Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Guest Blogger: Idalita Wright Raso

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Eye of Saturn (The Daughters of Saturn Book 1) by [Raso, Idalita Wright]

Please tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is Eye of Saturn: The Daughters of Saturn Book One. It’s a vampire horror set in medieval Spain about star-crossed lovers Felipe and Zaybeth who suddenly find themselves trapped inside the dark world of ancient Saturn worship, filled with human sacrifices, and sorcery after Felipe is forced to marry a mysterious Moorish woman. The book is a cross genre of mythology, history, and vampire horror, peppered with a little romance. 

What can we expect from you in the future? 
I am finishing up the fourth and final book in the Eye of Saturn series. Once I have completed book four, I plan to write a ghost story based on true events.

How do we find out about you and your books?
You can find out about me and the Eye of Saturn series on my website: http://www.eyeofsaturn.com, or at Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/author/idalitaraso 

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 
That’s a tricky question, considering the inspiration behind the Eye of Saturn series is based on a recurring dream I had in 2005. All jokes aside, the main characters appeared in my dreams—each giving me horrific, detailed accounts of the supernatural events that took place in their lives. The dreams happened so frequently, I kept a dream journal by my bedside. I’m not sure if it was something I ate, stress or I actually channeled “spirits,” but this book and its characters all came to me in a dream—weirdest thing, ever! But it all started to make sense November of 2006. There was a raging storm that actually took place on the planet Saturn on November 9, 2006 that resembled a human eye.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms? 
I guess I have always been a writer. I started writing short stories and one-act plays in my early teens. When I felt Eye of Saturn was ready I submitted it, which was both scary and exhilarating.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me about a year to write a book.
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
I try and set aside a couple of hours each day to write, even if it’s just a few sentences.  

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I am a music lover, so I will go to a concert or listen to my favorite musical groups. 
Where do your ideas come from?
Ideas can come from almost anywhere—friends, shopping, dreams, movies, songs, art, history, current events, nature, mythology. I try to leave myself as open as possible. 
What kind of research do you do?
I conduct research at local libraries, searching through history books, the Internet, and conducting interviews with experts in the field.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read? 
Wow! I have so many. I guess my favorite authors would be Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Anne Rice, Mary Janice Davidson, George RR Martin—just to name a few.
Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
For me the characters come first, then the story, and lastly the setting.

Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?
Occasionally I have experienced writer’s block. I work through it by not forcing myself to write. I simply walk away and clear my head.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?  
The most rewarding thing about being a writer is meeting the readers and talking to them.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
I would encourage unpublished writers to keep on writing, keeping on submitting, connect with other writers, and never give up!

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