Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrillers to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.
KNIGHTMARE ARCANIST BOOK BLURB
In a world populated by mythical creatures, those who bond with them are known as arcanists—their magic stemming from the connection they forged. Phoenix arcanists gain flames and healing, unicorn arcanists speak with horses and manipulate poison, or even basilisk arcanists who control flesh and stone.
But those wishing to bond must first prove themselves.
Gravedigger Volke Savan, desperate to leave his tiny home island and impress the most beautiful girl he’s ever known, breaks every tradition of the bonding ceremony just to become an arcanist. But when the only creature who will bond with him has a sinister requirement, Volke is put to the ultimate test of worth.
A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
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Q: Thank you for this interview. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing background?
Thank you for having me!
My writing started when I began playing Dungeons & Dragons for the first time. If you’re the Dungeon Master (the person running the game) you have to make up the story. People thought my stories were so fun and engaging that they encouraged me to write novels.
At first, I wrote them for only my friends. I figured it wouldn’t go anywhere, but the more my friends read, the more they encouraged me to branch out. Soon I had an agent, and I was publishing with a full blown publishing house!
Life is crazy. Sometimes you just have to let it take you where it wants. That’s why I’m here to showcase my novel, Knightmare Arcanist!
Q: What fact about yourself that would really surprise people?
My father’s family is from Spain.
You see, I have the complexion of mayonnaise, and a bizarre first name, so people assume my family is from Scandinavia or something, but most of my family is Spanish.
Q: How do you define success in regards to writing and publishing books?
I define success by the reaction people have when they finish a novel. If they liked it, they’ll let you know. If they thought it was okay, they’ll likely not say anything. And if they hate, they’ll also let you know! So, in my experience, I’m successful whenever someone gushes over my story or characters.
Q: Can you tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
My new book, Knightmare Arcanist, is about a gravedigger who just became an adult. He wants to wield magic (who doesn’t?) and be just like his hero, Gregory Ruma. But before he can become an arcanist, he has a pass a trial of worth.
I wrote the novel because I had a ton of great ideas for it. I thought, “What if it turns out Gregory Ruma was evil? And only the main character knew it?” – It created a lot of interesting scenarios in my head.
Q: When you are not writing, how do you relax?
I play video games or Dungeons & Dragons.
Q: Please tell us why we should read your book?
- Because you want a good story.
- Because you like action and/or adventure.
- Because you like mythical creatures (phoenixes, dragons, unicorns, etc.)
- Because you enjoy stories similar to “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Percy Jackson.”
- Because my fortune teller advised you do it.
Q: What kind of advice would you give other authors just getting their feet wet?
Keep at it! Writing takes a lot of hard work and practice. And make sure to have beta readers and a writer’s group! Very helpful as well.