Today, my guest is MuseItUp author, Rebecca Ryals Russell. Ms. Russell has a number of series books in progress and she is talking today about the release of Zarena.
AUTHOR: Rebecca Ryals Russell
BOOK TITLE: Zarena, Stardust Warriors Series
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.
I’ve been writing children’s books for four years, since retiring from teaching Middle School. I wanted to write because I have a story to tell and I want to stay connected to children.
Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m very much a full-time writer. I spend nearly 20 hours a day at my computer.
What influences your writing?
World events is a major influence on my writing as the story I’m telling relates to the evil in our world. I’m also influenced by great authors.
Is this your first published work? What other types of writing have you done?
This is my second published book, but the first of a MG series. The first book of my YA series, Odessa, came out in April. There will be many more in each series to follow.
Why did you choose to write a children's story?
I love children and feel I connect better with them than many adults.
What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
The basic concept has been floating around in my head for about 30 years. But when I finally sat down to write it, I had enough words written to make the two series, MG and YA.
What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?
I prefer traditional publishing because the work gets edited professionally.
What is your marketing strategy?
I belong to many children’s forums, blogs, etc. and promote my books there while making friends. I also use Twitter and FB a lot. I have created a couple of awesome websites. My main site is http://rryalsrussell.com. That has ALL of my writing in it as well as blog tour dates, reviews, news, updates and my blog. But I’m really excited about my NEW website for Middle Graders called http://tweenwordquest.com. It is interactive!! There are several parts: the Stardust Warriors series has its own section, then the Masquerade the Scaredy Cat series has a section and a main section. It’s tons of fun.
What are your thoughts about children's writers needing an agent or not needing one?
I don’t think an agent could do any more for me than I am doing.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Do you have any tips for writers who are new to children's literature?
New writers should ask tons of questions from older writers who’ve been through the processes. Most writers are glad to share their experiences.
Please give us a brief synopsis about your current book and when and where it will be available.
When 14-year old Zarena wakes in someone else’s bed and hears voices in her head, she’s understandably terrified. So imagine her reaction when she steps out of the sleeping quarters into a magnificent Great Hall filled with priceless carvings, beautiful frescoes, and translucent-skinned beings in pastel robes. It doesn’t take long for her to find out she has somehow traveled overnight across the Megaverse to the home of a holy order called the Conscientia. Here she is to train to fulfill her destiny. Her mentor tells her about the Prophecy of Solsyl and her role as leader of the Vigorios, children demon slayers. But no one knows that her first taste of evil is only one new friendship away.
Zarena of Stardust Warriors will be available sometime in July through MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, or wherever eBooks are sold.