The interviews go ever on and on…
Next up is Dyane Forde, author of ‘The Purple Morrow’ and ‘Wolf’s Bane’, the first two books of the Rise of the Papilion Trilogy.
I’ve just started on ‘The Purple Morrow’ and am really impressed. As I often say, ’tis a damn fine yarn!
You know the rules: read, enjoy, support and enjoy some more!
Here we go…
Tell me a little about your latest book.
In February 2015, I released Wolf’s Bane book two of the Rise of the Papilion Trilogy. This book takes the reader deeper into the conflict developing across Marathana, introduces the reader to new players and people groups and drastically raises the stakes. Questions of identity, individual choice versus the greater good are explored. Jeru struggles to accept his destiny while Kelen fights the evil dogging his every move, all of it leading to a devastating end.
I’ve included the blurb to give you a better taste:
The Purple Morrow is destroyed. However, its promise endures in the form of a champion, mankind’s only hope against the destruction spawned by an ancient, sinister evil.
The Rovers have invaded the Southernlands, sending its inhabitants fleeing for respite. Waylaid in a defunct desert town, and reeling from revelations about his past, a powerful, emerging evil lures Kelen to seek vengeance. Though he resists, Kelen soon learns that the Shadow Man will not relent until a terrible, ancient claim is fulfilled.
As Marathana quails under the burgeoning darkness, Jeru’s clan looks to him to lead. Jeru, however, knows his path lies elsewhere. Leaving everything behind, he braves the Badlands, a hellish desertland, to awaken the latent spirit of the Papilion within him. Jeru learns much in that place of desolation, including one truth which could turn destiny on its head. Now more than ever, Kelen, the Wolf of the North, threatens everything he holds dear. Jeru must choose: save the people he loves, or sacrifice them to save Marathana.
Nice blurb! I also have to comment on the quality of your book covers, they are very good indeed.
When did you decide that writing was the thing for you?
I always knew. From the time I wrote my first story in the first grade; when I started ear-marking pages in books so I could go back to look up the meanings of words I didn’t know; when I realized nothing gave me more pleasure than reading a good book and then putting it down to pick up another. I just loved books and knew I wanted to write my own one day.
I was kind of the same. I loved books from the off.
Out of all your characters, which one is the most fun/interesting to write?
Wow. There is no easy way to answer that. Each character has a little of me in them, for one. And I like to have fun with my characters. Like, I like to try new voices or experiment with style to portray them. Finding and honing a Voice and then running with it is really what makes it fun to write a character.
If I had to pick one, though, I have to say that Oren, the Master Seer and one of the main antagonists in Wolf’s Bane, was great fun to write. He’s this sly, disillusioned, passionate, and driven devil of a man—writing the scenes where he’s vying for power against his nemesis, Ambroze, was a blast. I’d always wanted to write a scene where two great minds with a lot at stake go up against each other—it played out like a movie in my head. I loved making Oren squirm! Oh, and a second character I grew to love writing is Seylem, Kelen’s ‘conscience’ of sorts and also from the same book. The two get off to a rocky start and then sort of develop this odd-couple kind of comraderie. I love writing male characters, which can be a challenge for a female writer. But these kind of challenges are what makes it so much fun to write in the first place.
Do you listen to music when writing? If so, what kind and why?
I used to a lot. I found it helped get me into a flow, especially when I was grasping for words to write something lyrical. I also do it when I’m stuck, unmotivated, or tired. I find music distracts from the fatigue or the block itself. Also, when my inner editor tries to wreck everything that comes to mind, I find music drowns out the negativity so that I can get words on the page. If they suck, then they suck. But at least I have something to work with.
I don’t have much preference, really. I usually just get the ear buds in and set my phone to shuffle. Anything works. If you want to know more about my thoughts on music and writing, I blogged about it here:
I suggest folk check out Dyane’s thoughts on music and writing. Interesting stuff!
What motivates you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys)?
Great ideas or concepts for stories that deeply move me or make me think; when I suddenly get clarity on a problem I have been trying to solve, such as why a character doesn’t work, or discovering a character’s motivation or Voice; when I just need an emotional release, are some examples.
The best thing about being a writer is…
…holing up with my laptop or pen and paper and letting inspiration take over. Then breaking up the piece, reworking it again and again until it takes the shape it needs to. Crafting the story—finding ways to elevate it from the ordinary to something different, striking, or meaningful–is what I enjoy best. Someone once used that word to describe my writing and it was one of the best compliments, ever.
I agree. Compliments like that keep me writing.
The worst thing is …
…dealing with how hard it is to get books into the hands of readers, for one. Marketing and promotion is essential but very time and energy consuming. I’d love to put all that into writing instead. Second, is getting feedback/reviews. Feedback is so important to an author—we work hard and love to hear from our readers, and honest, thoughtful reviews can motivate a new reader to take a chance on our book.
I hear ya!
What next from Dyane Forde?
I took a break from blogging and social media because I needed it, but I hope to get back into regular blogging and collaborating with people. Right now, I’m waiting for feedback on a few stories I submitted to some emagazines. Nor’easter, a literary fiction story that was short-listed in the Storgy writing contest, will soon be out in their Kindle anthology. And lastly, I’m working on the last book of my Papilion trilogy called Berserker. I’m about 75% done the first draft. I’m really looking forward to finishing the trilogy so I can work on the other books I have on the back burner.
Great interview, Dyane. Cheers!
And now for her bio and links.
Bio: Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading and of words in general. She was amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. This sparked a life-long desire to write all types of things, from short stories, novels, flash fiction, poetry. To Forde, every story or book represents new challenges. Forde views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, meaning that it becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with people on a level deeper than intellect.