Fated Souls is an action-packed bundle of ten Young Adult Paranormal novels. Shapeshifters, mermaids, angels, centaurs, and more come together in a ten-book collection that is equal parts romance and action.
Nancy Straight has joined me today to talk about ‘Fated Souls’ a collection of ten paranormal romance stories from ten different minds within the paranormal romance author community. Nancy, thanks for joining me today how about your personal contribution to the Fated Souls collection, ‘Blood Debt’, and about the collection at large. I really like the idea of ten distinct authors within the one field contributing a story to give the greater reading audience a great story experience. How did the idea for the Fated Souls collection form?
A few authors and I came together because we loved each other’s books and wanted to offer a bundle that was truly unique. Fated Souls was born!!
When these stories were being brought together was it important for these stories to all be tied together with more than just their theme, or is there something like a consistent message or character perhaps that pops up across all of these ten tales?
The messages in each of the stories is vastly different, but overall – each novel has a kick-butt heroine that it is easy to root for!
Who doesn’t love a kick-butt heroine? In your story ‘Blood Debt’ how did your kick-butt heroine and her friends develop?
Its funny, but most characters are a mish-mash of people I know. I take the personality traits I love the most of many people I know and the characters sort of take on a life of their own.
It makes it so much easier when those characters come to life and start driving their own lives. Did you, or any of the other authors from the collaboration find that their characters starting directing their lives around events that had actually happened in any of their own lives?
I think every author puts a little of themselves in all their characters. Fated Souls has shapeshifters, mermaids, angels, centaurs, demons and they all come together in a ten-book collection that is equal parts romance and action.
I like the sales pitch, but I don’t think that many of the authors have direct experience with shapeshifters, mermaids, angels, centaurs or demons! As your team hopefully hasn’t run into many of these wonderful life-forms in person, is research important to make sure that these creatures ring true?
Yes, and when writing about creatures that don’t actually exist, an active imagination must be coupled with chocolate after-midnight to deliver some very unique story lines! Trying to fold mythical creatures into every day life requires an astonishing amount of research!
I’m very glad to hear that there was a liberal application of chocolate with this writing. Have each of the authors found that self-bribery with chocolate is why they write, or are they also writing for non-confectionary based reasons?
We all write for the same reason: because we have stories locked up inside our heads that are desperately trying to get out. Some of them force their way out at the most inopportune times: trips to the grocery store, while stuck in traffic, at events with our families. Writing is a release. Kind notes from strangers are the fuel that keep many of us writing into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s wonderful that the kind notes from strangers helps fuel the writing process. I really hope that all readers understand more and more how much positive words can fuel the indie authors out there. Are these notes the most rewarding aspects of getting this book published, or was something else more fulfilling?
Attempting to get ten exceptionally talented authors who are in at least five different time zones to agree on a title, cover, synopsis and marketing strategy is about as easy as shoving a pig through a python. The most rewarding part of this has been to be in the company of this much talent. I am truly humbled.
*Laughs* I’ve never thought about showing a pig through a python, but I’m glad to hear that your author team prevailed. To round out today’s interview I’d like to pose you a few of our quick fire questions just to see if your wits and imagination are on the ball today. Let’s start with a less challenging one, are you a valuable asset on a quiz team?
Not unless the questions are ice cream or chip related.
That’s not the worst knowledgebase. I could still you use on a team for a confectionary related quiz. I haven’t seen a quiz specializing in that yet, but you never know. What is your zodiac sign?
What is your favourite ocean?
Pacific – specifically the ocean near Hawaii.
That sounds nice and relaxing. Something a little less relaxing, if you invented a monster what would it look like and what would you call it?
I live with the perfect monster. Her name is Zoey. She is two years old, fourteen pounds, and always grateful to see me when I walk through the door – that is until I see what she’s destroyed in the house. It’s tough to be angry at a Jack Russell Terrier. If I invented a monster, I’d make sure she was cute enough to make up for the fact that everything in my house, to include my favorite shoes, are disposable.
Jack Russells are crazy! I can’t disagree – they are the perfect monsters. Although I know a pair of Beagles that would give that Zoey a run for her money. They’re crazy too! Moving away from Beagles and Jack Russells, are you introvert or extrovert?
Have you ever danced in the rain?
I can’t even dance with x-box kinect showing me the right places to put my feet and hands. No. I will not dance in the rain, on a train, in a box, with a fox… :-)
If you ruled your own country, who would you get to write the national anthem?
Wow, great question! Lee Greenwood.
I do have to admit that question was ‘borrowed’ from another interviewer because I just liked it so much. Are you left or right handed?
How are the colours in rainbows made?
Unicorns out for a stroll?
I think that this one of the best answers for this question we’ve had so far! Love it. On the theme of fantasy animals, if you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
I totally want one of those too. Stripy and with cool unicorn-ness. That is hard to top! What color socks are you wearing?
What is your favourite flavor of ice-cream?
Blue Bell Moolenium Crunch (It has ruined me for all other flavors!)
What’s the most unusual name you’ve ever come across?
That is an unfortunate name indeed. Very confusing at Christmas. Nancy, thanks for spending a little time today to banter with me about the ‘Fated Souls’ collection and I wish you and your nine fellow authors the best of luck getting this collaboration into the hands of as many paranormal romance readers as possible.
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