Feb 27, 2014

We talk demons and magic. Dishin' It Up with @CLSmithBooks!


I’d like to welcome author Connie L. Smith to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but mainly lyrics, short stories, and academic papers (boooo) until a little less than two years ago. Then I decided to try to write a novel. Only I gave up on what I was writing because it wasn’t turning out right. It’s been just over a year since I took the prologue to The Division Chronicles that I’d written for a graduate school application and decided to attempt the entire trilogy.

Tell us a little about your novel, Essenced. What makes demons such an interesting topic to you?
The basic storyline of the trilogy is that millennia ago, demons were banished through a dimensional portal to another realm after a brutal war with other species – fairies, dragons, vampires, mermaids, sirens, etc. The last demon through ripped the portal, and it’s been slowly opening ever since. Considering magic was fading from the world and most of the species that had fought in the war wouldn’t survive to fight again, some of their essences were places in human bloodlines and what remained of magic was bottled away, kept safe by angels. When the portal opened enough to soon allow the demons to come back through, the magic was released, and a bunch of teenagers suddenly found themselves with super powers and the responsibility of saving the world.

I’m not sure I’d label demons an interesting topic, necessarily. I liked the idea of having so many different species being represented on the good side of the war, and when it came to evil, there’s really nothing that made more sense than just demons. Maybe vampires were good. Maybe werewolves. Incubus. Dragons. But demons? No other description given – just demons? They seemed the perfect representatives for evil.

Sum the main character AJ up in three words.
Artistic. Stubborn. Loyal.

If Essenced were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
“Animal I have Become” by Three Days Grace should definitely be on the list. It makes an appearance in the first book, and it’s so fitting for what’s going on.

Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I usually have my fan running to keep other noises away. It isn’t quiet, but it’s such a constant, monotonous sound that I can overlook it and write.

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?A reader taking the time to message you that they liked your book is a good feeling, regardless. One of the best messages I’ve gotten was from a reviewer in regards to getting a copy of Emblazed (the book that’s the center of this blog tour) after having read Essenced. It was something like, “Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!” I enjoyed that :)

Last, but not least, my Super Silly Question: If you had a pet unicorn, what would you name it?
Herbert Houston Hendrickson III.

Thanks bunches, Connie!

Essenced is FREE February 24-28! Click the cover to get your copy now!


Available only at Amazon!

Meet Connie L. Smith

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and will be forever sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. When she isn’t reading or writing, there’s a good chance she’s goofing off with her amazing, wonderful, incredible, fabulous nieces and nephew, or listening to music that is severely outdated. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either) and likes to snap photos. Oh, and she likes apples a whole big bunch.

Connie is hosting a crazy cool Twitter giveaway each day until February 28! Better get on over there and check it out!

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