Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Guest Blogger R.H. Russell





Tell us a little about Venture Untamed, what inspired you to write it?
Venture Untamed is a fantasy, in that it takes place in another world— though there is no magic. It’s the story of Venture Delving, a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters. When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream. I’ve been involved in combat sports since I was a teen and my experience with fighters of all sorts fueled this story. The world of fighters is truly fascinating, and I wanted to share it with readers in a unique way—a way anyone could identify with, because I truly believe there’s a fighter in all of us.


Do you have a favorite character you have written?

My favorite character is Venture, of course! But Jade tends to surprise me more. And I sympathize with Venture’s older brother, Justice—the practical one who fears for Venture’s safety. He’s more like me than I realized at first, and I always want to defend him.

3. What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on the second of the Venture books, Venture Unleashed. It’s now in production, and will be available before the holidays 2011.

4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I was bored a lot as a kid, so I told myself stories.


How do your family/friends feel about your writing?
My family and friends are amazing. They’ve supported me every step of the way.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have many books in my Venture series out in the world, and lots of happy readers.

Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?
My advice for new authors is to live a full life. It will enrich your writing and get you through the tough times in your writing life. As an introvert, I learned this the hard (and slow) way. It was a painful, lonely lesson. Now when I hear people say, “Writing is my life,” I cringe. Pour your heart and soul into your writing, yes, but if writing truly IS your life, you’re in trouble. This is a pitfall for all driven people. In Venture’s story, I try to show how he has a passion that’s of greatest importance to him, and he pours himself into his training, yet he has a full life. I enjoyed bringing out all the aspects of who he is—his family relationships, his dreams for a future with Jade, his friendships. Take time away from writing to be alive, and your work will come alive.

What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why?
Choosing a favorite book is impossible! I love so many of them. But my favorite recent read is Falling Hard, a Journey into the World of Judo, by Mark Law. Part memoir, part history of judo, it’s fast-paced, honest, funny, and fascinating. I loved reading about this fifty-something Brit’s experience joining the world of judo, and realizing how similar it was to my own experience, though I was an American teenager when I started out.

On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?
I don’t watch much TV. Getting rid of cable five years ago was the best thing that ever happened to my family, and to my writing.

Where can readers find you ?
Readers can find me at http://www.theventurebooks.com, http://


http://www.facebook.com/TheVentureBooks
or subscribe to my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/fX-Kn.

Fellow writers can visit my writing blog, http://www.wordwrestlerwrites.wordpress.com.

Or follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Word_Wrestler

SHORT BLURB:
Venture Delving, an out of control bonded servant boy, finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training boys to be professional fighters. He must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream—to become a Champion fighter and to marry Jade, his master's daughter. Approximately 60,000 words. Ages thirteen and up.


LONG BLURB:
Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters. When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream. Book one of the Venture series. Approximately 60,000 words. Ages thirteen and up.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005PA95S8
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005PA95S8
Barnesandnoble.com: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Venture-Untamed/RH-Russell/e/2940013414099
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91117

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