Can you tell us a little bit about "The Coming Storm"?
The Coming Storm is classic heroic fantasy set in a land called the Kingdoms that is surrounded by what they call the borderlands - a no-man's or Elf's land of vicious creatures that are a challenge even for Elves. Elon of Aerilann is the Elven advisor to the High Council, but particularly Daran High King. As an Elf, Elon is magically gifted, in his case particularly with foresight. His foresight tells him the sudden activity on the borderlands is more than just coincidence. Simultaneously, Ailith of Riverford is finding that something is terribly wrong in that Kingdom. Elon's investigation brings him to Riverford, and puts all their lives in jeopardy.
What's your background in writing?
I've been creating other worlds in my head for as long as I can remember. *grins* My parents didn't know what to do with me. An avid reader, I got frustrated at not finding the kind of books I loved, so I combined my madnesses - and started writing about those other worlds.
Who are your inspirations/influences?
Tolkien, of course. George R. R. Martin - although he's gotten a little too dark and grim in his later books. Anne McCaffrey. Mercedes Lackey.
What was it like working with Alexandria Publishing Group?
It's a consortium I started, so of course I think it's great.
Who was responsible for the cover/book design?
Mallory Rocks Art did a great job on the cover, and Rik Hall did the formatting.
What are you doing in terms of marketing/publicity?
I use all the standards - I have a webpage and a Facebook author page, use Pixel of Ink, E Reader News Today and Bookbub, as well as any and all fantasy sites.
Do you have any stories from book signings/radio interviews/etc.?
Not really, I've had wonderful experiences with both.
What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
My blog is Valerie Douglas Books and readers will find information about my books, new releases and other updates as well as the inspiration for writing any given book.
What projects do you have planned for the future?
I'm in prequel/sequel mode right now. I'm working on the prequel to The Coming Storm, a sequel to the Servant/Heart of the Gods series, and a sequel to Nike's Wings (not a fantasy novel).
Is there anything else about you we should know?
I don't do the expected.
Thanks for the interview Valerie. Get your copy of The Coming Storm here!