Christine Young

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Christine Presents: Eden The Eighth Day by Sally Mitchell

Please welcome Sally Mitchell author of Eden The Eighth Day.

Sally Mitchell will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Eden: The Eighth Day

by Sally Mitchell

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GENRE: Dystopian fantasy

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

Although writing has always been a major part of my life, my main inspiration for the first novel in the Eden series, The Eighth Day, came from a holiday I took in Pitlochry, Scotland.

 

I had previously been working hard to enter a career in psychology, I had won an award and national nomination at undergraduate level and was progressing well at post-graduate level. An unusual highlight of this time for me was writing the essays.

 

I loved the power of the written word and the buzz of a completed piece and looked forward to a career conducting research and writing up the results. However, after becoming a single parent in 2012 I had to accept that this goal was no longer practical.

 

I set up a small domestic business to enable me to set my own hours, work from home and spend as much time as possible with my little man. I was blessed to have such an opportunity, I loved spending time with him but the work I was doing didn’t leave me satisfied. My mind kept wandering back to writing.

 

When I took the holiday to Pitlochry I fell in love with the place. It was such a calm and peaceful place and was truly beautiful. I felt every ounce of pressure and every worry melt away within hours of arriving and by the end of the week it had become clear to me that that was what life was all about. We only get one chance and I decided it was time I started to live in a way that I loved, rather than just getting by. If writing was what I wanted to do then somehow, I would make it work.

 

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
    What expertise did you bring to your writing?

 

My experience in the psychology field came in very valuable to The Eighth Day. It enabled me to think outside the box and to create a story that was unique and filled with suspense and to develop strong characters with individual personalities.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

 

As a mother of a little boy, I now know a wealth of information about dinosaurs. It actually surprises me how interested I have become in the topic over the last few years. Who knows, maybe one of my future novels may star a T-Rex.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

Firstly is to finish the Eden Saga. I’m hoping within the next 5 years and then I have a few other ideas up my sleeve after that too. I enjoy the deep and dark style of writing and I plan to write along these lines in the future too.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

Ooh good question. I’ve actually pondered this myself and I think it would have to be the heroine, Vita Dulcas. She’s very much like me in the sense that she can be quite reserved in her dealings with the rest of the world and I love that she has this deep dark secret past that she has to uncover.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

I used an online critique group initially for critiques of my work. I can definitely see the value of using such tools but I found I could become bogged down by too many perceptions, so much so that after receiving a number of critiques, I found it near impossible to write for a good time afterwards while I processed all the information. It’s definitely a good way to learn about the writing process though and to build up your author circle. For me though, I found working with an editor one on one suited me best.

 

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

The best advice by far is to develop a thick skin and not to take agency rejections to heart. I don’t know an author who hasn’t been rejected a good few times. I guess now the self-publishing scene is becoming so big, authors don’t have to depend anymore on agents and publishers. I do recommend having a good editor and good marketing team behind you though.

 

As far as worst advice, I can genuinely say that the majority of other authors out there are so kind and supportive that the advice I have received has been exceptional.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

It always helps to have a reference point to look back to so I think an outline is essential. When I’m writing I have so many ideas buzzing around my head I can’t write them down fast enough and it always scares me I’ll forget something. I filled about 3 notebooks with planning for ‘The Eighth Day’. For this book and the second in the series that I’m currently working on, I use an old piece of wallpaper that I’ve stuck on my wall and filled in with a post-it note timeline. It doesn’t necessarily look pretty but is an easy reference point.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

 

Yes definitely. One of my best loved hobbies is astrology and it was also one of the inspirational factors behind the series.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

There are too many to name. There are so many great authors out there and amazing stories that it would be impossible to think of just one. I love anything from Pride and Prejudice to Game of Thrones.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

I’m currently working on the next book in the series so I can’t really give too much away but be sure to know there will be many more mysteries to solve.

BLURB:

 

Welcome to Mendacia; The city of lies. Saved from a divine apocalypse, its citizens now starve. They are trapped beneath a fire-lit sky and surrounded by a molten river, all to pay for the sins of their ancestors. 
The gods cursed the original generation with eternal life so that their skin would rot and their pain would always remind them of their own horrific crimes. 
These demons now serve the tyrant emperor, Malum Dolus who uses them to terrorise the citizens, all in the name of maintaining order.
One woman, Vita Dulcas has had enough of his evil ways, but what could she possibly do to help the citizens? They love Malum and hate her, suspecting her of witchcraft after her survival of deadly snake bites. All she can do is stay invisible. 
That is until she finds herself backed into a corner and all she can do is fight. Suddenly, she has more power than she could have ever imagined and it becomes clear she is Mendacia’s last hope.
If only she could make the citizens see the truth.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

‘But then he turned. Vita jumped with the motion, praying she didn’t look as hopeless as she felt, but as his head turned, his eyed skimmed past the lamb and landed on her own, searing into them as if nothing had ever changed. The darkness behind those beautiful eyes was a harsh reminder now though. A reminder of the awful secret they shared. She remembered looking up lovingly into those eyes – how wrong she had been. How dangerous he truly was. The ignorance of vanity, she thought.’

‘One by one, more of the citizens scaled the walls, marching a slow and silent trail through the remains of the battle, each to pay their own respects to the man who had taken on the demons and given them the hope of freedom.

With a cough, Empress Vesta began to speak from the balcony. ‘This has been a truly terrible day,’ she said. ‘One which will, I’m sure, weigh on our minds and hearts for some time to come. But, I decree that this man deserves a respectable death. Who will carry his body to the palace?’

 

Nico’s hand shot in the air, his other clasped on his chest. ‘I will.’

 

‘And me,’ said Kayin, pulling himself to his feet.

 

‘Me too,’ said the Survivor.

 

‘Yes,’ said another citizen.

 

‘Aye,’ said Domine Agil from behind Vesta.

 

She gazed down to see the sea of her citizens nodding and raising their hands, all eager to pay the man his final respects. She watched her son, the Survivor and Nico haul Theo’s body into the air. Another citizen helped to support his leg and the four of them began a slow exit from the arena, the brave sinner above their shoulders.’

 

‘Vita let the curtain drop behind her and walked confidently onto the balcony. She held her hands behind her back and stopped in the centre, standing silently for a moment to survey the faces below her. Some, she had seen before, others were strangers. Family men, drunkards, men of high and low standing, young boys and even arthritic old men, all here in an attempt to buy her and take her freedom.

 

She could feel her heart quickening and for a moment wondered what she was doing. She couldn’t see the Bilo brothers, which gave her cause for relief. A whistle echoed around the yard, followed by an eruption of laughter from the group of her potential husbands. She remained still, letting the sounds wash over her.

 

‘Just come to give us a taster ‘av yer love?’ She gazed down at the toothless source of torment and waited patiently for the ensuing laughter to die down.

 

‘Gentlemen,’ she began to speak slowly. ‘I stand before you today with faith. Faith in the goodness in each of you. I see many different faces below me. I see men I have known and respected, hardworking men, family men and loyal men. I see long standing friends of my father, people who I used to feel protected by. I see people who, like me, have suffered in this land. And I wonder if it is fear that makes such good men gather here today? You label me a witch, but you can see my flesh is just as vulnerable as yours. If I am cut I will bleed. I am not the one to fear.’

 

 

‘The sound of her mother’s dying scream echoed through Vita’s mind and everything stopped. Time seemed not to exist and with pure clarity only one thought surfaced: they must die. She barely felt the tension of the rusted chain as her wrists snapped the metal, with enough force to send her body backwards.

 

She watched as the pole splintered clean in two with the impact of the flail, right where her head would have been. The demon panicked and pulled the flail free, bringing it down again towards her. She couldn’t move fast enough this time and her hands came up, palms forward to protect her skull. She waited for the impact.

 

A few seconds passed and she heard a confused grunt. She dared to open an eye and stared, stunned. Her hands were emitting a sort of white/blue light, bright enough to light up the entire room. She gazed in wonder at the flail which had stopped mere millimetres from her palms and was floating calmly in circles. The demon pulled the weapon, but somehow his efforts were hopeless. The flail was stuck fast. She reached out with lightning reactions, grabbing it from the demon’s rotten hands and she could feel the centuries of cruelty the instrument had yielded. The light vanished, leaving only the darkness once more.’

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

I was brought up in a small country village in North Yorkshire, UK. I had always been brought up to work hard and to push myself, skills which came in useful for writing the Eighth Day. I suppose it also helped that I’ve always been a huge bookworm with a love of all things fantasy and all things romance. Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favourite.

 

Granted those genres are miles apart but I find something incredibly romantic about escaping to a world that has been lovingly created by an author. I enjoy trying to connect with them through their imagination, wondering where they were and what they were doing when they developed such magical worlds.

 

Writing my own novel was the best experience I’ve ever had career wise, and it makes the struggles I have faced in my past careers all worth the while.

 

After losing my career as a nurse following a car accident, I began a promising psychology career, even winning an award for my undergraduate degree. However, I became a single parent three years ago and sacrificed another dream to set up a laundry and ironing business, which enabled me to be at home with my son.

 

Despite many commitments, a further relationship breakdown and 3 family bereavements, I was determined to develop a rewarding career and make my little man proud.

 

That’s when I decided to begin a writing career and I developed the Eden Saga. Such a path enabled me to stay at home and give him all the extra support he needed whilst also having something for myself.

 

I’m now the happiest I’ve ever been, I’m closer to my son than ever and I’ve finally released my novel as an e-book which is available on all major platforms.

 

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sallymitchellwriter

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sallymitchell17

Personal blog: https://sallymitchellwriter.wordpress.com/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eden-Eighth-Day-Sally-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B01B3MLPOS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457822653&sr=8-1&keywords=eden+the+eighth+day

 

Eden: The Eighth Day will be $0.99 during the tour.

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Sally Mitchell will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1632

 

 

 

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14 comments on “Christine Presents: Eden The Eighth Day by Sally Mitchell

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    April 11, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Hi Christine, thanks for having me today. I’ve got a busy day ahead but will stop by later on. 🙂

  3. Thank you for having me today.

  4. achristay
    April 11, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Victoria
    April 11, 2016

    Great post, sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Rita Wray
    April 11, 2016

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  7. Anna Bergman
    April 11, 2016

    Thank you for the chance!

  8. Thanks for all the encouraging comments 🙂

  9. Becky
    April 11, 2016

    Do you prefer paper or digital books?

  10. Danielle Corrow
    April 11, 2016

    great excerpt and I love the cover.

  11. Cali W.
    April 11, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  12. Maro
    April 11, 2016

    it’s a great review

  13. Becky
    April 12, 2016

    Where is your favorite spot to read?

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