Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Melanie McFarlane author of Summoner Rising (and a giveaway)


 

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Summoner Rising (Laws of Summoner #1)

By: Melanie McFarlane

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication Date: March 28th, 2017

synopsis

Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:

Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld.

 

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she’s witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.

 

As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

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1) If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?

Wireless charger, random receipts from Tim Hortons (it’s a Canadian thing!), and tons of change all over the place (I always forget my coin purse!)

2) What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?

Total pantser, however I’ve been taking some classes to learn how to be a plotter J

3) What is your number one writing tip?

Patience in everything. The only fast thing you should do is get your first draft done. Then be patient with your edits and revisions. Be patient subbing to agents and publishers. And then be patient as you go through the editing and revising processes again. Patience. Patience. Patience.

4) Describe you book in 5 words or less

Girl meets boy, summons demons.

5)  A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete.  What are some “fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

I was lucky in that we kept all the scenes through the editing process. But before I submitted it to my publisher I cut the ending off to save for book three.

6) Do you have a special story behind your inspiration for the book?

I really loved playing Final Fantasy with my brothers when we were kids. The way the main characters were able to summoner powers from the mythological creatures was amazing! So when I created Dacie I always kept that in mind (you’ll notice an Ifrit in there – one of my fav FF characters).

7)  Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?

Honestly, I loved writing the little parts for Constantine. He’s definitely going to be a repeat character in the stories. The most trouble was Tryan. I really tried hard to make the romance angle less swoony and more something that grows through the books. So I did find it hard to hold back on that.

8) If you could ask a character of your choice from SUMMONER RISING one question what would it be?

Tryan – I want to know what the Tovaros pull to Dacie feels like. I hope he “speaks” to me and tells me more for book two!

9) What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)?

I love the scene where Dacie is inside the head of the Wendigo. It’s short and sweet but the total control of being inside a monster was cool to write. There will definitely be more in book two!

10) Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book?

I wanted to do so much more with the last action scene – but I couldn’t because I had to save it for book two. I want to say more but that would ruin for readers!

11) What are the top five things we should know as a reader before starting SUMMONER RISING? (about the main character, their love interest, the antagonist, their world/home town, etc)

  • Dacie has never had a love interest before (despises the whole topic of love after watching her mother go through a bunch of men)
  • Dacie is sarcastic – but she’s needed to be to survive all those years on her own
  • Dacie struggles socially – she’s basically been a recluse moving constantly through her life, so she’s awkward with people
  • I’ve always wanted to visit Maine! So if readers are from there I would love to see pictures 😉
  • The antagonist is tricky…who is it, a demon Dacie accidentally summoned, the dark figure that haunts her dreams, or could it be Dacie herself?

12) What is next for you? What are your currently working on?

I’m working on two standalone novels in YA – one is a mystery and one is a supernatural thriller. Follow me on Amazon so you don’t miss out!

13) Are there any hints that you can give for what is next for Dacie?

Well she really needs to work on her summoner skills, so I think it might be time to send her to meet her long last family back in Romania. But we all learn that Tryan is on the outs from their homeland, so I’m not sure what that has in store for the two of them.

14) If you could give us five words to describe the sequel, that would give us a hint of what’s to come, what would they be?

Romania, summoner school, betrayal, heartache.

about the author

Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

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