Carol Bond joins us on the blog today. Carol is the author of The Unseen Promise.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, this mother of three is following her passion for Fantasy writing. She published The Unseen Promise in 2013, after revitalizing the urge to complete the first book in the Tarkeenia Sagas. She is currently working on subsequent manuscripts and is involved in various writing and creative communities.
Co-founder of Terra Australis, a group of Australian writers, she is working towards publishing two anthologies of Australian themed short stories. Also, working with a UK Author, Carol Bond is working of a new Fantasy series – titled Un-named.
The sequel to The Unseen Promise is a work in progress. It is called – It’s not the Bite that kills you.
She is writing under the pseudonym of her children’s middle name – Ellen Mae Franklin.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
I am a Field Merchandiser for Sony, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It’s just a fancy title for someone who merchandisers DVD’s in Mass Stores. I have been working part time with US for 9 years. I enjoy its autonomy and the fact that I am relatively my own boss during the working day, moving about from store to store.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
I am pretty, sure fantasy it chose me. I have been reading fantasy now, for the past 44 years and we have had love affair all this time.
4) When did you start writing?
I have been writing seriously for about 3 years. The idea, for The Unseen Promise sat about, collecting dust in this old brain, for about 7 years.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
I will list 3 other writers who I fell have influenced me –
1) Joe Abercombie – For his brilliance of character development and dialogue
2) George R.R. Martin – For his complex storylines
3) Stephen Donaldson – For his ability to reach deep into human nature and put it all down on paper.
There has been only one true influence for me as a writer. My best friend and partner, Bruce. His gently prodding’s and constant faith left me little room to doubt myself.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
My book is 100% pure imagination, as far as the world and its characters. But there is definitely real life influence there somewhere. I have drawn on personalities and traits from people, I have met and known. Scenarios have a personal touch to some of them, for as writers we all draw from what we know and our experiences.
7) Planner or Panster?
I had to look this one up and it seems I am a Panster. I began with a character and his dream. From there is quickly took off and now contains 50 odd characters. This book was always going to be the first book of a series and I am very happy with the outcome. I have the framework in place for book 2 and 3 to the very end of the story.
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Well, I can’t make a comment on the toughest criticism for my story has only been released to the public as a whole for a few days. So, it is early days yet and I have do doubt that criticism will come. I am harsh on myself, fearing to disappoint.
Compliments are a booster and readily given by friends. I have had many lovely things said and this I think has led me to finishing what I started. I am forever grateful.
I write unadulterated fantasy. I find I can create complex storylines with fantasy for there are less restrictions and boundaries when working in this genre. It is still important to remain factual when need be. The Unseen Promise is a delight, a world full of magic and new characters. There is betrayal and love, mystery and monsters, lessons to be learnt and trials to overcome. It is a world on the brink of chaos. I don’t necessarily have a favourite thing. I loved writing The Unseen Promise, and am equally enjoying working on the sequel – It’s not the Bite that kills you……..
I have never thought about hard issues when writing. I sit and work when I feel the need, for I do not believe you can sit at a computer/typewriter and smash out words for the sake of it. I do not consider this productive. I think, instead if you can’t write, time best spent is sometimes working out a character, or a scenario, some framework. Other times it is important to commit some free time to relaxation.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
I have learnt, that it is very important to listen to the voice inside your head.
To build a social media platform 6 months before you release your book and to ask questions and learn as much as you can from those more experienced.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I will share three interesting facts about The Unseen Promise, which is not covered in the synopsis.
1) Curiosity is a motivator in this book. The phrase – Curiosity kills the cat drives some of the storyline. What would happen if you weren’t curious? Would you be safe?
2) A Moorling is an Elemental character. It is a prism of light and can only become solid by finding a host to live in. The tricky bit is, that if the Moorling doesn’t leave it’s host before they die, it too succumbs to death.
3) A Nightbane can be killed by stabbing it through a small circle of holes in the back of its neck. Otherwise, good luck.
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