Friday, 5 October 2012

My interview with Ally Shields!

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I have just been interviewed by Clive Eaton, why not pop onto his site and have a peak !!

I have just completed a great interview with new author Ally Shields, read on...

Title: Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book One)
Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch)

Author: Ally Shields

Page Count: unknown (print version not yet available); ebook is 408 kb


Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal with romantic elements/supernatural mystery

Cost: $5.99, E3.85

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Can you tell me something about yourself?

I was born and raised in Midwestern US along the Mississippi River which is the setting for my urban fantasy series. Having been educated as a teacher and a lawyer, I have led a varied career in those fields. I still live near the Mississippi River with my miniature pinscher Ranger and close to one of my two grown sons.

What inspired you to write?

I have been in love with books my entire life. When I was little, I read every horse book my small town library had. When I ran out, I wrote my own at age nine—a 150 page story of Golden King, a wild palomino stallion. I guess I never got over the idea of creating my own fictional worlds.

Who are you favourite authors?

In the urban fantasy genre it would have to be Kim Harrison, early Laurell K Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris. I also read mysteries and thrillers. Top on those lists would be J.D. Robb, P.D. James and Vince Flynn.

Can you tell me something about your latest book? 

Fire witch cop Ari Calin thinks she has Olde Town under control until an exotic designer drug surfaces, a new werewolf pack hits town, and inhabitants start fighting and dying. It wasn't as if she can just zap the trouble away, not when a human girl is the first murder victim. She has to play by human rules, at least on the surface. That means listening to her human partner and even accepting help from a mysterious vampire, Andreas De Luca. If they don't move quickly to stop the violence, it could soon be too late—for everyone.

Yes, I know first hand that your book is fast paced and a good read! How long did it take you to write it?

I began writing this book in 2008. This book and two sequels were totally rewritten, including changing from first to third person, in 2011.

Can you tell us something about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research or anything else of interest that was involved?

I write every day, and I set goals for myself. When I'm drafting, it is a minimum of 2,000 words per day; when revising, my goal is 30-60 pages. Sometimes I do more but rarely less. Sure, I do research. Often it takes hours to find the answer for one small paragraph. But as you know, the largest slot of time in writing any kind of fantasy is the world building, figuring out who your creatures are and how they interact with the rest of your world. Fortunately, I love making up stuff!

What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book.

I only hope they will be entertained.

Would you share a paragraph or two with us?

Ari retrieved her knife from the forest floor. The woods were quiet again. Still, she lingered, reluctant to leave. An ominous prickle persisted at the back of her neck, keeping her rooted to the clearing. She scanned the trees, opening her mind to the smells and energy in the wind.

 A sharp round of applause shattered the silence.

A shadowy figure stepped from the shelter of the trees. The stranger stopped, silhouetted against the light of the moon. “Very nice, if a little overdone. I do not think he will return soon.” A rich, masculine voice, softly accented, rolled over her. Ari’s pulse leaped. Her witch blood surged in response to the unmistakable vampiric energy, and she snapped into defensive mode.

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Thank you so much for this interesting interview Ally, I have read your book and thoroughly enjoy it!

Welcome Ruth, it’s an absolute pleasure to interview you today!!

Book Titles: The Voxian Series. Book 1 Fantacia & Book 2 Orion (The Fight for Vox).

Product Details                    Orion. The fight for Vox! (The Voxian Series)

Author: Ruth Watson-Morris

Page Count: Book 1, 299 pages. Book 2, 338 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4717-7835-3 first edition Fantacia.

ISBN: 978-1-291-03321-2 (New 2nd edition out October) Fantacia.

ISBN: 978-1-4709-2884-1 (Paperback version) Orion.

ISBN: 978-1-291-05589-4 (special edition) Orion.

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Cost: Fantacia Kindle 0.79p, £8.96 paperback.  Orion Kindle £1.96, £10.65 & £10.95 paperback.

Can you tell me something about yourself?

 I am a 47 year old disabled Grad from University of Worcester in the UK, I have 3 children all grown and 4 grandchildren, all beautiful. I own 2 dogs, I rescued 13 year old X collie and a pure black German Shepherd dog with a matching Black cat!

What inspired you to write?

Escapism, the Voxians are how I wish mankind would be. Life is precious and so many people in this world don’t see it.

Who are you favourite authors?

 J. R. R. Tolkien, Kelley Armstrong’s Women & Men of the other world series, Bob Atkinson, George Martin’s  Game of Thrones series, Wendy Steele’s Lilith Trilogy.

Can you tell me something about your latest book?

The latest book is Orion, a DNA virus affects Vox and only a handful of Voxians are able to help the humans and other species to escape the planet, there is also a new Demon enemy for the Voxians and their Angel King Kathos to face.

Sounds like a really good read, How long did it take you to write it?

Orion took about 14 months with a lot of editing.

Can you tell us something about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research or anything else of interest that was involved?

I research all I need first especially the Demonology involved. I make a plan (although this was not done with Fantacia) and write from it. My disabilities mean I cannot go out and work, so I have plenty of time to write.

What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book.

 Hopefully more respect for life and their planet, but also realisation that even through the worst consequences even the weakest of us can prevail.

Would you share an interesting paragraph or two with us?

Residing in a bell-shaped Universe is Galaxia, a world on the light side of the wonders. There rules the Goddess with her Angel children, who are immortal warriors of virtue.

To the south there is a nebula bright and true in the shape of an eye, watching over all and inside rules the Angel King Kathos, with his warrior superheroes, powerful soldiers with swords, who are fighting against the dark dimensions, protecting all in the Universe from Evil.


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Thank you so much for giving me the chance to interview you Ruth.  Having read your books I can recommend them to all those who enjoy fantasy.



  1. It's interesting that books are often escapism for the authors as well as the readers - I feel that way myself.

    Diane, there's an award for you over on my blog.

  2. Yeah, I like escapism and thank you so much for the award ;O)