Indie Superstars with the authors of Fire and Fantasy
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This month, we chatted with a few of the authors from the Fire and Fantasy box set--containing over twenty full-length novels.
Welcome, Frost Kay, Michelle Lynn and Michelle Bryan of Fire and Fantasy!
YABC: What makes a good fantasy novel?
Frost Kay: World building! I LOVE a great fantasy world. If it's hard to imagine or "unclear" then it's almost always a dnf for me.
Michelle Lynn: Characters. This could be said for any genres. I’m not big on description or too much info, but I love seeing the relationships between characters and how the world around them affects them. Is there magic? Some evil they have to face? How do they change in the midst of all of this.
Michelle Bryan: A good fantasy novel has to be able to draw you into an imaginary world where you can easily suspend your disbelief. The author must create an interesting, vast world with conflicting cultures and mysterious places – something that keeps you, the reader, guessing what’s over the horizon. Oh, and a quest. Every good fantasy needs a quest.
YABC: Why do you love writing fantasy?
Frost Kay: The creativity. I can do anything I want, anything! It makes the impossibles, possible.
Michelle Lynn: There’s so much you can do. I write in multiple genres and fantasy has this special power over my creativity because I’m not constrained by today’s world, today’s rules. The only social norms are the ones I create. Plus, magic complicates EVERYTHING! No joke, when Michelle Bryan and I are outlining out co-written fantasies, we have to stop ourselves because there are so many situations that are completely altered because someone can use magic or someone can’t. It changes the balance between male and female, talented fighters and more meek characters. It’s challenging and I love that.
Michelle Bryan: Simple. Because it's a world where anything is possible. What other genre can give you magic, and ogres, and dragons and Princesses all combined in one story? It is literally the genre that has it all.
YABC: Traits of a good fantasy hero/heroine.
Frost Kay: A sense of justice, honor, and a strong moral code with a side of bad ass.
Michelle Lynn: Fearlessness, dedication, a belief in themselves, love. They have to have a strong love for their people or something they want to save or protect. That’s usually what drives a fantasy.
Michelle Bryan: They must have strong characterization. You can write the best story about magic ever, but if your characters are cardboard cutouts, no one will care about them. They should have real conflicts and problems that mirror our own reality so the reader can identify.
YABC: How important is romance to a fantasy storyline?
Frost Kay: It depends on the story for me, but I adore slow burning romance in fantasy
Michelle Lynn: I typically won’t read a book that doesn’t have some sort of romance, but there have been exceptions.
Michelle Bryan: I believe that every story is enhanced by a romance as long as it doesn't overpower the fantasy storyline. As I said earlier, if the characters have issues that mirror true life it helps the reader identify with them, and nothing does that better than a love story.
YABC: Describe the perfect fantasy villain.
Frost Kay: Ooooo...this is a hard one. I find myself fascinated with villains that seem normal, or even someone you'd like to be friends with.
Michelle Lynn: Hmmm. One who’s sympathetic. They can’t be evil just for evil’s sake. There has to be some underlying cause. A lost love? A child? Are they really trying to protect someone? I like to hate the villains, but also to understand them.
Michelle Bryan: It should be someone you love to hate. Strong motivation… that’s the key to creating a fantastic fantasy villain.. The villain must have some justification for their actions. They just didn't wake up one morning and decide to be the bad guy. There has to be something that pushed them over the edge. The villain needs therefore, to have some redeeming aspects of their character and that in turn will keep the readers hooked to the last page.
YABC: If you could choose one fantasy staple (magic, dragons, mermaids, etc.) to write a story around, which would it be?
Frost Kay: Dragons or mermaids. Sorry, there's no way I could choose either!
Michelle Lynn: Dragons. I’ve never written them, but am fascinated by them right now. Maybe it’s the Game of Thrones effect.
Michelle Bryan: Magic for sure. A story that has magic has endless possibilities.
Meet the authors
The Fire and Fantasy box set consists of more than 20 authors from all walks of life who have one thing in common: A love of fantasy. Whether it be magic, dragons, mermaids, or many other exciting centerpieces, they write it all. Some of them aim their books towards the upper levels of young adult and others just write what comes to them. They hail from all over the world and can’t wait to bring this collaboration right to your ereaders.
The Fire and Fantasy box set has more than 20 full-length fantasy novels
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Meet the books of Fire and Fantasy
A FISTFUL OF MAGIC ~ Cassandra Sky West
Caitlin Vnois only has a few days left in Puerto Rico. Sun, cocktails and photo shoots are all the elven supermodel has to look forward to. That is until a tsunami dumps a handsome ex-navy rescue swimmer in her lap. Then her sister, the crown princess of Atlantis, goes and gets herself kidnaped. So much for the vacation.
DEEP WATERS ~ Alicia Rades
When Bree Waters finds a merman washed ashore after a harsh storm, she begins to uncover secrets the Sea Haven city council is determined to keep hidden. But fighting back only sends Bree on a quick course toward deep waters--and deep waters are never easy to escape.
REBEL DRAGON ~ Steve Turnbull
As the life of a slave goes, Kantees doesn't have it too bad. Being responsible for a dragon means her existence is more than drudgery and fear. But when her charge wakes her one night she is forced to decide between letting others die, or forfeiting her own life by riding the dragon.
VAMPIRE'S HUNTER ~ Kassandra Lynn
Even the power of a centuries-old rivalry can't stop love...
PLIGHT OF THE PERFECT PRINCE ~ Jason Paul Rice
A prince, a dwarf wizard and a castle outcast.
Everything about the 18 year old Prince Ali-Steven's life was perfect...except for one thing.
CLOAK OF SHADOWS ~ C.K. Dawn
Sir Lancelot's sexy descendant. A kick-ass huntress. And a snarky sidekick.
What if all you've ever known of King Arthur's legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth?
THE SOUL'S ALLIANCE ~ Wendy Knight
Konstanz is pretty sure her best friend is a demon hunter. A demon hunter with a broken heart.
That's a very dangerous thing indeed.
A TOUCH OF DARKNESS ~ Yelena Casale & Tina Moss
Cassie Durrett dreams of the darkness. And lives the nightmare.
When demons threaten the game, angels don't play by the rules.
UNDERTOW ~ Joss Dey
A world born of merged realities, turbulent and jagged and overrun with monsters...a woman infected with unruly magic, unknowingly using her soul to find love...
PROPHECY OF DARKNESS ~ Michelle Lynn & Michelle Bryan
What was once stolen must now be regained for only magic can save them from what is coming. A curse, a prophecy, a forbidden love - theirs is an impossible mission that must not fail.
SIREN'S LURE ~ Frost Kay
Hayjen never believed in myths and nightmares until he met the pirate captain of The Sirenidae. Lilja never planned on breaking her laws for one man. An ancient secret. One mistake. A doomed world.
THE SIREN ~ Meg Xuemei X
Lucienne was born to rule, but her fight for love could steal her birthright... and destroy humanity in the process.
CRESCENT ROGUE ~ Axelle Chandler
Every new beginning must come from an end, and with each defeat a new future is born.
THE WOMAN IN THE WIND ~ Samuel Stokes
The demands of duty, the pull of fate, the love of a lifetime.
PHOEBE AND THE STEEL CITY VAMPIRES ~ Eileen Enwright Hodgetts
Phoebe accidentally enslaves a domestic vampire; he's great around the house but his master wants him back.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF ANNA ~ Charlene A. Wilson
When Cole lifts from the kiss, he knows he's made the biggest mistake of his very long life.
"My life is a mirage of endless time. But you engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul."
DRAGON SCALE LUTE ~ J.C. Kang
Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. Only an awkward girl can rediscover it.
MAZE OF TAURUS ~ D.N. Leo
When chased by fire to the point of no return, and the maze of taurus offers the only way to hell, Zach chooses to face the fire.
THE HUNTRESS ~ J.A. Culican & Felicia Starr
In a world of magic and danger, the love between a goddess and a shifter is destined to become a legend... or end in heartbreak.
SCENT OF A DRAGON ~ Kris Austen Radcliffe
When Daisy Povlovich realizes a young boy's true nature--and the true danger his Shifter father presents to both her and the child--she runs headlong into a paranormal fire she should have left alone. But every child deserves a chance, and Daisy's going to get the boy his even if it kills her....
SPHYNX - THE UNTOLD STORY ~ Jessica Cage
Some stories are told, others are not, the best ones are reimagined.
Only magic can save them from what is coming, but first, it must be reclaimed.
Twenty years ago, war devastated Dreach. Bloody and cruel, it ravaged the realm and stripped magic from Dreach-Sciene.
Without magic, there is no hope. No life. For Prince Trystan Renauld, there is no choice. As his people starve, his enemy prepares for a final showdown that will decide the fate of the realm. Without magical power, he and his people will lose everything. Even with it, they may fail.
Against a backdrop of prophecy, curses, and forbidden love, Trystan must reunite the legendary Tri-Gard, keepers of the magic, and find the power he’s always believed was a fairy tale: magic, the very foundation of life. With both sides preparing for battle, it’s a race against time—and against the kind of darkness that can destroy them all.
Prophecy of Darkness is an epic adventure to destroy evil. Do you dare to join the Prince and the people of Dreach-Sciene to fight the darkness before everything is lost? Will you help the Princess prove she is more than they think she is? Are you ready to fall in love?
One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Prophecy of Darkness (Legends of the Tri-Gard Vol. 1) (Michelle Bryan and M. Lynn)
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