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What’s your writing nemesis? And Win a Kindle Fire!

Today we’re chatting with author J. Keller Ford, who’s celebrating the release for book 2 of her Dragon King series.

25721483If you’d like to see my son’s review of Book on, In the Shadow of the Dragon King, click here.

Welcome back Jenny! My son is grumbling that he can’t start Rage of the Dragon King because he has too much schoolwork.

Aww, poor kid. But school comes before dragons!

Yup, always! So, while you’re here, can you talk a but about what keeps you from writing? You know, like a writing nemesis?

Oh, wow, Jennifer, what a great question, and such an easy one to answer. In a nutshell, my writing nemesis is myself.

36062252I am such an insecure person it’s not even funny. I never think I’m good enough at anything I do. There is always a better mom, a better wife, a better friend, a better writer. Sometimes I feel you could put me next to another person and we could write the same exact story, yet his/hers would become a best seller, and mine would end up at the bottom of a kitty litter box. Sometimes, I get so down and depressed, I think “Why try?” So, I don’t. I go into shutdown mode, and the story sits there and waits. Sometimes its days; other times its weeks or months before I decide to get back to work. My own self-doubt can be so crippling at times that I wonder how I ever completed three novels.

I’m not sure what it is that kicks in that sends me back to the writing cave. Maybe it’s my inability to leave anything unfinished. Maybe I do it because I know others are counting on me to do what I said I was going to do. Sometimes, I return because I think whatever I’m writing isn’t too bad. In truth, I think it’s a little of all three.

36062252I’m getting better (I think), at least, I’m trying to. I really need to stop comparing myself to other authors and be happy with the author that I am. I mean, not many people can say they’ve been published at least five times. That’s an accomplishment, right? I suppose I need to get out of my own way and be happy with the successes I’ve had, instead of dwelling on those I wish I had. It’s easier said than done, but I’m evolving. Maybe someday, I’ll break free from the chrysalis I’ve placed around myself, spread my wings, and fly. Sounds like a plan, eh? J I mean, who knows. I could be a best-selling author someday. It could happen. Maybe.

Thank you for having me today, Jennifer. It’s always an honor to sit and chat with you.

Thanks for stopping by!

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About Rage of the Dragon King

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it’s time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

36062252Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon’s lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David’s hometown of Havendale…and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He’d rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn’t the sanctuary they’d hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can’t prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.

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About J Keller Ford

J. Keller Ford (known to all as Jenny) is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. As a young Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic that permeated her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, swimming, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. Jenny is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a quirky knight who was silly enough to marry her, and a menagerie of royal pets. Published works include short stories, The Amulet of Ormisez, Dragon Flight, and The Passing of Millie Hudson. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy.

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Welcome back to Maldobar! There’s a new Dragonriders series out by @nicoleconway!

Oh! I’m so excited! There’s a brand new Dragondriders series coming out, and today we have Best-Selling Author Nicole Conway with us to talk shop–errr… dragons. And Nicole has a chance to win a Kindle Fire and some signed art!

Hi Nicole! Dragonriders is a super successful series, hanging in the top ten for, like FOREVER. Everyone loves Jaevid!

What challenges did you encounter creating a new series in the same world, and what did you do to keep the stories sounding fresh?

18733563To be perfectly honest, I’ve been writing in the Dragonrider Chronicles world for so long now, it’s harder not to let my mind go there! It’s become a comfort zone for me, because I’m so familiar with the landscape and history. Writing about that world feels like coming home. So I was very excited to get to shed new light and breathe new life into it with a different perspective. 23344338Changing the angle of focus to the lives and culture of the elves seemed like the logical transition since so much of the first series revolved around the human way of life in their kingdom. So I’m taking us back there, but on a different path, to see that world from a completely different viewpoint. Continue reading

Are Dragons and Mermaids Real? Well, Maybe… Just maybe.

I just read an article on CNN about a monkey that they discovered in the Congo that has been identified as a brand new species.  Does that mean that the species didn’t exist a few years ago?  No, of course not… It’s just that this area of the planet has not been explored by scientists, so no one other than the “locals” new about them.

If you haven’t heard about this, click the link below.  If anything, just take a look at the picture to see how amazingly “human” this monkey’s eyes seem.  Then read below.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/africa/dr-congo-new-monkey/index.html

“Why the heck didn’t the locals tell anyone there was a brand new primate population in their backyard?” you might ask.

You look out the widow every day and see sparrows.  They are part of your everyday life.  You don’t have modern technology in your life.  You only communicate with the people around you… and they’ve all grown up with sparrows, too.  You have no idea that no one outside your village has never seen a sparrow.  (And maybe the sparrows fly away whenever one of those loud scary “car-things” drives into the village.)

It’s possible that there are TONS of species like this!  Can you imagine?

So, of course my demented mind started wondering.  Dragon and Mermaid lore came from SOMEWHERE.  Who’s to say that all those sailors were just drunk?  Who’s to say that dragons are not in the high uninhabited hills in China?

In one of my favorite movie lines ever:  “Just because you haven’t seen [a million dollars], doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”

With the wonders of today’s technology, the idea that there are still species that “science” has yet to discover is extremely fascinating to me.

The truth is, that we DON’T know everything.  We HAVE NOT seen everything.  Isn’t that exciting?