Today, we have author Skhye Moncrief visiting Just Write! She's a talented writer, a good friend, and she has a flair for the written word.
So, let's ask Skhye some questions . . .
~ What kind of stories/books do you write?
I love writing historicals and paranormals because of my love of archaeology. Mythology and cultural reconstruction float my boat--hence, my reason for studying anthropology in grad school. Throw in my undergraduate degree in geology and you'll understand why my work is a mixture creating new worlds set either in the future with a link to the past via cultural evolution and time travel or set in the present. Either way I go with a story, the tale always delves into the ideology of the characters I create. I've been told reading the stories is like living them.I'll blame this on my obsession with the creating a vivid tale using deep POV.
~ How long have you been writing?
Gosh, that's a tough one. Let me fan the memory flames... I wrote a novel for my journal assignment three years in high school in the (yikes) 80's, ages ago. But didn't write fiction until 2001.
~ How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?
I started submitting around 2003 with an epic saga. I've deleted it. LOL. Talk about closure!
~ How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
Am I really supposed to have kept up with that? Maybe 10. ??? Just shoot me. My biggest problem was cracking the great mystery of writing the synopsis. Then there was categorizing speculative fiction. I tend to write extremely cross-genre romance. So, if anyone likes something very different, check out my work.
~ Please tell us about receiving “The Call.”
I almost threw down the quill and smashed the ink bottle. Then a friend with The Wild Rose Press read my first 6 pages of HE OF THE FIERY SWORD. She insisted I submit it to TWRP before quitting. The Call note came upon my printed manuscript: If you make the changes I suggested, I'll be happy to publish this story. Well, those changes took me a whopping 20 minutes. And now my Time Guardian series is available! Again, HE OF THE FIERY SWORD was a difficult story to place. It's about a time-traveling shape-shifting dragon who becomes King Arthur after learning what it's like to be a man. Fairies are behind the time travel (interplanetary and along the time line). So, my story world was a difficult story to sell to a large publisher. I don't know why I always have to do things the HARD way.
~ To expand on your "Call Story"— What did you do when you got the call or read the email? Scream? Faint?
I don't remember doing anything but calling my husband. That was 4 years ago, after childbirth, and before brain drain. AnneMarie, you've had children. Why is it that you can recall all this information? I'm certain someone is going to say that we recover and suddenly remember our past... People keep telling me that.
~ How did you feel when you found out you sold?
Closure. But it really hit when I could place the first copy of my novel on my bookshelf. People think you can never get this far. I say you can! Look, I did it!
~ How did you celebrate?
I did my 20 minutes of edits. I should have suggested a piece of trophy jewelry though...
Thanks for having me over, Anne Marie! You're due at my blog soon!!! ~Skhye
Here are a few of Skhye's reviews:
"Arthur is a masterpiece..." He of the Fiery Sword's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio
“The Spell of the Killing Moon offers the best of spine-tingling suspense. The setting is perfect... Moncrief’s ability to wield magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you. Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic: “Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.” Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill these pages... a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books" ~Snapdragon, LASR
"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way..." ~Snapdragon; LASR
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Thank you for a great interview, Skhye!!! See you over at Skhye's Ramblings on Friday!!! ~ Anne Marie :)