Friday, March 1, 2013
Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall
Rayne Hall has published more than forty books under different pen names with different publishers in different genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2 and 3 (mild horror stories), Six Historical Tales (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories), Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet and Writing Scary Scenes (instructions for authors).
She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies and more.
Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence - but can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?
Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.
Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. But how can they trust each other, when hatred and betrayal burn in their hearts?
'Storm Dancer' is a dark epic fantasy. Caution: this book contains some violence and disturbing situations. Not recommended for under-16s. British spellings.
Available at: Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
We're not responsible for our fate, but we're responsible for how we deal with it. Storm Dancer explores this theme. Inspiration also came from ancient cultures (especially Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Persians and Hittites), from places where I've lived and travelled (in Central Asia, North Africa, Middle East).
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Writing Storm Dancer took me longer to write than any of my other books - about ten years, because I rewrote it several times. At first, it was a straightforward fantasy adventure novel with a swashbuckling hero. Then I discovered that Dahoud was possessed by a demon, which made it a much darker story. When I discovered the secret of Dahoud's dark past, I had to rewrite it yet again. With each rewrite, the novel grew darker.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the unrestricted creativity, and being in charge. Plotting, planning, freewriting, drafting, structuring, rewriting, revising, polishing... I enjoy it all.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Formatting can be tedious.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I'd take the chance to slip into the mind of a wise person who lived in an interesting historical period - Sokrates, maybe.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Flower seeds I harvested in the autumn and will sow in the spring.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Several more fantasy and horror books are already in progress.
Giveaway is an ebook at each stop. The book is "The Colour of Dishonour - Stories from the Storm Dancer World."