Tea with the Dragon and Cairn Rodrigues!


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Tea Iced coffee with the Dragon and Cairn Rodrigeus!

Oh how the Dragon loves tea time!!! The dishes are set and I have a delicious delightful visitor today. No, I do not mean the ant!!! Cairn Rodrigues is the author of the book The Last Prospector —-a high fantasy soon to be released— and blogger on The Light Stealer’s Song. She is a talented writer and creator of the Askew Questions series of interviews.
I have read her book and am a follower of her blog! Please help me welcome my talented guest… (NO! NOT the ant!)

Dragon: Tea? I have Earl Grey!
Cairn: I’d like an iced coffee with a chocolate cinnamon cookie please!

(I snort and a puff of smoke escapes through my teeth…It is tea time! I am a fire dragon…. However, I too am a coffee lover so I will not speak my displeasure at the thought of iced coffee, but rather simply comply and make my best recipe.)

Dragon: Cairn?
Cairn: Hmmm?

(She looks up at me…I think perhaps she does not like my other guest, Mr. Ant. I am ready to address the important and pressing questions that lurk in a dragon mind.)

Dragon: If elephants could indeed fly, where would they go?
Cairn: I’m wrestling with this … because I want to honor your question. But as I try and be the elephant, my only elephant thought is, “Why would I want to fly? I’m perfectly happy down here as long as all you people leave me alone.”

(Perhaps Cairn knows ants better than elephants. she seems to be making friends with the ones on the table…)

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Dragon: You created and write in the blog called the Light Stealer’s Song. Can you tell us about the name and its ties to your upcoming novel?
Cairn: Light stealers are beings of my creation. They are living crystals, they grow like plants but look like many other things in the natural world. There are flower, animal and mineral shaped ‘stealers all over Solstice. The light stealers are an integral piece of the overall story of Solstice and an integral component to the world of Solstice. There are rumors that it was the ‘stealers who actually created Solstice. I’m not at liberty to confirm or deny at this time.

(The ants have been eyeing Cairn… Perhaps she will invent Antstealers. I lick my claws and try not to think of what lightstealers might taste like…)

Dragon: I’m looking forward to publication of the Last Prospector. Can you give us a release date? Can you also comment on your past love affair with a certain bit of punctuation?

Cairn: I’m looking forward to it too!  What is not so appealing are all the technical aspects of formatting and self-publishing a book.  It can be overwhelming so I’m taking it slow and trying to do it right.

 Regarding the punctuation situation:  Since I frequently describe myself as an obsessive questioner, my love affair with the question mark is ongoing.       Therefore I must assume you’re referring to all those messy semi colons that used to pepper my manuscripts.  Well, according to informed sources anyway, book editing is a “thing” nowadays. 

Find and replace is also a“thing.” 

(For Dragons “the thing” is always fire or maybe eating; I’m not sure; Quite possibly it is reading as well; It is not semicolons.)

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Dragon: If you were a cat, what kind would you be?

Cairn:  I’d be an ocelot.  It’s fun to say ocelot.

(I am thinking it is more fun to eat ocelot than say it! I am thinking of eating many ocelots. The ants are thinking of eating Cairn)

Dragon: As a huge fan of street art, what would you draw or do…if you could?
Cairn: As much as I admire street art, I have no desire to be a street artist. Since I’ve always expressed myself very well with words, those have become one area of my art. But my artistic expressions range from cooking to backyard installations and beyond. Frankly I can’t even really imagine what it’s like to be able to draw, to me it’s a wondrous ability.

(I begin to draw another puff of smoke and watch as Cairn takes a bite of cinnamon cookie. I notice that she has an impressive set of incisors…not as impressive as my own, but to the ants… )

Dragon: You and I like our gardens. How does planting a garden
help you write? Does it interfere?

Cairn: Gardening interferes with everything.  A garden is full of living creatures that need tending in order to thrive, they can’t be put off until the time is convenient.  But
it’s a form of meditation, a time when my body is fully occupied but my mind is
free to wander.  I can work out story ideas, blog posts and other notions
almost without distraction.  Most of the Song of Solstice was actually
“written” in my mind while gardening, especially during rose tending for some reason.

(I shoot a glance to my snapdragons…they interfere with nothing…they are dragons.)

Dragon: Why do you write? Do you
feel it’s essential that your work be read, or is the project complete when
written?

Cairn: Writing for me is not the grueling, self-doubting experience that many authors seem to wrestle with.  When I’m tucked into writing an installment of my series, I can’t wait to get up in the morning and start.  And yes!  Being read by others is pretty darn close to being essential!  I won’t pretend anything differently, I want everybody to fall in love with Prospector the way I have.  I want everyone to get caught up in the world of Solstice like me, it’s too much fun to be there alone.

(Cairn has been patient with the ants, but now she is staring at me…I am afraid to ask her why.)

Dragon: Tell me a little bit about your blog. Have you enjoyed doing interviews? Stories?

Cairn: What to say about my blog?  You never know what you’re going to get, that’s for sure.  I’m opinionated and excitable, many things catch my attention.  Eventually it all gets sorted and filtered into reasonably entertaining posts.  The interviews are too much fun, each one is better than the last. There are more than enough serious and fatuous interviews to be found, the genre needed some whimsy.  Askew Questions appeals to people because they would love to answer some of the questions themselves.  Everyone has their own choice for schoolyard pick and very soon everyone will be putting their shoes in unusual places…

 As for my one blog story, Wanderer, I have no idea if that was fun or not.  I enjoyed writing, but I don’t think anyone read it because I haven’t heard one thing.  So there you go.  Will I do it again?  I dunno.  You never can tell what I’m going to do next.

(I have begun to worry as to whether or not Cairns eat Dragons. I am uncertain of her dietary needs. However I will refrain from gobbling her down  for today. I will wait patiently– at least until her book is released)

Sadly it is time to say adieu to my ant friends and Cairn Rodrigues! It has been my honor to feast ask her so many things! I am hoping that she will find time to return for more tea iced coffee once her book is released. You can find Cairn on Facebook or twitter! At least before the ants get her and carry her off!!!

COMING SOON!!!
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CRUNCH!

CRUNCH!

No Giraffes…

( WARNING- this blog article may contain reality. Traverse at your own risk. The author is an expert. Please do not try this at home!)
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I am an artist and words are my medium. I write fiction. First person, second or third…it is called imaginative storytelling. Quite possibly I am crazy. However, I am not lost in fantasy any more than I desire to be.

I am not a reporter.  Including small bits of reality in my art, pasting images here or there, lends credence to my daydreams. I may imagine a staircase where there is a hallway, see a ship where there is land, or place a flower where there is only sand. There are no giraffes at my house and I am not a small white dog.

Please don’t think of my ramblings as either right or wrong, truth or falsehood… very little I write is meant to be a relation of bare facts, but rather an examination of underlying emotion or philosophy. Practicing my art on a blog allows me to flex and bend my creative muscles. Let me tell my stories, ply my language paintbrush and simply enjoy. If you are going to read my posts, open your mind to what could be rather than what simply is. Who knows…You might begin to understand that a kiss is more than the touch of lips, or that you can not control another person’s thoughts no matter how you try. You might just smile, or cry, or see a side of things you missed before. You may even imagine giraffes…

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Weekend Warriors 6/16/13

An excerpt from Seer-book 2 the Chronicles of Marithe. Lase, the demon male, examines his current situation. He lives beside his heart’s desire, but he can not have her:

The demon had become talented in methods of discouraging suitors. The man who took Mirandra from him would need to be special, worthy in his estimation of the word ‘prince.’ Lase intended to be very certain that she would be happy. Glahee law dictated that males must remain faithful to their wives, in theory if not practice. Lase would see to it that her future husband would treat her like a queen…and that he would be faithful until death. The thoughts of her in another man’s arms stirred anguish deep within his soul. He sighed as he prepared another cup of Baya and watched his beloved ready herself for the day. Lase refused to allow the evil within him to touch Mirandra’s life. He choked back his tears. Demons do not cry.

 

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Tea with the Dragon and Francis Guenette

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The tea kettle hisses in the Dragon’s kitchen and a scaly claw reaches for the pot. Dragon sized trays are laden with delicious treasures and cups far too small and delicate for dragon form are set out in preparation. Soon it will be tea time and I am expecting a victim visitor…
With a loud roar I am pleased to announce my mouth watering guest Francis Guenette, author of Disappearing in Plain Sight, “a contemporary work of literary fiction with definite romantic overtones.” I have read this amazing work and am very excited to have Francis here at the dragon’s den for tea and a few questions so that you may gobble up her replies.

Dragon: Won’t you please take a seat…Tea is ready. Will you have Chamomile or Earl Grey?
Francis: I will definitely take the Earl Grey – I would not waste my time on a hot beverage that didn’t include at least some caffeine!

(A caffeine addict myself I can only smile in response. We sip a moment in silence… I watch Francis closely. Yes–to answer an age old question–dragons drink tea pinky out)

Dragon: Can you tell us a little about yourself and why you chose writing as a form of expression?
Francis: If you can’t sing or dance or paint – what’s left? I’ve always been a writer, and that has a lot to do with the fact that my mother was a writer. For a long time, I couldn’t see myself writing fiction because that was what my mom did. We couldn’t possibly occupy the same spot in the cosmic universe, or so it seemed for many years. I directed my desire to write along other paths – letters, journals, articles, essays and a thesis or two. But I was always a storyteller and somehow, somewhere along the road of a writing life, the stories took over.

(I don’t voice my worries about dragons that don’t sing, paint or dance…. We stare at one another for a moment while I empty my cup with a long slurping noise that makes Francis giggle.)

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Dragon: In Disappearing in Plain Sight you introduce many characters. What is your inspiration for design? Do you incorporate aspects of people you know? Please tell us a little bit about Izzy, and how you wove the creation of her personality.
Francis:
I think a writer can’t help but work out of personal experience, but it’s complicated. One of my characters in the Light Never Lies says that all the time (it’s complicated man, f—ing complicated). Have you heard of the process that Smashwords uses to get an e-book up on various platforms? They run the files through a meat grinder. I love the meat grinder analogy. I’ve got this lifetime of personal experiences – people, places, happenings – and it all gets smashed through a meat grinder and out pops a character or two.
Izzy is the epitome of f—ing complicated, man. From the beginning, she was always meant to be an introspective character, and that gave me a lot of scope with her. I wanted a strong female character that operated in the world wielding a considerable amount of personal power. Izzy’s smart and attractive and she has money – quite the combination, right? But, she is also subject to her own inner doubts and fears. I hope she comes off as strong but at the same time vulnerable and human.

(she forgot to add possibly delicious….)

Dragon: Would you like a scone with your tea? Chocolate or blueberry or a lady finger?

Francis: Chocolate for sure – you heard what I said about the caffeine, right?

(I wonder if Francis has stolen a lady finger while I was distracted pouring another cup… I have attempted to count how many she has but stopped at 10. Everything seems to be in order…)

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Dragon:  Do you meticulously plan the events of the plot or let the characters control the creation? What do you see as your methodology?

Francis: I will tell you straight out that I love the word methodology. That’s the researcher in me. For years I wrote about and worked within the paradigm of narrative methodology – no doubt that had something to do with my shift over to writing fiction. I could only go on for so long saying things like we are all storied beings until I began to want to write a story. But, that’s a story in itself, definitely one for another day.

I am not meticulous about a single thing in my life – so, no to the meticulous planning question. I do plan, though. I believe in all kinds of creative ways to outline – calendars, maps, flowcharts, brainstorms, word webs, and sticky notes all over the place. But I also believe the best laid plans have lots of wiggle room. Once the characters get moving anything can happen. Not to say that all of their shenanigans will make it to the final draft, but I am sometimes amazed what my characters end up dictating.

(her characters are not huge red and scaly…imagine what problems dragons can cause! A small puff of smoke strays from my nostrils and thankfully Francis is polite enough to pretend she didn’t notice!)

Dragon:  Lisa Marie is a teen with definite problems and one of the main characters in the story. The way she solves her problems is rather unique. Can you tell us how the title, Disappearing in Plain Sight, relates to Lisa Marie’s situation? What made you choose the title?

Francis: The title comes out of what I think is a core experience for many people.  The circumstances of life (the past, others, situations) can make a person feel disappeared. No one sees that person for who he or she truly is. Each of the characters in the book has a unique take on this phenomenon. Lisa-Marie has tried to be seen, and things haven’t worked out well for her. One of the major themes in the book revolves around the fact that Izzy (a counselor who works with young people for a living and is exceptionally gifted at that work) fails to see Lisa-Marie (a young person who has problems). The interlocking triangles that led up to that state of affairs and the consequences that lead away from it, provide a lot of fuel for the story.

Dragon: Caleb is idolized by all the characters in the story. Have you ever considered resurrecting this dead hero to examine his faults?

Francis: Caleb is iconic, and since the reader only has access to him through the memories of the other characters, the question is begged – do the characters remember Caleb as he was or do they remember him the way they need him to have been? Another theme of the story is how people begin to put into perspective the death of someone who has been a pivotal force in their lives. So each of the characters tell stories about Caleb, and these stories end up to be the stories that will allow them to move on.

To resurrect Caleb, would be to destroy him for the reader. He is who he needs to be for all of us – that shining memory of something lost that can never be recaptured and yet something of that shine lives on in our own lives. To use a fishing analogy – Caleb is the one who got away.

(We will need to catch that one…and eat him.)

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Dragon:  The man that invades their summer has his own agenda. Is there anything you would like to share about this character?

Francis: The Reverend Daniel Patterson – just call me Dan – is a Catholic priest who has struggles and yet he appears to remain unaware of the true nature of those struggles. The antithesis to Izzy’s introspection, he is a person who does not find value in looking deeply into his own motives or behaviors. At the same time, he’s a happy sort of hail fellow well met guy. This type of character gave me a lot of leeway, but the danger with Dan was to paint him all one way or the other. He has blind spots, but so do the rest of the characters.

(humans with blind spots…how tasty!)

Dragon: Francis, I would love to thank you for joining me at tea and I’m sorry that it’s time to say a fond goodbye with a roar.  Can you offer us a glimpse into the future for your work? I understand that there is a sequel underway! Can I ask you one more thing—- Please finish the second book soon!

Francis: The sequel to Disappearing in Plain Sight – The Light Never Lies – should (with any kind of luck, stars aligning perfectly, and the moon in the seventh house and all of that) be available in the spring of 2014. There will be new challenges for all the characters. Izzy will have new clients to deal with, and there will be a greater emphasis on family. Lisa-Marie and Justin will be back, and of course she is not over him. There will be a few more interlocking triangles and some fascinating realignments for the reader to grapple with.

(I will let her go…this time. I want to read her next book!!!)

Please have a look at Disappearing in Plain Sight.  The Dragon says: YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED!

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(on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes Stores)

You can locate Francis Guenette  at her WordPress blog!

The Glahee Gypsy Seer -from Chronicles of Marithe Book2

When Mirandra had begun to have the dreams, she dismissed them as fantasy. Those blessed with the gift executed their brand of magic without being asleep. However, it was not an unusual thing for a Seer to dream of wild things. Insanity often plagued the weaker minded females of the Glahee, overcome by the Sight. She only had begun to be afraid when one dream was repeated. Several nights she struggled in anguish, waking in an almost fevered tremor. There was only one way to reassure herself that the dream was meaningless, and Mirandra intended to confront the vision head on.
The sounds of early morning in the streets of Kareth usually brought happy thoughts of Baya, breakfast, and Lase. However, this morning Mirandra dreaded seeing her brother. She feared he would prescribe her dreams to some sort of betrayal. Mirandra sighed heavily as she sat at the open air table between their tiny shelters waiting for Lase to emerge. The morning was cold, but her shivers would not have been abated by heat.