gods took about two years to write, though the first year was pretty off-and-on until I really found the time and the motivation to finish.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

It took me a long time to figure out that I work best on a strict routine, so now I write at the same time every day, until I hit my daily word count. I even have an alarm that goes off to yell at me to start writing at the set time, if I’m not already doing it.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I need to have music playing if I’m writing. There’s no other way to kick my brain into the right mindset. I go through different moods for what kind of music I want to listen to, but as long as there’s some music happening, I can write.

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published?

Determination, mostly. If you decide it’s time to get published, don’t let anyone stop you. If you get rejected enough, don’t interpret that as being a bad writer – use that opportunity to take a hard look at your work, get some honest feedback, and polish it up even more…and then get back out there and get published!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

A lot of it comes from “What if” type questions that pop into my brain when I least expect it. “What if characters from these two different books met?” “What if this crazy person in a news article had a dragon?” “What if horses didn’t exist?” They’re not always winners, but when enough of the what-ifs bump into each other, they’ll usually become a decent story idea I can polish.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first novel when I was twelve…and the less that’s said about it, the better.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’ve got a big bear of a dog who needs lots of attention, so he and I go on lots of walks and hikes. I spend more time than I should playing computer games, and, of course, I’m always reading something.

Meet the Author:

Rachel Dunne
Living in the cold reaches of the upper Midwest with her great beast of a dog, Rachel Dunne has developed a great fondness for indoor activities. For as long as snow continues falling in Wisconsin, she promises to stay inside and keep writing. 

Her first novel, In the Shadow of the Gods, was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and will be published by Harper Voyager in June of 2016. Its two sequels will follow.  
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