Thursday, May 31, 2012
Welcome to The Warlock Book Tour hosted through Reading Addiction! I'm so happy to be apart of this tour. I've got a great review for you as well as other goodies! Read on for a simply fantastic interview and sneak peek. And not to mention a giveaway!
About the Author:
Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in West Texas, she grew up reading extraordinary tales of adventure and reenacting them behind tall ramparts of sun-drenched corn. She left the farm to earn a bachelor of science degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography, including The LH7 Ranch (University of North Texas Press) and Trail Fever (William Morrow, New York). High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a complex, intricately detailed fantasy that begins with Book 1: The Warlock and Book 2: The Wysard, and concludes (for the present) with Book 3: The Wisewoman. But a legal pad filled with notes and tucked away in a desk drawer suggests a possible Book 4 before the saga may fairly be said to be finished. Deborah is a professional member of The Authors Guild. She and her husband live in the country south of Fort Worth, Texas.
An Interview with Deborah:
What inspired the idea for this story? Was is totally random or based on
It’s been percolating since I was a teenager, or even younger. I can’t put my finger on
any single inspiration. The WATERSPELL trilogy grew out of my lifelong, voracious
reading habits. WATERSPELL owes something to every book I’ve ever read and every place I’ve
ever traveled. The characters are combinations of real people I’ve known plus fictional
creations I’ve admired. Heathcliff and Rochester are the literary godfathers of my
leading man, Lord Verek, My protagonist, Carin, is a little bit Jane Eyre.
If you had to rename your book what would you name it?
That’s tough. The series title has been WATERSPELL since Day One. Each book of the trilogy has had different working titles. Book 1: The Warlock was originally called “Elsewhere.” If I had to rename my trilogy, I might call it The Unreachable Shore.
Idea of a perfect dinner?
A seafood feast served atop a high cliff overlooking the ocean, with powerful waves battering the foot of the cliff far below and a light breeze filling the air with the sea’s briny tang.
M&M's or Skittles?
When did you know you wanted to write?
I’ve always written, since I was a little girl scrawling secrets in her diary. My evolution as a writer goes like this: Child diarist. School-age essayist. Angst-ridden teenage poet. College journalist. Post-graduate magazine editor and feature writer. Adult author of nonfiction. My first three books were highly researched history and biography. Eventually, my growth as a writer brought me to my present reality: I’m a novelist.
Most excited books by other authors to read this year?
When my life settles down a little and I actually get time, I will read Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I’m also looking forward to Death Comes to Pemberley, an Austen tribute by P.D. James.
Was there an author who inspired you to write a fabulous book? Someone you
look up to?
Among my literary heroes are Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Anne McCaffrey, and Andre Norton. My favorite author of all is Ursula K. Le Guin.
Who was the most supportive in your writing process? Most influential?
My husband has supported me unfailingly. When I’m in the zone, he gives me my space. He’s been wonderfully patient and supportive.
The most influential is not a single person, but a group: my critique partners and beta readers. I am fortunate to have many professional writers and talented editors in my life, and from all of them I’m constantly learning.
Theme Song for the book?
I can’t listen to music while I write. I find it distracting.
What's your Favorite Color?
Blue! One look at the covers of the WATERSPELL trilogy will prove it. I’m also fond of black.
What are your Favorite scenes to write?
I especially enjoy action. First I imagine the scene as a whole and then I break the action down into each character’s individual moves. Oftentimes I jump up from my writing chair and act out the scene. Acting out the characters’ moves made the scene real.
How much is your MC like you?
OK, I’ll admit it: I’m Carin. Or Carin is me.
If you could have any other author to dinner, who would it be?
Suzanne Collins. I would like to thank her for writing The Hunger Games.
Favorite fictional crush?
I’ll choose Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice. Especially as played by Colin Firth.
Best book quote?
“There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.”—Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
Favorite quote from your book?
“It’s a long lane that has no turning. None of us is likely to end this journey unchanged from what we were when we began it.”—Lord Verek
Mismatched or matching socks?
Under boots, it doesn’t matter.
Advice to Aspiring Authors?
Join a critique group. Also, don’t neglect basic copyediting and proofreading. Respect your readers—edit.
Any upcoming projects we should look for?
My work in progress is called “Out of Mind.” It’s a story of the paranormal set in the American West of the far future.
If you had to change the name of your MC what would it be?
Carin can’t be anybody else. Her name has significance in the story. The elements of WATERSPELL, including characters’ names, are tightly linked across the three books. Unraveling a thread anywhere would unravel the whole structure.
Thank you for reading this!
Thank you so much to Deborah for joining me today on the tour for a lovely interview!
Where You Can Find Deborah: Website // Facebook // Goodreads
Where You Can Buy The Waterspell Books: Amazon // Barnes & Nobles
Thats all for this part of the tour! Check back this afternoon for my review on The Warlock and a lovely book sneak peek! But for now, don't miss the giveaway for this book!
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