Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blog Tour! Interview & Giveaway ~ Elanraigh: The Vow by S.A. Hunter

Interview with S.A. Hunter

    1. What inspires you to write?

    The urge, the longing, to express yourself creatively is common to most of us, whether it’s through music, art, photography, dance or writing. I write when I’ve experienced a strong reaction to something I’ve read, seen or heard and I need to explore the emotions that evoked that reaction in me. The setting will be something that compliments the mood of the story I want to tell; the characters, I always find, carry it on from there.

    1. Who was your favourite character to write about?

    Perhaps you’d be surprised to know how tough that question is to answer! Of course, Thera, my protagonist embodies many of the qualities I would love to meet in a person, well seasoned, however, with human flaws that have the potential to become strengths. It was critical to the story that Thera have both the ability, and grace, to learn from those around her.

    That being said, there are some of my secondary characters I became extremely attached to, and had great fun with, and I’ve been thinking of delving more into their back stories.

    1. Where is your favourite place to read?

    Interesting question in winter, I have a favourite chair in our living room, where the shelves are loaded with my “keeper” books, and the fire’s casts a cosy glow- it’s quiet there (away from the TV). In summer, I love to be on our summer-place deck right on the beach.

    1. What is your next project?

    A sequel to Elanraigh: The Vow is currently underway. It’s a little harder to be disciplined about words-on-page right now, with the distractions of spring. However, since the ocean and mountain views, the eagles, the swash of waves all figure in my Elanraigh settings…perhaps I may call it research?

    Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?

    As a writer my goal is that when you as a reader pick up my book to enjoy you will be immersed in my novel’s world in all its detail: you taste the food, smell the air and live the lives of the characters-you are moved by their loves, shaken by their terrors, and can shed tears of joy for their happiness. When the book closes, you know that your life has been enriched. To create that affect on a reader is my forever goal.

    Thank you for this opportunity to visit with you all!    
    About The Author

    Sandra attended school in Victoria, B.C. and later graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English Literature. After her daughter came along, she chose to work close to home and indulge her love of animals by working for an amiable, if thrifty, veterinarian. She believes in promoting the right of all creatures to live the existence that Nature intended. This value is strongly evoked in her novel. Sandra’s always lived at the edges of ocean and forest, so it came naturally to have a sentient forest as a major character in Elanraigh: The Vow. She loves kayaking the scenic Island coastline, swimming and walking. She has a ready sense of humor and an optimistic outlook (a good thing when you’re a writer). Her publications include Dark Fantasy short stories in pro magazines and she is currently working on a sequel to Elanraigh: The Vow.

    About The Book

    Elanraigh: The Vow 
    by Sandy Hunter

    Release Date: February 7, 2012
    Publisher: Eternal Press
    Pages: 216
    Genre: YA Fantasy
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    Only Thera of Allenholme hears the voice of forest-mind…and heeds its warning . Thera doesn’t know why the Elanraigh forest-mind chose her, of all the Allenholme folk, to hear its voice and to awaken her gifts of mind and spirit. The Elanraigh sends a warning dream; black sails swooping toward Allenholme from across the western sea—the Memteth, an ancient enemy, armed with blue fire that hungers to consume life. As Thera awakens to her gifts of bonding with raptor birds and reading hearts, the knowing; she also awakens to love. Will she choose Chamakin the young Ttamarini warrior who is a kindred in spirit to her, or the polished young nobleman who covets her beauty even more than her estate? Forest-mind is aware she is yet too young for such power and responsibility. It has no choice—the lives of all Thera’s people and the existence of the Elanraigh Forest itself, depend on Thera fulfilling her destiny. Can she learn what she must of gift, and heart, to survive what comes their way?

    ~ Giveaway ~

    One Print copy of the book (US) a signed bookmark (INT and US) 
    and a $20 amazon gift card (INT and US)! 

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    1. Jennifer, thank you for hosting Elanraigh: The Vow today-I love to meet readers of whatever genre is out there.

      1. Thanks for letting me host the interview and giveaway!

    2. This book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the great interview. :)


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