Sunday, December 16, 2012

Introducing Lindsay Avalon Author of Breaking The Nexus

When Lady Katherine asked me, Captain Jack Sparrow, to interview debut author Lindsay Avalon, I asked how I would get paid. Aye, mates! If you were thinking she offered me rum, one jug for you. So without further ado, I give you... "Stop that dancing undead monkey!"


Bilge rats! (Watches said monkey scurry up the braces.) 

(Straightens effects.) Lindsay Avalon! Nice hat. It becomes you, love, and will be great for our shipboard duties today. Now, if you would. Please tell us a little about yourself before we sit down and share a jug of rum. That way, things will go much smoother between us when you acquisce to my charms...

I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.

My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.

When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.

Sock monkeys? (Shiver me timbers!) Adorable crafts, they are. But do forgive me, love. I just had a flashback of an undead monkey invasion aboard the Pearl. Didn't end well. That's why I can't seem to get rid of Barbosa's pest. But this isn't about me, love. We're here to discover your treasures. And aptly so. Though you addressed a bit of this above, when did you first know that you were a writer?

 
I didn’t know I was a writer until I started NaNoWriMo with my sister. It was the first time I ever let myself write the same genre that I loved to read, paranormal romance. In the past, I’d convinced myself I didn’t have the attention span or patience to write a full length novel so I never tried. NaNo gave me the confidence to give it a try and I discovered just how much I loved writing.

 
NaNoWriMo? I can boast a bit of rhyming myself, but I wouldn't call it para-normal. That kind of normalcy is probably due more to Cotton's parrot than anything else aboard the Pearl. Now, dearie. Do tell. How long have you been writing?

 
Only about a year, but it has been an intense six months as I’ve really fallen into the groove of trying to transition to writing on a regular basis.

 
Intense? Clearly, you've never been to Singapore. Since you do this on a regular basis, probably the way I consume rum, what is your writing process?  Do you story-board your paranormal world?  Or are you a plotter or panster?

 
I have no real process lol. I tend to sit in front of my computer, put my fingers on the keys, crank up some epic music, and words magically flow. I have a vague idea of where I want a book to go but that’s about it. For instance, I know how I want book 2 to end, but I have no idea how I’ll reach that ending. I’m definitely a pantser lol.

 
No idea? Are you saying you don't have a compass? (Slips coveted compass into buccaneer coat.) Without your own compass, what particular time of day do you like to write or find yourself sailing smoother waters?

 
I seem to write better at night. During NaNo in 2011, my best writing happened between 11pm and 1am. Sadly, I have a 9-5 day job so the late hours aren’t always the greatest for that. I’ve learned to survive on a lack of sleep though J

 
What's this? No sleep? NaNo? 9-5? Are you admitting that you, (dreads the idea) work? So what particular delicacy keeps you going when the muse sucks you into the locker and you're surrounded by rock crabs~ hungry as hell?

 
Sugary kids cereal. I’m a kid at heart and love things like Peanut Butter Crunch or Lucky Charms. A bowl of that and I’m ready to keep going. There’s also chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

 
What a pity! I had hoped you'd say rum jugs and jugs of rum. Speaking of rum, dearie, it's come to my attention that your debut release, Breaking the Nexus, broke out of Davy Jones Locker recently.  What inspired you for this book?

 
I’ve always loved myths and legends because my sister was a big Latin buff and drilled the stories into my head from a young age. Those tales inspire me as well as the idea that magic could be real, could exist in the every day. I’m fascinated by how different cultures separated my thousands of miles and hundreds of years could share similar mythologies. That got me thinking, what if those stories were based in fact? What if at one time, dragons and banshees and mages coexisted with ordinary humans? From there, the ideas behind Breaking the Nexus continued to form.

 
(Quivers) Did you say dragons and banshees? I do believe you lied about the rum. But, say I believe you when you say you haven't broken into my stash. I have seen mermaids. What then? Did you have to do any research to develop your paranormal world?

 
I did some research into the myths and legends I chose to feature, but the beauty of writing a paranormal fantasy is the ability to create your own world how you want it. My next book will be set more in the Mythrian Realm and I’ll do research as I bring in more mythical creatures and powers.

 
Mythrian Realm? Am I still in the locker? (Checks around to see if undead monkey is near and tries to summon mythical power.) Clearly I am not in Singapore. Now... why did you decide to self-publish?

 
I’m not widely known for my patience lol. I didn’t have the patience to write my book and submit it to a bunch of agents hoping to be picked up, just so I could then submit to a bunch of publishers with the hope of being signed on a contract. I wanted to put myself out there before I lost the courage to publish my book, so self-publishing seemed right for me.

 
That does take courage, love. And without a compass too. My congratulations! What's next?  Are there any sequels in store or are you working on something completely different? (Leans closer to whisper.) I have it on good authority I might be involved in another...

SCREECH!

"Where is it? Do you see it?" (Takes out blunderbuss and aims.)

Do go on, love.

Breaking the Nexus was the first of a sub-trilogy of my Mythrian Realm series featuring Sha and Connor. I plan to start book 2, Waking the Phoenix, very soon and my goal is to release books every 4-5 months. Once this sub-trilogy is done, I’ll begin a new Mythrian Realm book featuring a new hero and heroine that I introduced during this trilogy.

 
4-5 months? That's much faster than Jerry Bruckheimer can keep me in rum. Which is a brilliant segue into my last question, love. Rum, brandy or port, when the muse needs a helping hand?

 
Strawberry rum with Sprite is my go to drink, but really any kind of rum is wonderful.

Aye, dearie, there's nothing like rum to satisfy the savage beastie. Thank you for ...

(Boom, goes the undead monkey!)

You shot my sock monkey. :(

My apologies, love! Another dreadful flash back. Let me make it up to you. Do give us a peak at Breaking The Lexus and tell us where you'll be sailing next.

 

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
 
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.


Welcome to the official release tour for Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon! This action-packed paranormal romance will be released on 12/12/12 on Amazon in ebook and print!! To celebrate, Lindsay will holding giveaways throughout the month and a release day party filled with games and plenty of prizes!
The blog tour runs from Dec 1-31 and there are over 40 blogs participating! Join her on each stop as she shares exclusive snippets from the book, answers interview questions, or guest posts, and leave a comment to enter for your chance to win prizes!  Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter grand prize giveaway while you’re at it! Prizes include Breaking the Nexus swag, ebooks, custom jewelry, and more!
For a complete list of blogs participating, dates of special giveaways, the grand prize rafflecopter, and a list of the amazing authors generously donating books and swag, check out the special page on Lindsay Avalon’s blog: http://lindsayavalon.blogspot.com/p/breaking-nexus-blog-tour.html
 
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I say this has been a successful interview, me hearties! Do you think Lady Katherine will approve?

3 comments:

M.V.Freeman said...

Welcome to Romance Magicians Lindsey,

Interesting interview! Enjoyed it very much Kathy.

I had to chuckle about what keeps you revved up--sugared cereal. Awesome!

Wishing you the best on your writing journey! :)

Katherine Bone said...

Welcome, Lindsay!!! Great story! What is the biggest hurdle you've had to make to get your story to readers?

Jack, great job interviewing, Lindsay, today. Are you ready for that rum I promised you?

bn100 said...

Nice interview.