Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blog Tour: White Swans (Revelations)

As a part of the White Swans Book Tour, I am pleased to welcome Annamaria Bazzi to the blog to talk about the third book in the series, Revelations

"After attempting to accept her fate in the strange fishbowl world, Kendíka decides it’s impossible. Call her a pet, will they? Determination revived, she tempts her “master’s” fury by trying to make life better for the people of Deverow’s Duchy. She will bring technology to the Regency era or end up a swan trying.

Still longing for a higher station in her new existence, Jillian sets her sights on Harry, the Count of Paddington. The only problem? Getting the man to take notice of her. Perhaps discovering some common ground—besides their rabbit-like features—will do the trick."

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1. What was your inspiration for the White Swans series, and what made you decide to write it as a series of short stories? 
I was working on an urban fantasy when this girl in a Regency nightgown appeared before me. She looked so sad sitting on a chair and looking out a large window at a crystal lake where three white swans paddled along followed by a black one. For the longest time she wouldn’t tell me her story. Several months later, she poured her heart out to me and I wrote the first book.  I thought I was done, but Jillian popped out of nowhere and I felt compelled to tell her story also.
The idea of turning it into a short story series came because my 13 year old and some of her friends swear they don’t read because novels are just too long.  I’m trying to make it easier for them to read. 

2. Would you classify your writing as plot driven or character driven? 
I try hard to be a character driven author, I find characters to be far more important and interesting then plot. But these characters need an interesting plot to flounder in, so even though I don’t really want to be plot driven it is still very important.

3. Can you tell us a little about your main character, Kendíka?
Kendíka is a sweet and altruistic person who cares about other and is always trying to help.


4. Which of your supporting characters was the most challenging to write?
Jillian is very challenging, because she’s selfish yet not a bad person, but she does get mixed up with a power hungry, manipulative and a bit evil person.

5. Without giving away too much, tell us a little about the main conflict in this book. 
The main conflict involves Kendíka trying to bring the Regency Era world that is now her home into the 21st century. 

6. Why did you choose this genre? 
White Swans is a historical fantasy only because I love the Regency era and I’m crazy about magic and magical beings. But I must warn you and my readers that it also has some Sci-Fi mixed in.

7. What do you hope readers take away from this series? 
The one thing I really want them to realize is that in the world it will always be rewarding to help others and threat others as they want to be treated.

8. Who are your favorite authors?
I have a few favorite authors.
Fantasy: Terry Goodkind, Anne McCaffrey, 
Science Fiction: Ben Bova, Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Carl Sagan
Classics: Alexander Dumas, The Bronte Sisters, Louisa May Alcott

These are just a few, but in the mean time, I’ve come to really love the writing of A. D. Trosper a fantasy indie author.

9. Do you have any interesting rituals or habits when you write?
I love being comfortable, so I usually take my laptop and curl on the love seat in the family room. While I write, though, I do laundry, play with little Austin. Sometimes I put writing on hold so Austin and I can color. We also go for a daily 1.5-mile walk. I must stop to cook diner, I then return to writing in the evening while everyone else is watching TV.

10. Can you tell us about any future projects? 

For a while now I’ve been editing my urban fantasy, Trapped in a Nightmare, to get it ready for publication, but the fact I publish a short story per month is keeping the novel on a back burner. I just hope it doesn’t catch fire.

Revelations and Annamaria's other books are available from Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N

Book 2 of White Swans: New Girl in Town is currently FREE on Amazon from June 19th-21st!


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Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.
Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent.

She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.

Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

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