Happy INDIE-pendence Day, everyone!
We Indelibles thought it would be fun to start a blog fest where we could all recognize an indie author (that’s self or small published author) that we especially love. To view the other blogs that are participating in the fest, head on over to our HOME PAGE.
I first met Rhi when we discovered that our debut YA novels were going to share a book birthday! Her debut, FLAME OF SURRENDER (Book #1 of The Ferryman and the Flame series) came out on November 1, 2011 – the same day as my debut, THE VEIL. We exchanged advance copies of our books and immediately became big fans of one another. She is lovely, her books are lovely, and she is well worth checking out if you’re into high fantasy!
Here’s the blurb for FLAME OF SURRENDER:
Kaliel and Krishani weren’t meant to meet or fall in love but they did. Krishani’s dreams of death lead him to a fate he’s terrified of – becoming the next Ferryman. His only refuge is Kaliel, the peculiar girl that swims with merfolk and talks to trees. Kaliel has a secret of her own. She’s the Amethyst Flame, one of nine apocalyptic weapons. The Valtanyana will destroy everything on Avristar to get to her. Kaliel has to choose: face them, hide or unleash the Flame.
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
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And just to get you even more excited about Rhi, here’s a short interview with the woman herself:
Hi Rhi! Thanks so much for being here today! I am a huge fan of your writing – let me start by asking how you got the initial idea for The Ferryman and the Flame Series?
Aw thanks Cory! I’m glad you picked me for the feature!
It’s hard to say where the idea for a story came from when it was with me for fifteen years. It’s a long story and so if I had to be honest the initial idea came on the day I met a boy at a waterpark. I was thirteen, we spent six hours together, I never forgot him.
Do you ever base characters on real life people? (I’m especially interested to hear if Kaliel and Krishani’s were inspired by real people.)
Yes, Kaliel and Krishani are based on real people. Funny tidbit, the girl on the cover of the first book and the guy on the cover of the second book, are dating now. I remain the reason they kissed in the first place. (but the characters aren’t based on them at all.
What is your writing process? Do you outline?
I’m an outlining junkie. I have outlines completed for twelve books. Yeah I know, but there is a method to my madness. We would not get genius dialogue like the below without my outlining skills. Let’s see if you can figure out who’s talking in this little snippet from a scene in book 4, Flame of Forgiveness.
Character 1: Did you also tell her she’s a mystical being that could destroy us all?
Character 2: No.
Character 1: But she knows you’re going to kill her.
Character 2: She figured that out on her own.
Character 1: What didn’t she figure out?
Character 2: That I love her.
Do you follow a writing schedule or do you just write when the spirit moves you?
I don’t force it, when a book is ready to be written it’ll just be written. Flame of the Apocalypse for instance was that kind of book. I felt it and when I was ready I wrote 133,000 words in 5 weeks. Sadly though all I’ve done since last July is edit, edit, outline and write some short fiction.
Do you read while you are writing? What is the best book you’ve read lately and why?
Oh I’ve found a lot of duds lately. Books I want to get into but just can’t for some reason. The last really amazing book I read was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. That book took me out of time and space for a bit, which is what I like books to do.
Since it’s Indie-pendence day, let’s talk about being an Indie Author! What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages of being an Indie?
I’m actually planning on answering this on my blog by doing a special series called “I’m Indie so you assume . . .” and discuss the myriad of things people assume about Indie authors and the truth for myself.
My favorite thing about being Indie is the lack of pressure. I can write my books the way I want to, and nobody is telling me to make this character say that or remove a character or what not.
My least favorite thing is the stigma. Indies are getting shoved into the Self Pubbed category lately, it’s like there’s a huge divide, you’re either Indie or your with a Big Publisher and there’s some obvious attitudes out there regarding Indie Authors. (Hence why I’m going to launch my series which mind you is going to make a few enemies but I think it’s important to point out how I feel.)
How many books are going to be in the Ferryman and the Flame series?
The big six! Actually six and a half books are planned and outlined and even half written. (Editing is a whole other story though.)
Do you have any other projects in the works that you can tell us about?
If you haven’t tried out some of my Last City on Earth series, you should. It’s actually completely fictional (unlike The Ferryman and the Flame which is actually based on some hidden/lost history/mythology/folklore)
Last City on Earth is about the only immortal girl in the last city on Earth and her perils as their hero / enemy and her great to the power of inifinity nephew Milo, and his struggles with being gay in a dystopian society.
What is your website/Facebook/Twitter information so that people can keep track of you?
I’m known as RhiannonPaille pretty much everywhere except my website.
I’m so excited for the release of Flame of Justice – I’ve already gotten to read it (gloat, gloat, gloat) but when will it be available for everyone to enjoy? (And where can people get ahold of it?)
It’ll be out when it’s out. I don’t know what we’re doing with that. Countdown widget says October 5th but we’re not even finished editing yet (barely started) and so we might push that to December 1st.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions! Happy Indie-pendence Day!
Don’t forget – FLAME OF JUSTICE comes out later this year! You can read my review HERE or you can just gaze at the awesome cover below and read the blurb over and over again until it’s here!
The last thing Kaliel told Krishani to do was go to the Lands of Men and forget her. Krishani escapes and meets his ancestor, Tulsen. He’s clear: if Krishani doesn’t accept that he’s a Ferryman, he’ll become what the Ferrymen fight—a Vulture. Filled with grief, Krishani sets out on a quest to find the Flames before the Valtanyana take them. When Krishani comes face to face with the enemies that ravaged Avristar, he challenges them. He knows he doesn’t have a chance, but it’s his last stand.
How far would you go to destroy yourself?
HAPPY INDIE-PENDENCE DAY, everyone!