Introducing Montgomery Mahaffey, author of Ella Bandita and the Wanderer:
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
As far as my adult writing career is concerned, I started writing almost 15 years ago because it was what I always wanted to do.
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?
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?
The Wanderer is a rare breed – a nice guy with a troubled past, charisma, and sex appeal. He’s also really stubborn and I love him for that.
The Shepherd is the great, humble wise man – what’s not to like about that? In this novel, the reader doesn’t meet him until Part 4: “The Heart of the Lone Wolf,” but he’s one of the main protagonists in the 2nd novel.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
Ella Bandita and the Wanderer:
They were fated to collide, Ella Bandita and the Wanderer. This complex fable about a predatory seductress and an adventurer frozen in grief explores the darkness of the human heart and the allure of erotic obsession over love. The story begins when an outcast young woman tries to kill herself. Yet a sorcerer intervenes with a last chance to change her destiny. But she must be his lover and give him her heart to transform into the immortal Ella Bandita. All his life, the Wanderer hears stories about Ella Bandita, the ruthless thief of hearts. But he never believes she lives and doesn’t recognize her when they meet. Driven by lust, he follows Ella Bandita into a battle of wills that threatens to destroy him. The Wanderer wants nothing more than to avenge himself on a woman he loathes, the vagabond seductress who stole his heart.Excerpt:
The Patron found her past the wide bend in the river in the same spot where she and the Trainer used to fish. Crouched on her haunches, she wore crude trousers tied at her waist, the fine stitches of her blouse grimy, her hair in a long braid to her waist, strands tousled around her face. Although she’d grown taller and now had the curves of womanhood, she looked just as she had that season seven years ago. Scanning the trees, he almost expected to find the Trainer, but his daughter was alone.
One thing had changed. She’d never worn a holster back then, but now had one belted below her waist. He raised his brows when he saw one of his pistols at her hip. He hadn’t heard the shot when she caught the squirrel, but she was skinning the carcass with one of his daggers. So intent was she on her task she didn’t hear him approach. Her eyes grew wide when she looked up and her hand slipped, the blade slicing into her wrist. The Patron leaped off his horse and reached her in two strides. Gripping her arm, he sunk her hand in the water. The girl resisted, but he held on tight and squeezed her wound to stop the blood flowing into the river. He brought her hand out of the icy water and pressed his scarf against the side of her wrist, pulling a handkerchief from his breast pocket. He heard her labored breathing and felt the taut muscles of her arm while tying the bandage around her wrist. The Patron glanced over, ashamed when he saw the girl pulling as far from him as possible, her eyes narrowed to slits. It had been years since he last touched her.
Ella Bandita is available at Amazon.
Since Warrior and Holy Man is short fiction, at the moment I’m not planning to release a paperback edition. Eventually I’ll put together a collection of all my Estelend short fiction (Haveshi and Latan’s stories, A Cure for Nel, Tales of Azara, and whatever else I might write) and use this as the cover for the paperback of that.The landscape I used for the original cover is cool, but it really didn’t work very well with the lettering, and it didn’t convey anything about the story. For me, stories are mainly about characters, and so I like to see the characters on the cover. Stock art that’s usable for fantasy characters can be hard to find (though I love the work that Design by Katt did for the Chosen of Azara and Sarya’s Song covers), especially if you aren’t using the standard fantasy-type characters, and especially especially if you tend to have a lot of mixed-ethnicity couples like I do, like Silas and Lainie (Daughter of the Wildings), Eruz and Rashali (Urdaisunia), and Haveshi and Latan. That’s where having an illustrator who does amazing work, like Mominur Rahman, comes in handy!
If you want to get to know Haveshi and Latan a little better, check out these previous blog posts:
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