Monday, May 27, 2013

Jewel of Shaylar and one author's approach to writing series

Today I get to interview Laura Eno, author of the Carienna Chronicles, the Kingdons of Chandra, and so much more. You can find my reviews of some of her books by following these links: Raven, Wraith (books 1 and two of the Carienna Chronicles), My Enchanted Life, Prophecy Moon... I love her short stories too (you'll find on in the collection Long Live the New Flesh, reviewed here), and I'm delighted to welcome such a prolific author to my blog. So...

This is my burning question after enjoying Raven and Wraith; do you know at the outset that you're going to do a five-book series, or do the ideas grow as you start writing?

That's really a humorous question for me. I've always wanted to write a series but I get hit with "oh, shiny!" at the end of each book and sucked into a swirling vortex of the next idea without continuing on. After awhile, I decided I wasn't really cut out for series writing and started accepting my standalone fate.
Then the idea for the Kingdoms of Chandra series walked in, sat down on top of my brain, and refused to budge. I have outlines already for five novels and there could be more, either as side novels or novellas exploring different aspects in greater detail. This world isn't going anywhere. It has consumed my imagination to the exclusion of all else.

How do you decide when to switch from one series to another?

That question will have to wait for another time. I'm locked into my world of Chandra to the exclusion of all else. Some people can write more than one book at a time but not me. I have tunnel vision in that respect. Too many gears would crunch inside my head if I tried to switch from one project to another.

In that case, I guess I'll have to wait for more of Carienna. But I'm sure I'll enjoy getting hooked on the Kingdoms of Chandra. Thank you so much for letting me interview you.

Thanks so much for highlighting Jewel of Shaylar, Book One of the Kingdoms of Chandra today!

And here's a Blurb for Jewel of Shaylar, just to whet everyone's appetite:
Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.
David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

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Laura Eno. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.
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Bearman said... the book cover

Laura Eno said...

Thank you so much for having me over today, Sheila!

Sheila Deeth said...

I like the cover too. It's lovely to be able to host you Laura!