Today’s Indie Author is an incredibly talented writer and poet and I also have to mention her stunning book covers – so vibrant and eye-catching. Catling’s Bane is the Book of the Month at KC Books & Music and will be free on Amazon this weekend. Welcome, D. Wallace Peach!
In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.
A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.
To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?
Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.
What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?
My first book begged for criticism, and wow, did I get a boat load from some very generous and dedicated souls in my critique group. I did just about everything wrong and had to rewrite that entire tome from front to back about six times on top of all the usual editing passes. Many of the criticisms were straight-forward no-brainers – such as “only one POV per scene.” Less easily implemented was the advice “less is more.” Tighten, tighten, tighten has become my mantra and something I still work hard at.
What do you wish you’d known before you were published?
When I was first published, my lack of knowledge could have filled a bottomless pit. I wasn’t hooked into the writing community through social media, so I didn’t even know that I was clueless. In hindsight, the biggest mistake was going with a traditional publisher. I gave up control over my books for six frustrating years. No control meant weak covers, zero promotional capability, and low sales. Without a doubt, I would have made mistakes without a publisher’s guidance, but I could have fixed them too! I’m much happier and more successful now as an indie author.
What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?
I received an email from a teenage fan who said that my first book “Myths of the Mirror” had helped her during a difficult time in her life. It’s a gentle book about choices and a pair of young people seeking their “Way” in the world. I was so touched by her note, and it summed up all I could have hoped for with that story.
Any unusual talents or hobbies?
These more personal questions are hard! My unusual talent is that I’m not afraid to try something new and fail. I enthusiastically take on any crazy project that triggers the old brain, and more often than not, I make a mess of things, learn my lessons, and do a better job the next time. First time successes are pretty fun too, though less common. The fearless failures have generated some life adventures to add to my writer’s file cabinet of experience.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?
I don’t watch much television, but I haven’t missed an episode of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Westworld. All fantasy-ish shows – right up my alley. Most days, I watch a bit of the bizarre Washington DC “reality show” but turn it off before my head explodes.
If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Honestly, the book hasn’t been written yet – probably because it would be incredibly dull. Nothing traumatic would happen, and there’d be no conflicts or hardships. The pace would drag, and the character would enjoy a great relationship with a wonderful family and friends, love and laughter. The world would be at peace and we’d truly be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. To sum it up, I like to write drama and death, but I wouldn’t want to live it.
D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.
Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Myths of the Mirror Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com
Wallace Peach Books website: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com