Monday, August 8, 2011

Interview and Contest with Author Marion Webb-Di Sisto



Today my guest is Marion Webb-De Sisto.  She recently released the final novel in her fantasy trilogy, The Angelic Chronicles.  

CONTEST DRAWING:  Leave a comment at the end of the interview!  Ms. Webb-De Sisto is offering a print copy of Final Retribution, the book featured in the interview, for a first place winner and an eBook copy of it to a second place winner. We will draw a winner at the end of the day.  Anyone who posts should include an email address so that Ms. Webb-De Sisto can contact you if you win.

AUTHOR: Marion Webb-De Sisto
BOOK TITLE: Final Retribution: Book Three of the Angelic Chronicles
PUBLISHER: Booklocker


1)Tell me a little about your book.
It’s the final novel of a Fantasy trilogy. The three books track the story of two archangelic brothers, Samael and Seriel, exploring their adventures, love life and continuous rivalry. Both siblings love Archangel Malkura, but she has only ever loved Samael. However, his drastic change in character from good to evil turns her against him and she is drawn to Seriel. In this third book, Samael has become embittered and lonely until Angel Manah keeps her promise to visit him. It explores the developing attraction between these two totally different personalities and gives the ultimate outcome for the ruined archangel. 



2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?
For a number of years I’ve been interested in the Celestial Hierarchy. I’m not in any way a religious person, but I am fascinated by supposed beings that can fly and are thought to have interacted with humans. The notion that the most radiant archangel fell from grace and became the devil has given me the basis of a storyline and my trilogy offers one possibility of how this happened.

3) Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I guess I’m a full time writer because I’m retired and can give much of my attention to writing. It isn’t difficult for me to organize my writing time. I spend the mornings and early afternoons of weekdays writing, but rarely on weekends. Occasionally, I also write late at night.

4) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
At the age of ten I was one of the winners of a nationwide competition. We had to write about the house we would like to live in and I described quite a lavish home. I’m not sure where my ideas came from, but they were probably from various movies that I had seen. I always wanted to be a teacher, but when I was fourteen I changed my mind and was very interested in becoming a journalist. However, my mother and school principal thought this was ridiculous and convinced me to pursue teaching. I always kept my desire to write, but never actually did so until I took early retirement in 1999.

5) What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope my novels give readers the opportunity to put aside for a while their everyday tasks, concerns, frustrations and disappointments. My aim is to distract them from such preoccupations by offering stories that give enjoyment and escapism.

My non-fiction books are written with the aim of informing readers about the mineral kingdom, alternative medicine and the spirit world.

6) Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance and Adventure is the genre for my fiction and Metaphysical Studies is the heading under which my non-fiction books would fall. As a writer, I don’t have a preference for one or the other; both genres hold my interest. As a reader, my first choice would probably be Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. I do believe in the power of love. I also enjoy reading horror stories.

7) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
I would say for me it’s when I have to put aside my writing in order to do other things. It sometimes feels as though everyday matters encroach upon my love of expressing the written word. I guess I’m a fairly disciplined person. I do what has to be done and avoid procrastination so that I can get back to my writing as quickly as possible.

8) Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
It’s impossible to say. Do archangels, angels and demons exist? Some events documented in my books can be found in the Bible, but does that mean they truly happened? I certainly didn’t consciously bring any real life event into the story.

9) How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
Angel Manah is the main female character in this book. I think she is like me in the fact that she abhors evil actions, but can understand how they do sometimes happen. For many years I worked with abused children and their dysfunctional families and although what had happened to the children appalled me, I was able to comprehend the causes. She is different from me because she considers herself, as an angel, to be less important than archangels. I definitely think of myself as being equal to everyone else on this planet.

10) What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
Before beginning to write Book One, I spent several hours on different days within a reference library, reading and learning about angelic lore, together with archangels’, angels’ and demons’ names. As a resource, I perused a book by an author who had examined certain Talmudic, Gnostic and legendary texts. For Book Three I researched some details about our own galaxy, the Milky Way, because I needed to write about the two main characters’ journey through it. I also explored information about mythical creatures and the faery folk, who all appear in the story.

11) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
In each book of the trilogy there is a certain amount of angelic fighting or scenes where demons attack archangels and angels. I had no problem writing about the violence, I only find it disturbing when I have to watch such action. There are no highly sexual scenes within the three books.  I have no aversion to detailing such explicit material, but it did not seem appropriate for the trilogy. There are love scenes, but no erotica.

12) What about your book makes it special?
Although the storyline throughout the trilogy is not about human beings, I’ve tried to bring human emotions and actions into it. My angelic characters feel love, hate, anger and they make mistakes. Some are good and some are wicked; they experience everything that we do within our human condition. Most books about angels fall into the New Age category or they appear in Fantasy romance or horror tales alongside vampires, werewolves, or demons. I like to think my characters are ones to which a reader can relate even though they are considered to be imaginary.

13) What is your marketing plan?
Apart from my website and blog, I belong to several author groups, chats and loops.  When Final Retribution was released, I posted this information in all of these online places. I’ve also participated in a number of blog tours, interviews, like this one, and a cyber launch for my book. A newsletter was sent out, announcing the publication of the novel and I have publicized it on FaceBook, AuthorsDen, AuthorIsland and Alternative-Read. Holding contests with prizes of either print or eBook copies of this book has also proved to be a productive marketing tool.

14) Where can people learn more about you and your work?

I’m a gold member of AuthorsDen - http://www.authorsden.com/marionwebbdesisto

An affiliate author on Alternative-Read - http://www.alternative-read.com/aamarionwebbdesisto.htm



Or if you would like to be my friend, go to - http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=671911733

I have also recently joined Twitter –

15) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
When an author writes in the Fantasy genre, s/he can allow imagination to run wild, nothing may seem to be too impossible or unbelievable. In my opinion, however, I believe s/he should make sure the special abilities, powers, or attitudes the main characters have are completely relevant to the storyline. Don’t give them extra skills and standpoints that are merely trimmings to their fantasy personalities. Make them be a necessary part of the story, a vital component that would enhance the plot, or seriously damage it, if omitted. In this way, the characters become more believable even though they may be purely imaginary.

16) What’s in the future for you?
Earlier this year I was invited to participate in a planned anthology. I wrote and submitted a novella, entitled Malpas, which was my first venture into writing erotica. It was accepted and I’ve just received a contract and advance for this story. The title of the anthology is Writers on the Wrong Side of the Road. It will be released in October.

Presently, I’m writing a Fantasy Romance that, in the beginning, is set in today’s world. A woman is abducted by a demgel, a half angel, half demon individual, and taken to a world named Cymllon. This place is magical and exists parallel to our earth, but in a different dimension. Once there, she is rescued by another demgel and spends several days with him until he helps her to return home. During those few days and despite their differences, an attraction builds up between them. When they separate they both become very unhappy, but this story will have a HEA ending.

When that story is finished, I would like to put together a non-fiction book about my own and other people’s experiences of ghostly encounters and paranormal happenings. A number of readers have expressed an interest in this topic.


11 comments:

  1. Many thanks, Penny, for having me as your guest today. I really appreciate your support.

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  3. My pleasure Marion. I always enjoy seeing how other authors work.

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  4. Great Interview, I very much enjoyed it.
    I love your trilogy and of course your other books.
    Can't wait for the Novella :)
    Great idea to do a book on paranormal happenings.
    Love from Vienna
    Christa

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  5. Christa, It's always a pleasure to hear from someone who has read the featured author's book. Thank you for commenting.

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  6. Thanks, Christa. The anthology, which contains my novella, should be out in October. It will contain a variety of stories that you should enjoy.

    Blessings, Maz. ^j^

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  7. Is that you with the thousand skulls, Marion? I like what you had to say about good and evil and what you hoped a reader would take away from your books. A very lovely interview. I love the foundation of your trilogy. The cover is beautiful, too.

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  8. Sarah, thank you for stopping to comment. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  9. Yes, Sarah, it's me, but we don't have quite a thousand. :-) Also, thanks for enjoying the interview.

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  10. My congratulations go to Sarah McNeal of Charlotte, NC., she is the winner of a print copy of my novel. Also, congratulations to Christa Baum-Chomsky of Vienna, Austria, who is the second place winner and will receive an eBook copy of this Fantasy story.

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  11. Congratulations to the winners and thank you Marion for offering such a great gift to your readers.

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