Join Maria Lucia author of the fantasy adventure, Liberation: Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.
You can find Maria at www.andrusianchronicles.com
and her tour page at Pump Up.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Book One of The Andrusian Chronicles
Amora Madre is content in the Smokey Mountains pursuing her teaching of love, things of the spirit, and metaphysics. Her childhood invisible playmates, Casey and Nia, are always by her side. But when soul mate Gabriel Ephraim enters her life, she is drawn into the heart of a horrific encounter with the spirit world in the skies over Washington D.C. Catapulted into service for the Intergalactic Supernatural Intelligence Agency, ISIA, the kindred lovers soon discover the existence of an invisible wickedness over the city, its galactic origins, and its evil designs for national and world events.
As part of an Andrusian galactic strike force, assembled to dismantle the malevolent legion’s brutal matrix, Amora and Gabriel, seasoned and accomplished, embark on a dangerous adventure filled with Onaweyans, Scorpillians, historical figures, and a confrontation with the dark supernatural syndicate over the fate of the United States and the earth.
With journeys into dimensional worlds, interactions with fantastic characters and creatures, and revelation of the current struggle between the spiritual forces of good and evil, LIBERATION draws the reader into a world where the spiritual dimensions and reality converge.
You can find Maria Lucia at her tour page at Pump Up Your Book.
PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
ML: I was walking around downtown D.C. and scenes began flashing in my head about the story. I began writing them down and through the years that followed began piecing them together into a story. The inspiration defiantly came from living in D.C. and visiting the different sites often.
PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
ML: I usually get pieces that I write down and then put them into a story. I have to feel them out and see where the book wants to go and how intense it wants to get. To me thats the hardest part, being true to the story and going deeply into it.
PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
ML: This is my first real novel and I knew the ending on this one. I felt really strongly about it. Planning how to get there was the challenge.
PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
ML: Definitely, I have to get pictures that come close to what I’m looking for and place them around me whne I write so that I can visually feel what the character is trying to say or what he or she feels.
PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
ML: Creative people use all of the available information around them for their creations, what’s happening in the world, what is happening in their lives, what they study or the trends that the masses are following. Most of all I feel that creative people often delve into themselves for the depth and enrichment of the characters. There is definitely a part of me in the book.
PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?
ML: Wow, that’s a hard one. I like a lot of the scenes but I guess that maybe the Onaweyans and their music and the last scene as well.
PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
ML: Learning to do it right. At first I just wanted to sit down and get the story on paper but that wasn’t enough. I learned to reach out to those that knew more than me and let them show me the way. It took a lot longer than I thought to finish it.
PBW: What has been the best part about being published?
ML: Seeing all of that hard work in front of you in a book and being able to share it with others that enjoy the same things. This is a paranormal fantasy with deep twists and turns and I love finding readers who love that like I do.
PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
ML: I want them to enjoy the story first and then I want them to let it touch them deeply in a way that only they will know, like other works have touched me. That’s when I know I’ve done my job successfully, when my work touches people emotionally and even more.
PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?
ML: I hope so. Liberation is a three book series. I hope that I can continue with this story and complete the trilogy, that’s my goal.