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Jaleta welcome to my blog. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been telling myself stories since I was little. But somewhere along the way, people told me I was a talentless hack and I was dumb enough to believe them. But one summer, about twenty years ago, I got desperate for something more intellectually stimulating than watching another episode of Barney with my kids. We’d just bought our first computer. It came with a word processor. I sat down and started writing. And promptly got addicted to it.
Tell us where you were born and where you live now.
I was born in New Mexico, but moved to Utah when I was little. I’ve stayed here ever since.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
Write it. If it starts to flow, I know it’s working. If the characters and plot won’t gel, it still needs work. Sometimes it needs put away. My subconscious keeps working on it. Eventually, when it’s ready, it will come. Meanwhile, I write about other things. I’m always looking for characters, settings, and asking myself, “What if…”
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I belong to a wonderful writers’ group. The internet is the only way its possible since the group is several hundred miles away in another state. But they’re my good friends. We work well together. But they are only the latest in a long list of people who have been there when I needed them.
What is the name of your book?
Love the cover. Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
The Seligh crushed,
The captives found,
The barrier broken,
The balmorae freed.
A strange prophecy haunts the Seligh lords, rulers of the Fey and controllers of all magic in the Summerlands, a prophecy that foretells their fall.
A banished Seligh lord rules the Winterlands with an iron fist and his pets, the balmorae, patrol the borders against all intruders, guarding the secrets hidden beneath his icy lair.
A young woman rediscovers her heritage, a gift of magic and dancing that opens portals between worlds. She holds the fate of their world in her hands. All who live within the lands of the Fey must choose where they stand—beside the Dancer or opposed to her.
Nice, very nice. Do you have a favorite character, why?
I love Joren. The whole idea of an elf pirate with an airship makes me happy. Think of Errol Flynn, with pointed ears, steam technology, and a crew that includes a troll and pixies.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I’m not trying to change the world. I’m only trying to entertain people for a few hours. I love adventure stories where good conquers evil.
🙂 Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Don’t get discouraged. It’s hard and most of the time you feel like you’re just one more lump in a very large field of lumps. Everyone is shouting, trying to get attention. It’s easy to feel lost and alone. But you don’t have to. There are supportive author groups who will hold your hand or slap you upside the head depending on what you need. You will find readers eventually, but only if you keep writing and keep trying. Believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will either.
Great advice. What are your goals?
My goals for the year are to stay sane. I’m working on a graduate degree, being a mom, working several part-time jobs, and trying to keep up with marketing the books I’ve already got out there. Writing new stories is my therapy.
Wow, that is a lot. Where can we find your book?
http://www.jaletac.com has all my book links in one place.
For direct links to Dark Dancer, Smashwords has the ebook at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465920
Or Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Dancer-Jaleta-Clegg-ebook/dp/B00MRANX5A/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409888802&sr=1-8&keywords=Jaleta+Clegg
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