|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?
Indies Who Are Looking For an Editor:
DO YOUR RESEARCH. PLEASE.
By Kayla Howarth, indie author
Over the last few months, I’ve been contacted by people offering editing services. As someone who has been screwed over a lot in the past, I’m wary. But I realised today that there are so many new authors out there, and any of them could fall for the bullshit lines these people are trying to sell me.
You know that old saying, those who can’t do, teach? What does an author do when their books aren’t selling? I swear a lot of them these days are waking up and saying “I think I’ll be an editor today.”
Now, I’d love to be paid to read other people’s books and help them out. But there’s one thing I recognise that most of these other authors don’t. And that is I’M NOT QUALIFIED TO BE AN EDITOR.
My copy editor/proofreader (*waves* Hi Kelly Hartigan, you’re the awesome to my sauce … or something like that) has said to me that my drafts I hand over are some of the cleanest drafts she’s ever seen. And you know what? She still has hundreds of corrections to make. Aside from being too close to the project, I also don’t know every grammar rule in the book. MOST AUTHORS DON’T. I have serious issues with commas. In particular, omitting them when they are needed before a conjunction separating two different clauses (look at me! I have the lingo down … but please don’t quiz me on using the rule), and then adding them when they’re not actually needed. *sigh* I give up. I’m sorry I’m not learning, Kelly. But hey, I barely leave participles and modifiers dangling anymore 😉
I’ve asked some of these authors who are trying to now break into the editing business what makes them qualified. I’ve heard all different types of answers:
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