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Character Interview: Nova the VioletLight from Brandon Ellis’s Fantasy, The PureLights of Ohm Totem

We’re thrilled to have you here today, Nova. She’s one of Brandon Ellis’s main characters in his new Fantasy, “The PureLights of Ohm Totem.”  No one truly knows her age, but she’s a well established healer and high counsel of the Sihu Tribe on the Island of Ohm Totem and have been there for a long, long time.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Nova. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers? 

The only thing I’d like to set straight for the readers is to clear their minds and proceed from their hearts. It’s the only way to freedom—a way to your inner knowing. It’ll also keep you alive when the dangerous Dims Tribes of Ohm Totem come after.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

kdp4copyOne of the most difficult tasks in life is observing what’s really taking place in front of you without bringing in your inner judge. In this case, the author observed well, doing his best to emulate who I am from what he saw in his mind. Of course, he wasn’t perfect. He did get some things right, such as when I’m in hot pursuit of an opponent as I defend the PureLights, I tend to get a little too focused on the chase, just as the writer portrayed.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I lead my tribe. I make sure they are safe in the throes of danger. If one of my tribemates gets hurt, I get hurt. If they suffer, I suffer. If Crepus Dim attacks, I’m the first in the fray. I remind the Dims that you don’t mess with a VioletLight (a PureLight Sage), because we can change your life in a matter of seconds.

Worse trait?

I see a soul in every single Being. I see potential there too. I think I can help everyone, even the Dims. I have more faith in spirit animals than I probably should. Though, we are not a lost cause!

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

I’m a spirit animal, that of the snow leopard race. So, any human playing me would have to be a voice-over, unless they can shape shift into a snow leopard, which I highly doubt. Well, unless they go through the portal to my land. In all truth, I’d choose a powerful woman. One that is wise and strong. I choose Meryl Streep.

Do you have a love interest in the book? 

Yes. My love is my tribe, along with my spirit animal friends from other tribes, including the Dims, even though they consider me enemy number one in their minds. Just like The Great Spirit, I accept saint and sinner, in the hopes that one day I can help them in their life’s journey. That’s my love interest. However, if there’s a Brad Pitt spirit animal lurking around, then I may fancy myself a date with him.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When we lost a special friend, not from death, but from capture. She is the most powerful of allies, someone who could change the world that I live in to what it used to be—a loving, peaceful culture. If she only knew how powerful she really was.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Maldwyn. Because I would love to get into the mind of Crepus Dim, a komodo dragon and that’s Maldwyn’s job. Crepus has change my world into a dying one. He uses fear against us in order to rule it, in order to change weather patterns, in order to kill every last ally that I have. He’s my adversary, but Maldwyn is an ally. He’s close to Crepus, not by choice, but by necessity—to get information. In a way and in your Earthly view, Maldwyn would be considered an undercover agent.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

It’s a page turner and very exciting.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Brandon is already in the process of finishing his second book and I’m in it. Some words of advice? Great question. I’d tell him to stay in there and stick with it. You are raising a family, carrying a couple of jobs, and writing on the side. It’s going to pay off. You’ll see. What you give, you get back. Hard work, dedication, and love for what you do is the backbone of a healthy existence. Keep in mind, this book will one day be a best seller, where all the world will know of us—the PureLight race, the VioletLight Masters, and of the dreaded Dims. We are all spirit animals longing to live free in the minds of your people. And, to your people, I have one question: Which spirit animal are you? If you don’t know, then close your eyes, take several deep breaths, then ask, “What’s my spirit animal?” It will be the first animal that pops into your mind. When you see it, know it’s here to help you, to show you the correct path. With that, know that the spirit animal is a big part of who you are. In fact, it is you. Then, look up the traits of your spirit animal either through the world wide web or in a library book. Read, learn, and become fascinated.

Thank you for this interview, Nova. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Of course. I’m a fixture in Brandon’s PureLights Series. Count on seeing me in several more books coming soon to an Amazon store near you.

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brandonwaterfallprofileBrandon Ellis grew up on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon in a little town known as Gladstone, where he graduated high school and moved on to college and has two great loves in his life – writing and sports.

After being declared an All State Baseball and All League Basketball player, he obtained his Therapeutic Massage License and became one of the most successful Sports Massage Therapists and teachers in the City of Portland. He’s now creating imaginative worlds of inspiration and art through his books.

Website: www.thepurelights.com

FB: www.facebook.com/BrandonEllis1212

Twitter: @thepurelights

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8xbVDZAzts

Purchase the book on Amazon.

Beyond the Books: Interview with Author DCS

DCS is the author of Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening and Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension.  When not writing you can listen to her radio show, In The Mind of DCS every Saturday evening at 7pm CST on the Paranormal Soup Network.  Currently sucking up the creative energy of New Orleans, she hard at work at the next book in the Synarchy Series, and an upcoming webisode series called The Fallen.  Visit her website at www.themindofdcs.com to learn more.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, DCS.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

A: I am multi-published. That’s fun to say.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

A: The very first full length novel that I wrote was called Charcot. It was about an ex FBI profiler that made a serial killer to see what could be learned from it. I never published it because I thought I could do better. I may come back to it one day.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

A: I self-published it, so no rejection pile for me!

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

A: I started my own publishing company, SVT Publishing.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

A:  It was very surreal to hold my first published novel in my hands. There wasn’t a big celebration though, just a big smile on my face and then my brain started exploding with everything I needed to do next to tell the world about it.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

A: I’m pretty sure the first thing I did was put together a website for the book, and then wrote a few press releases.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

A: No. But I would have slowed down and learned more.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

A: I have, I’m on my second novel now, Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension. And I think I’ve grown by leaps and bounds. Not just with my writing, but also with learning about the business/marketing side of things.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

A: I don’t think I could have sped things up, more like slowed down a little. As authors we can be really, really excited to thrust our masterpieces out there, but especially if you’re self-published you really have to take the time to make sure your work is in the best condition it can possibly be.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

A: Just being published I think is an accomplishment. But I do have huge news on the horizon but I can’t share it with anyone just yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to let the cat out of the bag soon.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A: Something in relation to the business world. I like business.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

A: I’ve combined the best of both worlds. Writing is very creative, but it still is a business.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

A: Busy! Writing more books, running an entertainment company, all kinds of things. I’m pretty ambitious.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

A: Learn everything, and then do it your way.

Interview with George Earl Parker, author of VAMPYRE BLOOD – EIGHT PINTS OF TROUBLE

George Earl Parker is an author, singer/songwriter, and an artist. As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts. Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, George Earl.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’ve got to say that this is the first time I’m being published because I’m currently re-editing my first book.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

It was called The Atomic Kid and it was self published for about ten minutes before the company went belly-up.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

I was rejected by a hundreds of literary agents until I found one who believed in the book, and he said it was going to be the next big thing. But when the 15 or 20 publishers he sent it to turned it down, he became despondent. So I published it myself.

Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

I ignored them while I tried to understand what on earth I’d done to tick so many people off?

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

I can’t remember the name of the company. I just know it should have been Incompetence Incorporated. The reason I chose them however was noble, it was because they actually printed books.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was going through a re-birth at that time, and I began writing songs in earnest.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

The book was reviewed very well by a couple of lovely people and I tried to get those reviews out. I wrote press releases, recorded  some music, tried to make it an event, but I think I was a little to early for myself.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

No, not at all. I learned everything I know now from what I didn’t know then.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

Yes, I am happy to say that my new book, Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, is being published by BookLocker.com. It’s the story of a lonely monster who just wants to be normal-and like all of us, the fact that we realize it means that we must have grown.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?  What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

When you follow a path you have to adapt to the terrain. There are no shortcuts until you have mapped the territory. You must keep moving forward at all costs, and never look back.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

I’ve just released a new song called, Out Of The Ice, in Europe.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A Taoist Priest.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

You don’t give anything up in Taoism, you just learn to take more on effortlessly.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

Writing and singing.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Don’t give up.

You can visit George Earl Parker on the web at www.georgeearlparker.com.

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