We’re so pleased to welcome author Anyta Sunday to TNA today on the tour for her latest novel, Locked. Enjoy Anyta’s guest post, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below where you can enter for the chance to win a couple of great prizes (details to follow).
Why writing Fantasy is so . . . fantastic
Writing fantasy takes me back to my very first attempts at crafting stories. I used to love – LOVE – reading about new worlds with talking trees and magic and evil that has to be overcome by good. One of my first short stories was about the origins of a new world, where the land itself was personified as a character. It was so much fun to write and when I write fantasy now, I’m taken back to that fun-and-games I had as a kid.
Cerdic. Gildwor. Gatreau. Snowvar. King Gallagher. I love the awesome names and places that authors get to come up with in fantasy. They are characters and places that don’t really exist in the real world, and can be named as wished. You can make up histories and backgrounds and forge new societies. It’s so liberating to be the maker and designer of a world!
But the best part of crafting fantasy is the freedom to make shit up. That’s not to say magical abilities don’t have rules and need consistency, but I can have characters turn into dragons or craft magical shields by tapping into the magic of nature-spirits. It’s so liberating to be able to imagine something and make it come to life on the page.
I got to do this a lot with Locked and it made the whole experience of writing so much fun. Well, okay, keeping everything straight and consistent got tricky, but the fact I could have my dragon-warriors turn into gargoyles, or have special symbols that connected Tellurics to the spirits of nature and produce magic was so much fun to write about.
Lastly, there are the characters. Writing fantasy characters is much like writing contemporary characters in that many of their conflicts come from the different relationships they have with their peers/enemies/family, etc. But they also get added external conflicts that work with the magic of that world. So conflict feels fresh and fantastic to write about.
About the Book
SERIES: Telluric Realm #1
AUTHOR: Anyta Sunday
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
LENGTH: 98,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2016
BLURB: A curse threatens the Winter Kingdom.
A brother is turned to ice.
A rebel uprising is on the horizon.
Marble-maker Rye Cunnings is at the center of it all—and doesn’t know it.
He doesn’t know he’s the lost summer prince. Doesn’t know his blood can unlock Winter’s curse. Doesn’t know why the marbles he makes flutter with magic. All he thinks is that he’s crazy. That he sees things others don’t, like dragons and strange markings on his skin.
But when a dark dragon snatches away Rye’s only friend Milo, he is forced to face the crazy in his life and figure out a way to bring Milo back.
Help comes in the form of Cerdic Leit, a warrior who finds Rye to take him “home” to the Telluric Realm and their kind. All Rye has to do is follow him into Gatreau, the gateway to the four Telluric kingdoms, and all his questions will be answered.
In the hopes of saving Milo, Rye steps into this new and dangerous world. A world where he learns of the Tellurics and their Hansian foes. A world that is swept up in a bitter battle of justice and hate.
And a world that won’t let Rye leave again.
About the Author
A born and raised New Zealander from Wellington, I’ve been exploring the literary world since I started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Stories have been piling up in my head ever since. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), I started to put them to paper.
My genre of choice is romance, both adult and YA, gay and straight. You can take a closer look at my books, available as e-books for download in many formats!
When I’m not pushing my characters deeper into adventure, I chase my son around the house and fight my two comical cats for the desk chair.
Since 2014, I’m also part of CritShop Literary Services, specializing in writing workshops and editorial services for LGBT fiction.
Winner’s Prize: $15 Amazon gift voucher and e-copy of Locked
Runners up Prize: E-copy of Locked and any book from my backlist
Follow the Tour
May 3: MM Good Book Reviews
May 4: Author J Scott Coatsworth
May 5: The Land of Make Believe
May 6: Bayou Book Junkie
May 9: Loving Without Limits
May 10: Cia’s Stories
May 11: Louise Lyons
May 12: The Purple Rose Tea House
May 13: Unquietly Me
May 16: Alpha Book Club
May 17: The Novel Approach :: Hearts on Fire
May 18: Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words :: Drops of Ink
May 19: Love Bytes Reviews
May 20: MM Book Escape