Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Interview and Giveaway: War of the Wildlands by Lana Axe

Do you write in different genres?

So far I’ve only written fantasy. I have considered writing historical fiction as well.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

War of the Wildlands was a pretty easy title to come up with. After all, the plot takes place during a war between humans and elves in the area known as the Wildlands.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

So far, I’ve had the titles in place before the novels were finished. I did have notes and scenes written before titling them, though.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My latest novel, War of the Wildlands, has an underlying theme of deforestation. This is a subject I am passionate about, and I hope my readers will understand that the forests are a valuable asset to our world. Maybe I will inspire someone to take action.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

I have been heavily influenced by both Mark Twain and JRR Tolkien. Those two men vary greatly from each other, but they were both so passionate about what they wrote. Their words speak to me more than any other author I’ve read. Twain’s love of the river helps inspire my love of nature, while Tolkien’s magical world inspires me to dream. Both of them are very dear to my heart.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am currently working on a third novel entitled Source of the River. I also hope to complete and publish a handful of short stories.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The hardest part seems to be writing the summary. After years of working on my novels, it’s difficult to sum them up in a single paragraph.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I am pleased to give credit to Michael Gauss for the cover art. He is an amazingly talented fantasy artist. You can find his work on deviant art. http://helmuttt.deviantart.com/
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Start writing now. Don’t keep putting it off. Everyone makes excuses and says there isn’t time. Take the time and get started. You won’t regret it.

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Cover Reveals 

War of the Wildlands
Tales from Nōl’Deron
Lana Axe

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: AxeLord Publications

Date of Publication: November 2013

ISBN: 0615897134

Number of pages: 437
Word Count: 76,451

Cover Artist: Michael Gauss

Book Description:

Unrelenting war between humans and elves threatens to destroy the forest forever.

A tyrant king has declared war on the elves and will stop at nothing to see them annihilated. Despite fighting savagely to defend their homes, the elves are outmatched by vicious attacks from highly skilled battle mages. The elven clans must join forces to have any chance of survival against the ruthless king’s army.

Meanwhile, a young half-elf is forced from the human world he has always known and travels into the Wildlands to seek out his elven kin. Along the way, he learns to draw on the magic within himself to craft weapons of tremendous power. When war arrives on his doorstep, he must choose whether to stand with the family he has always known or the elves who share his blood.

About the Author: 

Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain's backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.

After eight years of jotting notes and building a fantasy world, she has finally begun releasing novels in her Tales from Nōl'Deron series. They will feature many of the same characters, but each novel will stand alone.

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Stormy Vixen said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Wishing you a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com