Thursday, December 5, 2013

War of the Wildlands by Lana Axe‏

Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain's backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.

After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales from Nōl'Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone.

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Unrelenting war between humans and elves threatens to destroy the forest forever.

A tyrant king has declared war on the elves and will stop at nothing to see them annihilated. Despite fighting savagely to defend their homes, the elves are outmatched by vicious attacks from highly skilled battle mages. The elven clans must join forces to have any chance of survival against the ruthless king’s army.

Meanwhile, a young half-elf is forced from the human world he has always known and travels into the Wildlands to seek out his elven kin. Along the way, he learns to draw on the magic within himself to craft weapons of tremendous power. When war arrives on his doorstep, he must choose whether to stand with the family he has always known or the elves who share his blood.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
This story has been swimming around in my head for about eight years. It features a fictional area of forest known as the Wildlands, which were highly inspired by the forests in my home state of Missouri. With all the deforestation going on around us, I hope my story might strike a chord with readers, and maybe even prompt them to action.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Well, I’ve been jotting notes and writing out scenes for the last eight years. I finally sat down and pushed myself over a three month span to turn that pile of information into a novel.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I enjoy creating a new world and sharing it with others.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing. It feels more like a chore than the actual writing process. Plus, if I take my editor’s advice, some of the scenes may change dramatically, and I always fear losing something in the process. It’s hard to make some changes, but I know it’s for the best.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I don’t think I’d want to be him, but I’d love to hang out with Gilad Janklowicz. I’ve been working out to his videos for many years, and I feel like we’re old friends.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I have a bottle of Rose’s Grenadine that’s been in there for about six years. I guess I prefer to have cocktails away from home.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
There is more to come in my Tales from Nol’Deron series. Many of my characters will be returning in future novels.

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