As part of her blog tour for Sela (Leland Dragon Series #2), I have Jackie Gamber here to answer a few questions. If you haven’t read the first book, Redheart, I’d highly suggest you do.
For me, the hardest part of writing a book is the “sticking to it”, all the way to the end. A novel can take me months to write. With all the sitting alone with nothing but me and my story, there’s a lot of opportunity for my little gremlin to hang out on my shoulder, reminding me all sorts of doubtful, negative thoughts about what I’m doing.
By far, the best part of writing a book is when it all works out. Plots entwine. Characters fall in love. Adventures make sense. I reach “the end”. To quote Hannibal Smith of the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Of course, when the first draft is done, that’s when the real work begins; polishing, editing, tightening. But I enjoy that part, too.
I tend to be behind the bell curve when it comes to technological innovation, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a great idea when it comes along. I have an E-reader, and I really love being able to put my whole bookcase into the back of a motorcycle to take with me, anywhere. And I can find a book online and be reading it within minutes. Wow, now that is innovation! One drawback that I think has happened with this revolution, however, is the de-valuing of a writer’s and/or publisher’s efforts. I’ve seen comments from readers online that say things like “I refuse to pay more than 99 cents for a book.” Or, “I refuse to pay for a book at all.” I’m a lover of libraries, and getting books into the hands of anyone who wants one, whether they can afford it or not, is top priority. But writing a book takes weeks, or months. Editing is more time. Formatting it, getting the word out…those are all people working hard. As a culture, we tip our waitstaff more than 99 cents, and they’re already getting a salary for what they do. Musicians, writers, other digital arts – we seem to think the entertainment they provide should come free. As though their efforts aren’t worth more than that.
One way I review books I read is to Booktaste them. I like to pair books with their perfect tea companion—one that enhances or complements the reading experience as a whole. I’ve Booktasted classics as well as new books, and it’s one way for me to combine two things I really love. You can check them out, give suggestions, ask questions, at www.book-tasting.com.
Do you have a writing routine?
I’ve spent some time trying to create a ritual, with a candle, or a desktop water fountain. A fan for white noise. Particular music. What’s funny is how most of that hasn’t really stuck, and instead, I’ve come to realize the one that happens pretty consistently, morning after morning, isn’t glamorous or interesting. But the sheer repetition of: shower, let the dog out, feed the dog, brew the tea, make the bed, now sit; it has its comfortable routine. And once I’m in my office chair, I know it’s go time. With tea!
About Jackie Gamber:
Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of “Redheart” and “Sela”, Books One and Two of the Leland Dragon Series, now available! For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit her website. And meet Jackie elsewhere on the world wide web at: Twitter,Facebook, Goodreads, and the Leland Dragons website.
Sela (Leland Dragon Series #2) by Jackie Gamber
Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland’s mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that’s not all.
Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.
In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland’s Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.
Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected.
In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?