Author interview with Lea Carter of ‘Silver Majesty’

Author Interview with Lea Carter

In Silver Majesty, Rebecca suddenly finds herself facing the stunning fact that she’s been chosen to be her tribe’s next queen. The catch is that the Citizen’s Council will decide which of her three hand-picked suitors will become her king!

 

 

Will the Citizen’s Council be able to select the right suitor and King for Rebecca, or is she destined to be paired with the wrong man for the rest of her life? Lea Carter has kindly returned to ItsWriteNow.com today, to delve into what awaits Rebecca in the second instalment of the Silver Saga series. But before we catch up with Rebecca’s latest adventure, I’d like to find out what you’ve been up to Lea, since we last chatted at the end of 2017. What’s been going on in your life?

I’ve been working with a cover artist to get two new covers for Silver Majesty and Silver Verity, both of which will be coming out as audiobooks soon. I’m also racing to finish two books for a May 2018 release!

 

 

I’ve already seen a sneak peek of the new cover for Silver Majesty, which will be publically available when this promotion is run and I have to congratulate you and the artist on the great work. The new cover suits the series so much more than the last cover, and I’m sure it will entice many new readers who might have been a little wary before. And I know you’ve also created a new website recently as well.

Yes, It’s now https://leacarterwrites.wixsite.com/wholesomefantasy.

 

 

I’ve checked it out too, and I’m going to have to throw some more congratulations your way as I think you’ve done a great job working towards a more solidified author branding strategy across both the book covers and website. Do you feel that these branding changes, has really changed the direction of your author journey since we last chatted in December? Or has there been a greater change in your journey due to something outside of branding?

I’m actually even more grateful for my supportive family members.

 

 

Supportive family members make the writing journey so much more rewarding. So, let’s hear a little more about this rewarding journey be dipping into the pages of Silver Majesty. Why did you feel that it was important to write Silver Majesty?

Silver Princess, the first book, doesn’t really…end. I knew I had to write a sequel, and this story just kept taking me by surprise.

 

 

We can’t share all of those surprises today because that’s just not fair to the readers, but lets at least meet some of the new characters. I know there are at least a few new faces as the second book looks into finding Rebecca a suitor. What can you share about how some of Rebecca’s romantic prospects came to life?

It’s been a while, but I remember Count Edward was basically a plot device in the first book, a way for the message to get from point a to point b. Hugh was already a big part of her (previously non-existent) romantic life, and Alfred was necessary. I just knew there had to be a third choice, so I decided that there was a male family member who could be king, but that nobody wanted to have as the king. And then I worked with their weaknesses to try to make them stronger, better characters by the end of the book.

 

 

Did you use any events from your own life as the inspiration to make these characters stronger?

I did, yes. I have a very supportive family, and the best qualities of her siblings, parents, and friends were drawn from my own dear ones.

 

 

As you reflect back to Silver Majesty, what do you remember was the central idea that you really wanted to share with readers in this instalment in the Silver saga series?

Something that stands out to me is how Rebecca decides that she could marry any of her three suitors and have a successful marriage because they would both work hard at it.

 

 

That’s a really interesting point, and I think that it stands out because so few other books don’t generally emphasise the work required in a marriage. Rebecca’s story doesn’t end after the marriage in this book, so I was hoping you can share a little bit more about the current status of the Silver Saga with our readers. What are you currently working on?

I’m hurrying to finish Heartwood (book 7) and Deadwood (book 8), which pick up with Prince Isaac of the Wood Fairies’ story. He was gravely injured in Silver Verity (book 3) and it’s bothered me ever since that I didn’t follow-up on it.

 

 

When you return to unresolved events like Price Isaccs’ injury, do you feel yourself energised by the prospect of resolving the missing pieces, or does the magnitude of pieces that aren’t resolved just overwhelm you?            

If I write for very long, I’m exhausted. If I can’t write at the moment but I have ideas bombarding me, then I get keyed up and excited.

 

 

And when you have wrangled the idea bombs into something manageable and are fully in writing mode, what do you generally keep at the top of your mind?

Usually, my mother, because she’s my best in-person litmus test for whether what I’m writing is good enough or not.

 

 

Mother’s are great for that! With a little dash of insight from your mother, do you look back over this series and an improved author voice as you’ve continued writing?

I’m still trying to learn to “show, not tell,” but I think I’ve made progress in that area. I’m also working on making my own rules, so to speak. I do a lot of research when writing something that interacts with the world around them. If they need a beast of burden, for example, I was researching ants to try to find out which species is small enough that I could reasonably expect my imaginary fairies to be able to domesticate. :-) Hopefully, I’ll learn to trust my imagination a little more and expand some of the “possibilities” in Fairydom.

 

 

*Laughs* You know, I don’t chat with many authors who are researching the size of ants, but I’m very glad to see that you’ve got the details right for your fairies! Lea, I think I’ve kept you away from Fairydom long enough, so I’ll thank you again for dropping around to chat with me today, and I wish you the best of luck with the rest of the Silver Saga!

 

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Author interview with Lea Carter of ‘Silver Princess’

Author Interview with Lea Carter

 

Silver Princess tells the story of a young fairy princess, plunged into adventure, who must rely on lessons learned from other’s experiences.

 

 

What lessons will this adventuresome princess find in the lives of others? To give us a taste of the adventures that await in ‘Silver Princess’, its author Lea Carter has set aside a little time to chat with me today. Lea, thanks for sparing a little time to chat with me about the world of this fairy princess. I’m quite eager to find out how this fairy tale came to life, can you share how ‘Silver Princess’ came to you?

I was actually trying to capture the story of my own adventure in falling off of a horse, wherein I was temporarily knocked unconscious. As I was writing it, though, it seemed like it would be much more exciting if I added wings…

 

 

Everything in life is more exciting if you add wings! Apart from falling off a horse, was there any other experiences in your life that you tried to capture in this book?

A few, but also on my perception of how life is for royalty.

 

 

That is an interesting perception to explore through your characters. How did your royal, and non-royal characters come to life?

Once I named the main character after my best friend, it was kind of easy. I knew she’d have parents and I wanted her to have a best friend. It was only logical that there would be a chief of security, etc. I suppose I’d say they arrived as needed.

 

 

And as these characters arrived, did you find that they had a message to share with your readers, and if so, what was the message you hope readers take away?

That we’re all useful. That we can each rise to the occasion. That we’re never really alone.

 

 

What have you loved about rising to the occasion and getting this book out on the digital shelves for readers?

Finishing it! This is the first story I have ever finished.

 

 

You must have learnt so many things by getting this first story published! Looking back, what do you feel was the biggest thing you that you learnt from going through the entire process from writing, editing, publishing and now marketing?

I’m still learning from it. People want detail, but not fluff, for example.

 

 

Detail is a great area for an author to work on with each new work they create. What are you currently creating where you can apply your new attention to detail skills?

I’m currently working on books 8 and “0” (a prequel) for this series. Heartwood (bk 7) is just waiting on my timeline and a cover for publication.

 

 

Wow, you’ve been busy perfecting your detail skills! What do you love most about writing that has drawn you back to write 9 books in this series? Why do keep coming back?

To have adventures that I couldn’t possibly have otherwise. To explore my own feelings, test my presumptions, and because it’s the only way to get the stories to leave me alone.

 

 

That’s a lot of different things to cover in a single adventure. Do you find that you do a lot of planning, and know the ending so that you can make sure that the stories are written well enough so that they leave you alone?

Oh, I definitely have an idea of how it will end. That helps me as I write, because I know I’m going from the proverbial Point A to Point B. How we get there? Well, that’s the fun part.

 

 

And there any practices or techniques that you use to help you get from Point A to Point B?

The only technique I really have is to try to write 3,000 word chapters, give or take. I’m learning, though. Learning to ask myself if a scene is adding to or distracting from the overall plot, etc.

 

 

That sounds to me that you’ve moved a step of the editing process into the writing stage. What does your overall editing process look like?

I type carefully, then submit the completed manuscript to a handful of trusted beta readers. When they agree it’s got the kinks ironed out, I’ll pass it along to an editor, who corrects punctuation, spelling, verb usage, etc. Finally, I hunt for a brand new beta reader, hoping they can help make sure the book is ready to be read as a standalone. This is my ideal plan, which I’ve only recently implemented. I’m afraid the first several books are probably best read as a series.

 

 

Looking back from those first few several books to now, do you feel that your author voice has improved?

I really don’t know. I haven’t stressed over this because I know I’m still growing and changing as a person, so therefore, also as an author.

 

 

Does this also mean that you haven’t spent much time stressing over your author brand?

No, I really haven’t. I’ve even struggled with what kind of fantasy I write. For quite a while, I thought it was “light” fantasy; then I realized that Harry Potter was listed in that category in some places. I think I’ve finally settled on “wholesome fantasy,” but I don’t know that I would consider that a brand, so to speak.

 

 

I wouldn’t really call ‘wholesome fantasy’ an author brand either, but I would call it a style, so maybe you’ve spent more time developing your author style or author voice than you think you have. As you don’t have a strong brand or voice that you’re writing towards, I’m curious to find out what you do have in your mind when you’re writing. Who or what is your focus?

My mother, usually. I know if she wouldn’t approve, I shouldn’t even be thinking about writing it. I also know she’s my staunchest, most loving supporter.

 

 

Mum’s are great for making sure that you don’t get yourself into big messes! Other than sticking to writing that you can show your mum, what tips do you have for other authors?

Never stop reading. Worry about getting the story out, not about getting it out perfectly. Trying to write a perfect manuscript the first time is usually like putting the cart before the horse. A good story will survive editing and rewrites and be better for them.

 

 

One of my favourite ways to make a good story, or interview, better is to inject a little humour into the mix. Let’s try some humour injections now with a few questions from our quick first question round starting with, why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?

Given that at least one researcher has actually consumed mice in an attempt to explain the healthy state of wild dogs (or was it wolves?) who solely consumed them during certain times of year, I honestly cannot say.

 

 

Maybe the better question in that situation is why would a researcher eat mice to prove why wolves are healthy when wild dogs have different digestive systems than humans? Keeping those digestive systems in mind, why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Perhaps because naturally occurring lemon juice is acidic and couldn’t be consumed in its current quantities without damaging the human digestive system.

 

 

Hmm, maybe that is it! If you invented a monster what would it look like and what would you call it?

It would be slimy, with several spindly legs and a long tail. Different colored eyes would let it see different things (sort of like how colored glasses help humans see in bright snow, etc.). I wouldn’t know what to call it, though, until I knew more about the story it was in.

 

 

That sounds awesome! You need to write about the untitled slimy beast next! If you’re in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?

I think that depends on whether the headlights are projecting white light, ultraviolet light, etc.

 

 

I wonder if the slimy beast would be able to see those different light spectrums well if they were in the vehicle going the speed of light? Maybe, it’s something to consider in the slimy create tale. Something else you could also consider is what happens if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?

The vampire will choke on Batman’s ego and die.

 

 

Poor vampire, that sounds like a pretty bad way to go. Are you left or right-handed?

Ambidextrous.

 

 

What happens when you get scared half to death twice?

According to one theory, you’ll only be 1/4 alive.

 

 

And under another, you’d already be dead. Which is true, or is both true under different circumstances? Hopefully, we’ll never find out. Instead, maybe we can find out about magical powers of TEFLON. If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?

A chemical reaction bonds it to the metal?

 

 

I think you have it. If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?

A bird with teeth so they can stand their own against more predators.

 

 

*Laughs* I’d like to see that! What is your favourite word?

Peace

 

 

Solid choice. And finally, I wonder if we’ll see a little of that peace reflected in our final question of today, where I hope that you can share your favourite line from ‘Silver Princess’. What is the best example of your craftsmanship in this book?

Royal blood is no guarantee of character. Nobility is a quality that each of us must earn. It can neither be bestowed with title nor inherited with wealth.

 

 

Great quote. Lea, I hope you see more nobility earnt through your writing as you continue on the eighth and ninth books in the ‘Silver Princess’ series.

 

Excited to read the book we discussed today? Find it here on Amazon: ‘Silver Princess ( ASIN: B009FFPQW8 )‘.

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