I grew up loving fantasy books. I used to feel guilty about reading them at church though, as if I should be ashamed of loving dragons and wizards and unicorns. I remember a few years ago when I walked into a LifeWay Bookstore and actually found fantasy books on the shelf of a Christian bookstore! And so it was that I fell in love with The Dragon Keeper Chronicles and their lovely author.
Track forward several years, and now I find myself writing Christian fantasy and sci-fi. Not only has God answered the dream of my heart, he led me to a place where I met (online) Donita, and if all goes well I might get to meet her in person in August! 😀
If you don’t know her, please allow me to introduce a wonderful author whose story worlds are unbelievably imaginable and whose quirky characters you will love.
Thank you so much for taking time out from your busy writing schedule to be interviewed! In addition to all your dragons, do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kinds?
LOL. Bunny Foo-foo was always such a bully. What is your favorite Bible story and why?
One? Whichever one I was teaching to the three year olds was my favorite.
Which part of your book was the most difficult to write – the beginning, middle, or end? Is that always the case, or only for this book or story?
The whole thing! This was written right after my stroke, and I couldn’t remember what happened in the first book. Honestly, I couldn’t remember what I’d written one day previously.
Oh no! That sounds horrible, and yet the stories mirror each other perfectly. I hope you’re doing much better now.
Which one comes first for you– the characters, the story, or something else?
The characters. In this case, it was Bridger, a shape-shifting dragon who has a pet cat.
I love Bridger. ❤ Can you tell us something about your book that you know but isn’t in the book? Perhaps share some back-story on a character?
Bridger once wanted to be a renowned chef.
What are you working on now?
The third book in the trilogy, Prophecy of Three.
I figured it would have “three” and “realm” in the title. Looks like I was only half right. 😉
What is one thing you’d like your readers to know?
None of the writing is worthwhile without the readers. I love your comments on the website, or one of the social medias. Sometimes a word from you is like a drop of rain in my dry plot of earth.
And before you go, what is the best thing your readers can do for you? Besides words of encouragement?
Word of mouth publicity. If you like a book (any book), tell a friend. That is far better advertising than any ad can do.
Thank you, Ms. Donita! And now an excerpt form Two Renegade Realms (#2 in The Realm Walkers series).
Bixby hurried to her patient’s side. “You’re awake. Let me give you a drink.”
“There was one brew you gave me last night that tasted like it’d been dipped from a frog pond. The other one was all right.”
Bixby wrinkled her nose. “I’m afraid it’s the frog pond for now. It eases your pain and allows you to think clearly.”
“What does the other one do?”
“Allows you to rest and keeps you from vomiting.”
“Well, I’ve got something to tell you, so I guess I’ll swallow the pond water.”
Bixby hesitated. “You do know that it isn’t really pond water?”
“I know. It would help if I could hold my nose.”
“Your nose is broken.”
Cantor heard the humor in the wounded man’s voice. He stepped closer and caught him winking at Bixby.
“I’ll help hold him up so he can drink.” Cantor positioned himself at the head of the bed. He could brace against the frame and keep it from swaying. He could also redirect any inappropriate conversation should the man feel like one last flirt with a pretty girl.
Bixby squinted her eyes at him. Cantor, he’s dying.
These guards can be rough individuals. I just don’t want him talking to you like you were a bar room floozy.
She giggled. Bar room floozy?
Cantor did not want to be diverted. Doesn’t this man need a drink? His medicine?
She went away to fix the potion. When she came back, Cantor held the guard, gently lifting him by the shoulders and supporting his head against his chest. Jesha moved aside, hopping off the bed and exiting the cabin.
The guard drank the smelly brew all at once.
Bixby smiled at him. “I put spoonfuls of Old Trout’s honey in it. Was it any better?”
Cantor lowered him carefully before the patient answered. “It was sweeter . . . but still pond water.”
Bixby heaved a big sigh. “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be. I figure you won’t be able―” He grunted. “―to pour many more of those down me before I die.”
Bixby remained silent for a moment. Cantor thought the sorrow on her face would tear a hole in his heart.
The series starts with One Realm Beyond…
GIVEAWAY: Ms. Paul is giving away a signed copy of Two Renegade Realms to someone living in the US. I know this is a great prize, because I’d like to keep it for my bookshelf. 🙂
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