INTERVIEW – Elizabeth Vaughan

 

My very FIRST interview!!!

 

I couldn’t be more honored and proud to interview one of my most favorite authors. I have adored Elizabeth Vaughan’s Warlands Chronicles series for years now. I devoured her books. Read them again and again.  And I was ecstatic to find out that she had a new novel coming out, a continuing of her Warlands Chronicles.

WarDance was everything I could have for!!!

 

 

 

 

About WarDance:

Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.
But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains.
Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see…everything.
Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings. Snowfall fights for her place beside Simus, despite resistance from friend and foe.
The warrior-priests have abused their power for many years. Can Simus face the challenge of trusting Snowfall with his honor? And perhaps . . . with his heart?

About Elizabeth Vaughan:

Elizabeth A. Vaughan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Warlands Chronicles series. She loves fantasy and romance novels, and has played Dungeons and Dragons since 1981, both table-top and the online game. Her most recent book, WarDance, comes out on April 11. You can learn more about her books at www.writeandrepeat.com.

And here is my interview:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I go by Beth, I live with cats, I write fantasy romance novels.  Honestly, that’s about it.  I am really quite dull.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? 

Bright red, like the blood of my enemies, spilled on the ground in pools of . . . sorry.  Overactive imagination.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

One?  You want me to narrow it down to one?

Ireland.

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

Scottish.

What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

I was a reader.  They couldn’t pry me away from my Tarzan books.  My Barbie dolls stole GI Joe’s jeep and went on adventures.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I tend to put on drumming music, and think about my stories.  Which occasionally has resulted in my looking around and asking ‘where am I?’  Or ‘Where am I going?’

On the other hand, I get great ideas that way.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I get up most mornings at 5 am and write before I go to the day job.  Evenings tend to be cats and chores and friends and family and if I am under a deadline, more writing.

What are some great books you’ve read recently?

I read non-fiction while I am writing.  Recently I have read:

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill

Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives through the eyes of the Spanish Ambassador by Lauren Mackay

Laughing all the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

What are your top three favorite books of all time?

Three??  You want me to narrow it down to three?

The Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

DragonDoom by Dennis McKiernan

The Compete Works of William Shakespeare

which, of course, leaves out about a thousand other books.

What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?

Meeting Annie McCaffrey, and having her blurb my first book. I still tear up thinking about it.

What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?

Gaming, both computer and table-top.  I am also trying to learn long form tai chi.  My ‘Repulse the Monkey’ makes my cats laugh, but I have about half the form memorized at this point.

What are the upsides and downsides to being an author?

The joy is in the creative process and hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories.

The pain is in the creative process and dealing with the business aspects.

How did you come up with the idea for  the Chronicles of the Warlands?

I read a story where a woman offered herself to a conqueror and I didn’t find is believable.  “Why would a woman do that?” I asked myself.  In my head I heard a woman say ‘To save my people’.  Lara started talking to me, and I had the start of my book.

Who designed the book covers? How much input do you give as the author?

Craig White is the cover artist.  Shawn King is the cover designer.  They worked off my suggestions.  They did a fantastic job, didn’t they?

What sort of research did you do to write WarDance?

I needed to go into detail about how the armies of the Plains were created and the Warlords chosen.  So I got to read a bunch of military history, which was a pure pleasure.  I also had to work on my creatures because wyverns play a role in the book.  Designing them was a blast.

What are your future project(s)?

I am going to be finishing the War series with two more books.  Right now, I am working on Joden’s book – the working title is WarSong.

 

 

Thank you so much Elizabeth Vaughan for taking the time in answering all of my questions. I particular love reading your last answer – and can’t wait to read the next two books – especially Joden’s book. 

 

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