Theresa Chaze has been described as a woman who has the courage to play with dragons. She is a Wiccan Priestess and Ordained Minister. In her fantasy world, magic, suspense and karmic justice combine in tales of horror. After being taken advantage of by two unethical publishers, she started Valkyrie Publishing. Not only does it publish her work, but also it helps other authors maintain control over their work and all the profits. Awakening the Dragon-Book One of the Dragon Clan Trilogy is the premier book of Valkyrie Publishing. Dragon Domain–Book Two of the Dragon Clan Trilogy will be available by Thanksgiving. She has also release an ebook of Shadows, Out of the Shadows and Into the Light; not only does it give accurate information about Wicca and Paganism, but also working rituals on how to find love, prosperity and protection. Her site address is www.theresachaze.com.
Theresa joins us today!
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
The Dragon Clan Trilogy started as a short story about a woman having deal with discrimination when buying a house. Suddenly Kevin showed up when Rachael is considering a country cottage and the romantic sparks started to fly. Kevin inherited the cottage after his grandmother was murdered. He prayed to the Goddesses to expose the truth he was honor bound to keep and they brought Rachael to Coyote Spring. She became the target of a violent cult and the catalyst in exposing the murderer. The more the story unfolded, the longer it became as the members of the Dragon Tribe started arriving in Coyote Springs to seeking justice for betrayal that cost them their lives. Rachael arriving in Coyote Springs initiated the balancing of the justice scales.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
Usually I start with the characters; however, the current project started with the plot. I am intertwining a current emotional healing with an event in my soul’s history. More often than not, I will visualize the major characters interacting in a single scene, which will eventually be expanded.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
I have an ending in mind; however, frequently by the time I get there, there have been major changes in the characters and the plot. Frequently, I will leave the ending off until after I finish the first edit. It leaves the door open for me to refine the characters and the story.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
I will do biographies from the moment of the birth to the time the story starts. It gives them a history to work of and defines their character. However, by the end of the story they are different people as they grow and mature through the story process. If your characters are the same people at the end as they were at the beginning, you have totally missed the mark. Everyday each of us alter our vision of life with each new experience. To have a character remain stagnant means that they have not participated in the story and are totally unnecessary.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Yes. This is true. Each of my characters sees the world through one of the facets of my spiritual prism. Ever soul as both dark and light aspects. No one is perfect. To deny this is to deprive yourself of growth, healing and wisdom. By sharing, these elements not only with myself, but also with others, I create a mutual learning and healing experience.
What is your most favorite part about this book?
Every thing from the first to the last page. When I write, I create a story pyramid. If the foundation of the plot and character development is well built, it will guide the reader inward and up as the focus of the story is refined and focused until you reach the pinnacle or climax. That is why there is such a let down when you finish a good book. The only place left to go is back down.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
After I finished the original version of Awakening the Dragon. It was first called Dragon’s New Home. It was a good book that was placed with a bad publisher. I didn’t understand how bad until I started asking about royalties. The publisher wouldn’t terminate the contract, so I rewrote and renamed it. Eventually I did get my rights back. Before I signed with the second publisher, I did more research and got references. A few months later, the second publisher turned against the person who had referred me by publicly slandering her. I won’t go into details, but they did not produce a quality product and I still haven’t received a royalty check.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
What I just described is a white wash of the issues I had with unethically publishers. But I have a choice. I could either be stuck in the negativity or I can learn from it. I choose the later. Although they were both were challenging experiences, they were good life lessons. I learned what not to do as a publisher and writer.
What has been the best part about being published?
The ego trip of people enjoying your work. I have this fantasy of appearing on Oprah and the audience forgetting about what is happening on the stage because they found free books under the seats. In the fantasy, one woman jumps up screaming, when her friend taps her on the arm. Okay, I have weird fantasies about people ignoring me and being scared by reading my work.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
That life is what you make it. You can either stay stuck in the anger, fear and pain or you can learn and heal through it. No matter what the challenge, how you see it is how it will affect you. I was working at a factory job that was very physically and emotionally toxic. I had the choice to either stay with the financial security that was making me ill or I could have faith and reach for my dreams. I choose to have faith–so I really need people to buy books. After all the Holy Days are coming and books make good gifts…hint, hint. Okay, I don’t have a subtle bone in my body. Please buy my novels.
Do you have plans to write another book?
I already have a project in the works. It will be followed by a youth book and the third in the trilogy. I also have a screenplay that has been pushing to be written.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
It has been wonderful. My fellow tour members have been very supportive. The hosts have gone out of the way to make me look good, as has the whole staff of Virtual Tours. I am also hosting Marilyn Celeste Morris and Jim Melvin for the tour. It was good to get to know them and their work. They are both excellent writers who have much to share.
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
Both are distributed by Ingram and Baker & Taylor, so they are available through most bookstores. In addition, they are on Amazon. However, two things about ordering online. The previous versions are still listed. Please only buy the new versions that have been released by Valkyrie Publishing. They both have the Dragon Clan Trilogy listed in the title. Plus, I have my own store through Amazon. It’s listed as Easternguardian. When you buy books from me, I will autograph them. The direct link is
However, there are also ebook versions of both novels and Out of the Shadows and Into the Light on my site at www.theresachaze.com. If you have any questions about my work, publishing or Wicca, you can email me from my site as well.
Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Yes. www.theresachaze.com. It not only has information about myself and my work, but links to groups I belong to and to my blogs.
Thank you, Theresa for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.
Thank you for hosting.
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