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Interview with Young Adult Authors M. Latimer-Ridley

Writing duos aren’t a rarity, but M. Latimer-Ridley are. Two writers with impeccable taste (after all, they follow me on Twitter) and an excellent sense of humour, I was very pleased to hear that they’d finally finished the novel they’d been talking about for so long. To celebrate the publication of Legend Unleashed, I shone a light in their eyes and subjected them to the third degree.

Congratulations on publishing Legend Unleashed!

Many thanks James!! We really appreciate the chance to answer your questions and visit your blog! It’s nice to be somewhere new instead our old blogging gaff *glances round, peering in behind the blogging curtain* Very nice. Pretty swanky place you have here! :D

Thanks. Please put that down. Now, tell us all about Legend Unleashed.

Well, it’s a young adult fantasy novel. Our main character, Temperance Levinthal is accidently swept up into a magical world by the handsome Alastair Byron. She’s really a very reluctant participant in their adventure, which would be nothing like us, as we’d be leaping in joy at the chance to see real magic. She’s not so impressed!

However, we’ll give you the blurb! It describes the book without giving too much away:

When an infamous criminal is unleashed from his prison, it has consequences for everyone in Carwick. Temperance Levinthal in particular…

Temperance is satisfied with her ordinary life. Dealing with her eccentric, childlike parents is all the excitement she needs. That changes when Alastair Byron returns home.

After a failed matchmaking attempt by her father, sparks fly between her and Alastair-just not the good kind.

They are forced together though, when they are implicated in a grisly murder. Their search for the truth leads them to a secret world beneath Carwick, filled with werewolves, wizards and other magical faey.

However, uncovering the truth is far more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.

There are secrets within secrets.

Even Alastair may be more than he seems…

Now tell us a little about yourselves. What made you want to be writers?

Ridley: Well…I know this is true for Latimer as for me but I’ve always loved to write. When I was younger I got unending encouragement from my parents and one English teacher in primary school in particular. She was fantastic. Plus my school was really brilliant about inviting Irish authors to visit (Gordon Snell-Maeve Binchey’s husband, Siobhan Parkinson, Don Conroy, Tom McCaughren, Martin Waddell, Michael Mullen all came in my time there), we were really spoilt, so from a very early age I was aware of what an author did. I remember in particular Marita Conlon McKenna visiting, I loved her famine novels. I brought a massive pile of books up to her to sign, she was so friendly and she wrote, ‘To Rachel. Another Bookworm! Lots of luck.” I remember thinking; I’d love to create worlds and characters, to make people love these imaginary places like she does, and so all down through the years I’ve tried to do just that.

Latimer: I didn’t read as much as Ridley when I was young. I did draw a lot of pictures though, and as I drew them I would think up stories for the person or creature I was drawing, to the point where I was actually talking to the character in the picture! In later years, I got really caught up in reading, particularly my brother’s high-fantasy books. I enjoyed coming up with stories and ideas. I don’t really know when I put pen to paper, but once I did I never stopped. When I get an idea, I just want to write about it! And meeting Ridley and striking up a friendship with her, really encouraged the ideas! Whenever I told people I was writing, no one ever said ‘that’s silly’- throughout my life everyone has been very supportive.

Having the support of your friends and family is so important. I suppose you’ve got support built into your partnership! How did that come about?

Ridley: Well, we’ve been friends for years and we have almost the exact same reading tastes, so we’ve always swopped books, giving our RSAs or LSAs (Ridley/Latimer Stamp of Approval) on the particularly brilliant ones. Many times after a book, we’d gossip about it, discussing what we would have changed or added and eventually we started to joke about writing a book together. We started to believe that we could put everything we’d ever wanted to see into it. Our main aim was and has always been to create a book, a real ‘find’ that would deserve an RSA or LSA.

Latimer: We can pinpoint the moment we decided to write a book. We were out for a walk one day, talking about books and we sort of stopped and said… ‘we could write one?… could we? We could… right?’ Then summer of that very year, we started work on a series – that had many incarnations until it reached the final plot! But it was fun, we worked on it in the library non-stop, annoying other people with our whispering and spending all day there! Pretty good fun, because during breaks Ridley took me around the library pulling out books going, ‘read this, and that’ and so on; I caught up on lots of books she read in her childhood!

What’s the writing process like? Do you have to make many compromises or are two heads better than one?

Ridley: No, there haven’t had to be many compromises I don’t think. No major ones anyway! We’re very respectful of the other’s ideas or dislikes. Two heads are definitely better than one, at least for us, we bounce ideas off each other and they build to even greater things than if we’d just thought things up alone. Plus it’s fun! :D We tend to have massive long tea breaks where we think up plots that usually start off with a particular character, or scene or following the words, ‘wouldn’t it be brilliant if…’, then we divide everything up into chapter summaries and we each get half of them. One of us starts the book and the other ends it. Simples.

Latimer: We’re lucky in that we can say, ‘no that idea’s not going to work’ or ‘hey how about this?’ I think it helps make our writing and ideas stronger and we’re very similar in terms of where we want to take characters. It is fun to see the idea grow and change into the finished product. All our ideas for books seem to start in a very different place to where they end up – but it’s definitely fun, because you are almost a reader yourself!

What are your influences?

Ridley: Anything and everything really, travelling, art, history, the discovery channel! In terms of reading I love fantasy, young adult and crime novels. Some of my favourite writers include Kelley Armstrong, Cassandra Clare, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K Rowling. I also love animated films, the tales that Pixar, Aardman and Dreamworks tell are fantastic.

Latimer: I’m influenced by history and science; in little ways, like sometimes I read something and it sparks an idea. When I travel and see new things I often come back with new ideas. In terms of writers, I love Terry Pratchett’s humour and quirky characters; I love J.K Rowling’s world and J.R.R Tolkien is just a master storyteller.

Will either of you try a solo venture some day? Or are together until the end?

Ridley: Well, I’ve no plans for any. Latimer, you off to pastures greener? <(; _;)>

Latimer: I don’t think so. It’s M. Latimer-Ridley for the long haul. We have so many books yet to write, I doubt either of us will be going anywhere soon. I think a lot of ventures we have in mind fall under the M. Latimer-Ridley banner.

Ridley: We’re not against it, but either way, I think even if one of us went off to do a solo project, it would be as a side venture and it would never be completely by ourselves, we’d definitely seek the input and feedback about it from the other person.

Latimer: Yes, I think that would be the case. We’d never be 100% solo and M. Latimer-Ridley would always be around regardless.

I think our first interaction was you telling me how much you love dragons, yet your novel is about werewolves. What gives?

Funny thing is we have discussed dragons in the past and whether we could feature them in one of the books, but as much as we love them, they just never seem to fit in to any of our plots, well not the ones that we have so far…but one day perhaps! :D

You’ve mentioned that Legend Unleashed is your fourth novel. What happened to the first three?

Ridley: It’s the fifth book now; sometimes I forget there’s a fourth book written. We have a four book series already under our belts. These were the very first books we originally started writing together. They took us five and half years to finish. The plot for Legend Unleashed was fleshed out for about three years before we actually wrote it. We felt we really needed to get the characters of the series we were already working on and that world out of our systems before we could move on. They’re a different genre too, more like fantasy novels, and they need a lot of editing. I think over time we gradually gravitated towards the young adult genre and for the future books we have planned they definitely seem to be within that area.

Latimer: We’ll definitely be back to them one day, but they are our very hairy babies at the moment! They need a lot of work, but they’ll get it one day!

Do you think you’ll ever release this series?

Definitely, though we just haven’t included it on our publishing and writing schedule for the next year. There’s so much editing to do on it, four whole books, it’s a bit of a daunting task! But we really love the characters and series, so it will definitely see the light of day!

So the series was fantasy but Legend Unleashed is young adult? What drew you to YA?

Really, the fantasy series isn’t a proper epic fantasy, there are definitely more elements of YA than usually found in a pure fantasy novel. So I suppose it wasn’t so much that we switched genres, we just refined what we liked to write about. Fantasy, but with a young adult twist on it!

You’ve published Legend Unleashed through Cranmer Publishing. What led you to them rather than going it alone?

Cranmer Publishing is actually our business. We do consider it a separate joint venture however, to our co-authors status. So we’re business partners too. We’ve always set out to be as professional as possible in all aspects of our books. After long discussions, we decided we would establish Cranmer Publishing and eventually, when we feel it is the right time and we’ve gained enough insight and experience, we will begin to accept work from other authors. That day is certainly not within sight yet however. We’ve freelanced out a lot of the jobs in terms of cover design, structural editing, copy editing and formatting, so we’ve begun to build up a good team behind us.

What is it about publishing others’ work that appeals to you?

Oh, it’s that dreamy notion of finding that diamond in the rough! To be the first to set eyes on the next great book, isn’t that why most people go into the publishing industry? That future is a long way off for us though!

And what is a Cranmer?

It’s connected to our pen name. We both went to Oxford separately and we each discovered the story of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley. For some reason, it really stuck with us. However, there was also a third man that was connected to their story, and that was Thomas Cranmer. So we thought it would be a nice way to connect the three together again.

You created a book trailer which I’ve previously raved about. What led you to create an animated trailer?

Ridley: And we were chuffed you liked it so much!! We both love art, so it seemed natural to wander down that route when we were brainstorming ideas for the trailer. Animation is also another passion of mine. I love watching all of the Pixar and Dreamworks films, not to mention Aardman. That these lumps of clay or computer dolls (or ‘character rigs’) are manipulated with such skill to show emotion and movement that we cry and laugh as we follow their stories on screen; I just think that it’s amazing really, almost like magic. Good writing does the same; characters that never before existed, are now very real in our heads, all through the power of words. I wanted us to give animation a try as it was another facet of our world building, I had no doubt in my mind we could succeed in creating something and if we did, it would definitely be a unique trailer, though unique in a good way we’d hoped!! Plus as an added bonus, I got to combine two of my passions!

Latimer: The trailer was really Ridley’s hard work for sure! I merely whip-cracked! I think it was born out of passion and a desire to try something a bit different, which is what we like to do.

What does the “M” stand for?

I’m afraid it’s very boring. However, it shall remain our little secret and if we told you, we’d have to give you a potion to erase your memory. :D
OBLIVIATE! *ping*

Protego. What’s next for M. Latimer-Ridley?

Next will be the sequel for Legend Unleashed, which is nearly finished, that won’t be out until late 2013 though, sooner than that we also have a short story planned, featuring a young Temperance. Then we have many other plots and ideas bubbling away on the backburner, for example last weekend we were discussing ideas for a book that’s at the back of a queue of six others patiently waiting to be written. Sometimes, we get excited by a new character or plot and then realise with a sigh, we won’t get to it for another few years. (Together we really aren’t short of ideas!) Eventually, we’d also love to have our four book series edited and published but we know we need to be patient on that one!

Finally, what is it about dragons you love so much?

Ridley: How could you not love them? They’re terrifying and beautiful all at the same time! One of the best fantasy creatures ever! There really aren’t enough books out there with dragons featuring heavily in them! I can’t wait to see what Smaug looks like in the new film, The Hobbit!

Latimer: Could we make a werewolf-dragon? No, *thinking*… wait… that would basically be Falkor from The Neverending Story, wouldn’t it? Oh, I love him!

Buy Legend Unleashed nowYou can buy Legend Unleashed now from all major eretailers including:

Amazon US: ebook paperback

Amazon UK: ebook paperback

Smashwords: ebook

While you’re waiting for it to arrive, you can also check out M Latimer-Ridley’s blog and website.

Interview with Paranormal Young Adult Author Airicka Phoenix

Next up in my sporadic series of author interviews is Airicka Phoenix. I can’t remember who followed whom first, but it’s safe to say that my Twitter feed certainly became a lot livelier once Airicka was amongst the little blue pigeons! She’s got a good sense of humour and is always fun to talk to, so I thought I would have a few words with her about her new novel.

So, Airicka, the soapbox is yours. Could you start by telling us a little about your path to becoming a writer?

I suppose the only answer I can give to this that will make no sense at all is that Beauty and the Beast brought me here. It was grade 3 and we were supposed to draw pictures that told a story then put words to them. I was obsessed with Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast, but I never liked how Belle didn’t get the chance to kick butt and it was too sappy (I was 8!). So I rewrote the story. The pictures were horrible and you can’t make out a word, but it was good enough to get framed by my mother! Lol. I’ve been hooked to writing ever since. Touching Smoke is only one book in a long line of plots and characters just waiting to get out.

Airicka Phoenix's Touching Smoke will be released at the end of July 2012.Tell us about Touching Smoke.

Touching Smoke is about a girl’s desire to know her past, only to discover her past is better left in the dark. It’s a young adult cocktail of romance, adventure, mystery, and fantasy and paranormal. The story stars Fallon Braeden, a sixteen-year-old gypsy on the run with her mother in their beat up Impala. Things haven’t always been normal, but they take a drastic dip for the downright insane the day Fallen starts an earthquake and everything falls apart. Suddenly, she finds herself hunted by creatures with unusual abilities, haunted by a ghost baring a frighteningly familiar resemblance and falls in love with the last person she should ever give her heart to. So as her foundation crumbles beneath her, Fallon teeters on the brink of two devastating revelations: follow her heart or save the world.

What inspired this trilogy?

Touching Smoke came to me by accident. I was actually vanquishing a demon in another story when the idea for Touching Smoke popped into my head. It took me about a day to write out the plot, fill in the characters and Touching Smoke was born.

You describe yourself as a paranormal young adult (or YA) author. The genre has been made very popular of late by the Twilight books. Did they have an influence on you?

Getting inspired has never been an issue. Getting all the stories bubbling up in my head out is the real problem. On whether or not Touching Smoke was directly inspired by Twilight or any other book/movie, etc, I can say with complete honesty that it wasn’t. However, in that same breath, Touching Smoke was inspired by another book that I will be releasing soon.

Can you tell us anything about that book?

It’s also a YA novel. I like to think it is a Buffy meets Romeo & Juliet. It’s about a girl named Clara who is a Hunter for the human race. Her job is to kill the supernatural, until she comes across a demon she can’t kill and breaks all the rules to keep him alive.

I’m not sure when this book will come out, but I’m hoping soon.

What is it that drew you to the paranormal YA genre?

I have my mom to thank for that. I grew up watching The Witches, The NeverEnding Story and The Labyrinth, just to name a few. My mom always had a passion for anything that had magic so our house was always full of superstitious stories and stories of romance and danger. My mom had a flare for making up some of the most amazing stories and I would sit up for hours listening to her. When I got older, I started writing my own. The young adult genre has always held something special for me. I love the innocence of the characters and those stages between childhood and adulthood when everything is the most fragile.

Touching Smoke will be published via Treasureline Publishing. What made you work with them rather than go it alone?

I thought of going at it alone several times, but the process had always daunted me so much that I kept waiting for Touching Smoke to get noticed by a publisher or waste away on my hard drive. Treasureline Publishing actually published my first short story, Torrid, and took up Touching Smoke after I got to talking with the lady in charge of the company. She took Touching Smoke under her wing, I designed the cover and the rest is history.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to be a writer?

It’s only as hard as you let it be. Be wary of who you let into those fragile moments when you are at your most vulnerable and always keep moving.

And, finally, what’s the problem with red Smarties?

OMG! LOL!! I think I cracked a rib! Oh my goodness! I thought we agreed this discussion would remain hush-hush! *sigh* all right, well, I actually have a phobia against most ‘red’ foods. So it’s not just smarties. I won’t eat or drink or touch most things red. But I do like strawberries, raspberries and applies which seem to be exempted in my weirdness.

If this has whetted your appetite, you can download Touching Smoke here (if you’re in the UK) or here (if you’re in the US)will be released at the end of July. You can also visit Airicka’s website and let her know what you think of her red food phobia. She’s on Twitter and Goodreads too, so she hasn’t anywhere to hide…

Interview with Crime Fantasy Author Dave Sivers

One of the things I love about genre fiction is its lack of fear for new ideas. I recently came across an author who embodied this fearlessness. Dave Sivers has blended two seemingly unrelated genres to create crime fantasy novels. I haven’t come across this particular blend before and so I had to talk to him about it!

First things first: thanks for subjecting yourself to my third degree!

Thanks for inviting me! I’m always grateful for opportunities to talk about my work and about writing in general.

You’re two books into the Lowmar Dashiel series. Could you tell us a little about them?

Sure. Dashiel calls himself a personal inquisitor, a profession he invented when he was down to his last few coins. He never looked back. He’s what crime fans would recognise as a private eye, but his world is one of demons, dwarfs, sorcerers and swords. He has an irascible dwarf sidekick named Grishen.

In the first book, A Sorcerer Slain, the head of the Sorcerer’s Guild has been murdered and his named successor, Zarna, is the prime suspect. The Guild regulates magic use in the kingdom of Balimar, and the death of its head, and lack of a natural replacement if Zarna is convicted and executed, will spark a terrifying new sorcerers’ war. Because everyone in the ‘establishment’ has an agenda, the King himself asks Dashiel to investigate. What the King does not know is that Zarna is the love of Dashiel’s life, and he will do anything to save her.

Inquisitor Royal is the second in Dave Siver's Lowmar Dashiel series.The sequel, Inquisitor Royal, is a much darker book in many ways. In Sorcerer, Dashiel travels to other parts of the kingdom looking for answers, whereas this book is firmly fixed in Balimar’s capital, Andruan. As a consequence, there’s a much more claustrophobic feel, to which the city’s seedier areas and labrynthine alleyways contribute. Once again the King seeks Dashiel’s assistance, this time with two cases: a sadistic maniac is preying on the city’s dwarf population; and a mysterious assassin is stalking the royal family. If that wasn’t enough, there is an attempt on Dashiel’s own life, which might be linked to one of the cases, or could be one of his many enemies seeking revenge.

How did you come to combine crime and fantasy genres? They don’t seem like natural bedfellows.

It started somewhat by accident. I started writing a fantasy short story about a manipulative sorceress who dupes a man into doing wrong for her and realised the themes were somewhat noirish. So I made the main male character the fantasy world equivalent of a private detective and played up the sorceress’s femme fatale traits. I liked the characters and the world they live in and decided to put them into a full-lenght novel. The original story became the first meeting between Dashiel and Zarna, which is told in flashback in A Sorcerer Slain.

Crime fantasy isn’t something I’ve come across before. Why do you think that is?

Some of Juliet E McKenna’s novels are in similar territory to my Dashiel books but are not called crime fantasy. On the whole, I think there is a tendency to make books fit one of the genre categories in the bookshops. It’s a shame, because books that do straddle genres may not be picked up by everyone who might enjoy them.

Some might say that we don’t see much genre blending because, rather than appealing to two sets of fans, you appeal to neither. Is that something that worries you?

I think there is more genre blending than we realise. In the US, there is a genre known as ‘romantic suspense’, which combines romance and crime, we have John Connolly, whose Charlie Parker crime novels have strong elements of horror and fantasy, and then there are the historical crimes, such as Ellis Peters’ Cadfael books and Lindsey Davis’s Falco novels, which are set in worlds very different to our own in the 21st Century. Having said that, I do think there are probably crime fans who like their books ‘realistic’ and might be turned off by magic and dwarfs threading through their whodunnit. I’ve had plenty of positive feedback from people who like escaping to other worlds but also enjoy a good mystery. No book is going to appeal to absolutely everyone.

You’ve said before that you think the self-publishing revolution allows for work that publishing houses wouldn’t take risks on. Where do you see this revolution heading?

I think, like all revolutions, it’s too soon to tell. Battle-lines are being drawn between those who are suspicious of, or downright hostile to, self-published e-books and those who see them as a real opportunity to get the stories they have sweated blood over actually read. It’s also evident that some writers who are still developing their craft are publishing too early. One thing I do know is that the e-book genie is out of the bottle and a new publishing landscape will establish itself over the next few years. It can’t possibly look like the status quo. There is a niche for e-book reviewers to build reputations for themselves and act as filters that help readers find good books that they will enjoy, and there needs to be some way of getting over to writers that the old route of finding an agent and becoming commercially published may not be the only way any more, but they still need to ensure that their book is the best it can be, and of a marketable standard. I’m not sure what the latter will look like, but I hope it will be constructive and won’t involve crushing sensitive egos.

Leaving the future alone for now, I was interested to read that your first published piece was under the name Melanie Blake in “Take A Break”. That’s a long way from crime fantasy novels! How did that come about?

I’m quite an eclectic writer and like to try different things. The Melanie Blake story came about when I was doing a Writers Bureau course in the 90s. I had to do a piece for a selected publication and I chose Take a Break because they did some punchy stories with a bit of a twist. I chose the Melanie Blake handle because I thought it would improve my chances of publication in a women’s magazine. Whether that was true, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll take Melanie out for another run some time!

Your novels are only available as ebooks. Can we expect to see paper books in the future?

Not as self-published books – the commercial route is still the way to get physical books out there. I still dream of seeing my titles on the shelves at Watestones one day, but for the moment I’m enjoying the challenges of being self-published and having to market myself and my product.

You’re not tempted to use Lulu or another Print-On-Demand service?

It’s not in my plans at the moment, but I would certainly never say never!

Finally, what can we expect to see from Dave Sivers?

I publish short contemporary crime fiction on my website and have a full-length crime novel as a work in progress. Meanwhile, I’m also working on the third Lowmar Dashiel mystery, which should be available in autumn 2012.

If any of this has whetted your appetite, you can find out more at Dave Siver’s website. His novels are also available on Amazon UK or on Amazon US.

Interview with Fantasy Author Vanna Smythe

Last week saw the publication of fantasy novel Protector by Vanna Smythe. Vanna graciously agreed to an interview, allowing me to ask her about her process, why she chose to self-publish her work, and generally pick the brains of someone further along the tracks than I am!

First of all, congratulations on the publication of Protector. You must be very pleased!

Thank you! I am very pleased. It’s taken me awhile to get to this point, and it feels great to finally say I’m a published writer.

Where did Protector come from? What went into the making of this story?

I’ve always enjoyed reading fantasy fiction and have long dreamed of one day writing a fantasy book of my own. The idea behind Protector comes from my research into the new age Twin Souls, or Twin Flames theory, though it also encompasses my long time fascination with how religious teachings can be used to control the masses. The magic system in the novel is based on the theories of telepathy, and other psychic powers.

However, those things are only the backdrop for the story, as the plot itself is primarily driven by the main characters who suddenly realize that their world is not quite how they thought it was. In the course of the story, they each try to make sense of it all the best they can. In short, Protector, and the entire Anniversary of the Veil series is more their story than mine.

Is this your first novel or do you have other manuscripts in the drawer?

This is my first fantasy novel, though I do have a completed first draft of a mainstream, literary fiction manuscript in my drawer, as you put it. That one is on hold, though, while I concentrate on finishing this series.

How long has it taken to get from first draft to publication?

It took me more than two years all told, and just over one year of actual writing and revision. Though I’m sure the whole process has taught me enough to shorten that time considerably in producing the next book.

I believe you started Protector during NaNoWriMo? What effect, if any, did that have on the finished novel?

Yes, that’s right, Protector is a NaNo book. While the challenge of writing a book in one month helped me to actually complete a novel, I did spend over a year on the revision. The storyline is the same as the original, but I had to spend a lot of revision hours on deeper characterization, worldbuilding, and fixing the language and structure. In that regard, the final version of Protector is something completely different than the original first draft.

You’ve self-published Protector. What made you choose this over traditional publishing?

I considered traditional publishing in the beginning, but after I realized what a long and uncertain wait was associated with it, I decided to just go indie straight off. There are amazing opportunities opening up in the world of indie publishing, and, if you do it right, the rewards are actually greater.

What was the greatest challenge to self-publishing Protector?

I’d have to say that the greatest challenge was getting the actual manuscript into a publishable state. I’m not a natural talent for editing, being more of a seat-of-the-pants type of writer, but I took a class and read tons of books on editing and I think I’ve succeeded.

You must have learnt a lot on the way. If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

The most important thing I learned during this entire process is to always look for ways to improve. I had a few wonderful beta readers for Protector and it was only after I looked at their feedback honestly that I was able to produce the finished, published version of Protector. The one piece of advice I would offer my “younger” self right now is to completely immerse myself in the story and never let complacency lull me into accepting even a single second-rate passage. Easier said than done, perhaps, but I’ll do my best.

What can we expect to see from Vanna Smythe in the future?

In the next month or so I will finish the second book of the Anniversary of the Veil series, titled Decision Maker, which will conclude the story I started in Protector. After that, well, I do have an inkling of an idea for book three in the series. Though I might also start on a new project, a story that I thought of while revising Protector. Overall, I do have a few more stories to tell.

Thanks for agreeing to this interview. I look forward to reading Protector!

Thank you for having me. I do hope you enjoy Protector!

Protector is now on sale at Amazon UK and Amazon US. You can learn more at Vanna Smythe’s blog as well as read sample chapters. Go on, click one of those lovely links!