Snow!

All of our snow melted before Christmas ever came which had me a little sad. I have always loved White Christmases. It just feels more Christmasy when there’s snow. Yes, I used Christmas as an adjective. Ha ha. Please don’t be offended.

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Or simply Happy Holidays if you do not celebrate as I do.

Cally is excited for Christmas. Last year she spent it with Gaylon and his large family getting to know each and every one of his sisters. Some sweet and a few sassy. She met the elven king and the elven queen Zara. Zara took an instant liking of her.

This year, however, things are different. I’m not going to give too much away as in terms of plot, but there may be a little tension between our lovers and she may be spending Christmas with someone else entirely. Dun dun dun.

What Would You Like to See?

I saw this adorable picture of a cat yesterday that got me thinking Callie needs a pet. I really can’t decide what to give her, though. The possibilities seem rather endless.

I got three ideas that hit me right off the bat: I could give her an ordinary house cat, I could give her a faerie cat since she does live in a fantasy world where that could be possible (if I did this I would specify, however, they are rare because there are not a lot of winged cats  or any other pets, for that matter, in Ladriél), or simply a werecat (I do have were creatures like wereleopards and even a werewolf in the story so that wouldn’t seem too far fetched).

I’m leaning towards werecat myself, but I would love to see which of these you guys would prefer as a reader.

So I thought I’d ask you guys what you would prefer to see? A werecat, a winged cat, or just an ordinary cat?

Characters and Resonance

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I think there’s going to be more to my Colors That Bind trilogy than just the three starting books. I’ve written a few short stories about these characters and sent them in for publication. One was published. However, I mean, I feel that there’s going to be more than even that. I’ve been getting ideas for the stories of some of the children of the characters that I fell in love with in this series to start with.

However, with two books to go on the trilogy I’m trying to focus on them. I have ideas for both. I still haven’t gotten any progress or updates from my old dying laptop if my story was salvageable, at all. I really do hope so. It would suck to have to start from scratch all over again and lose all my progress on the second book. Especially with my brain brimming with the ideas of Calliope’s children who wouldn’t come into play until well after the trilogy is over. 

I’m pretty excited. My book is due out in October. However, there still seems like there is so much work to be done. I’m trying to keep afloat and remember what needs done and when. Amethyst Epiphany is a beautiful book, in my humble opinion, and I can’t wait to share all of it’s beauty and lessons with you. I can only hope that the characters mean as much to the readers as they do me.

What are some of the qualities of the characters you’ve connected with?

I’ve always felt the deepest resonance with the eccentric, outcasts of stories. I seem to know their agonies and their shy, anti-social tendencies along with the beauty of the craft that they pour their heart and passion into. 

Unforgettable Characters

Well, this week I dropped off my old laptop at my grandmother’s neighbor. It is the computer Amethyst Epiphany and the first eight chapters of Crimson Betrayal (which I’m thinking of renaming Crimson Desire) on it. It’s a fairly old computer – I’ve had it since my college days and I graduated five years ago. I’m hoping that he can salvage my story from the computer that is far past kaput. I know it should be somewhere on the hardrive, so hopefully he can take the start of the sequel and put it on a flash drive or cd for me so I can upload it onto this computer and keep working on it. That would be ideal. 

No idea how long that will take. 

I’m fairly excited about Amethyst Epiphany. There’s still a lot of work to do marketing wise, but I’m confident I can do it. Just have to brace myself for unforeseen complications and come up with solutions to problems. 

But I know Calliope and company are more than ready to make their arrival into this world. I hope that you’ll all enjoy them as much as I do.

This story is very emotional driven and character driven with lots of magic and lessons along the way. I have so many ideas for the sequels that I hope that I get to work on them very soon. I have more ideas for the third book than the second, but I remind myself that I must finish the second first. 

It was funny when I was first working on this I hadn’t expected it to be a trilogy. But the characters have minds of their own and insisted their story could not be told in one book, and after writing the first book, I quite agree. I fell in love with each and everyone of them along the way. Even the villains hold a place in my heart, not as big a place as the heroes though, because evil people are icky. Ha ha.

Have you ever read stories of characters that just couldn’t leave you? What made them so unforgettable? 

Mermaids Vs. Faeries

Amethyst Epiphany is the debut of my Bound By Color trilogy. As I’m sure you’ve come to notice by now it centers around my fae girl Calliope Griffin and the relationships she makes in her father’s country. She struggles from going from ordinary girl to finding herself to be a fae princess and all the responsibilities that come along with it.

Well, lately I’ve been thinking a lot of the mermaids I’ve included in that series. I have ideas, but I’m not entirely sure if I’ll act on them or not. But I do have a bit of something rattling in my mind for a spin-off series tied to the Bound By Color trilogy that centers around my mermaids since they aren’t the prominent characters of these books.

I was thinking of having appearances and mentions of Calliope and the land-dwelling company from time to time but centering on Lyssandra who is the first mermaid Calliope meets in Amethyst Epiphany, and her first true friend from her father’s country.

For now, however, I am trying to stay focused and continue my work on the Bound by Color Trilogy. I keep getting scenes from the third book, but I’m not finished with the first. I might have to write these scenes down and even start on the third book before going back to the second which sounds very backward to me, but my mind isn’t being too cooperative so it may be the way I have to go. We shall certainly see.

My question is if you had to pick would you be: a mermaid or merman or a fae? 

Setback

Well, it shall be alive soon. I hope. Ha ha.

Right now my biggest worry about it are my author and book platforms. The IT guy that I was counting on ended up becoming ill. He apologized for his lack of get-go and he did just get a new job, but I’m hoping that we jump on this soon. I’ve emailed him ideas and talked to him on facebook a few times, but so far nada.

That’s the only thing I hate about relying on people that it sometimes no matter how well intentioned people can be, in the end, they can be rather unreliable. Hoping this issue is resolved soon, though, because I know I’m eager for it to be done and I couldn’t do it without his help. I know. I tried, and it looked terrible.

Yet I’ve been trying to get over my plateau of asking for help. I’ve always had a hard time with it and not because I am being proud or stubborn. It’s simply because I don’t want to trouble someone or ask someone for help and be a burden to them.

My character Calliope suffers the same problem.

Have you ever had that issue? And if so, do you still do or is it something you’ve grown out of?

Do you believe in magic?

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(The above photo is myself in medieval maiden adventures along with my grandmother).

Hello everyone! I am the writer and poet Linda M. Crate.

Writing to you all today because I’m very excited for my upcoming publication Amethyst Ephipany that is due out sometime in 2014 by the publisher Assent Publishing under their imprint Phatasm Books.

It’s a fantasy novel centering around Calliope Griffin who learns that fantasy may be more reality than she could have ever envisioned it would be. I don’t want to give away the plot or any spoilers, but it features primarily faeries along with the races of: mermaids, elves, vampires, half-vampires, half-trolls, trolls,  wereleopards, etc. I do have a lot of halflings because in my eyes love is blind – it doesn’t care if you’re a dwarf in love with a fae.

Calliope is trying to find herself in a world she never existed, and as with our world it’s constantly trying to change her and make her different.

I am currently working with the publishers right now, but we haven’t started editting or anything yet. Still, I’m excited! I’m still a little doe eyed and misty about it, I think it won’t hit me fully until the finalization takes place.

Happy magic hunting, everyone! What does magic mean to you?