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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Interview and Review with A.D. Trosper!!

Hello my lovelies!! It's time to sit down with the fantabulously awesome A.D. Trosper! I had the pleasure of interviewing her as well as reading her book, Embers of Galdrilene, and may I say it's fantastic? I mean, seriously, you must read it :) But, we'll get to that in a bit. Who's ready for an interview!!


Thank you so much for joining me, A.D.! When did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I wanted to be writer for a long time before I ever actually embarked on the journey.


That's wonderful <3 What has been the most difficult part about being a writer? 

Time. With three children, dairy goats (twice a day milking), chickens, and vegetable gardens, time is always a problem. Hmmm, and the evil Facebook that is always trying to suck my day away.


I can completely relate to a lack of time, not to mention the time sink that is Facebook lol. Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with your pen name? 

Nope, I use my real name.


Nothing wrong with that :) Who are your favorite authors? 

That is a long list but I will try to name a few. In particular order: Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, R.A. Salvatore, Clive Cussler, Mary Stanton, Christine Feehan, Katie Jennings, and a whole host of indie authors. I have come to greatly love reading indie authors.


Those are all fantabulous authors. Anne McCaffrey and Christine Feehan are particular favorites of mine :) What authors inspire you? 

Many of my favorites.


That's the same with me. What type of books do you like to read? 

As you can see from my favorites list, I have a very eclectic taste in books. So the books I like to read are the ones that interest me at that moment. Beyond that, I like books that take time to develop.


I love how eclectic your taste is. What do you like to do in your free time? 

Spend time with my family, spend time with my animals, read, watch Vampire Diaries, Gray’s Anatomy, Dexter, Homeland, and Deadliest Catch.


Ahh, Dexter...one of my favorite shows :) Where is your favorite place to vacation? 

I have dairy goats that have to be milked twice a day. I don’t vacation. :)


Hey, who knows? Maybe you could pile them into a truck and take them with you ;) If you were stuck on a desert island and could have only three things, what would they be? 

My family, a stock pile of food and water, and my Kindle.


That sounds perfect! Are you a plotter or a pantser with your writing? 

Pantser. If I plan too much, I lose my muse. Like me, she prefers barely controlled chaos to perfect order. We get along well.


Your muse sounds very similar to mine :D Why did you choose to write an epic fantasy?

I didn’t. It chose me. Characters show up in my head with their backstories and usually their names already known to them. I write what they tell me to write.


Don't you just love how that happens that way? What has been the most fun about working on your books? 

Editing. I know, I’m a total freak but I love revisions and edits.


*Long pause* I'm sorry, did you just say editing? LOL! Sorry, totally cannot relate hahaha. What has been the hardest scene for you to write?

None of them. As long as I listen to my characters, things flow pretty smoothly.


You are so so lucky! Do you have any favorite characters? If so, why? 

I love them all. Trying to choose a favorite would be like trying to choose a favorite among my children.


I can understand that :) How did you come up with the premise for your book? 

Again, I didn’t come up with it, it came to me.


We are running a bit low on time, but is there anything else you’d like to mention about your book? 

It survived the Writing Apocalypse and also won readers choice best in fantasy in the Turning the Pages book awards. It also won an IBD award.


That's fantastic! Congratulations :) Is this part of a series? If so, what can we expect with the other books? 

Yes, it is part of the series. The second book will be out this summer.


I cannot wait! What's next for you? 

After the Dragon’s Call series is finished (there will be a third book), I have a few characters in my head that live in the urban fantasy world, so I will start writing them.


Well, after reading this book, I cannot wait to see what else you right! Thank you so much for joining me, A.D.!! Anything else you want your readers to know before you go? 

I appreciate each and every one of them.



Lovelies, keep reading for my review of Embers of Galdrilene!




About the book:
Publisher: Silver Spring Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2012
My source for the book: Purchased
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Length: 496 pages
Description:

Embers of Galdrilene...Buy it Now!

“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.

Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and soon six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on an epic and dangerous journey of discovery. They soon learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.

With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.

But an evil from the past soon threatens their discovery and new found joy. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more...

WHAT I LIKED:

This is an epic fantasy, which I adore. Who doesn't love dragons in their books? A.D. wrote a very rich world. All too often with an epic fantasy, there can be a ramp up period where things are slow as the author sets up the world building and characters. This book dove straight into the action. The characters were compelling, there was plenty of new vocabulary and phrases introduced to help solidify that this is a fantasy world (LOVED dragon-blasted!), and it was so easy to immerse myself in this story. Though it's a long book, I found myself compelled to keep reading as fast as I could to find out what would happen next.


WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:

I loved how immersive and detailed this world was, but at times it could get a little bit overwhelming. I feel like a compendium guide would be a fantastic thing to help keep everything straight.


OVERALL VERDICT: 5/5 Blue Duckies!!



If you're looking for a fantabulously immersive epic fantasy with wonderful characters, a fantastic setting, and its own set of vocabulary and phrases, you must read this book!



Meet A.D. Trosper!

Born in Kansas, I spent a lot of my childhood moving around. I've lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington State (around Seattle), and southern California. I had many great adventures growing up. I'm now settled down in Kansas with my wonderful husband, three children, my wonderful dog Katie, assorted cats, and small flock of chickens.

I've been an avid lover of fantasy since I was young child. Dragons, elves, fairies, dwarves, and other denizens of the fantasy world as well as magic have always fascinated me. As I grew up, I developed an interest in vampires, zombies and my interests branched out to take in paranormal and urban fantasy.

I don't have any special writing credits to my name other than a wildly active imagination and the ability to form that imagination into written stories.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the wonderful review of Embers! I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. :)

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