Susan Faw – Author Interview

May 15, 2017 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

Susan Faw
~~Author Interview~~
Susan Faw, indie author, author of Seer of Souls Today’s author interview is with the talented Susan Faw, author of The Spirit Shield Saga.

Please welcome Susan Faw to XterraWeb’s Author Interview Series. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Susan Faw for taking the time to give us this interview.

Susan Faw is providing visitors to XterraWeb with a free copy of Soul Survivor, the prequel to The Spirit Shield Saga. Get your copy HERE.

The Spirit Shield Saga is now available as a box set across all platforms. Buy the box set here.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Susan Faw: I am a Canadian author and mother of three. I write young adult fantasy, and I am a complete Harry Potter nerd. My collection extends to a prop wand from the first movie, signed first edition novels by JK Rowling, and an extensive collector card collection.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Susan Faw: “I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – JK Rowling

I love this quote as it is also my story, and I relate on a very personal level to the pain and the hope behind the thought.

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Susan Faw: Read and garden, and I also love to play a former Disney game called Toontown. You can find me there as Super Ultra Banana Peels, a green monkey!

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Susan Faw: Harry Potter (JK Rowling) is my all-time favourite, followed closely by The Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan) and The Sword of Truth Series (Terry Goodkind). Some more recent authors that I am quite enjoying are VE Schwab and Brent Weeks. I also have read a lot of Brandon Sanderson’s work (Mistborn) All of these authors have earned a place on the shelf.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Susan Faw: There is a brilliant indie author by the name of Melissa Phail who has an imaginative fantasy series out called Cephrael’s Hand. It’s a must read if you enjoy fantasy.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Susan Faw: My latest book, which just went live on April 20, 2017, is Soul Sacrifice, the final installment of The Spirit Shield Saga.

The underworld writhes. Terror unleashed. Souls enslaved.

The Spirit Shields with memories returned are plunged into a conflict older than mankind. The pending battle pits family against spirit and flesh. The godlings face off for ultimate control of the souls of the dead, each with their own agenda, for there is no love lost between these siblings.

Helga, goddess of the underworld, tightens her hold on those who hold the key to ultimate victory. Meanwhile, Avery struggles to convince her sister Artio that unless they become allies they will fail in their misaligned quest. Cayden, with the aid of Brimstone, struggles to fulfill a destiny prophesied since their original deaths long ago.

Can four warring siblings find peace and forgiveness? Or will they battle to the end of the world, sacrificing all living souls in the conflict?

Don’t miss the exciting conclusion to the Spirit Shield Saga!

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Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Susan Faw: Helga’s diabolical scheming and unrelenting focus on her own desires make her a very delicious antagonist. Tea party, anyone?

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Susan Faw: There is inspiration everywhere, if you only have eyes to see. I think I needed to write this series as I have struggled to come to terms with my mother’s death in 2009. I long to know that she is okay and that there is something beyond the grave, that our souls, the essence of who we are, is not lost forever, on death.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Susan Faw: My latest project is an ambitious twelve-book series entitled The Heart Of The Citadel and will center around twenty children, chosen for their magical abilities at birth and given crystal hearts to set them apart. When the female heart bearers are snatched away in the middle of the night, the provinces suspect their closest neighbours of the kidnapping, throwing the world into chaos and civil war. But there is a larger plan afoot. This book will feature dragons and Djinn.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Susan Faw: Write what you love. There is a market for any kind of literature. Write what you love, and it will reflect in the pages. You will need that passion for the tough times, for even the greatest of books need careful pruning and editing. Do yourself a favour and write your passion. It is the intangible something that creates the magic of an award-winning author.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Susan Faw:

Twitter: @susandfaw
Facebook: Author Susan Faw
Website: susanfaw.com
Instagram: Susan Faw Author

Sarah Stuart – Author Interview

April 24, 2017 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

Sarah Stuart
~~Author Interview~~
Sarah Stuart, author

Today’s author interview is with the talented Sarah Stuart, author of The Royal Command series.

Please welcome Sarah Stuart to XterraWeb’s Author Interview Series. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Sarah for taking the time to give us this interview.

Buy Dangerous Liaisons: A Showbiz Family Saga (Royal Command Book 1) on Amazon.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sarah Stuart: My day job is literacy tutoring. My passions are animals, theatre, history, and travel.

Dogs were my opening into show business. During a period when I lived in Wales, I supplied them to professional companies using Aberystwyth University’s Arts Centre Theatre during student vacations. Many musicals and plays performed there were on their pre-West End premiere run, which gave me an unrivalled opportunity to talk to directors, choreographers, and the many other vital members of the backstage staff, and the performers. These ranged from actors and actresses in their first, or early, roles to worldwide superstars of stage and screen. That experience, and my association with the Northern Ballet, underpins the vivid portrayals of show business triumphs and heartbreak in the Royal Command series.

I hope readers will enjoy my novels as an escape from reality but be left understanding that fame and fortune often come at a high personal cost. Also, I hope readers will gain an increased perception of the threat to animals: those shot in the name of sport for trophy heads, endangered species, many poached for their fur and ivory, and tragically discarded pets. I donate 100% of my royalties to animal charities worldwide, to help preserve endangered species and support the work of centres re-homing unwanted pets.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Sarah Stuart: Don’t put off until tomorrow something you can do today. Patience is not my middle name!

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Sarah Stuart: Walk my dogs, listen to music, and avoid cooking if possible.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Sarah Stuart: Mary Stewart and her book This Rough Magic and Dick Francis and his book Driving Force.

Both wrote character-driven novels with a love interest, suspense, and crime, in different proportions.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Sarah Stuart: I’m a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite so I often have the chance to read authors’ first books, sometimes before they are published. It’s very satisfying to be able to offer advice knowing it won’t affect their Amazon rating. Red Tide (Aspen Falls Thrillers Book 1) is Peg Brantley’s debut novel, and I loved it: that was a 5 star.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Sarah Stuart: Dynasty of Deceit: A Showbiz Family Saga (Royal Command Book 3)

“Screams cut the clear air.” The Diamond Superstar, Michael Marsh, turns from signing autographs to see his beloved wife, Lizzie, lying dead on the snow: a skier in black is spotted speeding away towards the Matterhorn. Lisette leaves her husband, Brian, and rushes to her grieving father’s side, rekindling media suspicions of an incestuous relationship.

Jealous, and driven by guilty secrets of his own, Brian abandons Lisette, who is pregnant with his son. For the sake of Lizzie’s youngest daughter, Greta, he is determined to find the killer and mete out justice. The Swiss police ask the London force for help and the detective chief inspector assigned to the case is hostile, influenced by paparazzi stories that Lisette, Michael, or both, wanted Lizzie dead.

Who stabbed the woman everybody loved, and why? How can twins, secret lovers Harriet and Kit, help Greta, and will the way they choose bring the showbiz family empire crashing to the ground? Can rejected, deserted Lisette keep her solemn promise to Lizzie to pass on Margaret Tudor’s Book of Hours with its Royal Command “find love where ye may” to a daughter conceived in love?

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Sarah Stuart: Michael Marsh, the Diamond Superstar. He is the root, trunk, and branches of the whole series. It spans over forty years, which does mean a huge cast of characters. Dangerous Liaisons opens with Michael. Whether Sweet Temptation will end with him, I don’t know yet, but without him, none of the books would exist. Why do I like him, other than the books developed around him and he fascinates readers? For the same reason that he captivates so many fans: he’s handsome, sexy, and talented, and fun to write about.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Sarah Stuart: The characters, other than the villains, are people I would like to meet rather than based on people I have met. Some of the experiences are based on my own, and that will be especially true of Sweet Temptation. The settings are based more on experience of them than research. I have visited all the twelve European countries included in the concert tour in Illicit Passion, except Poland. Kraków has a sports stadium, also used for concerts, which seats eighteen thousand people: perfect for the drama of the final concert.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Sarah Stuart: I’m writing a fourth book in a series that began as one book, Dangerous Liaisons, and then developed into a trilogy with a very clear end to the historical thread that had run throughout. Some readers who took the time to review Dynasty of Deceit on Amazon said they were sorry it was the last book, and one said that he hoped it wasn’t! The same thing happened in discussions of Goodreads: nobody wanted the series to end. Given time, book four will be Sweet Temptation.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Sarah Stuart: Only write if you can’t bear not to: if you do, write what you enjoy writing. The latest trend, whatever it is, will be over before you hit publish.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Sarah Stuart: I login to Goodreads most days and I’m happy to answer questions, fans are welcome friends on Facebook, and I can be found on Twitter.

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