Monday, November 5, 2012

Interview with fantasy romance author Marsha A. Moore

Today I present an interview with fantasy romance author Marsha A. Moore. Her Enchanted Bookstore Legend series is up to three novels now that Lost Volumes was released last week. Moore has two move novels planned in the series. 

About the series:

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications. 

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.  

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe. 

Marsha A. Moore lives in Florida. She is a highly creative woman who paints and draws in addition to writing. She's active in the outdoors at both land and sea.

Thank you for the interview and including Her Ladyship's Quest on your promotional tour. 

1. Because you're an enthusiastic cyclist, what kind of bicycle or bicycles do you have?

I have two Trek road bikes, one is a racing type and the other for touring. The racing bike gets the most attention, but the other is the traveler, going with us when my husband and I need bikes for short transportation.

2. Your Enchanted Bookstore Legends series ties your fantasy realm into the real world. How much of Book Three is set in our world and how much is in the fantasy world?

The title of Book Three is Lost Volumes. There are three lost magical books written by the Scribes who came before my heroine, Lyra McCauley. She must find those missing books.  Possessing the entire collection can unlock vast power to help the country she works for, the Alliance, overthrow the evil control of the Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. One of those three lost books is discovered to be hidden in our world. Lyra and her protector/lover, wizard Cullen Drake, face unique problems on that quest. She must rely more on her own abilities since he loses power when he leaves the fantasy world.

3. The love interest of your main character Lyra is Cullen, an immortal wizard. Is Lyra presumably a mortal? Have you tackled any issues concerning a romance between a mortal and an immortal? It's often a thorny situation in fiction. 

When they meet for the second time, when Lyra is an adult, she is mortal and Cullen is an immortal wizard. He gained immortal status from years of service to the Alliance country of Dragonspeir. He is dependent upon magic from that world to remain immortal. Therefore, he can only be in Lyra’s world for short periods of a couple days without risk. In this way, he operates a small indie bookstore in the human world where the two meet.

On the other hand, Lyra inherits the job of being the fifth Scribe of the Alliance. She may pass into that land only by permission of the Head Guardian, the Imperial Dragon. She enters only to perform specific tasks, using her special powers on missions that he requests. Upon her return, she must form written accounts of those journeys, imbuing magic into the texts. Those documents give strength to the Alliance. One of her primary motivations to complete these arduous tasks is that with each she is granted more immortality. She and Cullen are engaged to marry when she gains total immortality.

4. The romance in the Enchanted Bookstore Legends is about an over-30 divorced woman. Do you think writing this type of romantic lead differs from writing the classic young, coming of age maiden romance?

I had strong opinions about choosing my heroine’s age. I wanted her to have experienced enough hard times to be able to truly appreciate true love, honor, courage, fairness, all that is good. In this way, she can truly commit to whatever obstacles lie in the path to happiness. She knows herself and is determined. As the series progresses, I admire her strength.

5. You describe your daily yoga practice as being very important to your creative work. Do you sometimes see your stories unfold during meditation and while holding postures? Or do you think the release from worldly distractions during yoga prepares the mind to receive inspiration?

Great question! Occasionally, I do solve plot holes while holding a yoga pose or in the final meditative savasana. More often, it acts to clear my mind and make me receptive to my natural creative rhythms. I’ve done yoga actively for thirteen years and have enrolled in a teacher training program for all of 2013. I’m very eager to see what insights into myself and my creative process that training will unlock.

6. What are the best ways for readers to support you and recommend your novels to others?

Readers who enjoy my books can help by recommending me to their friends or through writing reviews to encourage new readers. Also, passing along information I distribute through my blog, Twitter, or Facebook is always appreciated.

7. Your marketing material for the Enchanted Bookstore Legends says that Books Four and Five are coming out in 2013. Have you already drafted or outlined these novels?

These are already outlined. I’m currently writing Book Four and still enjoying working with these characters, letting them grow and develop.

8. Any additional comments?

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Tracy. Your questions have been a pleasure to answer.

Lost Volumes: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three is currently available at Amazon

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When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancĂ©, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.

She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.

Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.

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Purchase Links for previous books in the series:

Heritage Avenged: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Two ~ available for only $1.29
Seeking a Scribe: Enchanted Bookstore Legend One ~ available for only 99 cents