Friday, April 27, 2012

On Author Interview with Desiree Finkbeiner

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author and artist Desire Finkbeiner about her new novel Ethos: Morning Star.

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R.S.: Being and artist as well as an author, how much of an influence did your art have on your story, Ethos: Morning Star?

D.F.: It was originally the idea of the dragonfly that influenced the story. Dragonflies are popular and highly marketable, so once the idea for the story came to mind, I began to think of ways I could also capitalize off of merchandise to accompany the book. Dragonflies would look good on virtually anything, so I knew I had to incorporate them into the book.

R.S.: When you first started writing Ethos: Morning Star, did you know it would be a series?

D.F.: Yes, I plotted it for a series. The story was far to complex to fit into only one book, and generally series seem to do better than stand alone novels. Readers become involved with the characters they fall in love with, and they don’t like to let go once they fall in love. So an effective author will give readers what they want; more to love.

R.S.: What was your favorite scene to write in Ethos: Morning Star?

D.F.: Ohhh that’s a hard one. There are so many aspects to this book: Romance, action, fantasy adventure, mystery… so many scenes come to mind as being my favorites. So I will break it down like this: My favorite action scene is the epic battle towards the end of the book, during the dragonfly chase between the two queen dragonflies. Kalen is captured and Brianna is trying to save him from certain death. My favorite romance scene is when Kalen rebinds himself to Brianna, they have gone through so much at this point, so their renewed commitment carries more impact. And my favorite ‘mysterious’ scene would have to be the trance extraction ceremony that takes place while they are held captive by the lost tribe.

R.S.: How did you come up with the little details that made Ethos what it was?

D.F.: Most of it just came as inspiration while I wrote. Some of it came in dreams, and some of it came from my art.

R.S.: I’ve heard there might be a special edition of Ethos: Morning Star coming soon, what can you tell us about it?

D.F.: The kindle version is just the literary novel, but the special edition print version will contain 20+ detailed illustrations- so the reader can see how I envisioned Ethos in my own mind. That is something readers never get to see from authors who are not artists. Their interpretation is only in words, for the reader to visualize in their own minds. But with an illustrated version, the reader will get to see how it played out in my mind first hand. I hope reader enjoy seeing how I see the world I created both in word and images.

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It started with a mushroom, from another world... never before touched by a human hand, until Brianna... but life continued as normal... until a near fatal accident almost a decade later, reveals to Brianna... she's... different...

Unexplained lab results, unusually fast healing, and recent sightings of Jurassic sized dragonflies... What is happening to her?

When a peculiar man delivers her from a violent assault, she becomes enchanted by his heroism and inhuman abilities. Her rescuer, Kalen, is sworn to protect the powerful secret she has yet to realize, from an ancient foe with evil designs...

With the secret exposed, our world is no longer safe. Kalen takes Brianna to Ethos, his home, unprepared for what happens next... An ancient prophecy unfolds and they must make make a choice... Give into their forbidden love, or sacrifice their heart's desire for a chance to save their worlds.

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