Today our new guest is L.F. Falconer, and I’ll admit her story has an interesting premise (*Looks over at his imposing TBR pile.* I really should make more time for reading…course that would mean less writing…) Anyways, give her book a look! The art on the front kind of reminds me of Legend of Zelda’s style when Ocarina of Time first came out on the N64.
A maverick with a pen, Nevada author L.F. Falconer brings her own unique style to dark fantasy, infusing the real with the unreal to provide imaginative insights into hard social issues.
Book title: The Vagabond’s Son, Prelude to a Legacy by L.F. Falconer
The ogres call them pixies, and who in their right mind is going to argue with an ogre? Certainly not Laramato when he sells them his wife. This is the story of the child left behind.
Born to an outlaw, he rises to power, only to betray his kingdom in the end. Eighteen months old when his mother disappears, Adalanto is left in the insular care of a drunken brute, but his most difficult battle for survival doesn’t begin until he leaves home. Suddenly thrust into society, the emerging demons he carries within threaten every aspect of his young life–from his stormy temperament, his view of women, the moral choices he makes, to the all-consuming thirst for the love he never knew.
A fresh, dramatic prequel for mature readers.
youtube trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=exBeUqf5_0
1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
I realize not everyone who reads my work is going to love it, but bad reviews always sting a little. During that initial sting, I do try to analyze the review and extract what positive I can from it. Even a bad review often contains some good criticism, so I do my best to make it a learning experience. But if it contains nothing useful, I simply re-read a few of my rave reviews to assuage my bruised ego and move on. Bad reviews happen. I don’t dwell on them.
2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
My greatest inspiration in writing “The Vagabond’s Son” came from digging deep inside the psyche of what started out to be a secondary character in my upcoming fantasy saga, “The Legacy of Skur.” Once I moved Adalanto into a leading role, he started to come to life in such a powerful way and his backstory became so intense and interesting that I knew it needed to be told in detail. Thus, Adalanto got his own book. A character unbroken by a harsh life, Adalanto inspired me as he constantly proved that adversity can be overcome through the strength of one’s own determination and beliefs.
3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
First and foremost, I have to acknowledge photographer Catherine Steelmon, my longtime friend and (unpaid) proofreader/editor/consultant. In fact, I dedicated my second novel to her for all the invaluable help and encouragement she has offered me over the past twenty years. More recently there is a group of folks in Reno who call themselves the High Sierra Writers that have become a pillar of continual support and advice.
4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
I think the most important lesson that self-publishing has taught me is to believe in myself. I may not have been able to entice many traditional publishers with my offbeat stories, but by publishing them on my own, I have begun to garner a few true fans. My following might be small, but I appreciate each and every one of them. They are concrete proof that my lifelong love of fiction writing has not been in vain. Proof that hard work and dedication to one’s aspirations can make a person stronger.
and last, What’s your favorite color?
My favorite color? I have none–I like them all! Every single color has its own unique beauty and place in the world and I could never choose one over another. It’s kind of like being at a buffet where I want to try everything. (And I often do.)
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