Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning? Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?
I have always fantasized about being able to escape into a book – literally. And that kind of forms the basis of my story and then later, I worked on creating a new world which would provide the backdrop for most of my story.
How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?
Firstly I wanted to think of something original which would make my book stand out. Secondly I had to continuously work on keeping the tone of the book appropriate for YA. To other writers, the only thing I want to say that if you have the pressing need to share your thoughts, make time to write. Write because you can’t help but not write; don’t write in the hopes of earning millions with your first book. It’s always nice to have more money but don’t make it the condition for writing.
Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?
Self-published. I wanted to get my book out early and did not have the patience to wait for years, wishing that the book will be published by a Publishing house.
Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?
Realizing that writing a book is only 30% of what makes a successful book. Getting the book out to readers is the real challenge. But with the rise of Social Media, there are more tools available to anyone than there was 5 years ago. E-readers are 13% of the total book market and projected to be 50% of the market by 2015. This would give rise to more Amanda Hocking’s of the world.
Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
Unfathomable joy – like a dream come true.
What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?
I am working on the second book in the Voluspa series. The story of Amy and Drake continues. The second book in the series should be out in November 2012.
Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?
Our book has a couple of subtle messages but I would like the readers to discover them.In fact, I am hosting several contests on my website and one of them offers a reward for detecting the messages conveyed through the book.
Thank you again for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Even though the book is targeted towards Young Adults, I believe that it would also appeal to a more discerning reader. Thank you and I hope readers enjoy my book and fall in love with the characters of Amy and Drake as I have.
Ray East and Sam D has moved to Voluspa and live in the Forest of Skotos their 5 year old daughter and a pet Typhon. They visit Earth with the help of an Empath from time to time. Ray East did her masters in Phsychology from Univeristy of Sussex and has worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D used to teach at a SPJC before he moved to Voluspa.
Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake’s father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school – something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.