Joining us today for this edition of Behind The Scenes is Terri Rochenski. Secret of the Souls, Book 2 of her adult fantasy series Pool of Souls, was released on October 6 and she’s celebrating it with a giveaway!
1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I met and became friends with Anne Tyler. She encouraged me to write the story I had brewing in my mind, so I took the plunge. I was blessed to have her mentor me through the entire manuscript, but it would take almost twelve years of critique forums and cyber-bud be-friending before I got published.
2. Anything you would’ve done differently if you could do it all over again?
I wouldn’t say that Donald Maass didn’t know what he was talking about when he critiqued my first chapter of Love’s Sorrow. Yeah. That was before I knew WHO the man is! The memory always brings about a giggle nowadays.
3. What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?
I’ve said it countless times in interviews – keep writing, and don’t give up.
4. Is there any book you’ve written that is particularly special to you? Which one and why?
Although fantasy, the Pool of Souls series was inspired by real-life events – mine and other friends and family members.
5. Who would you say is your favorite character(s) from your books, and why? What is it about this character that makes him/her tick?
I love all my characters, but in the Pool of Souls series, Jadon’s charm swayed my focus more often than not.
6. Tell us about your new book. What can we expect from it?
I’m hoping the twisted ending will surprise yet satisfy my readers. It’s one of those ‘for the greater good’ ethical questions. fingers crossed!
Secret of the Souls Blurb:
Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.
For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.
To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.
On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.
7. Are you self-pubbed or traditionally published? What made you go for this model? What advice/tips can you share with writers working towards the same goal?
I have six publications with indie pubs, and I’ll probably continue on in the same way. The thought of self-pubbing scares the you-know-what out of me.
My advice to other writers, is keep subbing. Keep honing your skills. There’s a market for just about everything out there, and your voice is as unique as you are.
It’s a great pleasure to have you over in my blog. Thank you!
Author Bio: Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling. Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
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