Monday, February 3, 2014

Interview with Fantasy Author Janalyn Voigt


Janalyn’s unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of fiction for readers. NY Times bestselling author Eric Wilson described Janalyn Voigt as a fresh voice in the realm of fantasy. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger and continuing with Wayfarer, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams. When she's not writing, Janalyn loves to discover worlds of adventure in the great outdoors. Author Site: http://JanalynVoigt.com

Welcome back to my blog, Janalyn. These books are part of a trilogy. Please tell us about them.

Thanks for hosting me, Linda. Tales of Faeraven is the story of a land divided by suspicion and intolerance, of an unlikely princess called upon to step up to the throne, and of a mysterious wayfarer who if given the chance could bring salvation and healing. 

This book sounds intriguing. Where did you get your inspiration for this trilogy?

It began as a story to entertain my bored young daughter while on a car trip. Long after she’d forgotten the tale, it remained lodged in my mind. I made many attempts to write the story, but it was years before I wrote Tales of Faeraven. I actually turned away from writing, but the story wouldn’t leave me alone.

Haha. That’s what happens to many authors and they just have to give in and write their story. What age group are these books for?

My stories attract both men and women. The main focus group is adults but my audience ranges from about 16 on up. Precocious readers in the middle-grades have also read and enjoyed my books.

You love to write fantasy. What intrigues you most about writing these stories?

I blame it on Peter Pan, who taught me to fly with nothing more than my courage and a pinch of pixie dust. Who wouldn’t want to soar through the air into adventure in Neverland? I find it interesting that one of the most beloved rides at Disneyland is still Peter Pan’s Flight. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and early in life when I got in trouble for fibbing, I learned its disadvantages. However, when I turn my creativity toward writing, it becomes an asset. With fantasy, I can invent entire worlds. While that might make some writers blanch, for speculative fiction writers, it’s a welcome task. 

I totally agree. Thanks for this wonderful interview, Janalyn. I hope my followers check out your fantasy books.

Thanks for stopping by. Visit my blog often and get to know new authors. I have an author interview and book giveaway every week on my blog.

17 comments:

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Good morning, Linda. Thanks for hosting me at your site. I'm looking forward to chatting with your readers.

Lesley Ann McDaniel said...

I love your comment about blaming Peter Pan. When I first saw that movie, I tried to fly by jumping off the sofa, repeatedly. I was determined not to give up. It's great to have writing as an outlet for letting your imagination soar! I love your writing, Janalyn!

love to read said...

Love the sound of these, I always love to read author interviews because it makes them seem like I know them and I am reading a friends book

Sara said...

I love this covers, it's so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway, definitely going on my TBR list! sdoyle@sucocoopwb.com

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Thanks for the compliment, Lesley.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Love to read, I enjoy getting to know readers, too. Interviews are a win-win. :)

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

I share your sentiment about my covers, Sara. The colors are stunning, and the artist did a beautiful job.

Sonja said...

I have never read an adult fantasy book and am probably one of the few that can say that. So it would be nice to try it. sonja.nishimoto at gmail dot com

Julia Cosgrove said...

I love her reference to Peter Pan. This was also my daughters first love of stories. These books look quite intriguing for not only myself but my husband and daughter also.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Sonja, if you like historical fiction you will probably like my books, just going by reader feedback.

Julia, what a sweet memory about your daughter!

Sonja said...

Janalyn, I love historical fiction so I am sure I would love this!

Serena Clarke said...

These books sound great! I would love a chance to read them. sclarke710@live.com

Chelsea Hunter said...

After reading this interview, my interest was definitely hooked.

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Holly Letson said...

I love these covers. Story sounds good, too.

Janalyn Voigt, escape into creative worlds of fiction. said...

Thanks for hosting me, Linda. Thanks, also, to everyone who entered the giveaway.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Chelsea Hunter! You are the winner of this awesome fantasy. I know you'll enjoy it.

Chelsea Hunter said...

Thanks so much for giving me the chance to win these books!

Chelsea