Thursday, May 17, 2012

Interview with Romantic Fantasy Author Anna del C. Dye


Anna is the author of The Silent Warrior Trilogy and three other Elf books. She has also authored “Emerine’s Nightmare” an electronic book about fairies for elementary kids. She has won many awards with her work, among others: First page award-A Kingdom by the Sea, Bronze award- for Elfs in a Conquered Realm, second place for Emerine’s Nightmare. Her short story “Why Me” was included in the Anthology Angels Round About by Julie Olsen and her piece “Women in my Life” was published by Deseret Saints.

Hello Anna! You write tales of Elves & Romance. Please tell us about your novel, Royal Elf of Abalon.

My Elf series has romance for the ladies and battles for the gentlemen. Elves in my world are everything a woman may want in a companion, and that is what attracts many readers to my books. A Royal Elf of Abalon is the story of a young princess smothered by her very selfish mother, until one day she sees through her and her life changes quite rapidly. However, with her mother out of her life, she isn’t prepared to guide her kingdom, let alone choose a mate for herself anytime soon. Yet, the choice to become a price toward the safety of her kingdom versus the possibility of marrying for love it is a luxury not given her as the royal princess. No matter what, she must do what is right. 

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. I love those books and they opened my mind to so much fantasy that I had to share it. Of course, my love of Elves has nothing to do with it. ☺

What kind of research did you have to do for this novel?

I needed to learn how to describe battles, so I found a medieval sword-fighting class and joined it with my husband. We love it. I had to keep true to the elf civilization in my prior books and needed to go back to cross reference with them.

Thanks to the internet, I was able to find the right medieval wording for some of the words in A Royal Elf of Abalon. The name for the characters came from books that I used for ideas, but they are made up.

I’m impressed with the fact that you actually joined a medieval sword fighting class. Wow! What does your family think about your writing?

First would come my husband, who edits and takes care of all my website and electronic needs. He does anything for my book to shine. The president of my family fan club is my daughter-in-law, Monica. My oldest son converts them into audio books and does my music. My third son does my Book Trailers and posts them in YouTube. He also does some live trailers for me. As you can see I am very supported by them.

Now that’s real support. Okay it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

I was born and raised in Chile, so my first language is Spanish. I met my husband there and he brought me to be married in the Salt Lake Temple in Utah. When I joined the church, the only temple picture we had in my ward was that of the Salt Lake Temple, so it became my dream. We have been married thirty-four years and we are the happy parents of three princes and a princess.

My husband, Rodney, a native of Idaho, is not only the reason I write, but also the love of my eternal life. He is the one that has always given me wings so I can fly. I am thankful that he took the time to transform me, a small worm, into a beautiful butterfly. Linda, thank you so much for having me on your blog this week. You can find my books at http://www.annadelc.com.

Thank you, Anna, for this wonderful interview. It must have been difficult getting used to a new country. I also love the fact that your whole family is getting involved in your writing. That is awesome.

25 comments:

Natasha said...

Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!!
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Margaret said...

Sounds like a great magical story to escape with. Thanks!

Margaret
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Heather Justesen said...

What a fun journey! I love hearing the things other authors do to research for their books!
heather at HeatherJustesen /dot/ com

Shauna Buck said...

Love the book cover!

Anna del C. Dye said...

It is awesome to meet you ladies. Have a great contest and weekend. :)
Anna del C. Dye
for clean tales of Elfs & Romance
http://www.annadelc.com

Andra said...

Since I'm an aspiring writer, I love reading author interviews. Especially stuff like what kind of research Anna del C. Dye did on sword fighting and names. :)


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Krysykat said...

Thanks for the interview.

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michelle130 said...

Love the interview.
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Sarika Patkotwar said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
Great interview. :)
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Michelle said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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daysease said...

Yes, please enter me. Thank you!!

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vinni said...

Great interview!
Thanks for the giveaway.
Love the cover!
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Tobi said...

Thanks for the amazing interview and giveaway! <3
Tobi
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bn100 said...

Very nice interview. This sounds like a fun series.

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ronnkelly3 said...

I loved reading this interview..

thank you so much for the giveaway..


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LAWonder said...

What romantic doesn't love airy tales. I also love the medieval period of time. Would love to own and read this book especially if it was for free.(heehee)
my e-mail is worley.la@gmail.com

LAWonder said...

I also posted this contest on my Facebook account for an extra chance to win. E=mail: worley.la@gmail.com

apple blossom said...

this sounds like a good book for kids thanks for the chance to win

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Anna del C. Dye said...

Apple Blossom, my elf series are YA not kids books. Most of my readers are older than 25. They have battles and such.
Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. Best luck to you all.
Anna del C. Dye
for clean tales of Elfs & Romance
http://www.annadelc.com

Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great story!

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+1 for sharing on Facebook:

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Linda said...

i'm so glad to have stumbled across this post. I love fantasy romance & always happy to discover new authors.
Learning medieval sword fighting! I'm so impressed by your dedication to research!

Thanks for the opportunity to win.
thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

michelle130 said...

Great interview.
msuck27@hotmail.co.uk

Courtney Wyant said...

Thanks for the giveaway

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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, LA Wonder! You are the winner of this fun romantic fantasy. I know you'll enjoy it.

Anna del C. Dye said...

Congratulations LA Wonder. :)
Anna del C. Dye
for clean tales of Elfs & Romance
http://www.annadelc.com