Thursday, July 19, 2012

Interview with Tabitha Vale, author of Pawn of Mine!

Today, I have an interview with Tabitha Vale, author of Pawn of Mine. So without a furhter ado...

Pawn of Mine, your newest release, just came out earlier this month so would you share with us the top three reasons readers should add it to their e-cart the next time they see it online?

1. Zane Nakari. From the people who have read it so far, he’s their favorite character; everyone’s falling for him! He’s flirty, funny, gorgeous, but also a little lost. And better yet? Head over heels in love with the main character, who has no idea! We all love seeing a handsome guy fighting for attention, right?
2. IT’S UNIQUE. The people can control fire and water through the constellations. Cassiopeia, Orion, Lacerta, Sagittarius, etc; the stars are the gatekeepers to their power.
3. It has everything; handsome, brooding guys, drama, love triangles, deaths, danger, excitement, adventure, and of course humor. Really, everything. I promise!

Pawn of Mine tells the story of Sage Sinclair so would you share with us a little about her? In addition, if you could offer her any advice, what would you say?

Hahaha I love this question! I would tell her that maybe she needs to be a little more open- minded. She has a goal and she sticks to it; that’s admirable because she’s so strong and determined, but it also makes her miss things. She can be oblivious and stubborn, which doesn’t always lead her in the right direction.

The book is a fantasy book taking pace in a world where people control fire and ice, so can you share with us a little about the world as well as what inspired you to write about it?

I’ve always loved elemental sorts of things, Avatar: the Last Airbender being one of my favorite shows ever (hey, I’m young enough lol.) Anyway, like I mentioned above, the people CAN control fire and ice, but it’s only through the constellations. For example, they have to make the shape of the star in the air in front of them and depending on if they are Fire or Waters, the element will come out in the shape of the constellation. Lacerta is the lizard constellation, so the characters draw its shape and then a fire lizard would be produced. This is all because a meteor shower was what caused the people to have the powers.

How did the title Pawn of Mine come to be? Was it always the title, or did it come later on in the process?

It’s gone through a lot of title changes actually. Originally it was going to be Lufrit, then My Sweet, and finally I decided on this chess theme, as the next book will be Knight of Mine, then Rook of Mine, etc. If you read the books, you can notice why ;D

Do you have a favorite scene or line from the book? If so, can you share a little about it with us?

Yeah! This is a quote that someone else really liked, and I think others can enjoy it as well. It’s the first time the readers (and Sage) meet Zane, who has many more lines like this throughout the book.
“My name is Zane Nakari. I’m also part of Gemma House, so I’ll be your escort for today. Although, I’m definitely open to being something more than that if you want. You know—” his grin broadened, “if we find a proper bookshelf, or a closet along our way for a pit stop.”

Pawn of Mine is a self-published book. What made you decide to self-publish, and how has the process been thus far?

I’ve done ample research on the difference between self-published and traditional and found out that the author usually still has to do a lot of the leg-work when going the traditional route, so I decided to try this out for the heck of it. I’m not in any rush to be famous or rich or anything; I can be patient (I’m in college anyway and have other things to consider), and this way I’m in control of everything. Sure I have more to prove since I’m not backed by a publisher, but I revel that challenge. I’ve already proven to myself that I can pique people’s interests just by the blurbs and stuff. The biggest thing is just spreading the word. And so far… it’s a lot of work. I look forward to the day it finally pays off ;D

Besides Pawn of Mine, you’ve also published the Legacy of Sares series. What has your favorite part of being an “official” author been so far?

Just knowing that I’ve FINALLY finished something. I always had the never-finish-anything syndrome. I started tons of manuscripts and just let them die. This way I actually have the proof. But actually I think my favorite part is when someone genuinely loves my work, and I mean someone who isn’t my family haha. It just gives me this high. I want more and more of that, please :D

What are three things your readers would be surprised to know about you?

1. I’ve lived and studied in South Korea. Going back for round two again soon ;D
2. I’m not a fan of vampires.
3. I can get quite nerdy with video games. Currently getting sucked into League of Legends!

What’s up next for you? Is there anything else you would like to add?

I have MULTIPLE books planned for the future. I am wrapping up Legacy of the Sares next month, then starting another trilogy in June, putting out book 2 of Pawn of Mine in July, and then from then on I have another trilogy and three stand alones sitting in my head waiting to be written. I get ideas so frequently I think I’ll always have something new coming out every month!

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Thanks for stopping by, Tabitha!

To find out more about Pawn of Mine: Amazon/ Goodreads
To find out more about Tabitha and her books: blog/ twitter/ facebook fan page  

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