This book has it all!
Wait, you’re probably thinking – ‘What on earth is she talking about?
Well let me explain it to you. This weeks posting is part of an exclusive blog tour post highlighting the launch of a new book by an extremely talented new author who is stepping out into the world.
The book in question is Echoes of Winter, (Seasons Of The Wolf – book 1) Of which, I was kindly given a copy to read and review for the launch, to which I will post the review separately in order to fully appreciate the bounty within each page as it holds you captive right to the end.
However that is not the end. I have something special for you all, an interview would you believe with the author herself!
Welcome Dominique. I know from past encounters that you’ve experienced different blog tours and helped fellow authors spread the word of their own books. But how does it feel now with this being the big one for you?
Dominique: It’s actually not as scary as I thought! I don’t know if being ill or, indeed, all the other blogs I’ve been on and promoting I’ve helped with has done any good…but it certainly seems like it has! I’m finding things a lot easier, as long as I’m getting posts out on time, I know everything is fine. This weekend, I’m going to be setting up a schedule for promoting – both my own stuff and other peoples as I need to get back into the swing of promoting the hell outta this book – everyone needs to see how amazing wolves are!
I agree, wolves are amazing and they need that extra voice out there showing the world how they truly are.
When did you decide that writing was the path in life you wanted to follow?
Dominique: I’ve been writing for a long time, first stories then poetry. After moving, I lost interest in writing for role-playing…and then stories burst into life, as miraculously as possible. I indulge my writing side fully now, throwing myself wholeheartedly into creating worlds as vibrant and full of life as the one we all life in really.
Have you ever crossed genres, if so were you comfortable with it?
Dominique: I can cross between paranormal, fantasy, horror and mythology easily enough. It just requires a separate compartment in the filing cabinet of my head. Slipping from one to the other is simple, as long as I remember which characters belong where! Lol!
What is the best piece of advice that you have been given over the writing process and why?
Dominique: Keep on writing. Through the inner turmoil that being an author creates, to creating well-rounded characters that are utterly believable and trustworthy. To create characters with flaws, to make them as realistic as possible and allow them the speech they require while growing as a character- bringing the stories on without sacrificing details or pacing. All helped me with everything I’ve written, giving me a world I could love to live in, whether as a character or not.
What advice would you give to budding writers out there?
Dominique: Indulge all the little whims of your mind as long as it isn’t the back-space/delete! Never delete anything you’ve written, even if you can’t stand it! Somewhere in the depths of your mind, that story could become something amazing…something gripping and astonishing that no one else could have pictured. Obey the twists and turns of your imagination; work on pushing yourself to get some writing done…
Having exposed a little detail about yourself, may we now turn to your long awaited début novel – Echoes of Winter.
This is the first in a series of four, is that correct?
Dominique: It is, I’m midway through the sequel, Spring Surrender. That’s why the series is called Seasons of the Wolf!
How long did it take you to write this novel, from start to finish?
Dominique: The first fifteen chapters were written about two years ago; however the story was abandoned to the spectre of writers block. Come November last year, and NaNoWriMo…and Echoes of Winter was reborn. My wolves, prior to that, had never spoken a single word. Adding in speech truly bought them to life, lending me a helping hand (or paw, if you like) in setting the scenes needed to bring this futuristic, dystopian-themed world to life. Besieged by doubt, I still carried on writing, even once or twice believing that what I’d written had been a good thing. By April this year, Echoes of Winter was done in it’s entirety.
Have you placed yourself in the book as one of the characters, if yes which one and how much of you shines through in that character?
Dominique: I have! Singer has been a long term character of mine from the role-plays when I was younger, and she developed into an extension of me. We have the same mood-swings and values. To me, loyalty even overcomes the bond of blood, which is how I have ‘family’ and ‘pack’ in all different countries over the world. I set a store by a person’s action, much as Singer does- people should prove themselves to be as loyal as you are.
Could you tell us where the idea for Echoes of Winter came from and how you began formulating the structure for it?
Dominique: Well…the story first swelled from something utterly unrelated to the topic. It was a program about animals still in the womb, or as in this particular episode, dogs. They were showing just how dogs came to be at our sides as pets. Three female wolves came forth from the wilderness and sat beside the humans. That, for some reason, sparked the stories of Convel and Teira, Siltin and Tamat and finally, Singer and Vhenan.
Who or what was your influence for the way Siltin acts?
Dominique: I’m not sure. She was always set to be the villain…I just never anticipated her being quite so nasty. I also didn’t want to scout around the issues of infanticide. There are animals out there that will kill/purposely leave vulnerable young to die whenever food resources were lessened. Why not, when writing a story, humanise the plight of a cougar that, with an abject and irrational fear of wolves, kills one of her own cubs. Her heart hardened by the deaths of her own siblings when she was nothing more than a cub herself. Capable of twisting those around her to her cause, she is one who rightfully deserves nothing, but anticipates a valley that is just for her own kind to live in peace…
Right at the start we see a pack altercation between Convel and his father. But rather than Convel claiming the Alpha spot in the pack having fought his father for it, he leaves them and heads off to start his own pack. If the situation had been reversed and he stayed, do you think Convel could have gained the respect of the pack he rose from?
Dominique: I always had the feeling that, should Convel have gained a ready made pack…he would have become some kind of tyrant. His brother, undoubtedly, would have died under his reign. By having to work for his pack, he learned humility, modesty and the skills he needs to be the Alpha he should be.
If Morte could speak like the rest of them, what voice would you imagine she held and how would she come across?
I think, if Morte could speak…she would honestly be some sort of crazed wolf. Avoided and regarded as nothing more than crazy, her visions, as they are, would be classed as worthless. She’d have a wispy, mysterious voice…the sort of voice you imagine belonging to a young gypsy.
How is it that you were able to create so many characters and keep track of each one? Did you have any charts or was it done straight from the mind?
Dominique There were no charts, nothing but the compartments mentioned up above. Characters, for me, are easy to keep track of as they tend to clamour for my attention. It was mostly the main characters that were pains. They were so busy that finding where they were, at times, was harder than it should have been!
What are your hopes and plans for this series and where do you see yourself going from here?
Dominique: I’ll be powering on with the second book in early 2013, with it having an anticipated release of spring 2014. That’s the biggest gap between books…but what good would it be releasing a book entitled Spring Surrender in autumn?
Well there you have it, some insider information on how one writer separates her ideas and her characters whilst indulging in her writing progress. Surely now, you just have to go out there and buy this book to learn more about the characters mentioned here?
Want to know more about this book? Then why not carry on to the following post and read the review – or click here.
About the Author
Dominique Goodall is the author of the soon to be released Echoes of Winter, book one in the Seasons of the Wolf series and a self-confessed wolf addict. She has currently been published in two anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing and is currently working on getting herself better known by sending in manuscripts for as many different anthologies as she possibly can.
As much as she loves to admit it, she never will be able to count her wolf stuff- there’s nothing left for her to be truly able to collect without her own home.
She can be friended on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSinger
Her author page on Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominique-Goodall-author/250907358312446
The page for Echoes of Winter is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Echoes-of-Winter/355235744499607
Her twitter name is: https://twitter.com/#!/DomGoodall
And her blog can be found here: http://dominiquegoodall.wordpress.com/
And the trailer for her book is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kix63EXBW50&feature=plcp
Barnes and Noble US link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/echoes-of-winter-dominique-goodall/1113944214