Monday, November 23, 2015

Ashley Scheller ~ an interview and her novel ~ The Wielder Diaries

Title: The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal
Author: Ashley Scheller
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Supernatural/Fantasy/Magic
Length: 329 pages
Release Date: September 10, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1516982066
IMPRINT: Howling Wolf

Ashley Scheller

Ashley Scheller has always liked creating. Currently residing in Omaha with her family, if she isn’t sewing costumes inspired from medieval times or anime characters she is writing. Passionate about both hobbies, she loves to connect with fellow costumers and writers through social media. The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal is her first book and has planned an exciting trilogy for the title.


Q: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
A: I would have Mystique’s (X-men) morphing abilities in a heartbeat if I was offered. I honestly can’t choose just one creature. To be able to morph is one of my favorite concepts in fantasy I like to explore. How will it happen? Why does it need to happen? What will change? What might happen if a loved one finds out? These are all possible questions I like to answer if I can. In The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal there are a number of scenes where characters transform/morph into other beings or morph in order to improve themselves.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I enjoy a great many genres of music. There is little I won’t try or wouldn’t like to have a CD to play.

Q: If your life were a movie would it be considered an action film, comedy, drama, romance, fantasy or a combination?
A: I would say my life is a drama/comedy. On the one hand I have had several obstacles to overcome, but I have been blessed to have and get to know great people in my life who have guided me and made my life brighter.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: To excel at anything I think exercise is important because it clears the mind and I feel great afterwards. While I do like to go out to eat a lot and, therefore, am hardly a working out fanatic, I do enjoy walks with my husband and modern dance to get some cardio.


Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: I find the editing process the hardest. To strive to be a perfectionist while keeping true to your voice as a storyteller is a hard line to walk.

Q; Now your least favorite part?
A: While my favorite part of writing is creating characters, deleting a character you thought you needed is my absolute number one thing I hate to do. Especially if it’s one that has been fully integrated into your story and your editor makes a valid argument you never needed it. *shakes head and laughs* Oh, it’s the worst. But. For the sake of bettering your story you have to put aside your ego.

Q: When crafting the story, do you go from beginning to end or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: Definitely a jumper. If I get bored, I will stop and move on to a part that interests me that day. I never like to force my words to meet a quota, for lack of a better word, because, from experience, I find myself just deleting what was forced the following day.

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: No~pe. I think that’s the fun part. You get to go on this journey with your characters. Sure. I’d have some idea where I am headed, but rarely is it concrete or set in stone.

I love it when my characters take the story to a place I didn't see coming. I agree ~ no knowing it the best!


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: My sequel to The Wielder Diaries: My Crystal as The Wielder Diaries will be a trilogy and I can’t wait to share what comes next.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: My goal is for the sequel to come out next fall.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, Facebook page or any buy links?
A: I love to connect with readers and fellow costumers!

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Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: I am participating in a blog tour through Ravenswood Publishing and wish to thank you, LocGlin, for inviting me to guest post here on Books and Banter today.

It was a pleasure. You'll have to come back when the sequel is published.  Now tell us something about The Wielder Diaries.

I'd love to!

At five, her presence alone could transform lions into human-like beings. At nine, she could manipulate everything inanimate, in turn, creating her surroundings to her liking. She is their Saqui, a precious child with awesome power.

Now, if she could only remember.

A 12-year-old girl awakens after a long sleep and, mysteriously, has no recollection of her past. Upon the insistence of four, who claim to be her guardians and friends, Kayla begins to read from a bizarre diary, hoping to gain her memories before she loses her kingdom. A journey of self-discovery, wonder and adventure begins when she opens the covers made of crystal.

 Left alone before I could ask any more questions, I studied the item carefully. It was certainly odd for a diary, let alone a book. There was no title and the covers were made of this blue-tinted, crystal-like material. The covers alone were a mystery as some inky black liquid that stained the covers was oddly swirling around as if on its own just beneath the surface. The entire outside was also rather warm to the touch and surprisingly growing hotter the longer I held it.
Come on…I need you. These people need you to help me out here!
Bearing through the pain, I pried it open.
It hurts! Knock it off! Work with me here!
A chill ran down my spine when I heard a whiny screech, but it wasn’t about to deter me from my task. Quickly slapping both hands on the tan pages in order to prevent the covers from snapping shut, I next heard a ghostly sigh.
“Whew!” I said aloud, leaning back a bit. “All right, that was weird.”
I began to study the reddish font while I sat back up, ignoring the slight burning sensation in my hands. Before I could begin, the pages’ aged, tan color began to dissolve away while gold font replaced the icky red. Though the pages I was looking on became pure white, the rest of the pages remained tan like they were waiting for me to turn to their spot.
“Okay, so you have a life of your own. I get it. Are you sick or something?”
A sick book…yeah right…oh who am I kidding?
Another sigh emitted from the pages in response and this time it felt like a gentle breeze smelling of freshly cut grass.
“Well then, let’s see what we can do here,” I whispered eagerly while my anticipation began to rise, melting away any nervousness or pain I was feeling prior to this moment.

 I love fantasy. This is intriguing.

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