Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Silver Dawn Afire by Sonja J. Breckon

March 8, 2021 author interview, Blog Tour, giveaway 0

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway:  Silver Dawn Afire by Sonja J. Breckon

Silver Dawn Afire
Sonja J. Breckon
(The Seventh Age Saga, #1)
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Myridians are coming, each wielding one of Six Cataclysmic Powers that will lay waste to the world and wake the God of Neutrality. What happens when one refuses to succumb to her myridian nature and sets out to save the world instead?

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SIDRA ANATOLA will soon die a human death and be reborn as one of the myridian, beings destined to destroy the World of Aetheria. In a desperate attempt to change her dark fate, she flees home and the young man she loves to seek help from a powerful entity who has lived through all the ages. But she may not make it in time before she is killed by hunters—or by the love of her life, also a myridian, who fights every day to hold onto the emotions that made him human.

BRESEIS ERISWEN was expelled from the academy and failed her father who expected her to carry on her late mother’s profession as a myridian hunter. But Breseis never wanted to be a hunter—she refused to kill, and she never believed in myridians, to begin with. She leaves home with big dreams, lacking experience, and a broken heart, to prove that she is more than a failed hunter.

Two contrasting paths converge to become a turbulent one. A mouthy intellect with a colorful personality, and a skilled warrior with a frosty attitude, put their differences aside and travel the rest of the way together, robbing temples, angering false gods, and escaping numerous predicaments with their lives. Amid the chaos, they form a friendship despite a gut feeling that both hide dangerous secrets that can save or destroy the world and each other.

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Author Interview:

  1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  

I often dive in head-first with an idea and intend to use an outline, but I always end up writing by the seat of my pants. I have dozens of notebooks I use to jot down notes, and I always use my phone’s voice recorder when I’m out on walks or nowhere near pen and paper.

  • Do you edit as you go, or wait till you’re finished before you edit?  How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?

I edit as I go and then several times after I’ve finished – never can have too much editing! Only when I’m about 80% sure I’ve caught all the mistakes I can, do I send it out to another set of eyes. And they always catch more. 

  • Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

No, I’m not a part of any writer’s groups.

  • How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

Honestly, I don’t know. They just come to me. I can be doing the most mundane thing and an idea will pop into my head as if planted there by my muse!

  • What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

I know it’s not a new tip, but it’s so true just the same: Always write for yourself, never for others, or try to keep up with trends. Readers can easily tell the difference in a forced story, and those that were written from the heart with passion.

  • How important are names in your books?  Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning?  Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? 

Names are one thing I spend a great deal of time on. I do a lot of research (culture, gender, etc.) before choosing a final name. But, of course, I have to love the way it sounds too.

8.   What are your favorite:

Books/authors/genres: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Neverwhere and Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice – but I love too many generes.

Movies/TV Shows: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Constantine, Game of Thrones, Xena Warrior Princess, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Interview with the Vampire

Music: I love soundtrack music! Wojciech Kilar’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings, Trevor Morris’s Vikings

Food/Writing snack: Cold brew coffee, chicken potato enchiladas

About the Author:

Sonja J. Breckon is a builder of fantasy worlds and not ashamed to admit she lives in them more than in the real world. Besides writing books, she works with various programs to create her own cover art, interior art, design, formatting, and fantasy maps. She loves nature, the universe, coffee, and bookstores. Oh, and chicken potato enchiladas.

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