Today I’m really excited to have Pauline Creeden on the blog for an interview. She’s a fellow author in the Noblebright Box Set Luminous with her book, Raven (which has a gorgeous cover!)
***Also, at the bottom of this post check out the great giveaway we’re doing! You can win an awesome Lord of the Rings tote bag and a Harry Potter journal!
Now on to our interview!
Janice: Welcome, Pauline! What does Noblebright mean to you?
Pauline: Hope. It doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen, because they do, but Noblebright reminds us that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
Janice: How do you portray the Noblebright ideals in your work in general and the Luminous selection in particular?
Pauline: My characters go through bad times and have tough choices to make. They don’t compromise their morals in order to get ahead. Instead they believe that the right outcome can happen because they don’t compromise. Even when things seem hopeless, they dare to hope in spite of it. Determination is a greater asset than natural talent, and I tried to put that into my work for this project as well.
Janice: What is your favorite kind of character?
Pauline: I love the uplifting character, like Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. No matter what he was going through, he was there to keep Frodo on track. He’s actually one of my favourite characters ever.
Janice: I really like Sam too, for the same reason. Do you have plans for a sequel to your novel included in Luminous?
Yes! I have several stories in my head for the Chronicles of Steele world, now to just get them out of my head and onto paper…
Janice: Lol! That is the problem, isn’t it? Especially for a slow writer like me. Are you a speed writer, or a turtle writer?
Pauline: I’m a procrastinator. I procrastinate and then write a bunch of words…then procrastinate again. So it seems to take me a long time to get a novel out, but if I could get rid of the procrastination in me, it wouldn’t!
Janice: Procrastinating is a big problem for me too. What tends to affect your writing the most?
Pauline: Time. I’m a mom, wife, and have many, many animals to take care of. It’s easy to put off the writing to later and say I don’t have time for it now.
Janice. Yes it is! So what is your perfect writing day?
Pauline: When it rains. On days it rains I can’t get distracted by my day job – which is horse trainer/riding instructor. So my perfect writing days are when it’s rainy or snowy outside.
Janice: I think rainy days are conducive to writing too. Now for the Important Questions: Tea or coffee?
Pauline: I love Iced Tea, but haven’t had it in a very long time, because a year ago, my husband and I gave up caffeine. It was crazy- we both thought we needed it so much, but turns out that we sleep better and are less tired without it. Funny how that works!
Janice: Wow! Giving up caffeine! That takes a lot of will-power! Last question: Music or no music?
Pauline: No music – Provided I’m working at home – if I’m at the library or Panera, I use music to help me get in the zone, but only 2-3 songs on repeat so I don’t get distracted by the music, either.
Janice: Thanks, Pauline!
Discover Pauline Creeden’s writing, and nine more noblebright reads in Luminous… You can also check out the full line-up of Luminous author interviews at http://noblebright.org.
And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the giveaway!
Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.
Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.
What is Noblebright fantasy?
Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.
This boxed set includes:
The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.
A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews
Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife.
Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs
Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.
The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn
You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.
Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden
Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in.
The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.
Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.
Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.
The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.