Today we have double the delight and are visiting with Crimson Kildare and Kat Marlow!
1. Where do your ideas come from?
Together: We get our inspiration from all our favorite stories and myths. Our ideas are our own, that’s what makes our stories unique.
2. What kind of surroundings do you need while writing?
Crimson: I write at home, in my office or sometimes in my living room. I sometimes listen to music or very rarely will play TV quietly in the background. Mostly what I need is quiet and an absence of distractions. When I’m writing the only person allowed to talk to me is Kat.
Kat: I also write at home, usually in the TV room or my bedroom. I usually have the TV on very low volume, or play some music. I work best with as few distractions as possible, and if I’m working with Crimson, I’ll communicate with her.
3. What is the easiest aspect of writing; what’s the Hardest?
Crimson: I would say the easiest part is imagining and dreaming, planning what we’re going to write about and the hardest part is fleshing it all out on the page without getting ahead of ourselves. Pacing. Pacing is the hardest part.
Kat: If I have a clear vision in terms of plot and characters, putting it down to paper is the easiest thing in the world. The hardest can be when you start with about a quarter or half of the story thought out. Sometimes it can work itself out when you’re writing, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s difficult when you’re trying to figure out where to take it next. Pacing and dialogue can be hard as well.
4. What is your favorite line from one of your books?
Together: Our favorite line is from chapter one of In The Wyverian Wilds (a work still in progress). One of the leads and the one the story opens with, Jamie Logan has just awakened in an ice cave, soon to discover his entire life has changed drastically. At that moment he’s surrounded by about six, tall, exceptionally handsome, well built men and he thinks to himself, ‘Have I actually died and gone to Gay Man’s Heaven?!’
5. Do you have any favorite characters?
Crimson: I am not entirely sure, but will assume you mean a favorite of our own characters. Indeed I hope so, as a favorite of other people’s characters I could never choose.
There are so many I’ve fallen in love with over the years. In our work it would have to be Charles Douglas Latimer and Idris Yates, although honestly I love them all.
Kat: I love them all too, but I have soft spots in my heart for Jamie Logan and Idris Yates.
6. What character from any of your books would you invite out to dinner? Why?
Crimson: This is so hard, because they’re all so interesting and delightful. I have to go with Charles, because of his demeanor and his accent. Charles is an old school gentleman with a modern eras understanding of humanity and decency; an open minded, liberal thinker with a truly kind and tender soul. He’s British and refined, handsome as hell and as gracious as the day is long.
Kat: I’d have to say Jamie Logan, because he seems like a lot of fun. Doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, as well!
7. What are your hopes and dreams for your future in the writing world?
Crimson: Oh well! That’s easy. My hope is to create a complete and respected body of work, my dream is to become wildly successful with it and be invited to conventions to sign books and autographs and give talks and mingle with the folks who read our books.
Kat: I hope readers enjoy my work, and that it will be remembered for years to come. My dream is to become a bestselling author, and do the convention circuit so I can meet and mingle with our readers and my favorite celebrities. It would really tickle me if these very same celebs read our books!
Crimson: Oh goodness yes! Me too. I think that’s my big secret dream that the spouse of my favorite celebrity who is an avid, avid reader will come up to me one day and tell me how much he enjoyed our series!
Kat: Oh yeah, that would be the ultimate!
Crimson: *Giggles* She knows who I’m talking about.
8. How do you define success as an author?
Crimson: Success as an author: Finished, published, not panned work with at least a moderate following.
Kat: Getting published for a start! If it gets rave reviews and a fan following, that would be brilliant. It wouldn’t have to be a blockbuster right out of the gate; having it sell well enough that I can make a decent living would make me very happy.
9. Favorite writing quote?
Crimson: Good lord, there are so many…still I will go with the following, because it is the most honest, truthful and personal literary quote I can ever recall reading. “I am not full of virtues and noble qualities, I love that is all, but I love strongly, exclusively, steadfastly!” George Sand.
Kat: I recently found a quote by Oscar Wilde which I think just about says it all: “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”
10. What are you working on now?
Together: We’re currently still writing In the Wyverian Wilds, Book I of Allies of the Shaa’Ma’Nok. A new chapter goes up on our website www.thrutheglass.net every month. It’s only the rough draft copy, it will likely change a lot by the time it’s all finished, but hopefully it whets the reader’s appetite for the finished product.
The New Londinium Gazette
Wyverian Lord Thwarts Political Plot and Discovers Iceman!
A Brief Interview by Thornton Larson
I was recently allowed to accompany Charles Latimer, the amazingly wealthy Hotelier on his quest half way across the globe to visit with the wild men of the far north. I am not yet at liberty to express the purpose of Mr. Latimer’s business there, but I can share an interview I was allowed with one of the honored Northern Lords about the mysterious whispers afoot in their country.
TL: Who and what are you?
IY: I’m Idris Price Yates, a Hunter and Lord of the Wyveria.
TL: Can you explain what that means exactly?
IY: The Wyveria are the people who live far to the north and Wyveria is also the name of our land. I come from a small village called Drysor Y Ddraig, it means Dragon’s Treasure. It is the King’s village and all the noble houses are in that village. I was noble born and have earned a place amongst the Hunters of our people due to my power, my ability to affect the elements, speak to wee creatures and change my form man to Dragon.
TL: That’s amazing, is you nation a large one?
IY: No. We are perhaps 10,000 in number and not many can change their form. That is why it is so greatly prized.
TL: I see and you are one of those that can. Let’s come back to that again in a moment. Is it true you found a man buried in the ice from before the great cataclysm? What was that like?
IY: Yes. We’d gone out hunting a bear that was ravaging the village. We tracked it near the ice caves. When we went into the caves to see if it was home, we found a large block of ice that had floated in and gotten stuck by way of an underground stream fed by the nearby river. Inside the ice was a man. We thought him dead at first, but then I sensed something, his magic. So we built a fire to thaw him. What
was it like? It was odd and fascinating. He is an interesting man, an educated one and full of tales of the world before the great cataclysm. You should hear them.
TL: Perhaps one day I will, I would be most interested. I’ve heard that there was some excitement in your village recently; can you tell me about that?
IY: I cannot say much at this time…we are still looking into the details. However, our King Trevor Crewe was murdered. I have been tasked to find his killer.
TL: How do you feel about being put in the position your in?
IY: How do I feel? I am grieved at the loss of a man who was like unto a second father to me. Who saw to me and mine when my father was ripped from us without warning. Now he has been ripped from his family and I will see this wrong addressed.
TL: If you succeed, might you be rewarded by a position of honor?
IY: I already hold a position of honor amongst my people. If you speak of taking Trevor’s place? That is not so determined.
TL: I see, well I thank you Lord Yates for your time and sincere words.
IY: You are most welcome to them.
I could not draw more out of Lord Yates, but is this not enough to whet the appetite of our readers? Should we not all seek to learn more of the men of the north, who claim the ability to slip their skins and become dragons?
3 rd May, 7013
Book Excerpt of In The Wyverian Wilds
The Village of Drysor Y Ddraig was laid out at the foot a large, sloping hill. The back end of the hill and the far edge of the village were bordered by a rushing river that flowed over the edge of a cliff. It was a lush, green land full of trees, plants, wild life and small insects. A view filled with beauty and tranquility.
Jamie sat on the lawn behind the house of Yates looking out over the cliffs at the roaring water of the falls. He was lost in thought when the older man, Henry, who’d come with the visiting dignitaries walked over and sat down beside him. He looked up and offered him a small smile. His eye wandering over to see Idris still deep in conversation with Charles and …Val…Val was walking down along the edge of the cliffs on the far end of the lawn. He really, really needed to talk to Val, but where to begin?
Henry watched Jamie for a few minutes and then chuckled. “You’ve so many things on your mind at once you can’t form a single coherent thought about any one of them can you young one?”
“No, I guess I can’t. I…I just have so many questions…” Jamie answered.
“May I ask what sort of questions?”
“About how I got here to begin with…I mean yeah I was frozen and they thawed me out, okay…but how is that possible after all this time, without…any kind of medicine or science…with nothing to help them but a fire?
Henry looked at Val and then at Jamie and gave him a smile in return. “This is where you wish to begin? Talking with me, about the nature of things?”
Jamie spared a guilty look for Val whose back was turned to him in that moment. “I…I…yes, because I don’t know how to begin…anything else…”
Henry nodded as he errantly picked a few blades of tall grass and began to weave them in an intricate pattern as he considered the concerns mentioned.
“You have old knowledge Jamie, compared to what is known to most now. However compared to what I know and more importantly what Thera knows it is the knowledge of the young, of a child. Long, long ago, before the times your people were able to map out and attempted to explain with their analysis and sciences there was another world, another people. These people, they were the first ones, the first of all peoples, of all beings. They were not like you or I or anyone you’ve ever met. They were beings of…possibility. They took form as it pleased them, from them came all the variety of life that has ever existed from the smallest to the largest, from the most benign and powerless to the most clever and powerful. These people had knowledge to be sure, but their knowledge did not come from learning or analysis, but from the source of all things. They were born knowing. They also had healing and power, but theirs was made of the essence of all that is. You would call this magic. They did not have medicine, science or tools, because they did not need them. They had will. There came a time when some of these
first ones grew to like physicality, to favor various forms and they chose to take on these forms permanently. This is where life on this world as we know it now and as you once knew it came from. Now I could explain this all in much greater detail, as I used to do for Charles and his brother Cedric when they were young, but my point is that Thera, the land, the earth herself she knew what was coming. She is part of all that is and is connected to it still. She knew that great rock in the sky would come and hit her. She knew the cataclysm it would bring, the harsh reality that would be brought to bear on the peoples on her surface. So she spoke to the Great Mother and together they began to make preparations…they began to rework the nature of the people so that they might survive. They rewove the power of their will for them, giving them back the magics they had abandoned long ago…
“Okay, okay whoaaa Nelly! So what you’re telling me, is that the Earth, who you call Thera, and the Great Mother…by which you mean the spirits of all nature and the planet re-engineered the DNA of the people to give them magic, because they would be robbed of all their tools and sciences?”
“Okay…And even “IF” I choose to believe that, it explains what happened to me how?” Jamie asked.
“Easily. You are sitting on the ground in the land of the Lords of Wyveria, a people who can slip their skin and become Dragons. A people who can cast spells and affect the elements, who can speak to the wee creatures and you find my explanation what…too farfetched? How does it explain you? Do you not listen when others speak to you Logan? Did you not yourself hear Idris say he felt you in all that ice, sensed you were there, that you were pulsing with life. Does that not ring any bells for you, as it were?”
“Are you saying that I…have some sort of…magic?” Jamie asked.
“As you said yourself, you were frozen in a block of ice for many thousands of years and yet you thawed out whole and undamaged, not even the biting of frost upon your fingers and toes. What else would that be, but a great ability to heal oneself?”
Jamie blinked, “You mean I can…regenerate?!” he asked startled.
Henry merely nodded and smiled. Then he looked at Val again. “You have it in you to be a great healer Jamie Logan, go start now. Heal with words, heal with your heart.” He said nodding toward Val and gave Jamie a small shove.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Crimson M. Kildare and Kat Marlow are good friends who decided to take their friendship and their creative camaraderie and turn it into a fabulous writing partnership.
Crimson lives in one of those picturesque Midwestern American states in the suburb of a large city. Like Kat she’s over 21 and ready to meet life head on. She lives with her family, sans pets due to the terror of allergies. She’s also a lover of books, films, t.v., music, art and especially sci-fi fantasy, adventure and romance. Her first favorite book was Alice in Wonderland, her first favorite film was The Wizard of Oz, her first favorite song was Afternoon Delight by K.C. and the Sunshine Band and her current favorite is In The Mood as made famous by Glen Miller, although she also favors versions done by the Puppini Sisters and Brian Setzer and his Orchestra.
Kat lives in a beautiful little town in one of those picturesque American coastal states. She is a lover of films, t.v., books, music and comedy as well as football and baseball. She especially loves sci-fi and like so many of us has a special place in her heart for Star Wars and Star Trek. She is a proud geek and collector of sci-fi toys and memorabilia. Her professional dreams, aside from the success of her books is to get a job writing in Hollywood for, tv., films or comic books! She has a truly stellar personality, warm, funny, kind hearted and honest. She’s the best friend you could hope for and a great partner.
These women are eclectic and unpredictable and full of excitement for their future.
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