Here's a real treat for everyone. One of our hosts has let us pick her brain! She has a new book coming out tomorrow, though you can grab the pre-order today!
I'm doing the first half of the interview and the rest is on T.W. Fendley's Blog
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn’t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon’s Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story “A Reptile at the Reunion” was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. Other published works by Sandra include Twinned Universes and several science fiction and fantasy short stories. She is a founding member of Broad Universe, which promotes science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. Her day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company; she’s also been a technical writer and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.
BRoP: When and why did you begin writing?
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?
BRoP: What genre do you write?
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
BRoP: If you couldn't be an author, what would your ideal career be?
BRoP: Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.
BRoP: How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
BRoP: Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?
BRoP: How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?
BRoP: Where do you get your story ideas?
BRoP: Do you have a specific writing style?
BRoP: How do you deal with writer’s block?
BRoP: Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
BRoP: Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
BRoP: How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?
Kron Evenhanded is an artificer, able to enchant any man-made object, but he finds people more difficult to work with. When he visits the city of Vistichia, he encounters Sal-thaath, an extremely magical but dangerous child created by Salth, another magician Kron knew at the Magic Institute. Kron attempts to civilize Sal-thaath, but when his efforts lead to tragedy, Kron is forced to ally himself with a quartet of new deities and their human Avatars. Together they must defend Vistichia as Salth attempts to drain its life and magic. But Salth has Ascended halfway to godhood over Time. Will Kron’s artifacts be enough to protect the Avatars, especially the woman he loves, or will Time separate them?