P.M. Amaras and Paul Driggere
We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.*
We are currently working on the sequel to “Shadows in Light”, titled “Shadows in Mist”, a “cozy” paranormal mystery called “Magic Blocked”, and a re-write of our first fiction novel we published back more than a decade ago, called “Exiles of Dal Ryeas”, which is now renamed “Edgeworld”, and will be completely updated to more modern times.
In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.*
“Shadows in Light” is a fantasy-crime thriller, with a heavy dose of magic and romance. Without getting too much into it, a serial killer is wandering the streets of Nysi Affalon, a hub kingdom for all the otherworlds, a home for the gods, demigods, fae, and all the supernatural and mythical beings who used to live on Earth. Into this world steps Maia Anemois, a would-be-detective sent from Earth to help a couple of demi-god brothers, Lord Kai Eurus and Aidan Eurus, track down the killer and bring him to justice.
As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)*
EDITING! We are always editing, coming up with new ideas, new dialogue, new directions, etc. and it’s a pain because we just want to get these books finished!
Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?*
World building, character building and plotting. We love every step. We build the world, we build the characters within the world, and from there we can create the most amazing stories.
If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)*
Paula thinks she would like Douglas Adams’ humor, and Paul would be happy to have Stephen King’s incredible story-telling. (Although he likes to claim he already has it.)
Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
Ardyn, we are trying to reunite you with Asta, even though her ex is trying to kidnap your stepson. So if you just calm down and lay low for a while, maybe even shift somewhere, we’ll make sure that Rafe handles everything okay. Trust us, Asta is going to prove to be the best thing that ever happened to you.
You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
Well, the last book Paula read was “Three Charms for Murder”, so we would be playing poker with Jamie Edwards and Dr. Henri Davenforth, Maia Anemois and Kai Eurus. We’re already losing, because it’s strip poker, Jamie is super smart, and we can’t keep Maia and Kai’s hands off each other. We asked them several times to magick themselves a room but to no avail.
Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)*
Being derivative. By that, meaning lazily copying people’s plot points without developing your own. Also, if you’re doing something that is similar to other books or stories, make sure you have an original angle. Yes, okay, your character can do magic. Now explain why that character is different from all the others, etc. World building tends to always fall back on old, used cliches. Make the world stand out. Everyone has written everything already. Now you need to make something new – or at least entertaining enough to gain a following.
Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
We tried to take over the world some time ago, but the weekly meetings were a drag, no one brought snacks, and it was just chaos trying to figure out who would own Sweden. So, we dropped it. We do have a release hopefully coming for our new edition of “Edgeworld” (formerly “Exiles of Dal Ryeas”) in time for Valentine’s Day. We are small-press publishers of our own, called “Scribes Unlimited”, and we can safely boast we are the oldest publishers of the World Wide Web, having done our first website in 1994. Our site is: https://www.scribesunlimited.com (currently being re-designed too!). We are also truly grateful for this opportunity to reach out to new fans so thank you very much.