Friday, November 22, 2013

Author Spotlight: Catherine L. Vickers

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Introducing Catherine L. Vickers, here on her blog tour with Saskia Book Tours. Don't forget to enter the giveaway down at the bottom!

New author and Indie author of Fantasy by night. Sell vintage and antique items via e-commerce by day. Four grown up children and 2 wee grand children. Three dogs (now two as I lost my oldest companion to cancer) and and a very curios cat who follows us on dog walks. 

*Guardian Dragons, Book 1 on Amazon in kindle version and paperback.
*Flight of a Changeling, Book 2 on Amazon as Paperback.

Love to write but if I'm honest I don't much enjoy the computer work I have to do as an Indie author, it is very time consuming. So many other things I'd much rather be doing. But, there you go, it has to be done so I'd better get working on it.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I was born and continue to live in West Yorkshire in the UK. Most of my working life has been spent with the Local Authority in an administrative position. I also work full time for myself which means you have to put in double the hours of a regular paid job. I have 4 grown up children placed all around the world. Plus I am a grandmother and love every minute of it. My favourite time of the year is Christmas when my family do their very best to get together.

Q. When did you start writing, and why?
Started reading seriously as an adult in my 30s when I was studying. Went on to do a Creative Writing course which led to my creation of the fantasy world of Aarabassa series. I gave birth to this story in France on a very wet camping holiday. Without any electricity I needed to occupy my mind with something other than constant reading. Hence the Aarabassa world was created.

Q: What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
Book 3, Blood Bride, of the Aarbassa World fantasy series, has just been released as a paperback. I will release the e-version on 1st December. Whilst I am in the middle of writing Book 4 of this series I am also going to publish an omnibus edition of the first three books, very shortly.

So it will consist of:
Book 1 Guardian Dragons; available at Amazon
Book 2 Flight of a Changeling; available at Amazon
plus the latest released Book 3, Blood Bride; available at Amazon

Q: "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.

Aarabassa is a planet that has one half in constant darkness (Darklands), and one half in constant sunlight (Lightlands). Around the middle is a Magic Wall which stops either side from entering the other side. The series is about the Darkland creatures wanting to destroy the magic barrier and take over the whole world. Within this world the reader is introduced to many creatures, cultures and cities, including underwater cities. Because their is no night and day, I have created two moons and time is ruled by whichever moon is high in the sky.

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Q: Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
A: The protagonist is a young mage girl named Heather, who is also a Changeling. Around her are three princes who have grown up with her. They are our main heroes of the tale and live within the Lightlands. Emperor Morte-Bielz is the antagonist who rules within the Darklands and wants out. He is attempting to build up an army of vamplins (vampires). However they are not the traditional vampires that we know. They are quite a gentle race. Along the adventure the reader will also meet fairies, dwarves, centaurs, mer-people, lizard people and ant people, plus a few others thrown in here and there. It sounds chaotic but there is a civilised order to the lands and its creatures.

I cannot pick out a favourite character as I love them all. Whilst I am writing about a particular character in the setting, I feel I am that character so therefore I am them all, good and bad.

Q: A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.

I have created a website around the world of Aarabassa whereby I am indexing all the details for any reader of the series to look up. The world is complex and needs referencing. On this website I am also attempting to put pictures of characters to give the reader an idea of what was in my head when I created them.

Q: Blog/site link:

WEBSITE | BLOG | Goodreads | FACEBOOK

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Guardian Dragons (Aarabassa World: Divided Realms, #1):

Based on the world of Aarabassa where one half is dark the other is in constant sunlight. A magic barrier divides the darker characters out of the Lightlands.

Only the Guardian Dragons and the Changeling can pass through the Magic Wall. When the dragons over hear vamplins plotting to attack the Darklands, the dragon Queen seeks the Ancient Mage for help. 

Three young Princes have grown up alongside the Changeling a female mage. Their world will soon change as they are destined for different adventures.

available at Amazon

Flight of a Changeling (Aarabassa World: Divided Realms, #2):

Based on the world of Aarabassa where one half is dark and the other is in constant sunlight. A magic barrier divides the darker characters out of the Lightlands.

Prince Raphael is taken on a pilgrimage to heal his illness, by Rikka the herbal nurse, but all is not as it seems.

Prince Amos and Prince Leon depart on separate quests to invite various races, including dwarves, centaurs and merpeople, to the Lightlands Council to ready for battle with the creatures of the Darklands

Heather, the Changeling is journeying to the Guardian Dragons lair, meeting with the Forest Keepers on her way. Her final destination, to meet with the monshaad Emperor on the other side.

available at Amazon

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