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What Makes a Good Fantasy Character

I believe what makes any character good is the realism. If I can close my eyes and imagine the character as a real person, and if I can empathize with them, then they are a good character. To me, building a believable character is one of the most important elements to any story.

One of my favorite characters is Sicarius from The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. He is an assassin and a very efficient one at that. At the start of the series, all you see is that he is a blood thirsty killer. As you get to know him, you begin to see another side of him. I don’t know if you could ever claim he is a “good” person, but you get to watch him grow and find his humanity throughout the story.

What makes him a favorite of mine, though, is that in many ways I can relate to him, especially in his difficulty in relating with people. He has his own view of the world and the way it works, and it’s difficult for him to see beyond that. I also have a thing for assassins in fiction (not in real life, mind you), but that’s another story.

I can definitely see him as a real person, though, and that’s what I love about him and many of the other character in that story and others I’ve read.

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Author Interview by Fergus McCartan

This interview was done by Fergus McCartan and originally posted in his blog, The Quiet Fantasy Book Blog.

Author Interview

How stories connect us?

Which book do you own that puts a smile on your face and makes you happy just by holding it in your hand?

Well it’s actually my tablet, and a series of books that are on my Kindle app called, The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker. It’s an awesome series.

Which book or series do you read that makes you feel nostalgic, remembering the period in your life you first read it?

Well the new Hobbit movies have been making me think back to when I first read The Hobbit. I was about 11 or 12 when I read it. I had a hard time with reading when I was a kid, but then I was encouraged to read for a contest one summer. I ended up winning, and in the process improved my reading skills. I’ve loved reading ever since then and The Hobbit was the first “big” book that I ever read.’

Which book or series do you read that makes your blood pump and your palms sweaty?

The Sword of Truth series, by Terry Goodkind.

Which book or series is your guilty pleasure? The one you read when no one else is watching? Maybe it’s The Great book of Dirty Limericks with the dust jacket of War and Peace?

I really don’t have anything like this that I have read. My main interest has always been Fantasy and I very rarely stray to any other genre.

Which book or series do you think you could implant one of your own characters? Would you want them to thrive or want them to burn it all down?

I think it would be interesting to see my character, Kado, against Sicarius from The Emperor’s Edge. A shadow stalker with phenomenal otherworldly abilities against an elite assassin. 😀

How connected are authors to your stories?

Do you remember the first time your lead character came alive for you, and at what moment did you stopped referring to them as a fictional entity and more like a person or friend?

Well even though I’ve been working on the Shadow Stalker stories for about 7 years now, my character Auren, who is now the main character, is only about 3 years old. Auren came about because an author friend suggested I change my main character to a female. At first she was based on my male character, but within months she took on a life of her own. Now she is nothing like him. I think she became “real” to me when her personality started developing through scenarios that played out in my mind.

Do you remember the first critique of your work; was this a positive or negative experience?

The first critique was great. It led to an entire rewrite of the story, but believe it or not, it was a positive experience. I am so much happier with the story now compared to the original version.

Is there any story you read and reread that totally befuddles your mind, in the best possible way?

Hmmm… I can’t say there is. Usually if I find a book too hard to follow or confusing, I can’t finish it. To be honest, if it doesn’t grab me by the end of chapter 1, I generally won’t finish it.

Which book (good or bad) removed you from the world around you so that it took walking into the preverbal lamppost to make you look up?

I have read a lot of books that have done this to me. Most recently it was The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker.

Do you have any books you are waiting to be read but you have been put off for one reason or another.  The conclusion to a series you do not want to end, a new series infringing on the love of an old favourite?

I have about 50 books on my “to read” list, but the only thing that is keeping me from reading them is time and lack of funds to buy them. Also, I keep finding other books I want to read more. 😀

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Follow Fest 2014

Follow Fest is a yearly event that allows authors to connect with each other, support each other, and help to build one another’s platforms. It’s not too late to join in!

Name: Renee Scattergood

Fiction or nonfiction? 

Mainly fiction, but I do post the occasional article on writing and/or self publishing on my blog, or as a guest on other blogs.

What genres do you write? 

Fantasy and YA Fantasy

Are you published? 

Yes, I am currently self publishing a series of novellas called Shadow Stalker. Epsiode 1, The Hidden Truth, was released on 30 August 2014 and is available as a free download through Smashwords and other online book retailers. Episode 2, The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate, has just been released and is available for 99 cents through Smashwords, Kindle and other online book retailers. You can also get it for half price by signing up to my mailing list below.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I love pretty much anything to do with marketing and promotion. I love helping out other authors in that area as well.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in the U.S., but I came to Australia nearly 10 years ago to meet my (now) husband. We met online and after meeting in person we knew we never wanted to be apart again. So I’ve been here since. We’re still very happily married and our daughter turns 9 this month. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.

Our daughter is autistic, so she takes up a lot of my time, but I love her to pieces. I wouldn’t want to change a thing about her. She’s got the funniest and most amazing personality and she teaches me a lot about myself. She also gives me some great ideas to write about. She wants me to help her write some children’s stories. She’s a pretty decent artist, so it will be really fun to help her with that.

It’s hard at times too because I have to go to school with her 4 days a week, and I homeschool her 1 day a week. It’s like having a full-time job on top of trying to write full-time, so I have to come up with some really clever ways for finding time to write.

I don’t have much time for anything else at the moment, but when I do have free time I love to read and watch movies. We have our family movie night every Friday night to make sure we have our time as a family. We either have pizza (my favorite food) delivered or I’ll make tacos or something, and we’ll eat dinner while watching a movie together. It’s a lot of fun.

What are you reading right now?

At the moment I’m reading Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson. After that I’ll be reading the sequel, Hands of Evil.

Which authors influenced you the most?

Oddly I haven’t been influenced to write by other authors. As a kid, I was a huge Star Wars fan. I suppose you can say that George Lucas influenced my love for telling stories, but I hadn’t even considered writing them down until I was in my mid 20’s. And I didn’t even consider writing as a career until I was nearly 30.

Although, when I’m having trouble with writing, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series always gets the creative juices flowing. I’ve also been creatively inspired recently by a series called The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker.

Where can people connect with you?

Blog/Website: Renee Writes
Twitter: @ReneeScatts
Facebook Page
Goodreads Author Page
Smashwords Author Page

Do you have a newsletter?

I don’t have a newsletter, but you can sign up to my mailing list. I send out updates a couple of times a month, plus I offer subscriber only contests, shorts stories/flash fiction, and other goodies. At the moment, I am running a monthly draw for subscribers where 1 person wins 12 free episodes of Shadow Stalker. Subscribers also get everything I publish for half price.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

I am still in the process of building my beta readers list. I’m also happy to be a beta reader for other authors and help out with blog tours and other promotional activities. Feel free to contact me.

Also this week I am running a Pro-Blitz Tour to promote preorders for Shadow Stalker: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2). There will be a interviews, reviews, a short story, contest, and more. We will also be running a virtual book signing at the end of the tour on Saturday 27 September, the day of the release. You can find out more about it on my Events page.

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you’re participating in the Follow Fest 2014, feel free to leave me comment with the link to your post and I’ll be happy to check it out!

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