1. Your book Amulet, the first in the DragonBlade series is quickly climbing the ranks on Amazon. Tell us where the idea for this captivating story came from.
After reading several fantasy stories that were very dark, and where the characters were either super evil or super good, I decided that I wanted to write something a bit more uplifting where not all is as it appears.
I wanted a more human element to the story, yet a story that still remained fantasy. I also liked the idea of portraying dragons with wisdom and intelligence – and a sense of humor.
2. You have a powerful tagline for your book ‘Sometimes the greatest legends are born from the darkest hearts’. Tell us how that tagline came about.
That tagline is something that my husband came up with. He is very supportive of me and reads everything I write. He came out of the shower one day and said, “I’ve got it!” Thus a tagline was born!
3. On your website, you have a book trailer for Amulet, tell us what went into the making of this trailer?
I actually made the trailer myself, and have since made several other book trailers. For me, it starts with finding music that fits the story. Next, I write a script, find pictures that feel right, add text, etc. A lot of the graphics I did myself as well.
My autistic daughter drew the amulet and the sword handle that are becoming synonymous with the DragonBlade Series. My son found the music for that trailer. A lot of what goes into my books and trailers is really a family affair.
4. How long did it take you to write Amulet and what was the toughest part about the journey?
Actual writing time was probably only a few months, but it was spread across three years. The toughest part of writing Amulet was trying to keep my laptop powered up!
Due to a bizarre set of circumstances, including the death of my children’s father, we were homeless when I began writing. We lived in tents in what felt like the middle of nowhere for nearly nine months. Starting to write Amulet was a major turning point for us. It gave us hope.
As winter approached, we decided that tenting in 40 below was not going to be an option. We packed up what little we had and travelled 3,000 miles to where we now live. Life has changed a lot since then. I really have no idea how we made it. There’s a lot to be said for hope as fuel.
5. What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
Besides the fact that Amulet began in a tent? That’s a tough question. I have five kids (all adults now), two with varying degrees of autism, one is a triplet. Really, I’m just a regular person who stays up late writing in my pajamas!
6. What do you hope readers take away from Amulet?
Enjoyment, first and foremost. And maybe a bit of hope. There are a few “nuggets” tucked into the story that I have picked up along the way.
Thoral has a real grasp of those. One of his most quoted lines is: “Sometimes things happen for a reason, and it ain’t always apparent what that reason is when it’s happenin'”.
7. What’s next in store for the series?
Tablet of the Sun is the next book in the DragonBlade Series, due out in late spring. There will be at least one more book after that. Maybe more.
To order Nancy’s book, you can go to Amazon here.