Spotlight and Interview: Legacy (Volume One) by Michelle Lowe
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Indigo Peachtree has spent his life making toys for children.
The kindly old toymaker has carried a secret with him that he wants to keep hidden. Yet as with most secrets they tend to come up to the surface.
Tarquin Norwich has learned of a journal containing everything Indigo desperately wants to protect. When Indigo goes underground, Tarquin seeks help from a witch. The witch–Mother of Craft–tells him that to find Indigo, and his journal, he will need two outlaw brothers.
Tarquin sends his children, Archie and Clover, across the English Channel to snare Pierce Landcross, the first of the two outlaws, while Tarquin and his eldest son, Ivor, capture Pierce’s estranged brother, Joaquin. All in an effort to find the missing toymaker.
As Pierce is being pulled back to England, his desperate situation turns around when he’s saved by a crew of Apache privateers known as the Sea Warriors. And instead of fleeing with his seabound mates, Pierce decides to return to England to try to save his old friend, Indigo.
Going back means Pierce will encounter old dangers…as well as face a past he’d much rather leave behind.
His strange dream about flying machines drifted from memory.
Again he tried holding onto the images, yet they only slipped away as his eyes opened. He remembered nothing.
Pierce Landcross awakened in his hotel room after a day’s sleep. He had arrived just the evening before, tired and hungry. After eating at the downstairs restaurant and pub, he’d gone to his room and fallen asleep the moment he fell onto the mattress. He had stayed in the same position upon his belly until his body fully restored its restfulness. With a groan and deep yawn, Pierce rose out of bed, stretched, and went over to the washbasin. After cleaning his face and the rest of the sleep away, he looked at himself in the mirror. The room glowed with the afternoon light, giving him a clear view of the scar.
It was his daily reminder of betrayal and heartbreak. Every detail of that horrible night played out in significant fragments; the punch that brought him down, the knife, the look on the cutter’s face, the abandonment. Every time he touched the scar, he could almost feel the dull, yet jagged blade tearing across his skin.
~Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
My latest escapade into the publishing world has been my steampunk action/adventure novel, Legacy. The story begins with a ruthless lord, Tarquin Norwich, searching for Indigo Peachtree, the toy-maker, and his journal. A witch tells him that in order to find them, he’ll need two outlaw brothers, Pierce Landcross and his brother, Joaquin. Once the two are found, the real adventure begins!
Legacy was released on the 29th of last month, and is available at Amazon.com.
~Is there anything that prompted your latest book? Something that inspired you?
I’ve always loved action/ adventure fantasy stories. Growing-up, I’d watch films like The Neverending Story, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Last Unicorn, Enemy Mine, and so on. I fell in love with it all and wanted to somehow be part of it. With Legacy, I aimed to create a world of fantasy that offers loads of mystery and packed with adventurous characters. And I wanted to use steampunk because in that genre there is so much that can be done with it. Basically, what inspired me to write Legacy was the need to create my own fantasy kind of story.
~Great! So, when did you know you wanted to write? Or has it always been a pastime of yours?
I discovered that I wanted to be a serious writer at the age of nineteen when I attended college for graphic design. Ever since, I’ve worked very hard to become the writer I am today, though, there is always room to learn.
~Do you have any favorite authors?
My favorite author is Neil Gaiman. The man is an excellent yarn spinner.
~Do you write in a specific place? Time of day?
I usually write my first drafts in a good old-fashion notebook so that I can go just about anywhere to write without being stuck in front of a computer. The best times for me to write is in the evening with my notebook, and then in the morning, typing it all in on my computer.
~Are there any words you’d like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?
It’s very tempting nowadays with the easy access to free self-publishing, but take heed in being too hasty about throwing your work out there. Take your time to get it written out first before you have it edited nicely by someone other than you. Writing is an art form and should not be unveiled until its completion. And first and foremost, write what you love, don’t follow trends, write for yourself, and write your first draft with as much passion as you can muster. Letting yourself go completely in that first draft, without worrying about perfection, will set your imagine, and the story free!
~What are you currently working on?
At the moment, I’m writing a sixth book, which will technically be the fourth book in my Legacy series. Legacy is a fantasy adventure full of action, romance, loss, mystery, outlaws, fantasy creatures, and Apache privateers, all set in the world of steampunk!
~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
First and foremost, write what you love, don’t follow trends, write for yourself, and write your first draft with as much passion as you can muster. Letting yourself go completely in that first draft, without worrying so much about perfection, will set your imagine, and the story free. There’s plenty of time during the dreaded ‘editing’ to fret about making it pretty. First drafts ought to be free spirits, but they’re also supposed to look ugly. And never rush through your writing just to get something out there. Take your time, and polish your work until it shines like the gold you want it to be. Even if takes a year or more, it’s best to present your best work rather than some subpar, clutter junk.
~Are you an organized author or scattered? Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?
Right now, I am a bit scattered. I’m in between writing another book while promoting Book One of Legacy. Usually I like to do one or the other, but it’s fine. During the past year, I’ve spent every day simply writing, and wrote out five of the Legacy books in doing so! For me, it helped that I drew myself up a story outline to guide me like a compass through each book so I wouldn’t have to continuously wonder where the story was heading. There’s too much to decide on what’s going to happen in every scene, much less the entire book!
~Do you have any strange writing habits? Do you have writer’s block and how do you work around it?
I don’t think it’s strange, but some people can’t believe that I do it. I write nearly all my first drafts in longhand inside notebooks. In fact, I have mounds of notebooks full of stories, written in horrible handwriting, lying about. It’s away for me to go anywhere I want to write and not be stuck, staring aimlessly in front of a computer all day. Notebooks are good too ’cause there’s no internet or Facebook, or even emails to distract me—so long as I don’t have my phone, that is. Once in a while I suffer the horrid writer’s block. The best way for me to get over it is to step away from the story for a little while, and do other things besides thinking on it. Usually, the next scene comes to me, and I’m back to writing!
~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?
I’ve never tired writing more than one story, actually. I think that if I did attempt it, my brain would fry up and fall out of my ears.
~What is your favorite genre to read? What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?
Dark fantasy, some horror, and of course action/ adventure stories. I wish I had the fan base to answer that next question. I have yet had the pleasure to be surprised by any fan. (Grins)
~What are your favorite hobbies?
Painting. I love oil painting, and I’m hoping to do more of it soon.
~If you had a warning label what would it say?
Warning: If you bother a writer while she’s writing, you best have your running shoes on.
My favorite quote is from Toni Morrison, and it rings true in my heart. She said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
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