The Day Terror Died (Author Interview)

The Day Terror Died looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about it?

Imagine three innocent young people in a fantasy world who are thrust into the middle of the complex and deadly machinations of several powerful factions all maneuvering to take control of the youngest of the three, a 12 year old girl with rare and valuable psychic abilities. If this were not complicated enough, the girl bonded with a powerful, bad tempered dragon over their experiences of mutual loss when she was a child. Now knowledge of the young adolescent's powers is seeping out.

Some want to protect her, some want to use her and some she just doesn't know, but to stay free, protect her loved ones and get the answers about her past she desperately wants, she will need all the help she can get!

How many books do you have planned for the series?

The main story will take five books to tell, I believe, and there are some related side stories about some of the characters that I would also like to tell. After that, who knows?

That’s an amazing cover. Can you tell us a little about it?

Early in the process of writing, I came the across the picture of a little girl standing right in front of a ferocious-looking dragon, looking calm. I already had the scene of Charnel meeting the dragon in my mind, so when the time came to commission a cover, I showed the artist, Kitt Lapena, that picture as a starting point. I also wanted the two older boys looking on and two adult groups watching from the clouds, hovering over them all like shadows. I like effect that he came up with for the metaphor of Charnel's situation.

What inspired the idea for your book?

This story began as 10,000 word short story way back around 1997 and I can't even remember what initially inspired me to write beyond that I had this story locked up inside of me that was determined to open me up and let all of these words out. When I finally released them, I cannot tell you what a relief it was.

Can you tell us a little about Charnel?

I'd love too! When the story begins, Charnel is vivacious youngster enthralled with nature and all things in it. She and her older brother, Justhien are orphans. Their father was killed in an enemy raid a couple years earlier and their mother was kidnapped during the same raid and is assumed to be dead as well. The two youngsters are being raised by their Uncle, who is a wealthy mill owner in the tiny village of Forest Dell. Charnel loves her brother, he

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