Sunday, July 07, 2013

"To me O is feminine and K is masculine. And when I see a couple I saw OK!"

I had the honour of interviewing one of the new authors I discovered during an Indie book sale. I have already reviewed one of her books, Truth. You can find it HERE. It was a really good book, one I would highly recommend.
And now, you have a chance to meet the wonderful author! 

Bio: Molly Evangeline is a twenty-four-year-old homeschool graduate and independent Christian author. She is passionate about indie publishing and enjoys assisting to-be indie authors. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her family where she continues to have and share epic adventures through her writing.
The Pirate Daughter's Promise (Pirates & Faith - Book 1):Orphaned at a young age and shunned because of her reputation as a pirate’s daughter, each day is marked by struggle for Skylar McHenry. Her only comfort comes in her reliance on her heavenly Father’s care and the solace of her best friend, Will, who has become more than dear to her.
 Just when an unexpected encounter gives Skye a small glimmer of hope that things might change in her favor, her world is shattered. With the echo of cannon blasts in the night, pirates storm the orphanage where Skye works and drag her away to their ship. The cruel captain’s intentions quickly become clear. He will extract from her, through any means necessary, the location of the treasure hidden by her father. For Skye to divulge the location would mean breaking the last promise she made to him. She’s certain she never will, but what happens when the lives of those dearest to her are at stake?
 The Pirate Daughter's Promise is full of daring high seas adventure; sweet, wholesome romance; surprising discoveries; unlikely new friends; and the rewards of trusting in God even when life seems impossible.
Truth (Makilien Trilogy - Book 1):
Trapped in a village no one is allowed to leave, Makilien yearns for the answers to her questions about life and the world outside the village walls. Yet no one but her closest friend seems to understand or share her desire. Despite her family’s fears and warnings of the consequences, she is determined to find answers.

The unexpected arrival of a stranger, and the knowledge he possesses, drives Makilien to drastic action. Confronted with a world she knows nothing about, she must choose carefully who to trust as both good and evil lurk in all places. As a battle looms, one in which will be determined the fate of all, she must decide whether to believe in the One who is truth or fall prey to the lies of the enemy.



From your blog and website I see that you have written both Historical Fiction and Fantasy. Which one did you find easier? Which did you enjoy more?
 I think I would say fantasy is easier for me. Historical fiction takes a ton of research, which can be both really fun and really frustrating and time consuming. I like to tell good stories, even if it means taking a few creative liberties, but then you run the risk of disgruntled readers who really want historical accuracy. So in that way, fantasy is easier. You can really do whatever you want. I love the freedom of creativity. A couple years ago, I couldn’t have said which is my favorite, because I really love historical fiction, but I’ve come to realize recently that I love fantasy the most. It has its own frustrations, but it’s great to just let your imagination run wild. And I just love the world building aspect of it. I may write more historical in time, but I’m sure I’ll always have some fantasy project going.

 I have actually had the same thoughts while trying to write Historical Fiction. It does take a lot of research for it to be accurate.


  When did you first start writing?
 I wrote my first stories when I was eight years old. Usually it involved girls with cats and horses. Anything like the Pony Pals books I couldn’t get enough of. My mom has been writing since she was a teenager, so that really influenced me. It was always an enjoyable pastime growing up. I was about fourteen when I first realized writing was what I actually wanted to do with my life.


  The first things I noticed about your books were the covers. I just love them! Especially the fantasy one. How did you make them? Or did you get someone to do them for you?
 Thanks! I’m very passionate about well-made covers when it comes to indie publishing. I did make all of my own covers. I’ve always been interested in photo manipulation so I’ve been playing around with Photoshop for years. I’ve slowly learned more and more how to get the results I want for my covers. My pirate books are stock photos I purchased from various places. For my fantasy trilogy, I made all the costumes and acted as the model while my brother took the photos. (He’s always my own personal photographer.) I then blended them with the different backgrounds (except for the first one, which is my family’s woods property). It was certainly a fun experience because I had to make every part of the costumes including the chainmail and vambraces for the Courage cover.

 I should email you. I wanted to do something along those times lines when I was working on a cover for my book, but I'm not the best when it comes to photoshop


  Do you have any tips that you could share on covers?
 Always use high quality photos so they don’t turn out blurry. Quality is your main goal because you want to try to create something that can compare with traditionally published books. Also, try to stay away from having any solid blocks of color if you can. That’s one thing I notice a lot and was guilty of doing on the third book of my pirate series. Take time to study other covers in your genre to get inspiration. That really helps. Besides that, it takes a lot of practice. Each cover I make is a little better than the one before it. Photo manipulation tutorials are great to learn by.


  Pirate stories were very popular a few years ago, brought on by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Did you draw inspiration from these movies as well or another source? 
 I did get a lot of inspiration from Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s what prompted me to write about pirates in the first place, but I’ve always had a love for the colonial period. I just love the history and the clothing. I also have a fascination for sailing that I was able to explore with my pirate series. I used to play pirates with my brothers and cousins. Writing is my grown up way of still living those adventures.

 I am glad I'm not the only one who got book ideas from those movies 8-)


  Do you plan to continue writing for a long time or is it more of a hobby for you at the moment? (In other words, do you hope to make a career out of it someday?)
It’s definitely my career, and my primary source of income at the moment. I set up my own publishing company, Living Sword Publishing, about two years ago. Not only do I intend to keep writing, but I’d like to expand to help and perhaps publish other authors one day. It’s all a process that I keep figuring out as I go along. All I know is I have to keep writing. I get really bothered when I can’t write. :) It’s been recently brought to my attention that I’m a workaholic when it comes to writing, but I just love to do it.

 There are worse things to be a workaholic at 8-)


  I saw on your website that you have a new series coming out? (I might have read that wrong so feel free to correct me.) However, if I did read it right, would you might telling us something about the series?
 Yes, it’s a new YA fantasy series called Ilyon Chronicles, and it’s the biggest project I’ve ever worked on. It will be six books total. I’m just about finished with book three right now and plan to publish the first book, Resistance, early 2014. It all started with an idea for the main guy in the story. He’s a half-blooded former slave/gladiator and not looked on kindly by society. Most see him as no more than a monster or animal and believe him to be soulless. The series follows his struggles as he searches for the truth. It also has the biggest cast of characters I’ve ever worked with, so there are plenty of other storylines entwined with his. I’ve created a website for it, www.ilyonchronicles.com, where I share a lot of my inspiration for the series as well as the back cover text for Resistance. I am just dying to share the series. It's way beyond anything I've done before.

 I'm eager for it to be out, it sounds very good


  How many more ideas do you have?
 I am always getting new ideas. I probably have about five or six serious ideas and a bunch of other bits of inspiration floating around in my head. I never know when I’m going to read something or see something in a movie that will spark a new idea. I really have no idea what I’ll be writing next after Ilyon Chronicles is finished. It will probably be something fantasy, but I know many people want me to continue on with my Pirates series. I guess we’ll see. It will probably be at least another two years before I’m finished with Ilyon Chronicles.


  Is there an author who inspired you the most? If so, who and why?
 It’s a bit cliché, but I’d have to say J.R.R. Tolkien. I first saw The Fellowship of the Ring movie just before I turned fourteen. That was my first introduction to Lord of the Rings and where my love for fantasy started. It was shortly after seeing the movie and reading the books that I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an author like J.R.R. Tolkien when I grow up.” I’m not sure what I’d be doing if not for Tolkien. I may be writing, but I probably wouldn’t be writing fantasy, which I can’t imagine.

 He;s a great author to draw inspiration from

  And lastly, on average, how long does it take you to write a first draft?
 That always depends on the book. I wrote the first book of my pirate series in just over two weeks. (Not sure how I managed that.) The second book took a year. I used to say it took me an average of a year to finish a book, but I’ve gotten faster. Now I’d say four to eight months if I don’t hit any particularly nasty snags or have a bad bout of writer’s block, which I can be prone to at times.

 Thank you for coming by today! It was great having you!

 I've been holding these interviews and indie published book reviews as a kind of book party to celebrate the release of my newest book, A Stretch of Loyalty. If you wish to find out more about it, or buy your own copy, you can find it HERE!!!!

 Quote is from Men in Black 3, one of my all time favourite quotes. Again, though, it sounds ten times funnier when Will Smith says it.


 Allons-y!

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2 comments :

  1. Ooh, pirate books do have a good appeal to them. I shall have to check them out some time!

    Also, Jack, have you found out yet it A Stretch of Loyalty is available on Nook yet? I haven't had the chance to check yet, but I hope to purchase it with what's left of my book money.

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  2. You certainly write a variety of genres. Cool you started your own company. Nice to meet you, Molly!

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