Bachman: You are best known for being a fantasy romance author with your Mine series, do you have any plans to change genres?
Falor: For a few years, I’ve played around writing some sweet romances, but have never been serious about them. Mostly I’ve been practicing writing them and learning the genre. I’m finally getting serious about publishing some, probably within the next year or so, but under the pen name of Jane Danforth. Under my own name, I’ll probably stick with fantasy with a side of romance. Getting lost in fantasy worlds is my favorite, with kissing of course!
Bachman: Is there anything you’re working on now you can share with us?
Falor: Yes! It’s the first book in a brand new series, The Fading Oracle. Aira, the last oracle, sees a vision of losing her powers and must fight to stop that from happening. Did I mention there are dragon gods? And a hunky love interest, of course!
It’s written, but still needs to go through some editing. I’d also like to plot out the rest of the series before I release it, just in case I need to tweak anything in this first book.
Bachman: You mentioned a box set, what can you tell us about the story you wrote that’s included?
Falor: Sure! Reader’s have often asked me for more books in the Mine series. Last year, I had a reader suggest she’d like to know about a specific character, and the idea really interested me. This year, I wrote it! I did make it so it can stand on its own if you haven’t read the Mine series, but there’s also lots of fun pieces if you have read the Mine series.
For those familiar with the Mine series, the book, Mine to Defy, is about Tawny, a Princess from another country who came to help those struggling in the Mine series. She became a tarnished in the last book, forced to become bald, had her face tattooed, and made barren. This story takes place as this princess returns to her country and to a people that aren’t ready for what she’s become. She discovers a plot against the tarnished, and fights to save those like her, discovering herself in the process. And finds love along the way, because I love kissing books!
Bachman: When we talked you named other authors, what about these authors did you like that made you want to work with them?
Falor: J.A. Culican is putting the set together. She’s a great, USA Today Bestselling author with some cool books out! When I found out she was putting together a fantasy box set, I was excited to become part of it and hopefully learn some new skills from her.
Bachman: What’s the box set going to be called?
Falor: Speed Dating with Authors: Fantasy Novel Edition
Bachman: Will it be primarily a romance box set?
Falor: It will be a fantasy box set. I know that my book has some romance in it, because kissing rocks, but fantasy is the main genre.
Bachman: When you’re not writing, what do you do to entertain yourself?
Falor: I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I also love to garden, though I’m mostly good at killing plants and not making them grow. And as long as I don’t have to cook, I really enjoy spending time in the kitchen.
Bachman: You’ve been writing for some time now, any advice you’d like to share to someone just coming into the business?
Falor: Write. A lot. I know it may sound silly, but often writers want to write, but we get caught up in doing so many other things, sometimes we forget the main point is to actually write. While you’re writing a lot, read even more. There’s so much we can learn from reading other books, not plagiarizing them, but discovering what you like and don’t like about them, and then applying that to your writing in your own way.
Witches, angels, and reincarnation? The series I’ve been publishing the last several years has a wide range of subjects, creatures, and topics discussed and even merely mentioned, but what are the origins? Where did I find inspiration to create the world that became The Blasphemer Series? There will be a new series here on the website covering and diving deep underground into the research that went into my writing of these hauntingly beautiful tales and together we will discover where I kept true to the lore, where I went into my creativity to create something new, and even why I wrote the things the way I did on a deeper more investigative level. Did any of my creative writing predict outcomes in the world? You’d be surprised!
This series will cover the following creatures and lores:
This is a new specialized blog series starting March 12th, 2021.
Ramona Mainstrom is one fantastic writer covering several genres and bringing forward a multitude of books. This interesting author gave me some of her time earlier this year. I gathered a list of questions and she was kind enough to answer them, below is the interaction. This is not a interview to skip over!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full-time author and solo parent of two kids, ages 7 & 8. I enjoy acting and singing. I’m often dancing around the house and enjoy puttering around the garden with my neighbour.
What genre (s) do you write in?
Fantasy (Urban, Epic, and Dark), Thriller, and Horror.
For most, they began writing at a young age, taking writing more seriously later in life. Is this a sentiment that can apply to you? What was it like for you?
I was discouraged from writing or reading for pleasure, so becoming a writer wasn’t an option in my reality for a while. It was rough. I don’t know how to explain how having a part of your Self forbidden.
I was a story-teller as a child and as soon as I learned how to write words, I started writing stories. In high school, I wrote short stories, poems, scripts and started a few longer stories.
I didn’t consider writing as a career option until I was an adult and only because of peer pressure. Friends got a hold of some of my scenes and short stories and insisted I finish them. That’s how I started writing the Touch of Insanityseries, but Eyes of the Hunter was the first stand alone book I completed.
How much time do you spend writing?
No clue. I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I’m also a multi-tasker. So, I’ll be at my desk for hours, but I’ll be writing a book, answering messages, homeschooling my kids, doing groceries online, and editing a different book.
I just flow. If I start to stress about when, how long, or how many words, it kills the joy and creativity. I don’t put pressure on myself for deadlines or word counts. I need writing to be enjoyable. I need the words to flow naturally, so I let it happen when and how it wants while I go about taking care of the rest of my day.
What has been the most eye-opening part of publishing for you?
At the beginning, it was learning how traditional publishing works. It was very discouraging. Being an indie author taught me so much, but I think it also made me a better client once I was with a publisher.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Hands down; Santa in Sleigh Ride. Taking this epitome of kindness and generosity and giving him a hard edge made him more lovable to me. He’s avenging the benign creatures under his care who were injured or killed by dark forces. He’s racing, for not just his own life, but to preserve the beauty of Christmas and everyone who works with him.
Pitting him against the older, harsher Christmas representations in a death race let me show a dark and ruthless side of Santa. There’s a point in the story where his co-pilot, Jack Frost says, “People will get hurt” and Santa replies, “I’m counting on it.”
That gives me the chills. Every. Time. Santa is going to mess folk up to protect his people and keep the spirit of Christmas alive. He’s selling his soul for others to have that magic.
Do you ever write traits or characters inspired by people you know?
Always! It’s how I keep my characters real. Would so-and-so do this? How would they react? What’s their speech pattern like?
Where do your ideas come from?
Everything. Everywhere. There are a million stories in my world every day. People are lovely inspirations. Beautiful, complex, predictable yet chaotically unpredictable in all their messy glory.
Real life is a non-stop Plot Bunny that just keeps popping out babies. For years, I was told I should write about my life because it’s so wild. But, as fiction because no one would believe it really happened. So I’ve started using bits of my personal life into my stories. The Crossroad is actually a journal entry from my life. It was intended to be part of a non-fiction series, but . . . Well, a good paranormal story is fun to read.
And, my other big inspiration is dreams. My dreams and nightmares are detailed and emotion-filled. They stay with me long after I wake and often inspire my stories. The Greatest of Books is a story based on my dreams.
What is your current writing about?
I’m currently releasing the Touch of Insanityseries. It’s a 10 book fantasy series about a Half-Elf named Kharee, who was created to heal a goddess who is going mad and is spreading insanity via her connection to the people of the world, Besamie. Unfortunately, her parents withheld the ability for her to actually use her powers until they knew she’d grown up to be a decent, sane person.
The series follows Kharee as she discovers her powers, her mission, and her own truth. I’ve tried to keep the story as PG as possible, but she goes through some dark and gruesome experiences as she wades through the madness. For example, there are winged monsters called karpa that impregnate their prey and werewolves which are called Hydan Kin in their world, named after Hydan Speargood, the Elven Mage-Master who first contracted the magical disease. Oh, and of course a vampire lord, because no dark fantasy is complete without one.
I’ve been releasing a new book every 20th. Book 4, Each According Their Worth, releases on April 20th and I’m hoping to have a completed collection of all 10 books in one out in time for Christmas. If readers want to know when each book releases, they can sign up for Books2Read notifications .
It’s been very exciting to write and I’m so proud of the finish products.
Do you have any new series planned?
After the Touch of Insanityseries, Three Furies Press will be releasing the Harper series. It’s a paranormal thriller about a psychic named Hannah Harper who has PTSD. She’s very quirky. Edges frighten her, so everything in her home is rounded. Going out is challenging because there are edges everywhere. She gets dragged into an investigation of serial killings and finds the guy, but ends up as his next target. As the series progresses, they discover the killer from the first book isn’t the only threat they have to worry about. I’m very excited about this series because it sneaks from “okay this is a paranormal story” to “OhEmGee! This is mind-bending paranormal and I’m scared now”. Or, it will be if I do it right.
What has being signed to a publisher meant for you as a writer, since many self-publish nowadays?
It was surprisingly cathartic. I’d given up on the idea of being picked up by a publisher and was content self-publishing. I really respect the women running Three Furies Press, so when I saw they were accepting submission and I actually had something in a genre they publish, I just had to submit Gifted, the first book of the Harper series.
Reading that I’d been accepted . . . I cried. Happy, ugly cry because people I respect found value in my work.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading really interesting urban fantasy by Yvette Bostic, called Call of the Elements, which is the first book of herMagister’s Bane series. It’s really good.
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Fantasy. The word used to make me cringe. For most of my life I avoided the genre as much as I could. I had these preconceived notions that fantasy was boring, long, and intimidating with a complex magic and society system that would go so far over my head that it may as well have been the moon. It wasn’t until my ex-boyfriend pushed me into joining a Dungeons and Dragons session that I started to change my mind.
Now that session was awful. I hated almost every minute of it. The rules were insane to try and follow. The character limitations sucked. The story was just as boring as I had thought it would be from the start. But my aunt pushed me to give the game another try. To create my own world free of everything that aggravated me the first time and make it something worth looking forward to. I became the dungeon master and I broke most of the rules, obliterated most of the limitations, and went purely by what was the most entertaining to watch unfold.
My players were encouraged to do crazy, outlandish things that should be impossible to do. This campaign went on for two years, and it was most fun I had playing a table top game. We didn’t take the books seriously, we made everything up as we went, and it was beautiful.So, when the opportunity arose to write within the fantasy genre, I decided to give it a shot.
I was going to craft my story with different elements from my D&D campaigns and make it more comical then intense. It was a blast, and within three weeks the bones for Becoming A Hero were laid out. The story follows a man who sells pots and pans for a living with his pet donkey. He falls into a lost kingdom which is cursed by an evil king to hold everyone within the land hostage to his will. My hero has the chance to run away but decides to fight for what was right- not what was easy instead.
I hope, through my work, others find out what I did. Fantasy can be everything, or nothing short, long, easy, complicated, stereotypes and their counterpart. Break free from any preconceived notions and let this amazing genre take you to a beautiful new world.
Fantasy is what you want it to be, so make it fun.
So far, the information about this collection is that it will include Human Ouija. This is a collection signed to the wonderful press Dark Books Press publishing company and will be the continuing of a project originally discussed and was in progress when the doors closed at Burning Willow Press. I had already begun collecting short stories, polishing stories, and reworking several unfinished or finished works that needed to be adjusted for publication more.
As of right now, this collection has moved into the editing phase. I still do not have a date for the release as this post goes live, but the publisher and myself have high hopes of it coming out sooner rather than later.
Contents of collection so far:
Just Underneath (psychological thriller)
A Farmhouse Haunting (ghost story)
The Gaze of Destruction (post-apocalypse vampire tale)
The Owls (Sci-fi horror)
Human Ouija (Paranormal) (Bestselling and Award-winning short story)
The Painting of Martel (supernatural, possession, serial-killer)
A Man Named Sowder (psychological ghost story)
The Clockwork Children (supernatural, emotional)
Readers may recognize many of these stories. Several have been published in other anthologies, mainly in the Crossroads in the Dark series that was published by Burning Willow Press. The Clockwork Children has never been published before. There are a few more stories I want to add to round the collection out, but this is up to my publisher.