Author Spotlight on parajunkee.com

Please welcome Valerie Douglas to Parajunkee’s View.

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Book Name: Servant of the Gods
Release Date: 10/19/2011
Genre: Fantasy, Adult

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a fan of every genre I write classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and, under my pen name of V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Personally, I’m interested in a lot of things – archaeology, mythology, history, – and of course, fiction. Books of all kinds.

Happily married, I’m companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
Orphaned as a child, Irisi became a mercenary to survive. Captured by the Egyptian army and made the spoils of war, she finds herself forced to fight in the ring for entertainment. In a desperate attempt to regain her freedom she throws herself on the mercy of the Gods, only to discover that her fate is written in prophecy…

If you love ancient Egypt, you’ll love this book. Or so I’ve been told.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Asking about favorite characters is like asking about favorite children – you love each of them for themselves. But of course I do love Irisi – as a reviewer once said, she’s not your average warrior chick. She’s capable, but you know (and she knows) she could fail. Then there’s Khai. He’s strong and steadfast, without being superhuman. And the various priests and priestesses – although I have a particular fondness for the priestesses of Isis and Sekhmet.

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
That whole ‘not your average warrior chick’ thing. I like complex characters facing challenges that most of us wouldn’t dream of – like the opening to the book. Don’t have any expectations when you read it. Fair warning.

What led to you going “indie”?
I was traditionally published with a medium, fairly well-known press, but it wasn’t a good fit and there wasn’t room for my first love – fantasy. The larger traditional publishers wouldn’t even consider an epic fantasy from a relatively new author, going Indie was my only real choice. I haven’t regretted it.

Is Writing your full time profession?
Yep. Although in a way it was kind of funny – I decided to become a full-time writer with my medium press. I was making enough money with them that it offset what I was making in my day job. However, it hadn’t been a smooth process. I had written two books for them but it quickly became apparent that there would be problems. So, I turned to Indie writing, and I haven’t looked back.

Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I like to have a soundtrack in place for the book, creating it from movie soundtracks that fit, or other appropriate music. I used to require darkness, too, but I’ve found that sunlight has it’s moments. *grins* And I don’t wind up looking like one of Sekhmet’s priestesses.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Tolkien, of course. George R. R. Martin. Anne McCaffrey. J. D. Robb (futuristic world and mysteries, you can’t beat it)

What are you reading now?
*laughing* I tried the latest Stephen King, but it was too grim for me. I’ve got Hugh Howey’s Wool on my Kindle for when I have time to read it. The problem is I’ve got two or three of my own projects to write!

What advice can you give to struggling writers?
First and foremost, write the story. Just write it. Worry about the details after that first draft is done. If you can, put it away to get some distance, and write another book. Then pick up a The Elements of Style, Stephen King’s On Writing for the reality check. Join writer/author groups on Facebook, etc. Apply The Elements of Style to your first draft. Decide if you want to go traditional or Indie.


About the book:
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Orphaned as a child, Irisi became a mercenary to survive. Captured by the Egyptian army and made the spoils of war, she finds herself forced to fight in the ring for entertainment. In a desperate attempt to regain her freedom she throws herself on the mercy of the Gods, only to discover that her fate is written in prophecy…

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me-with-fairy-ears Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and a genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. A fan of authors in almost every genre she writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and, as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance.

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

More information is available at:
www.valeriedouglasbooks.com

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