Introducing fantasy author Vanessa Kings:
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
That day, I found writing comforting and distracting, so I continued writing every time I felt the need of leaving realty behind. By the age of 18 I had around 120 pieces written of fairy tales, poems, life’s reflections and other stories.
I always wanted to publish my stories but never had the confidence to do it. After my son was born, my husband and my best friend gave me the confidence that I needed to start writing my first book.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
My secondary series, “The Dream Fairy’s Bed Time Stories”, is a collection of ten short stories, based on secondary characters of The Kingdom of Astebeth that didn’t have their own stories on the main three books. The first book, “The Princess of the Enchanted Forest”, is available on paperback now, and the e-book will be released on February 28th. The second short story will be published on May.
I am also planning to write a book called “Spells of the Dream Fairy” or something like that, I haven’t decided the name yet, it would be an anthology of poems.
5. “Welcome To My Worlds”: Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
I like Melanie because she is strong. She has to deal with a lot of bad things, but she doesn’t lose her innocence and her dreams. She stands for what she believes, she knows what she wants and she will do anything to accomplish it. She is sweet and kind, but she won’t let anyone stand on her way and stop her. During the first book of the series she goes from a disoriented teenager to a very mature college freshman, her journey and adventures in Astebeth were a big part of her life and helped her during the hard path of becoming a woman.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
8. Where to find Vanessa:
Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | Goodreads | AmazonExclusive excerpt from Chronicles of the Nocturnal Forest (Stories of the Fairy of my Dreams, #1):
“We continued walking until we exited the forest. A few steps away, I saw a small wooden house and ran straight towards it, hoping that they could be hiding inside. I wanted to warn them about Arthur’s knights. I had to let them know what was going on and help them escape. I entered the house in a rush, shouting that they had to leave, the knights were coming, and they were not going to let them escape. Sarah and Thomas were sitting in front of the fireplace, holding their hands and looking into each other’s eyes. I told them to leave once, twice, three times, but they could not see me or hear me.
In previous dreams, I could always control what was happening when I needed, and when I found myself in a situation like this, I reminded myself that it was a dream, and so from that moment on, I could do anything. I could fly, fight dragons, and swim in the depths of the ocean without needing to breathe.
It seemed that the fairy noticed my confusion and explained that for many days, they were hunted by Arthur’s knights, who eventually found them, living in the small house made of wood. It was their fate and nothing would change that.
I could not witness what was going to happen next; I knew what Arthur had sent them to do, so, with tears in my eyes, I asked the fairy to take me away from that place. She did, and soon afterwards, we were sitting under a tree in the forest as she continued telling me what had become of Sarah and Thomas.”
1) What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Lainie Banfrey. She’s fictional (but don’t tell her that!).2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the Wildings, a fantasy world inspired by the American West of the 1880s. Non-magical people have fled from persecution in the mage-ruled civilized land of Granadaia to settle in the wide-open Wildings.3) What should we know about him or her?
Lainie is the 19-year-old daughter of a moderately prosperous (though far from wealthy) cattle rancher in Bitterbush Springs. It’s just her and her father; her mother died when Lainie was 6 years old, and her older brother was killed in a shootout between feuding miners and ranch men. She’s a hard worker, tending to both ranch chores and housekeeping, and she’s an excellent cook. She’s proud of her full 6-year education at the Bitterbush Springs Town School, and she loves to read all the penny-thriller novels she can get her hands on.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his or her life?
Lainie was born in the Wildings to Plain (non-magical) parents, but she inherited magical power from a grandmother who was a mage. Mages are hated and feared by the Plain settlers, so Lainie has to hide her power. She’s torn over her power: she wants to be able to use it to do good, but she’s been taught all her life that wizards are monsters with no heart and no soul.
When a dangerous renegade mage comes to Bitterbush Springs and stirs up a feud, Lainie meets Silas Vendine, a bounty hunter on the renegade’s trail. To her, he seems like the man of her dreams, even though he’s a mage. Lainie’s power is discovered by Silas, who is legally required to either Strip her of her power, which would leave her a helpless, mindless shell, or to take her to Granadaia to be trained in magic, a process that would probably destroy the young woman she is and turn her into the monster she’s afraid of becoming. Lainie refuses to go along with either option, and Silas can’t bring himself to force her.
Lainie teams up with Silas to stop the renegade mage. The renegade discovers her power, and then the whole town finds out about it, with the result that her whole life is uprooted and sent in a direction she never imagined.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
She wants to learn to use her power while remaining herself and not becoming a monster like she’s always been taught mages are, and to use her power to protect the peace and freedom of the people of the Wildings. At the same time, she wants to convince the settlers that not all mages are evil, and eventually make it so that mages and Plain folk can live together peacefully.
6) What is the title of the book(s), and where can find out more?
The series is Daughter of the Wildings (click to go to the series page for book extras, buy links, and more information).
Book 1: Beneath the Canyons (now available)
Book 2: Bad Hunting (now available)
Book 3: The Rancher’s Daughter (coming soon)
Book 4: To the Gap
Book 5: City of Mages
Book 6: For the Wildings
7) When was the book published?
Beneath the Canyons was published November 2014, and Bad Hunting was published just a few days ago, Feb. 20. Anticipated release for The Rancher’s Daughter is May 2015.
The next stop on the Meet My Character blog hop is yet to be determined; I’ll update when that’s set up.