Friday, February 6, 2015

MUSINGS Box Set Author Interview with M W. Russell. The Transient book 1 in the Castle Trilogy

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Book Description from Amazon: The Transient – Book 1 The Castle Trilogy.
She never believed. Not in ghosts, not in friendship, and especially not in love.
When Melodie Gibson moves half way around the world to upstate New York, her entire world turns upside down. Living in a quirky castle turned bed and breakfast, she finds herself confronted with someone watching her every move. That someone is Joseph, who captivates Melodie's heart, fulfilling her dreams and drawing her into his world—a world that is beautiful, magical… and treacherous. It will take all the courage Melodie has to face those who will stop at nothing to rip them apart.
From the pages of a Victorian Gothic novel transplanted into modern times, The Transient is the first in The Castle Trilogy, a powerful fantasy romance series for teens.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I have played around with writing stories since I was a child, perpetually living in a world of fantasy. I spent hours sitting in our cherry blossom tree, completely hidden by the plumes reading from the pages of C.S. Lewis and the like, while scrawling down fantasies of my own. Once I had children of my own the need to share these grew, so when time finally allowed as they made their way into school, I began furiously throwing words down.

What is your preferred genre?
I’m a bit of a multi-genre soul. Although my first released book had its origins in the Paranormal, fantasy seems to rule, but swinging from fantasy romance for teens, paranormal romance for adults and more recently Medieval romance and Dragons. 
How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
I have written five books – The Castle Trilogy and its older spin-off series, two from The Demonic series, while I’m in the midst of three others from unrelated story lines. Lion Hearts – A medieval romance and The Dragons of the Yew Maze as well as Victoria – A Mystery at Bancroft Hall.

Tell us a little about your book.
The Transient – Book 1 The Castle Trilogy was inspired by the death of my mother and my love of all things spiritual, ghostly and surreal. It involves the story of a young girl who along with her surf loving father move from Australia to New York State, take up residence in a bed and breakfast that is an old historic castle. Their new home proves to be filled with the unexplained and surprising – not the least a very attractive young man who puts Melodie’s entire world into a spin when he reveals he’s not quite of this world. It’s a story of magic, love and realms of beauty and intrigue with light and dark forces alike.

Do you have plans for a new book?
There are two more books in this series already published – Book 2: The Soul Keeper and Book3: The Darkest Angel.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Christopher Paolini of Eldest Fame or if he was still around C.S Lewis himself.

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
Four really. Sorry, I can’t limit to one. C.S Lewis, Christopher Paolini, Stephen King and of course J.K. Rowling.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
Yes. I may be a writer but a polished work requires the expertise of an accomplished Editor who thoroughly understands you and  your work. I am lucky enough to work with Kathy La Vergne in the US from Wordlink USA.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Paper, paper, paper – speaking as a reader, not a writer. I love the texture, smell and sight of a paperback nestled on my shelf.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Mostly online nowadays, but I still trawl a bookstore whenever I get the chance.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author? Yes

What books would you like to read again? All the Harry Potter Books.

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
Yes – The Hunger games. Never really enjoyed the writing style of this series but loved the movies.

Who designed the cover of your book? Patti Roberts – Paradox Promotions.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?
Mostly yes. It can be quite the draw card.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Remove your editor’s hat and don’t put it on until you have the story down.  Never sensor yourself – its spoils the organic flow.

Do you write under a pen name? No

Do you ever write in your PJ’s? Don’t wear them!

What are your pet peeves? Narrow minded people.  Melted Chocolate on white shorts. Running out of wine on the rack after the store is closed.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
My amazing life and after life partner.

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?

Cats or dogs? Squirrels! – Sorry!

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day –
Running late and got a park right outside the supermarket door.

What is your favorite food and beverage?
Sausage rolls and Sav Blanc – kiwi of course!

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
I aim for 4 but get anywhere from none to ten depending on my headspace.

What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Sunglasses, bottle of water and a bag of nuts on the run.

Sleep in or get up early?
Hardly ever sleep but on those are occasions, early bird. Although I’m convinced I was a bat in another life.

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Pen, paper then laptop – always in that order.

Your favorite gadget? Garlic crushers.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Mornings or late at night and anywhere from sitting on the bed, in the office or camped out on the beach.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad –
It’s a buzz for sure and makes it all worthwhile. I have no issues with bad ones provided the writer of it has actually taken the time to read the book in its entirety, given it careful thought and written it with a genuine heart. Constructive criticism is always welcomed.

Do you have a bucket list? Not really. I just like to try new things every day.

One of your favorite quotes –
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore.

List 3 of your favorite movies?
Back to the Future, Harry Potter, Never Ending Story.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
Avid follower of NCIS. New season just started – whoop!

Where can your readers stalk you?
Facebook – 4 Fan pages – start by going to

Is your book in Print, ebook or both? Both

Do you give free ebooks away in exchange for honest reviews?
I do it regularly, but it is sometimes hard to achieve.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.



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