May the 4th book be with you

gahsafdsgElm Stone Saga fans, the moment has finally arrived!!!! The fourth book in The Elm Stone Saga, ‘Haunted’, is here. Here’s a little interview I did with the fabulous author, Shayla Morgansen herself.

What inspired The Elm Stone Saga?

Two things. One, the then-impending completion of the Harry Potter series, which I was finding difficult to replace. Two, a baby names book I bought to help me find names for my Sims. I found Aristea and Renatus in there, along with almost the entire cast, and started imagining them as characters. That’s why all the weird names!

What authors inspire you, and why?

So many, where do I start? JK Rowling is my hero because of her tenacity and the impact she had on reading and literacy. Laini Taylor and Catherynne M Valente make me want to write better, every time I read a single gorgeously crafted line of theirs… their story worlds are so beautiful and every word is a delight. And Jodi McAlister, because she manages to strike a balance between academic life and writing fantasy novels!

What was the first thing that drew you into the fantasy world?

sdgasgg.jpgI always watched and read fantasy and science fiction. My childhood movies were Star Wars, Independence Day, Stargate, The Labyrinth… Plus The Swan Princess and a big helping of Disney… That’s why I’m so well-adjusted. For books, especially long magical series that drew me totally in, it would have to be The Chronicles of Narnia.

What book is your most anticipated read for the rest of this year?

Other than the forty-something unread books sitting on my bookshelf already? Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell.

What was your favourite read of 2018?

Well, that’s too hard. Either Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine or Valentine by Jodi McAlister. Or Illuminae. Or Geekerella. I don’t know. I’m a picky reader – if it doesn’t have magic, spaceships or police, I’m out – so I love nearly everything that makes it onto my very exclusive list!

How did you decide on the cover of your books?

Painfully, or so my cover artists would say. I’m picky with everything. I knew I didn’t want to have people on them and I wanted a symbol. My amazing artist friends who developed the covers helped me to think about what symbol matched the content of each book.

agfagasgIf your book series was to be a movie, who would you cast? Personally I think the actor who played Victor Aldertree on Shadowhunters would be perfect for Qasim.

I remember you saying that! Maybe Theo James as Renatus? Though I think the books are better suited to a series than to film.

What do you want readers to take away from reading The Elm Stone Saga?

Enjoyment? There isn’t really any deliberate moral or message to the series – more of an exploration of my own into the different ethical perspectives. Is an action inherently right or wrong? Is its rightness determined by its outcome? Or is something more or less right if it affects people you love? These are questions my characters struggle with and I think we all can relate, so I hope readers get a moment of escape when they’re reading about fictional people dealing with these worries in fictional settings.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Take yourself seriously, or no one else will – but not so seriously that you forget that this is supposed to be fun. Language should be a delight. If you don’t love writing, your approach needs a look-over.

Finally, can you tease use about any upcoming projects you have on the horizon?

agf.jpgI always have too much going on! Aside from my non-fiction works coming out over the next year, my massive unfinished fanfiction and the research arising from my ongoing study, I do have a new fiction series I’ve started working on. Think The X-Files­ meets Grimm – supernatural police procedural. But it’s a while off, and I’m committed to completing The Elm Stone Saga for now.

~J.J. Fryer

You can find out more about Shayla Morgansen at her website, on The Elm Stone Saga’s Facebook page, or by following her on Instagram. All four books in The Elm Stone Saga are available from our store.

You can follow JJ Fryer on Twitter and Instagram. His debut novel Inner Reflection is available from our store.

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Meet the Author: Amanda Geisler

Amanda Geisler has been a dedicated reader since a young age, always searching for new materials to devour. She began writing short stories at the age of 9, musing over the worlds she created before being introduced to the world of novels in her early teen years. Amanda is an enthusiastic reader and writer of young adult urban fantasy and paranormal novels.

gwrrThe White Wolf trilogy has been Amanda’s foundation project. Having started the original version when she was 13, The Stray was a work in progress for several years until she finally finished it in 2016.

Besides reading and writing, Amanda lives and works in Brisbane as an early childhood educator while she continues to study towards a Bachelor of Education at university. Amanda uses her spare time to continue with her writing projects and to attend events such as Supanova and Genre Con.

Favourites

Favourite book/s: Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Favourite film/s: Harry Potter Series

Favourite television series: Teen Wolf

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite Sesame Street character: Big Bird

Favourite subject in school: Maths

Favourite special place: My bed

Ideal holiday destination: Europe

Dislikes

Food you can’t stand: Mushrooms

Something you’d never be caught dead wearing: Hot Pink (unless for charity event)

Fears: Claustrophobia, stairs

Least favourite sport: Cricket

Quirky questions

An age you are not: 25

A random hobby you had for like five minutes once: Photography

Best Skittle flavour: Purple/Grape

Writing related

What inspired you to write your current work:

What genres do you read and write: I read and write a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal novels. Sometimes read horror. Rarely romance.

When did you start publishing with Ouroborus: 2016

Current work-in-progress: The Lost

What can readers expect from you in future: My writing career has taken a bit of a hiatus as my university, personal and working personas take more importance. However, I am working on The Lost and will get it out as soon as it’s ready.

Which of your own characters do you relate to most, and which is your favourite to write: I feel I connect and relate to Rya most of all. Probably because I have spent so much time in her head and some of my personality is in her. I am looking forward to writing from Dylan’s point of view as the series progresses. He is a charismatic, sarcastic and cheerful character that I believe will be interesting and fun to write.

What upcoming or recently released Ouroborus book are you most eager to read and why? I am looking forward to reading Blank. I have had it on my shelf for a few months now and I have been waiting for time to read it.

Either or

Hardcover, eBook or paperback? Paperback

Chocolate or chips? Both (depends on mood)

DC or Marvel? Marvel

Blue ink or black? Both (depends on mood and what it is used for)

Indoors or outdoors? Indoors

Spotless work space or is there a desk under all that? Bit of both

Coffee or tea? Neither

You can find out more about Amanda Geisler here and the books can be purchased from the Ouroborus Books online store.

Meet the Author: Sabrina RG Raven

meshopped.jpgWith over 10 years’ experience in the independent publishing field, artist, writer, editor and book designer Sabrina RG Raven has learned to mix her passion for art, design and the written word not only to create her own works of fiction but to help publish other authors.

Her art and writing styles vary from fantasy and sci-fi to portraiture and book covers. Her first two novels co-written with Mitchell Tierney make up two thirds of the Everdark Realms series. Her first solo novel, Blank, is now available, as is her first illustrated work, The Monsters in My Head, an adult picture book about mental illness. She is currently working on book three of Everdark Realms and the follow-up to Blank.

Favourites

Favourite book/s: (This is barely skimming the top of the list) All of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, anything by Stephen King, Seven Ancient Wonders series by Matthew Riley, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, (this is like telling me to pick a favourite child) The Voynich Manuscript, most of Shakespeare… That’s a good start (honestly, I own over 3000 books).

Favourite film/s: The Crow, Alita Battle Angel, Dumbo, Jurassic Park, anything Ghibli, Lord of the Rings trilogy… nope this is too hard too. I inhale media.

Favourite television series: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Brooklyn 99, Castle Rock, Stranger Things, Lost, Masterchef… again too many to choose from.

Favourite colour: Red, Black, Purple and clear.

Favourite Sesame Street character: Miss Piggy and Snuffy.

Favourite subject in school: English.

Favourite special place: Tokyo.

Ideal holiday destination: Japan.

The best birthday party would be: potluck with my nearest and dearest, although my book launch/birthday last year was pretty epic.

Dislikes

Food you can’t stand: artichoke, pawpaw and brussels sprouts.

Something you’d never be caught dead wearing: a bikini.

Fears: Losing the people I love.

Least favourite sport: Most of them, and any I am made to participate in.

A really annoying mantra, saying or piece of advice: Chin up.

Quirky questions

An age you are not: 21.

Least favourite Disney princess: Jasmine (not sure why, she just irks me).

Third favourite fictional character: Oy.

A Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour named after you would be a combination of: Chocolate fudge, peppermint, macadamia nuts and black sesame ice cream (it would probably be gross).

A job you definitely wouldn’t have been suited for: athlete.

A random hobby you had for like five minutes once: bought a ukulele.

The most attractive punctuation mark is: interobang.

Best Skittle/jellybean flavour: skittles are gross. Buttered popcorn jellybelly.

Writing related

What inspired you to write your current work: Blank was actually a writing prompt so the sequel follows on from that.

What genres do you read and write: Read: sci-fi, fantasy, horror mainly although I’ll attempt most books. Write: sci-fi and fantasy.

When did you start publishing with Ouroborus: I formed Ouroborus back in 2007.

What do you hope people associate you with: my compassion.

Current work-in-progress: Marked, Everdark 3, about 10 paintings and a crochet project.

What can readers expect from you in future: I want to delve more into sci-fi.

Which of your own characters do you relate to most, and which is your favourite to write: Almara from Blank. It’s hard being different and she embodies the strength I hope to have to get through.

Either or

Hardcover, eBook or paperback? paperback.

Chocolate or chips? chocolate.

DC or Marvel? Marvel.

Blue ink or black? black.

Indoors or outdoors? indoors.

Spotless work space or is there a desk under all that? Either although the latter is most likely.

Coffee or tea? Either or.

You can find out more about Sabrina RG Raven at her website, facebook or instagram and her books can be purchased from the Ouroborus Books online store.

Supanova Fun

Some of you may know that April and November are big months at Ouroborus Books. Does anyone want to tell the rest of the class? Yes…? Nice work reading the title – ten points to *insert your selected Hogwarts house here*! The Force is clearly with you.

Yes, April and November for south-east Queenslander nerds are big months because that’s when Supanova comes to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, respectively. Ouroborus secures a good-sized spot in the Indie Press Zone with the other authors, illustrators and comic writers to sell our fantasy, paranormal, dystopian and horror themed books, as well as fandom and fantasy art by Sabrina RG Raven. If you’ve somehow never noticed us raving about Supanova before, here are a few reasons – provided by some of our authors – as to why you might want to check your schedule on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of April this year and perhaps pop on down to the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre for a looksie.

 

Danica
danica

“I love the environment of Supanova. Connecting with other artist and authors. For the weekend I feel a part of a community.”

 

J.J.
JJ

“I love Supanova because it’s such an incredible event where everyone from all walks of life can come and be encapsulated in the nuance of pop culture. I love how there’s something for everyone. And it’s such a FUN event!!”

Shayla
shayla

“I really didn’t know what to expect the first time I went to Supanova, but I knew from that first day that I never wanted to miss one again! So much colour and fun, and so much acceptance. I love how everybody can enjoy themselves – families, young people, couples, older people; proper nerds, casual nerds, mums of nerds – without having to compromise on the integrity of the event. It’s such a lovely crowd and a very multi-faceted event.”

Robert
rob

“I remember my first Supanova, being blown away by the people. All my life I’d been isolated in enjoying the things I enjoyed. I never really shared my pop culture loves with other people. So, to suddenly be in a giant haul with hundreds of other people all there to see the same things I was there to see. Loving the same things I loved, wanting the same things I wanted. It shook me up in a delightful way.”

Annalise
Annalise

“I was introduced to Supanova back in 2012 by my cousin. At the time, I was looking forward to meeting Masakazu Morita, voice actor for Ichigo Kurosaki, and I still have his autograph in my car. It was also one of the few times I didn’t feel like an outcast. I never realised I would like a social interaction until then. However, it was also the first time I caught con-flu. That was a bummer for me.”

Sabrina
sabrina

“My first Supanova was back in the days it was at the RNA Showgrounds (at least 12 years ago) and it felt like coming home. These were my people. And back then it was so hard to get collectables at a decent price because they all were double the price from imports.

As an exhibitor, my first ‘Nova was Gold Coast ‘Nova in 2014 so that makes this Supanova number 11 for the company. We started with two titles and no idea what we were doing, and I’m pretty sure I nearly had a heart attack from the sheer level of stress I put myself under getting everyone organised. That ‘Nova was a biggie for me because not only was it our first time as exhibitors but I also got to meet one of my top 5 (living) authors, Mr Jim Butcher. I fangirled and I’m pretty sure I clapped like a seal after he told me a secret about a character that I had guessed correctly. I was lucky enough to speak to him for about 30 mins about writing and I even scored a photo (while dressed as Totoro). But my main takeaway from ‘Nova is the sheer love from complete strangers, people who come back year after year to say hi and see what’s new. And they’re my people. The nerds, the geeks, the dreamers and the freaks.”

Meet the Author: J.J. Fryer

With our little indie publishing house in Brisbane exploding in recent years with new authors and new titles, we’d like to use our blog to introduce (and reintroduce) our talented team in 2019. First out the gates, meet J.J. Fryer, our newest debut fantasy author!

w3.jpgTell us about yourself: I was diagnosed with Mild Cerebral Palsy when I was a year old and Asperger’s Syndrome when I was twelve. In terms of my writing style I write in the first person. I haven’t had much experience with writing books. Before I published my first book, I actually wrote another book, because I had way too much in my head. And that’s basically how I got into writing. I am such a fantasy nerd, ever since I was little. I also love a few of the old T.V. shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. One of my inspirations is Cassandra Clare, she researches every one of her books extremely well and portrays a realness into each of her characters. Inner Reflection is my first ever publication.

Favourite books: The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.

Favourite Television series: Once Upon A Time, have you seen the costumes!?! Plus really imaginative storylines.

Favourite Colour: Blue.

Favourite subject in school: L.O.T.E. Love learning about different cultures.

Food I can’t stand: Olives, way too salty.

Something I would never be caught dead wearing? Those singlets with the really low-cut sides.

w2Age I am not? 40.

What inspired you to write your current work? There is such a lack of authors who write about people whose Special Needs are not always seen. And I wanted to show people that Special Needs or not WE ARE ALL HUMAN.

What genres do you read and write? I mainly read fantasy, but sometimes I read sci-fi and murder mystery . . . sometimes.

When did you start publishing with Ouroborus? I started publishing with Ouroborus in August of 2018.

Current work- in-progress? Book Two in the Beneath the Surface series.

w1Hardcover, ebook or paperback? Hardcover, because there’s hardly any of them in bookstores.

DC or Marvel? I’m one of those people who likes both.

Book by a debut author that you’re most looking forward to reading? Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.

Book by a fellow Ouroborus author that you can’t wait to be released? Haunted by Shayla Morgansen. I love the magic system.

wYou can find me on Facebook at J.J.Fryerauthor, Instagram  at j.j.fryer and Twitter  at jjfryer_09. Both the paperback and the limited edition (50 ever made) hardcover of Inner Reflection, the first book in the Beneath the Surface series, can be purchased at our online book shop, bookdepository.com, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.