Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Meet My Character Blog Hop

Hi everyone!
Thanks so much to Sandy Curtis for inviting me to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Hop.

Sandy Curtis lives on Queensland’s Central Coast, not far from the beach where she loves to walk and mull over the intricate plots in her novels. Her husband says he doesn’t know how she keeps it all in her head, and her friends think she must be far more devious than she appears.

Actually, after having dealt with the chaos involved in rearing three children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and a kookaburra (teaching it to fly was murder), creating complex characters, fast-paced action and edge-of-your-seat suspense is a breeze for Sandy.

Her first five novels were published by Pan Macmillan Australia, were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. They were also published in Germany by Bastei Luebbe, and are now available as e-books from Clan Destine Press. Her sixth thriller, Fatal Flaw, and seventh, the recently released Grievous Harm, are published by Clan Destine Press in print and as ebooks.

Sandy was a magazine feature article writer for two years, a newspaper columnist, and has had short stories and serials published in leading Australian women’s magazines.

She was a member of the Management Committee of the Queensland Writers Centre for four years and has presented many writing workshops, including the 10-day USQ McGregor Summer School Creative Writing course. She has organised WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival, since its inception in 2005. In December 2012 she was presented with the Johnno Award by the Queensland Writers Centre for her “outstanding contribution to writing in Queensland”.

Interviewers often ask Sandy to describe her normal writing day. “Normal is when the chaos in my life subsides to frantic rather than frenzied. I once told a friend that I must have a chaos  attractor glued on my forehead and she said that creativity hovers on the edge of chaos, to which I replied that I’d long ago fallen off the edge into the middle.”

Her various occupations, from private secretary to assistant to a Bore Licensing Inspector, as well as hitch-hiking around New Zealand and learning to parachute, have given Sandy lots of people and research skills. It’s the paperwork going feral in her office she has trouble with.

Now, I’d like to introduce my heroine, Ciana Ruebana from my latest book, Black is the Colour.

1.)    What is the name of your character?
       Ciana Ruebana, she is the youngest of the three Ruebana sisters.

2.)    Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

3.)    When and where is the story set?
Black is the Colour is a fairytale which is set in a fantasy world with a medieval European backdrop.

1.)    What should we know about him/her?
Ciana very determined and she will do anything to protect the ones she loves.

2.)    What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The love of her life, Oran the blacksmith is cursed into a raven by an evil witch.

3.)    What is the personal goal of the character?
To save her beloved so they can have a life together.

      7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
             Black is the Colour. It’s the first book in the Tales from the Hearthfire series.

             Come on over to my

Ciana has loved Oran all her life and nothing, not even her father will prevent them from being together. But the Mayor of Stonemark has higher aspirations for his daughter than the village blacksmith. He engages the help of a witch and dark magic to bend Ciana to his will.
Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve Ciana. But their love is stronger than the metal he forges and welds. She has his heart and he will never turn from her no matter the cost.
Separated, Ciana will need all her strength to journey through the deep forest and save Oran from the witch’s curse. Alone and with only a trail of black feathers to follow, Ciana will fight against the odds and attempt to bring her lover home.

       8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
            Black is the Colour is available now from Amazon.

Next I'd like to introduce Elizabeth Ellen Carter who will be sharing with us one of her fabulous characters from her new release, Warrior’s Surrender next week.

A future with words was always on the book for Elizabeth Ellen Carter who started writing her own stories when she ran out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read when she was 10.

Using her mother's Olivetti type writer with the italic keyboard, she spent endless school holidays making up her own stories and then using the Dewey Decimal System to arrange and categories her bookshelf.

Somewhere around the age of 13 she determined to become a journalist and at 17 was awarded a cadetship to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

She covered news, council, education, health but had the most fun as the paper's entertainment and features reporter covering film, TV and music.

Best of all she met her husband there and together they started a small award-winning media, marketing and advertising agency and now she works as marketing manager for an international organic skin care company.

In 2012, Elizabeth also returned to the keyboard to write stories (and laptops are so much better than manual typewriters).

Her debut, Moonstone Obsession was shortlisted for the 2013 Romance Writers Of  
Australia's Emerald Awards for unpublished manuscripts.

It was published by Etopia Press on October 18, 2013.

Her second historical romance is Warrior's Surrender, set in England in the years after the Conquest of England by William in 1066.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Nicóle xx

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