Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I have recently been annoyed with many people in my life but hopefully that will be over and done with soon. I will mostly studying this week for cultural anthropology class so that I do well on it and maybe even get a couple blog posts done and some books read soon. I should have the review up for this book up on the 24th so look forward to that.
Now, why don’t we get into this post already?
“Joyful and blessed are Voice-bearers, for the Heavens have set them apart.
As Whisperers gifted with the Voice, Betka and her people are enslaved. Only they can control the dangerous spirits that haunt the waters, but they are forced to serve under cruel taskmasters. Betka has little hope of freedom from her service or her own bitterness.
They toil for the goodness of others.
A powerful water spirit terrorizes the castle where Betka’s sister is serving. Betka is assigned to the crew sailing to face the foe, and she fears for the only family she has left.
Rage is found nowhere in them.
In the beleaguered, flooded castle, a new threat awaits—a magic more powerful and horrifying than anything they have ever seen. Loyalties will be tested, and enemies will become desperate allies.
Betka is their only hope of escape—if she can subdue the wrath that endangers them all.
She who wields the waters for revenge drowns herself tenfold.”
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C.W. Briar writes fantasy that’s dark but hopeful, filled with wonder and humor along with the suspense and creepiness. His favorite stories are the ones that make him both smile and perch on the edge of his seat. By day, he works as a systems engineer, testing or even riding on trains, airplanes, and helicopters. At night, when not writing, he prepares fancy dinners and shows off his awesome corgis. He’s a graduate of Binghamton University and lives in Upstate NY with his wife, three kids, and secret stashes of chocolate.
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What made you want to write this book?
It started as a short story that grew and grew after my short story critique partners insisted my idea was meant to be a novel. They were right.
Have you ever had difficulty coming up with an idea for your story?
My greatest difficulty is in getting stories written faster so I can catch up with all of my other ideas in waiting. I have more than a dozen stories asking to be next.
As a writer what would your spirit animal be?
My spirit animal in general is corgis. I have three of them.
What Hogwarts house would the main character of your book be sorted into?
Betka is a Slytherin in a religious order made up of Hufflepuffs.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your character?
While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
Throughout the development of the book, I kept asking myself two questions: Love conquers all, but HOW does it conquer all? Also, how do you love the world when the world hates you back?
Do you google yourself?
I’m gonna say no. Later, I’ll see myself saying no on Google.
What word would sum up your book?
What is your writing process like?
I’m anything but quick. I need to know what my themes are and who my main characters are up front. I plot out the major moments of the story overall, then plan out the next couple chapters in detail while getting ready to write them. I’m a writer with a big focus on prose, so I tend to develop chapters slowly. I can’t just throw words on a page and come back to make something of them later.
If I ever reach a part of the story where things don’t seem right, I go back and edit what I’ve already written to I can reassess what’s there and fix it.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Best advice I heard in the early days: “Learn to love editing.” (thanks, Larry Leech) Focus on the story in the first draft, then focus on the creativity of the prose in later drafts (rather than thinking of it as rework).
This might seem to conflict with what I said earlier about not being able to just throw words on a page during the first draft. I can’t ignore the quality of the writing even in the first draft (as evidenced by the fact that my stories see few major revisions after the first draft is complete). I can, however, avoid foolishly chasing a perfect draft the first time through.
How much research do you do for your books?
I like studying history, and I can be (OK, I am) a perfectionist when it comes to details, so … yeah, safe to say I spend quite a bit of time in the research department. I learned how to prepare certain Viking dishes even though they never made it into the book.
When did you first start writing?
I currently own a book I write in elementary school … sorry, I meant “book.” I was working on stories by middle school. I didn’t get serious about writing until about 2013, and I published a short story collection in 2016.
What is the easiest part of writing that you consider?
I wouldn’t say it’s the “easiest” part, but I’m definitely more tolerant of being a jerk to my characters than many writers. Blame that on the horror influences in my writing.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I’m currently at a rate of 12-14 months for a novel, but I’m working on speeding that up.
How did you decide to pick out your book cover?
My publisher chose the cover, and I think they did a great job. I love it. I was able to pitch my ideas to them upfront, and they made some changes to the final design based on my feedback.
Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying processes?
I show that thing off like it’s a full-size candy bar during trick-or-treating. An eye-catching image can communicate things faster than a single written word.
How do you market your books?
I’m still figuring that out. Getting a Publishers Weekly Starred Review has altered some plans, as I want to maximize on that. I’m trying various outlets. I will say that one reason for going with a publisher on this book was to free me up financially to focus more on advertising.
What is your favorite quote of your book?
I love some of Kuros’s one-liners, but I can’t do them justice without spoilers. I also really like writing proverbs and other wisdom scripture to introduce sections of the story. Those passage show what Betka learned while growing up, but they also tie into the story.
One of those passages provided the line seen on the back cover: “She who wields the waters for revenge drowns herself tenfold.”
How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
I’m on Twitter and Instagram. Go to my website and sign up for email. I also have two pages on Facebook: the author one is just important info, while the other one also includes me being a dork.