I am especially pleased to welcome Carol Bond writing as Ellen Mae Franklin. I am especially interested in world building at the moment – something this author has a great deal of experience with. So without anymore blahblahblah from me, Carol Bond.
Tarkeenia is a world I created for my first book, The Unseen Promise. It is a wonderful place to write in. I have wandered its many paths for years now and still to this day I am learning more about its inhabitants and its alien beauty. I love conversing with The Unseen Promise’s characters and marvel each time I sit to write, at the story as it has over the years, unfolded into a complex journey with many shades of light and dark.
The Unseen Promise is the first book in what has become the Tarkeenia Sagas. I found as I took to writing, like a duck does to water, that I am a Panster by nature. This series will more than likely take on the shape of three separate books.
I did not choose to become a writer, since raising a family and working was my world before words. But, I will say that like everyone who writes, I wish I had done this all my life. It all started with a single character, his dream and a message that I wanted to convey. From there, The Unseen Promise took shape and colour. I believe, that I have achieved a complex weave of fascinating scenarios, with characters who, bicker and love, scheme and delight, offering you, the reader an insight to a world on the brink of chaos. As part of my introduction, here is the opening of my story.
In the beginning
What is curiosity? Is it a beginning or is it an ending? Should you embrace it or do you shut your eyes and pray for the love of whatever god you hold close that it disappears? It is a thing without limitations and restraints, for it carries no conscience, other than what its bearer holds. So I ask, should it be valued or feared? For it begs to be heard and it never, ever, no matter how much you should wish it, offers even the smallest measure of mercies.
Even the gods feel the tug of its call, its alluring charm. All except for one, he believed that he alone held its secrets, and valued curiosity as a favorite trinket to be kept close until such time, as it was needed.
So, be warned friend, for to answer its call – curiosity’s enticing song – it must be with wide eyes and a steady heart, for trouble always follows.
I decided during the writing process to take on a pen name. I have chosen the middle names of my three children, Ellen Mae Franklin.
I am currently doing my best to keep my head above water. Working hard on three different projects, the second book in the Tarkeenia Sagas. It is called – It’s not the Bite that kills you. I am also, co-writing with a very talented UK Author, Pete Emmerson on a fantasy series. We have not given our project a name it is still a work in progress.
My other project is a group effort. I am co-founder of an Australian group of writers and authors, 34 in total and we are working on writing short stories for Australian themed anthologies. We are called Terra Australis and the anthologies we are producing will be published late August this year.
Reading have, always been a very important part of my life and one that I carry with great pride today. The worlds that Enid Blyton created for me, had me reading long after I heard, lights out! From there on in the power of words captured my heart and mind. I progressed to other authors and more complex storylines. The love, I have for this genre shows in my writing and the endless meanderings I put to paper. Authors that have inspired and influenced my writing style are many, but to name a few that stand out as giants are in order, Joe Abercrombie – for me this author has taken fantasy to a new level. The story he creates, are complex, gritty, violent and colourful. I have learnt a great deal from his books, character development and dialogue.
George RR Martin, Fiona McIntosh, Ian Irvine, Guy Gavriel Kay, Julian May, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Jordon, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass are to name a few that have given me years of enjoyment.
I have from my many years of Field Merchandising come to understand, that all book covers must be visually compelling. All humans are visual creatures, so the artwork must stop a reader mid stride. I used the website Odesk to find a graphic artist I believed capable of illustrating quality fantasy. I chose Cristian Popa. He had an artistic eye, the creative ability and technique to portray my characters, as I visualized them.
To close this wonderful interview, I would like to outline who I am. I was born and still live in Adelaide, Australia. For me, there is no place like home. The big 50 has come and gone, my children are adults, which leaves me time to indulge in the things I love, writing, reading, gardening and traveling. I get to spend quality time with the people I love.
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