Saturday, October 26, 2013

Author Interview – Amanda O’Dell

What’s your greatest character strength?

Confidence. I have an irrational amount of confidence (when I’m not wallowing in self-doubt. It’s a cyclical thing.) As in, if I was on a plane spiraling out of control, I am utterly confident that I could dash into the cockpit, take hold of the throttle, and level us out. Not because I know anything about flying aircraft, but simply because I am that confident in my ability to maintain a level head and think critically under pressure. Delusional, I know, but that same confidence is partly responsible for just about everything that is good in my life and is ultimately snaps me out of those periods of self-doubt. You can’t worry about being a failure for very long when you are hardwired to believe that you can do anything.

What’s your weakest character trait?

My ability to trust. All the confidence I have, I reserve for myself and a handful of other people in my life. Everyone else, I hold at a distance, which can sometimes make social interactions awkward.

Why do you write?

I write fiction for the same reason people keep diaries and dream journals. I write because there’s a story in my head and I want to put it down on a page to preserve it. The beauty of writing fiction is that all the details that begin as rough, vague impressions grow more vivid with time, whereas dreams and memories have the unfortunate tendency to fade.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

Always. As a little girl, one of the things I loved doing the most was writing and drawing a comic strip about a fox and a wolf I called The Daring Duo. Every one I completed, I would breathlessly present to my dad, who would chuckle over them and encourage me to make another.

What motivates you to write?

I don’t really need a whole lot of motivation to write. It’s something I do for enjoyment. I’m almost always writing and if I’m not writing, then I’m usually daydreaming about what I’m going to write next.

What writing are you most proud of?

My book, Fall of the Forgotten. I have been writing various iterations of these characters and this story since I was a teenager, but this is the first time I ever really committed to putting it all into a comprehensive novel suitable for public consumption.

Fall of the Forgotten

For as long as Aod or anyone else could remember, the people of White Creek have lived in fear of fiends—spirits of wild places and volatile forces, servants of the dread god Sokar. For as long as history had been written, mankind had been at war with them. From the humblest village odijya to the holiest priest of the Order of Tergel, they all strove to thwart the legions of Sokar.

That was all Aod cared to know of fiends, until the day one appeared in White Creek and blame is laid at her feet. Forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, Aod finds refuge in the most unlikely company: a duplicitous changeling named Rakas, his shapeshifting cohort Ka-Rina, and a tempestuous spirit called Imago. Her understanding of the world is forever altered.

Aod and her new companions embark on a journey west to the Order’s stronghold, the citadel of Tergel, each of them seeking something different—one for revenge, one for the past, one for freedom, and one for redemption.

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Genre – Fantasy

Rating – PG13

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