Tundra (Author Interview)

Tundra looks like an exciting fantasy story.  Can you tell us a little about it?
Tundra is a timeless tale full of passion, betrayal, adventure, and unimaginable cruelty. It takes the reader through the adventures of Seraphina who was given to a bunch of fanatics known as The Red Faces who’ve ceased The Lands of Kilacre, her father’s homeland.

What can you tell us about Roseanne?
I’d like to say Roseanne is an interesting character but there are so many within the story that would fit that description. So, I’d rather say Roseanne is an incredibly determined individual and it doesn’t matter how low she’s sinks in life, she’s always looking for a way out even if it’s not the best way and this you see when she tries to do away with her daughter. You also see this part of her emerge later on within the story where it delves deeper into her past life. I guess you can also say she is quite the chameleon, and this is what makes her character quite interesting ‘cause you never know what to expect.

What inspired you when writing Tundra?
The inspiration part is kind of a funny question. You see, I started out writing poems and short stories and people enjoyed them, I even won some awards, but never did I think about writing a novel. One day, I came across this person who seemed to be in a bad mood and I guess he didn’t like poems. He told me my friend wrote a novel, poems are nothing, they suck! So, I guess he was my silver lining. The next day I sat in my chair, faced the computer, and said what should I write about and that’s how Tundra began. Of course, I still write poems from time to time.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Tundra?
I think what I struggled with the most was the villain. I wanted to get inside his head, I wanted readers to feel what he was feeling, to know why he was doing the things he was doing and so, I found myself watching films of the best villains I could find to see how they acted and moved and spoke.

What do you like to do when not writing?
When not writing, I enjoy cartography, boxing, photography, sketching, and gardening.

Where can readers find out more about your work?
Readers can find out about my work at my website: https://thecrazedstoryteller.wixsite.com/marilynvelez
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