Today’s author is no stranger to BMR, and she’s here today with the third book in her Minstrels of Skaythe series. It’s unconfirmed, but members of her family may have come in contact with Sasquatch. Welcome Deby Fredericks!
Have you ever said Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror?
I have heard the words Bloody Mary many times in bars, does that count?
Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?
Recently I learned there is actually a family story about Sasquatch on my husband’s side. His mother and sister were riding horses in a densely forested part of the Idaho mountains and their horses spooked. When they tried to ride forward, they heard strange noises. The horses bolted uncontrollably. So, I’m open to the possibility of Sasquatch.
If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?
I have had both rats and cats as pets, and I love them. But if we’re looking for something more exotic, I’d go with the owl. The big eyes are so striking, and I love that they can fly so silently.
What books did you grow up reading?
Like a lot of girls, I started with horses and dogs. Jim Kjelgaard and Walter Farley were two of my favorite authors. As I got older, I discovered Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, and other SF/Fantasy authors in my school libraries.
Have you ever tried to write a novel in a genre you rarely or never read?
Yes, accidentally. I wanted to write a fantasy/murder mystery and had read lots of fantasy but not much mystery. That made it harder for me, although eventually The Magister’s Mask was published by Dragon Moon Press.
What are you working on now?
The Tale of the Drakanox is my current project. It is the finale to my Minstrels of Skaythe series. Although the previous volumes in Minstrels are novellas, The Tale of the Drakanox is going to be a full novel to tie up all the plot threads. I hope to finish the first draft by the end of 2022, do revisions, and release it in May of 2023. We shall see!
Meven is a renegade, hunted by the cruel regime of master mage Dar-Gothull. Her desperate desire is to lose herself in the treacherous Fang Marsh. Only there can she live the life she wants, in freedom and safety. To reach the marsh, Meven must sneak through the town of Eshur, where her old enemy, the wicked Countess Ar-Torix, commands dozens of spies and guards. It should be no problem!
What Meven doesn’t know is that she’s already being tracked. Ozlin was thrown out because of his emerging magic. Now he’s starving on the streets of Eshur. Caught stealing, he’s about to be imprisoned in the brutal temple school.
Until Meven recognizes his power and intervenes. Suddenly she has a new, desperate desire — to save this mageling boy, and maybe save herself as well.
Author Bio and Social Media
Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. She made her first sale, a children’s poem, in 2000.
Fredericks has six fantasy novels out through two small presses. Her short work has been published in Andromeda Spaceways and selected anthologies. More recently, she self-publishes her fantasy novellas and novelettes, bringing her to 18 books in all. Her latest project is The Minstrels of Skaythe series.
In addition, she writes for children as Lucy D. Ford. Her children’s stories and poems have appeared in magazines such as Boys’ Life, Babybug, Ladybug, and a few anthologies. In the past, she served as Regional Advisor for the Inland Northwest Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, International (SCBWI).
Wyrmflight blog, http://wyrmflight.wordpress.com
Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/default/e/B00J6UA4UQ/
Books2Read author page, www.books2read.com/ap/nzkBJ8/Deby-Fredericks
Facebook author page, www.facebook.com/authordebyfredericks