Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - The Wysard by Deborah J. Lightfoot

Young Adult/New Adult Literary Fantasy
Book #2 in the Waterspell Series

WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic—and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can’t seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. "Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … intriguing premise and original characters … Fine fantasy." —KIRKUS

WATERSPELL Book 2: The Wysard
After blundering into the last stronghold of magic, Carin discovers that she is right to fear the wizard Verek. He is using her to seal the ruptures in the void, and she may be nothing more to him than an expendable weapon. What will he do with her—or to her—when his world is again secure? Or has he erred in believing that the last bridge has been broken? The quest may not, in fact, be over … and Lord Verek may find himself not quite as willing to dispose of his fiery water-sylph, Carin, as he once believed himself to be.

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#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Writing the Waterspell trilogy has been a career. From starting on Book 1 to finishing Book 3 took me sixteen years. I lack the speed required of a career novelist who regularly produces a book a year. I’m much too slow and meticulous a writer to work at that pace. Happily, I have a fallback job as an editor of long and unusually complicated freelance projects. Between the big editing assignments is when I do my writing. Long-term, though, my plan is to reverse those priorities, devoting myself more to writing.

#2 – What Was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Getting past Chapter 1 of Book 1 of the trilogy! I wasted nearly a year, just tinkering with Chapter 1. My editor-half kept intruding into the creative process, wanting to polish that first draft. Finally I yelled at myself—the way my gutsy protagonist does to get herself to “Move!”—and after that I charged ahead to complete Book One, then Two, and eventually Three.It wasn’t until I had finished Book 3: The Wisewoman that I really understood the layers of the story. At that point I began again from the beginning. With my fresh, clear-eyed grasp of the whole complex series of events and the characters’ relationships, I set out to fully cohere the trilogy, shine it to satisfy my editor-half, and then declare, at last, that 16 years of effort were done.

#3 – Did You Have Any One Person Who Helped You Out With Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

All the members of my critique group gave me invaluable support. Their tough love forced me to curb my literary excesses, clarify my thinking and my wording, and dig deeper into the layers of my story (and my psyche). I doubt there’s a writer alive whose work-in-progress wouldn’t benefit from the kind of thoughtful, insightful critiques that knowledgeable pros can provide. If you’re a writer without a serious, professional critique group to join, start one! You’ll be glad.

#4 – What Is Next For Your Writing?

My work in progress is called “Out of Mind.” It’s a story of the paranormal set in the American West of the far future. Eventually, too, there may be a Waterspell Book 4. I’m mulling over the threads from the trilogy that could weave a framework for a fourth book. Haven’t decided on that yet.

#5 – Do You Have an Addiction to Reading as Well as Writing? If So, What Are You Currently Reading?

I’ve always got a book open, though when I’m deep into editing knotty, attentionintensive manuscripts, my brain may be too bruised to do much extra reading for pleasure. Then when I switch hats and return to writing, I avoid reading contemporary authors because I don’t want to be subconsciously influenced. Lately I have had chances to travel, which I love to do, and between journeys I’ve been drawn to classic travelogues. Recently finished Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, and now I’m reading Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon.

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Teenage misfit conjures Jabberwock as her weapon against two wizards: one her kidnapper, the other her rescuer--unless he kills her first.

This or That?

#1 – iPad or MP3? Nook Tablet

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla with chocolate chunks

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Baked potato

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Drama! Even melodrama if it’s well done

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Sparks

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy that becomes my reality

#7 – Call or Text? Call and talk for two hours

#8 – Public School or Home School? School of Hard-Learned Life Lessons

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Mocha coffee

#10 – eBook or Paperback? Both. My shelves are loaded with print books, and my tablet holds more ebooks than I’ll read in this lifetime.

Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in Texas, she grew up reading tales of adventure and reenacting them behind ramparts of sun-drenched grain. She left the farm to earn a degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography. High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a multi-layered fantasy trilogy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he'll have to kill her ... which troubles him, since he's fallen in love with her. Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock; Book 2: The Wysard; and Book 3: The Wisewoman 

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  1. I like answer number 6- definitely the best way to look at life IMO!

    1. Thanks, Abigail! For me, the Waterspell trilogy is a fantasy that really did become my reality. I acted as the chronicler of a world's history, following along, notepad in hand, to record the events of the characters' lives. It was utterly absorbing and took years!

  2. Here's the full link for the Aug 20 review at "Once Upon a YA Book" --

    Once Upon a YA Book

    It's a lovely review. "If you like epic fantasy that sweeps you to amazing, immersive worlds and while following intriguing characters, be sure to add this series to your to-read list." Thank you, Kimberly! You've made my day.