Interview with Ronelle Antoinette

About the Book

Scandal will shake foundations

Treachery will tip balances.

Choices will have consequences.

And secrets? Those will change everything.

A night of careless passion leaves Battlemage Jex Xander and Adept Enari Alycon in a precarious position. Long-time lovers they might be, but the Imperial ambassador and the daughter of Egalion’s High Mage have rather public roles in the court—whether they wish it or not—and scandal couldn’t come at a worse time.

When a hostile kingdom reluctantly agrees to parley, the fate of two-thousand years of peace is on the line. In the midst of negotiations, Enari becomes the target of one of the Greater Maelstrom. She and Jex must race against time to save her life and that of her unborn child. What happens when an earth-shattering secret, a demon bent on destruction, and a kingdom teetering on the brink of war collide is anyone’s guess.

The decisions of a few will determine the fate of many, and who or what will remain standing in the end is still uncertain. Hearts and lives are on the cusp of irrevocable change…and not necessarily for the better.

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About the Author

Ronelle Antoinette lives in western Colorado with her husband, two cats, and one dog-who-believes-he’s-a-person. While she is a mother to none, she’s an auntie to what should qualify as a small army. She is an admitted caffeine addict, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic who has carried on a passionate affair with the genre of fantasy since she was old enough to read ‘chapter books’. She dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as a major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016 and it’s sequel, Flash Point, a year later.

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Interview

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself including where you are from?

Originally, I’m from Phoenix, Arizona but I’ve lived most of my life in Colorado. I’m married to an ex-Marine and we have children of the four-legged variety. I am, however, also an auntie to a herd of human nieces and nephews (some here and some in Phoenix).

Can you tell us about your new book Flash Point?

Well, “Flash Point” is the second novel in the Elemental Trials series. It’s a fantasy romance set in the kingdom of Egalion and centers on a handful of characters, most notably Jex Xander and Enari Alycon. It picks up several years after the events of “Errant Spark” and readers will initially find themselves at Enari’s Ascension ceremony. The majority of the novel takes place in the capitol city of Rowan, though and boy is there some sketchy things happening there!

When was the Release Date for Flash Point?

July 7, 2017

What made you want to write?

It may be a more serious answer than you expect! I’ve been legally blind since birth, and since it’s always been somewhat difficult for me to fully experience the ‘real world’, I write my own. My physical eyes may not work, but my imagination more than makes up for it!

How did you get started on your Flash Point?

It honestly just felt like a continuation of the process for “Errant Spark (Elemental Trials, Book 1)”. I learned so much doing that one—from the best time/place/method for me to write, when it was time to get an editor, and how to get through all the publication steps smoothly. I did take a bit of a break (about 6 months) before getting started again, though, to let my brain unfry.

How do you create your characters?

Character creation is complicated for me. One of my pet peeves as a lifelong reader is flat characters. I want to be friends with the people on the pages, to get to know them, to get inside their heads, and when I’m not given enough information to do that, it makes me crazy. So, I want to make sure my own characters are vivid and relatable, even if they live in a fantasy world. That usually means a lot of talking it over with the people closest to me and looking at other mediums for inspiration (Jex Xander, for example was very much inspired by Anders from the Dragon Age video games and Jansen Friedh from Lost Odyssey). I take what I like, what feels right, and cobble it together to make my cast.

I’ve also found it helps to treat them like real people. If they’re not real to you, the author, how can you expect them to be real to anyone else?

How do you get your ideas for your stories?

Ha, those come from everywhere. I read a lot of fantasy and romance novels and play a lot of video games (much to my mother’s dismay when I was growing up)! I usually end up with a lot of single scenes, character snippets, and setting ideas that I eventually string together and edit a million times to come up with the final product. I’ve even gotten some clever ideas from talking to my seven-year-old and nine-year-old nieces (these two basically built Kylan for me).

When writing Flash Point, what was the hardest part?

Getting started? In all honesty, that really was one of the two hardest parts for me. When I decided it was time to start “Flash Point”, I had a jumbled mess of ideas and a vague idea of where this train was going, but no solid picture. It was a very fluid project for a while. There was also one pivotal moment that I waffled on almost up to the end. Vladimir Nabokov said, “The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” This is exactly what I was facing, and which way I decided to go would determine the ultimate direction of the entire series. What was holding me up was the willingness, cold-heartedness, and courage to use a sufficiently big rock.

Anything else you would like to add?

Only that no author is an island. Utilize the resources around you, including multiple beta readers you trust to be brutally honest—no, seriously, bribe these guys with copious amounts of wine, chocolate, and/or coffee if you have to, because they will save your literary butt. And yes, even after all that, get an editor.

 

 

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