AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Valia Lind

Miss Lind

Y’all, I am so excited to bring you this week’s special Blog Post! Not only did I find a new book series to love while on my drafting break – The Skazka Chronicles by Indie Author Valia Lind – but Miss Lind was amazing enough to agree to an interview while in the chaos of Launch Week for the second book in the series!

Author of The Titanium Series and Falling by Design, among others, Valia Lind is a former St. Petersburg native with a natural talent for writing gripping conflict, heart-grabbing romance, and high-stakes plots that leave her readers dying for the next book! Her most recent foray into the YA genre is in a Supernatural-meets-Once Upon A Time fantasy series titled The Skazka Chronicles.

The Skazka Chronicles follows Calista Faulkner, a 17-year-old who never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one. While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems. Book 1, Remembering Majyk, follows Calista on her journey to uncover her true memories while fighting for her survival. Book 2, Majyk Reborn, centers around Calista’s return to her home realm as she continues to regain her memories and faces dark secrets, her own rising power, and the worsening threats on all sides.

I fell in love with Remembering Majyk from the beginning, especially with Calista and Brendan, the two leads. It was such an honor to interview Miss Lind about the series. Read on for insight into this lore-rich, love-laced story, and check out the end of the post for links where you can purchase and dive into The Skazka Chronicles too!

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On the Importance of Fictional Fathers

Happy Father’s Day!

Last month, I did a post on the importance of fictional mothers, including some questions for writers to ponder about their characters’ own maternal backstory. This month, I want to take a similar approach with the paternal. While father figures in fiction sometimes tend to survive longer than mothers – a fact for which certain mainstream entertainment has been called out, and rightly so – it’s equally common for fathers to be reduced to plot points, too. Either they exist only to spur on the protagonist’s journey by their death, or they’re the personal villain that the MC (usually a young woman in these cases) is rebelling against.

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6 Steps to Coming Back From a Burn Out

Ah, the dreaded sound of gears grinding to a halt. Love that sound in the morning. NOT.

I touched a little on burn out in previous blog posts, but today I want to address the Big Burn – the one where your gears stay stuck for months. When the blank page defies you like the bared teeth of a dragon. When you open the document only to shut it without a single word put to paper. And then it happens again. And again. And again. Until your writing sessions become staring contests and productivity on your draft is no more than a dream.

What can you do in times when burn out has seemingly stolen the life from your WIP? Here are some tips for things to get your gears turning again:

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