15 Oct 2014

Interview with author Connie Smith

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, time hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced tainted with the demon’s incurable toxin. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing, a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.
Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.
Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?
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Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
~ This is book three of The Division Chronicles – the final book of the trilogy! It’s a little weird to think that other than possible short stories and spin-offs, this book ends the stories of these characters. If you’ve read the first two books, then you probably realize that there almost has to be some tension within this novel, since the story is coming to a close and there was a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end of book two. I’m hoping that this book will do the other two justice, and I don’t get any angry emails about how I failed miserably at wrapping the story up :)

What inspired you to write it?
~ I have a habit of adding characters to books, movies, and TV shows inside of my head. AJ is the main character of this Division stuff, and she kind of had that type of beginning. After that, her story – and the overall plot – basically nagged me until I caved and wrote it.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?

~ I bought the cover from The Book Cover Machine. It’s in the same style as the first two books, and that style basically started with a first draft that included wings, colors, and lots of sparkles due to my preferences!

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
~ Yikes. I don’t know. Anyone who reads the books, feel free to give me your ideas!

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
~ I love the fantasy elements. In fact, I’ve written a couple of contemporary romance stories recently, and I’m kind of interested to get back to writing things with magic and supernatural elements. It’s more eloquent, in a way, and has so much possibility. Plus I got to write about a Dragon-Essenced person, so ya know.

What made you want to become an author?
~ I like to write, and it seemed like something that was worth trying out. Especially when the AJ/Division bit wouldn’t leave me be.

How do you come up with character names?
~ The names for this series actually came pretty easily. I wanted the angels to have more outdated names, maybe more sophisticated, and a good percentage of the teenage characters got their names because I liked them. It’s hard to say really, but I definitely want them to suit the characters.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
~ Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. Seriously. Great book.

Who, or what, inspires you?
~ As far as writing goes, I just get ideas and they can develop into bigger things. There’s really no definite way that I get a story idea.

Where is your favourite place to write?
~ I usually just write in my bedroom. How boring, right? But one of my 101 goals in 1001 days is to write outside!

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
~ LOTR. I actually didn’t even like the books, but I loooooooved the movie trilogy.

Name two of your favourite authors.
~ Becca Fitzpatrick and Cynthia Hand are two modern ones who have caught my interest.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
~ Lewis Carroll. Because that seems like it would have some random potential.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
~ I’m currently kind of obsessed with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And yes. I’m a grown-up.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
~ Someone short.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
~ I live in Appalachia! Mountains are pretty!

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
~ I have a YA Romance that’s scheduled to be released in May/June of next year through Inkspell Publishing, and I have another book (NA Romance) that I plan to release in November of this year. You can add it to your to-read list here.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
~ Eating pizza in Italy would be a good one…

Favourite myth / fairytale?

~ Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate fairy tale, in my opinion.

Who did you want to be when you were a kid?
~ Pink Power Ranger! Cartoon Rogue! Those are two of the options, anyway…

Thanks for reading, and feel free to enter for a chance to win a copy of the first book of this trilogy: Giveaway Link

McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”
He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”
“Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”
“Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”
Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”
“Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”
Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.
“Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”
And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”
He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”
“And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”
“It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”
She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”
“Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Her music of choice is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and is currently working on her MA.

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