In June of 2013 Johnny Ojenpera of http://www.johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com was so very kind to review Dark Fey, The Reviled and in offering me the opportunity to answer a few questions. I hope you enjoy 🙂
I was granted an interview with Cynthia because I really enjoyed Dark Fey and I had to learn more: I don’t think I am the only one, so I had to share. I am of the opinion that she can pen a sonnet in her sleep as well, so she gave us a bit of insight into how she created the world of the Fey and how it is that she makes her writing seem near effortless.
Dark Fey The Reviled has all one would expect in the fantasy genre, with an added measure of delicate grace that is rare for its kind. The characters are meticulously developed and the emotion is palpable throughout. The entire story has a gentle rise into fierce battle with an equally soft landing into an atmosphere that makes the reader feel present. This is a solidly written book. Cynthia is a standout author who I truly expect to rise through the indie ranks. I will be patiently awaiting the next installment of Dark Fey, as the end of The Reviled has left me on the hook to see the fate of both the Light Fey as well as the Dark.
Cynthia Morgan is an online, award-winning blogger, freelance writer, and e-book author who has produced short stories, and newsletters for various companies including American Greetings, FYE and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. A current member of the Independent Author Network and featured author on BookDaily.com, she has also published poetry on the websites MuseZine.com, Poetry.com, D’Verse.com, NaPoWriMo.com and is a prominent guest writer on Poet’sCorner.com. In June of 2013 she authored the rapidly growing blog Booknvolume.com. In one year Booknvolume has had over 50,000 visitors and has amassed over 1800 followers from over 150 countries worldwide.
Cynthia writes under the pseudonym ~Morgan~ and has received over 50 blogging awards, including the 2013 Blog of The Year Award, which she received after only 5 months of blogging. Her new book, Dark Fey, The Reviled is the first book in a series she is currently penning. It is a Fantasy genre story set in the primordial forests of mystical time in a land peopled by both Light Loving and Darkness Revering Faeriekind. It is a tale of Light and Darkness, of Joy and Sorrow, and the Trials and Triumph of Courage and Perseverance. Available on Kindle, Dark Fey, The Reviled is already receiving 5-star reviews. Cynthia’s other passions and interest include her love for animals and the environment, Smilemusic, acting, cooking, astronomy, spirituality and the paranormal. She has been a Guardian with the ASPCA since 2008 and is a monthly contributor to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
1. When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? I have always been writing or creating stories, ever since I was very young. In fact, I remember writing stories and poems in elementary school. When I was around 13 years old I wrote and illustrated my first novelette and began to realize that my favourite subject in school was English, learning about words, grammar, writing, creating characters. By the time I was in high school, I was writing during most of my free time: poetry, song lyrics, short stories, and my English teachers began mentioning on my papers what a good story-teller I was and one even read a story I had written during class. So I’ve always loved words and I’ve dreamed of having things published since I was old enough to understand what that means.
2. How did you find your niche in the fantasy genre? In all honesty, Dark Fey is the first fantasy story I’ve ever written. I’ve always loved Tolkien, I’ve read most of Dennis McKiernan’s fantasy works and the thought of Fairy-folk and other mythical creatures have ever sparked my imagination, but I never had written a single word of fantasy before I started this book. I had a very vivid dream one night, which I could not put out of my thoughts, so I finally wrote it down. That dream is now chapter six of Dark Fey and I spun the rest of the story around it.
3. Your skill with poetry is beyond exceptional; how does that factor into your long-form writing? First of all, thank you ever so much for such a vote of confidence. I do love poetry. I love weaving beautifully melodic phrases together to paint a picture and express an emotion, and that love of lyricism carries over into my long-form writing. I enjoy description; love taking myself and the reader right into the scene so you feel surrounded by it, inside it, rather than simply reading it on the page and I do think my flair for the poetic makes that possible. I also give a deal of thought to word usage (and grammar); I tend to be wordy, and although some might say too wordy, I feel very strongly that the English language has been too diluted and abbreviated lately. So I share my love of words through the nearly excessive use of them.
4.Have you considered writing outside of the fantasy genre? I do already. In fact, I have another book nearly completed, which is about as far from Fantasy as one might get. It is written very much like Jane Austin, set in Regency period England. Being so verbose, I do enjoy writing in that form where a simple 10 word sentence can easily be inflated to something that might be more easily categorized as a paragraph. However, I have also written Romance/Drama, Sci-Fi, and children’s stories.
5. I heard through the grapevine that the second installment of Dark Fey is in the works. Do you have a plan in mind as to the number of books for this series? The second book is indeed underway, though it is very early days (still working chapter One.) I am still putting my thoughts together and more often than not I make stuff up as I go along, but I do know that Dark Fey is going to be a trilogy. I had originally intended to write it all into one, but realized that would make for a very long read. People seem to enjoy series, and most people don’t prefer to devote three months to reading one book, so I decided to break the story into parts. This second installment will bring in a few additional characters and broaden the tale.
6. What advice would you give a would-be author on what it takes to write a novel? I can only speak from my own experience, but I would say Love what you are writing. Love sitting down at the end of a long day to “pen” a few words. Love the long pauses that may occur along the way, which give you time to reflect, relax and reinvigorate. Love the process, the revisions that make the tale better, the editing that makes it more reader-friendly, and the critiques that may encourage it to take an unexpected turn. Most importantly, Love your own ability, trust the child within you that says excitedly “Imagine if” and allow that loving inspiration to lead you where the story wants to go. Be sure to get your copy of Dark Fey, The Reviled on Amazon. Don’t forget to rate and review!