I first became aware of today’s featured author via the blog post sharing site Triberr. I’ve since became further acquainted with Feather Stone via her blog where she does a great deal to help promote and offer advice to fellow writers. In my book, that makes her a keeper. Enjoy!
1. Please provide a brief synopsis of your book.
The Guardian’s Wildchild is a novel of romantic suspense. Caught in a reckless attempt to stop Dark forces, Sidney Davenport, a young, rule breaking, spirited member of the secret paranormal community of Guardians, finds herself imprisoned on a naval ship and slated for execution. Her struggle with the unfamiliar emotions of fear and anger becomes even more complicated when she can no longer fight her attraction to the very man who has orders to perform her execution.
Captain Sam Waterhouse, a meticulous naval captain who’s suspected of treason, teeters on a precipice between Darkness and Light. When he receives an unusual prisoner, a paranormal journey begins to unravel his disciplined life. All the while, humanity is unknowingly at great risk when two Dark forces team up to acquire control of an elusive power. Sidney and Sam attempt to quiet their powerful feelings for each other, only to discover they can save each other, and in doing so, they might even save the world. Through stunning imagery, an intricate and adventurous plot, and a strong cast of characters, Feather Stone gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the future-a future that is chilling, yet full of hope.
2. Tell us a little bit about what motivates or inspires your writing.
Authors often begin writing a story by asking themselves, “What if …..” Then they take readers to a place no one has been before and, perhaps, wouldn’t without the author’s passionate drive to create something new. Artists of all mediums inspire humanity to experience a greater depth of possibilities, to dip into the realm of unlimited potential. Novels trigger the imagination of the reader, and a seed of creativity is planted. I believe that seed motivates the host to expand his/her horizons – and explore new options. I believe humanity has evolved by thinking, “What if …..”
3. It’s hard to pick just one, but what do you consider your favorite novel and why?
You’re going to not believe me but my favorite books are not fiction novels. I love to read about the real life human adventures, particularly where the people are tested to their outer limits of tolerance, and then some. My favorite book is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage.
A book, fiction or nonfiction, must have characters that very nearly breathe on the reader’s face. They’re on the verge of being alive. They are believable, lovable, hated, feared – and they grow (for the better or worse) as the plot reaches the climax. There must by a dynamic interplay between the characters. And, I demand nothing less of myself while writing my books.
4. What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
I welcome friends, fans and critiques to my blog called Feather’s Passion. My focus is son everything about writing, from books, marketing challenges, offering contests to win my books, and the challenges of being a writer. Whatever I learn, I like to share it on my blog.
5. Are you traditionally published or self-published?
When The Guardian’s Wildchild manuscript was ready for publication, I was tempted to go the route of self-publish. I wanted to avoid those nasty rejection letters and a bruised ego. However, I anticipated it would require more of a business undertaking than I had time for. So I put my pride in my back pocket and went the route of traditionally published. I did receive three rejection letters and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I did some revisions and sent the manuscript off to Omnific Publishing. And, voila! The Guardian’s Wildchild is out there is living color – what an awesome cover!
Omnific was absolutely wonderful. The manuscript required editing and a front cover. The staff at Omnific kept me in the loop during the entire process. I was consulted on the development of the cover which just blew me away. It was so much fun.
6. Can you offer one or two helpful tips for fellow writers when it comes to marketing and publicity?
Marketing – God help me, I thought I was dropped into hell when I started down that road. I was an on-line marketing idiot. Not anymore. I advise the following BEFORE you launch your book:
- Get comfortable with twitter, blogs, pinterest, facebook, etc.
- Develop a ‘friend’ base.
- Start talking about your book online
- Join author / blogger sites that you find interesting; get to know the host and visitors to that site.
- Interact, communicate, share ideas with other authors and readers.
- Be polite, respectful, supportive
- Have fun and reveal your fun or quirky side. Be you.
7. Describe your writing background.
Oh, dear, do I have to answer this? The truth is I didn’t have any training until after I started writing The Guardian’s Wildchild. I was writing just for the fun of it. Then I realized the story was worth doing well. I put the manuscript aside and registered for several courses at the University.
8. What does your drafting and/or editing process entail?
My writing style is pretty chaotic. Once an inspiration for the next paragraph is clear, then I’ll hit the keyboard. That may take several days or weeks. When the manuscript is complete, I go back to page one and rewrite. I may do two more rewrites. It’s like seeing a picture out of focus during the creative process. When I can see the story in perfect 3D, the writing is done.
9. What future projects can we look forward to?
Thank you for asking. My next novel, Forbidden, is amazing. Actually, I find it tremendously exciting as it takes place in the Middle East. I’ve had to do a ton of research and learn about Islam and the environment. The genre is suspense; sub genre is romance. I post excerpts on my blog called, “Snippet Sunday.” Check out my blog for more details.
10. Is there anything else you want your potential readers to know?
Interesting question. In both novels, the female heroine is an independent woman with special powers – much like myself. Most men are not attracted to the heroine as she gives no indication of needing or wanting them – except for the one man who is not intimidated by her powers.
You can connect with Feather Stone and her social sites via her blog.