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Winner Rowena’s Give-away

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on January 18, 2011

Well, people certainly came up with some fun fantasy worlds to holiday in!

 

I liked Chris L’s idea of 50 Fantastic Holiday Destinations (from fantasy worlds). I’m a big Fritz Leiber fan from way back, so I would happily visit the Bazaar of the Bizarre. And I must admit, when I’d not well I put on the first Lord of the Rings movie to watch because I find the Shire so relaxing.

And Louise knows her world inside out, because she would visit her own fantasy world!

Cels would run away to the Faerie Realm, being very careful not to eat or drink anything while she was there.

Sean would go to Rivendell. Here, I  must admit that this is also one of my favourite parts of the LOTR movie because I love the sets the designed for Rivendell.

Thoraiya would happily spend a holiday in Randland, from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

With so many great suggestions it was really hard to come up with a winner. So I decided to name you all winners.  Chris L, Louise, Cels, Sean and Thoraiya email me privately to organise the posting of your prizes!

rowena(at)corydaniells(dot)com

 

 

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Meet Rowena Cory Daniells …

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on January 11, 2011

Rowena Interviewed by Marianne. Watch out for the give-away question at the end.

Q: Tell us a bit about your current trilogy, King Rolen’s Kin? How is it different from your earlier T’En books?

 

KRK is a rollicking fantasy. You just jump on the magic carpet and it sweeps you away. I’ve had lots of people tell me they started reading one evening and didn’t stop until they were finished, and had to go to work the next day!

The T’En trilogy was about a clash of cultures. It explored trust and overcoming prejudice. The KRK trilogy is more of a traditional fantasy. A kingdom is in peril, there’s forbidden magic, the heir resents his twin who is more popular than him, there’s feisty princess who doesn’t want to be married off, and a prince who has been sent to serve the church because he’s cursed with forbidden magic. But it is really about friendship, trust and believing in yourself, so the core elements are similar in both trilogies even though the settings diverge.

Being a bit of a nerd I love inventing societies. I’m always reading about other cultures and collecting obscure bits of information. For instance, did you know that there is a New Guinea tribe where the women cut off a knuckle from a finger each time a family member dies. By the time the woman are very old they have a hardly any fingers left. I find this fascinating. And I don’t mean this in a frivolous way. Think what it says about love and sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: Heroic fantasy is enduringly popular. What role do you believe it plays in peoples reading lives? What attracts you to it as a writer?

Heroic fantasy presents us with a world as we would like it to be, as opposed to the world as it is. We live in a world where politicians make promises that aren’t core promises and terrorists kill people who are going about their daily lives, then run away and hide.

Faced with a reality where shades of grey abound, who wouldn’t love epic/heroic fantasy? The good guys set out to right a wrong. They might not be perfect but they try. They overcome obstacles and, in the end, they succeed so the world is a better place!

Q: Many people believe that publishing a first novel is the Holy Grail and that after that it all gets much easier. What would you say to them?

I belong to a couple of shared blogs, MGC and ROR. From hearing about the experiences of these other generous and talented writers, I know the publishing industry is an arbitrary reward system.

You can write a good book and jump through all the hoops to get published, then editors leave, lines get cancelled and bad covers kill sales which means all your work goes down the drain and you have to start all over again.

Really, you write because you love writing. If you don’t expect fame and fortune, you won’t be disappointed. Then when readers email you to say they enjoyed your books it’ll be a thrill!

 

Q: You won several awards for your debut adult fiction novel The Last T’En. What affect did that have on your career? What is your opinion of awards in general? Do they serve a purpose?

It’s always nice to win awards. It’s like this big hand reaching down out the sky, patting you on the head and saying, There, there. You really can write.

I know that the Children’s Book Council wins or short listings are great for sales. Libraries buy the CBC books, and they get used in classroom (which is the holy grail of children’s book sales), all this makes your publishers really happy. I don’t know that genre awards make a big difference to sales, which is really the bottom line for your publisher.

But it is really nice to win an award. In Australia we have the Aurealis Awards, which are peer awards. The entries in each speculative fiction sub genre is read by a panel of dedicated readers who agonise over their decisions. (I know because I’ve been involved in the process). The AAs have been going for fifteen years now and everyone in the genre knows about them. The wider community is less well informed, but then most reporters would not know what a Nebula or a Hugo is, and these US awards have been around for 44 and 71 years respectively. So I suppose it is evidence that SF still being ghettoised to a certain extent. The only other genre that cops more flack is romance, yet it is by far the largest selling genre.

Which brings us back to awards and sales. The readers decide what they like, but only if they can find the books. An award should help draw the reader to the book.

 

 

 

 

Q: Can you tell us in a little detail what future projects you have planned?

Currently, I’m working on The Outcast Chronicles. This is a family saga fantasy about a group of mystics, who are banished from their homeland. It follows four key individuals as they as they struggle with misplaced loyalties, over-riding ambition and hidden secrets which could destroy them. Some make desperate alliances only to suffer betrayal from those they trust, and some discover great personal strength in times of adversity.

As soon as I hand this trilogy to my publisher, I need to start on the new King Rolen’s Kin trilogy. I’ve had so many emails from readers wanting to know what happens next, that I’ve already started planning the next three books, while finishing the current series.

Q: You’ve been involved in many, many projects in the creative industries over the years; running countless workshops and pitching forums to help others. How do you know when to draw the line and say, I must have time for my own work? What advice would you give others about finding balance?

I’ve enjoyed all the projects I’ve worked on and, over the years, I’ve met lots of wonderful aspiring writers and lots of generous, inspiring professionals. Many of these aspiring writers have become published. Now that I’m working (I lecture on story, scripting, storyboards and animatics), as well as writing (and renovating the house), I’m struggling to squeeze in the time to complete the books I have under contract. Yet, I LOVE writing.

I think the best thing you can do, is realise that without writing (or what ever creative outlet is your passion) you won’t be a happy balanced human being. You need to be kind to yourself. Imagine that you are your best friend. If your BF was doing all the things you’ve been doing and running her/himself into the ground, what advice would you give them? Now, give that advice to yourself and take it.

There is no shame in looking after yourself. After all, a lot of people depend on you and you need your emotional and creative well to be replenished so that you have something left to give.

Q: What would you like to have achieved in ten years time?

Finish renovating the house. LOL. It’s a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, by the time you finish at one end, the other end needs to be painted again.

Apart from that, I would love to be living quietly somewhere with my DH, and writing away, knowing that the books I write are all under contract and readers are looking forward to them.

In reality, I will probably be run ragged between my six children and their kids. But I like a challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My give-away is a set of King Rolen’s Kin trilogy (If you already one or two of the books I’ll fill the gap with the missing book/s).

 

My question is: If you could take a holiday in an invented secondary world, where would you go and why?

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Author as Performer

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on July 12, 2010

Consider this.
Writers are good at writing about people because they sit back and observe them.

They are good at writing because they spend hours alone with their keyboard, conversing with people in their heads.

Now consider this.

Publishers want writers to be ‘personalities’.

Ten years ago, the publisher’s publicist would take that introverted writer, kicking and screaming, and plonk them on a panel at a writers’ festival, or in front of a microphone on live radio. You can bet the writers struggled with that.

So how do they feel now that their expected to do podcasts and promotional videos for You Tube? There’s a New York Times article here on the topic. Perhaps the only thing the fish-out-of-water writer can be thankful for is that not many people will ever find their You Tube effort and watch it.

‘A mother still nursing her 8-year-old: 25,864,943 views; recent best-selling maternal memoirist: 5,124 views.’

According to the same NYT article only .2 percent of readers discovered their last book through a video trailer. Although 4 in 10 teenagers said they liked to see book trailers on book related blogs and 46 percent watched book trailers on You Tube. And a whopping 45 percent bought the book after watching the trailer for it.

Here’s hoping some of those teen readers will find Tansy Rayner Roberts’ new book trailer.  See it here. I know my own trailer (seen here) aroused interest when it was released.

So feel sorry for the modern author.

How about you? Do you like watching book trailers? I must admit I really enjoyed Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I’m talking about it now, so I guess that is good for the book.

Would you buy a book after seeing a good book trailer?

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Giveaway Alert!

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on June 22, 2010

Over at the Mad Genius Club – Writers Division we are giving away two copies of ‘The King’s Bastard’.

Drop by and try your luck.

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KRK Covers!!!

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on March 17, 2010


This is it. I am so excited. The covers for books 2 and 3 have arrived.

First of all a BIG thank you is in order to the team at Solaris for selecting Clint Langley as the artist. I am so impressed with what he’s done!

I love the look of all three and I love the way they work as a design when you put the three together.

Would you pick up these books if you saw them on the shelf?

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One step closer!

Posted by Rowena Cory Daniells on March 5, 2010


Here’s the cover of book one of the Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin. My editor tells me the next cover will be delivered soon, maybe in a week. Clint Langley is the artists and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the next book cover.

Meanwhile, my editor at Solaris has sent me book two ‘The Uncrowned King’ for editing. I would like nothing more than to immerse myself totally in the book, tidying up the little glitches that he has discovered, but life gets in the way.

!Whinge Warning!

This weekend I have to mark assignments for work (I’m an associate lecturer). I have to take child number 6 to the dentist. And I’m involved in organising a national workshop, for which there was a competition to enter. This is the weekend that I have to prepare the contact emails to the 51 entrants to let them know if they have been selected to be offered a place at the workshop.

I’d be flat out, without the editing of book two. Meanwhile, we’ve decided to sell our house, so I should be cleaning, sorting and throwing out, and painting the walls where the kids have scratched them, or stuck up posters and pulled off the paint, etc.

Why can’t I just run away from life and do nothing but write? Sigh.

Does life get in the way for you? How do you find time to write?

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