Today I’m featuring Louise Findlay, author of Vicious Vines in The Dragon Tempest Anthology.
Louise Findlay writes fantasy (generally short stories) and inspirational poetry. She enjoys reading and writing about mythological creatures such as angels and demons but has a soft spot for vampires. Louise is currently in the midst of writing a vampire novella about two vampire clans whose deputy’s clash in a big way, entitled A Spy in the Sagax Vampires.
She generally writes ebooks but she’s apart of a few anthologies which are in print and plans to release a print version of a collection of poetry at Christmas time this year.
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About Dragon Tempest
The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.
Allison D. Reid
1st Place Winners
Wilson F. Engel, III
2nd Place Winners
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
3rd Place Winners
Louise Finday contributed the short story Vicious Vines in the anthology
This is the last straw. Humans have trampled over nature for the last time. Watch the plants fight back in the form of a human at one with nature. Will nature succeed in eradicating the humans or will an unexpected foe turn up in an effort to survive?
Buy The Dragon Tempest on Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and it is also available in print on Createspace.
Check Out Louise’s Other Work
The Rogue’s Odyssey
Heroes with an edge are always fascinating and when the metier is poetic, the romance tends to rise exponentially because, after all, everyone loves a rascal who’s only a heartbeat away from being on the wrong side of the tracks, but who somehow always battles on to win the day, whether that’s fleeing from dastardly henchmen, or fighting a terrifying dragon.
Available on Smashwords
The Magic Christmas Dragon & Other Poetry Tales
There was a dragon that hated Christmas because Santa never gave him any presents. Every year he tries to ruin it for everyone in Wintaru. Read the tales about fairies, elves and goblins who try and thwart this dastardly dragon.
Available on Smashwords and Lulu
The Author’s Nightmare Story: Regina’s Curse
(A Once Upon A Time Fanfiction Piece)
Operation Mongoose 4×21 4×22 AU. For Regina the cruellest thing was to have had hope in the past and then have it ripped away from you. Regina’s worst nightmare is her Mother and the Author has enacted her worst possible nightmare. Can Regina protect Henry from the Queen of Hearts? Does Emma have magic in this alternate Enchanted Forest? Who will become the new Dark One?
Can be read on FanFiction.net
Character Interview with Kathryx from The Sole Vampire Series: Vicious Vines/The Vampire’s Revenge/Entombing a Vampire
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
In the point of time of Vicious Vines, I was a just a fledgling eager to prove myself. Martel was my mentor and I wanted to gain some notoriety for myself. I didn’t want to hang on his coattails.
Where is the best place to visit in your world? What places should visitors avoid?
There are the three realms: Earth, the Darkside and the Dawnside. Humans can only walk the Earth but we magical creatures had access to either the Darkside or the Dawnside depending on what spectrum your species lies.
Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?
The people that oppose me. Although archenemy is Mayra. That snivelling mage dared imprison me for centuries. I would make her pay. In this adventure though that person is Vira, a naïve human. She was destroying my kind and the humans. I refused to relinquish my immortality and starve to death.
What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?
Fame? Fortune? Really adventure. I love the wandering lifestyle. Being stuck in one place for years on end is boring.
What is your greatest fear? How did/will you overcome it?
Being trapped for eternity. Mayra buried me in an earthen tomb. After that I became claustrophobic. I thank Lucifer that I succumbed to hibernation and missed most of the centuries. I don’t know how long I had to endure before it took over.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned about life?
Don’t be brash. Don’t fight enemies if you don’t know their weaknesses. I learnt that one well in Entombing a Vampire when I tried to challenge a Light Mage.
Do you have a secret you’ve never told anyone? Would you tell us?
Yes. When I accessed the lost magical powers of vampires in The Vampire’s Revenge, something happened. I unleashed a terrible beast upon all the realms. To find out more you will have to read the upcoming short story in The Sole Vampire series.
What is your favorite food? If it’s an usual one, could you describe it for us?
Blood of course. I am a vampire after all. It nourishes me and it gives me a feeling of invincibility. It also fuels my magical powers.
What was your greatest achievement?
Surviving. Surviving the transformation to a plant and returning to a vampire. Not one of my brethren lived through that.
What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?
In The Vampire’s Revenge, my first visit to my ancestral homeland was interesting to say the least. There was an entire new realm to explore. Sadly there wasn’t enough time to do said exploration. Another day, another year.
Name some of your bad habits.
Recklessness in my youth. Pride. I don’t back out from a fight and I can hold grudges for centuries.
If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? Why?
My restlessness. I cannot live a cosy life like many of my brethren once did. I have to wander and travel to stay sane. My wanderlust leads me into danger and inevitably deaths on my hands.
What is your greatest virtue? Why do you think this is so?
Perseverance. It is the virtue of any vampire. It is our nature to survive whatever the cost. I’ve lived despite numerous silver burns and run ins with light magic.
Would you ever or have you ever lied? How do you feel about lying?
I’ve lied to my mentor, Martel before. Usually to achieve some freedom for myself. Lying is a game. A challenge of the mind to see if you can outwit the person you’re lying to and make them believe what you say is the truth.