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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Awakening the Dragon--Book One of the Dragon Clan Trilogy originally was called Dragon's New Home. A financial issue with an unethical publisher was the deciding factor in my rewriting and renaming it. Looking back, I am grateful to the publisher. Although it was a good book in the beginning, Awakening the Dragon is a stronger and better crafted book. Not only did I add a ghostly presence, but also I established a storyline that would be woven through the sequels--Dragon Domain, which is already available and Return of the Dragon Tribe, which will be released spring 2008. I write about the magic of this world and others. However, the setting doesn’t matter as much as the spiritual and emotional challenges that the characters must grow through.

Most of my work is inspired by life and my ability to not only question, but to listen to the answers. The what-ifs of life are the basis of the best stories every told. Growing up I would create my own characters for my favorite TV shows and fantasize about the how I would make the story different. When it was time to return to reality, the characters and plots were radically different than when I started. One of my English professors once said there hasn't been in a new plot in over two thousand years, but it is the way the writer perceives the plot and creates the characters that make the story unique. There is nothing new about bigotry, romance or betrayal, until you see it through fresh eyes or you lift the mirror and see it in your own. The characters that I have brought through me are magical, but not because they create magic. Instead, they represent the commonness that we all share that in itself makes us unique. We are all capable of making miracles happen if we chose to have the courage to believe and have faith. Each of us contains the Divine spark that makes us exceptional. If we could just remember to look for it in other, most of the pain we cause ourselves and others would be avoided, but so would most of the good stories.

Awakening the Dragon Clan Trilogy is available at Amazon.

To read an excerpt go here: http://www.geocities.com/tirgana/excerptatdebook.pdf
posted by Dorothy Thompson @ 9:33 PM   7 comments
Friday, December 7, 2007
If you had asked me 3 years ago whether I would write a novel, I most likely would have laughed and said no. You see, I never meant to write a novel. As a matter of fact, when I wrote Rue the Day: The Undercover Heir Book 1, I only meant to write a short story.

Here’s what happened. I live in the Ozarks, and we have a lot of misty mornings. So one day I was getting a breath of fresh morning air and talking to the birds. Fog shrouded the trees and put me in mind of Celtic stories about passing through the mists into other realms. The book The Mists of Avalon is one example of a book that taps into these stories.

So a character came to me who had lived as a human but was truly Faerie (old spelling of what we now see most often, fairy). Her mother Neala wandered into the mists that rise at times to allow passage between the worlds while pregnant with her. When she was a tot, Aislinn and her mother Neala became separated on a misty morning. Someone found the child and she lived in one foster home after another. She knew nothing of her Faerie heritage. All this was the “back story” which in a good novel you do not discover right away.

The book begins on a misty morning in the Ozarks, and Aislinn is drawn into the mists by her cat Bree. She then has a peculiar encounter with a man who says he is her kinsman. He attempts to take her “home,” but after a rough life in a skeptical world, she has no intention of wandering off with a strange man, no matter how friendly he appears to be.

I intended to write a short story about Aislinn returning to her homeland. But a Muse stopped by and I offered her a drink, and since humans do not typically notice Muses, much less offer them chocolate liqueur, she must have decided that I should not write a short story, but a novel.
So that is why I say that I accidentally wrote a novel. Some might say that I was aiming for a short story and overshot by 85,000 words, but in truth, situations and characters came to me and would not let me go until they found expression. The whole plot for Rue came to me quickly, and it took me 14 weeks to catch up and write everything down. It never occurred to me at the time that writing an entire novel from first word to final draft in less than four months was remarkable, but over two dozen writers have expressed a stunning degree of awe that I could do such a thing.

My answer? I never told myself I could not write quickly, so I had no bad programming to overcome.

While I wrote Rue, naturally after all that time developing Faerie, the fantastic Celtic knotwork castle, and the nice twisty plot, I had an idea for a couple more novels. I also came to understand first hand why fantasy authors so often do series, aside from commercial considerations. It would take far too much work to invent a new world for each book!

So there you have the story behind the book Rue the Day, The Undercover Heir, Book 1. I encourage you to read excerpts at http://catmuldoon.com/. I will let you in on a special offer…you want to register to receive excerpts of the book and other stories, because I am giving away prizes. You could win a set of 3 music CDs like what I listened to while writing Rue. They have beautiful Celtic music. I am also giving away another prize which I will announce December 14.

I love meeting authors and finding out what inspires you.

Virtual Book Tour: I am SO excited to be on tour this month, thanks to Dorothy Thompson and her crew at Pump Up Your Book Promotions. My tour page can be found here. Comment on the tour page or one of my stops and you could win a copy of Rue the Day.

Ask Me A Question and I'll (probably) Answer: I have a blog post on Communati where you may ask me a question about writing, my book, or whatever and I will most likely answer. Check out http://communati.com/main/ask-author-cat-muldoon-would-you-let-your-book-be-turned-movie

Thank you for your interest, and please drop me a note!

Cat Muldoon http://catmuldoon.com/

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Monday, December 3, 2007
DEVIL'S ORCHESTRA by Sydney Molare
It’s funny how I get ideas for books. I’m a veterinarian by profession and I’d participated in interviews for potential students into the states veterinary medical program. On the way home, one of my students, who happened to be interviewing for a slot, and I began talking about the ridiculous things going on in the world. Now this was just after Janet Jackson showed the world what she was working with and Brittney Spears and Madonna thought lip-locking in front of millions of children was a great idea.

I realized how greedy our society was for the vulgar, the uncouth, the over-the-top dramatical (thanks Flava Flav) actions people were doing. And the worse part was people were actually defending this vulgarity as if were defensible. We’ve white-washed some sins to the point of having a generation believe some things aren’t sins in the first place.

During the four hour ride, the radio was on, and one of my unfavorite radio personalities, Rush Limbaugh, was on spewing his skewed opinions. I have to take him in small sessions since there is his right and the rest of you. Of course, that tune changed when it was his hinny in the sling.

Seeds for the book began sprouting as I had this one thought: What would these same celebrities say if the devil showed up and had them review their lives? Mind you, they had been on the radio, television and magazines defending their positions/actions down to the nth degree, would they have the same viewpoint if they were placed in the ultimate judgment situation?

Of course, the devil couldn’t show up horned, cloven-hooved and smelling of brimstone. I wanted to make him human. Scripture tells us he was beautiful and I wanted people to realize the devil just might show up looking like you and me.

In the end, Devil’s Orchestra is my wake-up call to our society. I use the category title quasi-Christian fiction. That’s because the message is spicy but the undertones are spiritual in nature. I’m hoping that every reader will reassess their lives, see how they are living, and figure out whit’s truly important.

Glad you had me over!

Sydney Molare is the author of DEVIL'S ORCHESTRA. You can visit her website at http://www.sydneymolare.com/.

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