Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Dark communion by C. J. Perry

Please welcome C. J. Perry  author of Dark communion

CJ Perry will be awarding a $10 and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Dark Communion

by CJ Perry

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GENRE: epic fantasy

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

I was always drawn to fantasy. Most kids into the same things I was had an unhappy childhood, or at least thought they did, and I was no different. Fantasy was my escape, but after a while reading it didn’t satisfy me anymore. Looking back, I realize that I was searching for a means of expression – I needed to create my fantasy, not visit someone else’s.

Dungeons & Dragons served as my first real medium. It taught me some valuable lessons about character development and growth. It also brought me together with a special group of friends with the same desire to reinvent themselves in a fantasy world. We were a band of misfits with our own table in the cafeteria at school. The other kids didn’t understand, and they mostly just left us alone – mostly.

Those friends inspired me to write long before I ever sat down in front of a screen and started clacking away on keys. When I would write bits for adventure hooks or letters from a villain/friend in the story, they got excited to play. One of them told me I had “a special way with words” that made him love our campaigns together.

I played the same stories with different groups of friends for 25 years until the characters and world took on a life of their own. Then one day, my Brother-in-law suggested I write our adventures down for everyone to enjoy. I decided to start at the very beginning. Dark Communion is that beginning.

 

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

 

Many of the pains and tribulations of Ayla and Deetra, as well as the overarching theme of a misunderstood “darkness” under constant oppression by the monsters of the light, mirror my own struggles in life and those I have had the honor to call friends.
I have bipolar disorder, and my darkness any my light are always vying for control. Bipolar takes away the middle ground and nothing is ever normal or simple. There is no cruise control in my life; I can never coast. It’s all or nothing – tragedy or triumph. Dark Communion is the expression of my bipolar extremes that only fantasy can give its due, and only Dark Fantasy at that.

I take Dark Communion to some very bleak places, but the triumphs are worth the heartache. Don’t abandon Ayla in her darkest moments and you won’t regret having faith in her.

 

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

 

Dark Communion is just the first book of a series that will lead into two more series. Ive already begun work on Book 2 of the Godswar Chronicles, and outlined most of the third book and the second series. At the moment though, the pre-order of Dark Communion, my Kickstarter for the Audiobook and Limited Edition print run (http://kck.st/2cIkQQO) demand my full attention as the official release in October draws closer.

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

 

I did, and technically still do, belong to critiquecircle.com. It’s a great place to get feedback and sharpen your craft, I just haven’t been there in a few months. I spent over a year submitting chapters of Dark Communion to a private queue with a few fellow authors that I respected. They helped me find resources to work on my weaknesses and even line edited my work at times. The combination of reading and critiquing other people’s work while writing and receiving critiques on my own work really helped me grow as a writer.

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

 

Not only do I outline, I do two different kinds of outlines, and then merge them into a third and final outline. This way there are (hopefully) no missing elements and the story remains focused on the plot.

The first novel I wrote, which shall remain nameless and un-talked about, topped out at 180,000 words of long exposition and backstory, while suffering from a meandering and complex plot. It just spiraled out of control because it had no structure.

I learned that I cant trust myself to write straight through a story without getting sidetracked by a few chapters every now and then. I need something to keep me focused. I write one outlined chapter at a time, like a series of short stories. I don’t get rigid about it though, outlines can and should change just like anything else.

6. 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?

 

I already mentioned Dungeons & Dragons, but I cant say enough about its importance in what made me what I am today. It fostered a desire to learn about medieval history, mythology, and to read classic fantasy. It taught me what makes a great character, and introduced me to literary concepts like the Hero’s Journey. But above all, it taught me the creative process. I learned: Start with great characters, give them motivations, and then just turn them loose on a well-developed world. Do that, and the story will write itself.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite book?

 

The Soulforge by Margaret Weis. Dragonlance Chronicles introduced me to the fantasy genre. From then on I was hooked. Then in 1998, well into my fantasy obsession, but after my time in the Army, The Soulforge came out. It answered the burning questions I had about Raistlin and Carramon before the War of the Lance. How can you not love the origin story of one of the most prolific fantasy characters in history?

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

 

To even tell who some of the characters are in book 2 is to reveal spoilers on book 1. What I can tell you is that book two has wizards, time travel, and a Romeo and Juliet style love story. It takes place eighteen years after Dark Communion, and the “Godswar” begins with an assassination attempt by a follower of the God of Light.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

My favorite actor has been Brad Pitt since I saw Fight Club. No one else could have done justice to the roll of Tyler Durden. Coincidentally, my favorite actress was also in that movie – Helena Bonham Carter. From Belatrix LaStrange to her roll in Sweeny Todd, she never misses. They’re both amazing actors. There is a character later in the series, a dark necromancer that she would be perfect to portray. Of course, I’ll have to hit the best seller list and get a movie deal… and even thinking about that is a bit of “putting the cart before the horse.” But I can dream can’t I?

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Sure! How about a shameless plug for my Kickstarter? The Kickstarter for Dark Communion is live right now, and offers Limited Edition paperback and LE hardcover. Also, it’s the only way to get the Audiobook before it’s released in December on Audible!


http://kck.st/2cIkQQO

BLURB:

 

The minotaurs have kept Ayla and Deetra’s people in chains for 200 years. With nothing left to live for, and a death sentence in her womb, Ayla trades her soul for a chance to break the curse which holds her people in slavery. Armed only with her faith, she and Deetra start a revolution, and bring about the return of the Goddess of Darkness.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The woman’s lips curved up in a smile but no lines formed in her cheeks. She looked like a living statue, and not one bit like her mother.

 

“Who are you?” Ayla asked.

 

The stranger leaned over Ayla, resting her palms on the altar. Her voice took on a hollow yet resonant quality. Her breath suffused the air with a heady fragrance like scented oils.

 

“I am the dark corner that hides those in need. The eternal ruler of the Abyss.”

 

“You’re a God?”

 

“I was once their Queen.”

 

“Am I dead?”

 

The Goddess kissed Ayla on the forehead with cold lips. “You are at His doorstep.”

 

“Where’s my mom?”

 

“The dead cannot hear your pleas. I have come in her stead, my child.”

 

Ayla never believed in the Gods. And if they did exist, she wanted nothing to do with any who would leave their people in chains.

 

“I’m not your child.”

 

The woman grabbed Ayla under the jaw, fingers digging into her cheeks. Her icy eyes remained impassive but her voice lowered threateningly.

 

“You are the daughter of Steelhorn, the grandson of Tor, who is my son. I am not just your mother, but the mother of every woman born from a breeding cabin.” The Night Goddess let go of Ayla’s jaw. The closest brazier’s flame shone blue in the Her black tresses. “I have waded through the River of Dreams to answer your call, and this is how you thank me?”

 

“I’m dreaming?” Ayla asked.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

My deep and abiding love of fantasy began when I was six when I first saw the 1981 film Dragonslayer on VHS with my father. He loved fantasy movies too, but didn’t have the courage to be a dork about it like I did. That movie was a gateway drug that led me straight to the hard stuff – CS Lewis. I was far too young for such potency but by the time I was ten I had read the whole series. That’s when I found my first Dungeons and Dragons group. When I started playing, my friends and I used pre-made campaign settings and published adventures, but I quickly grew restless with their limitations and trite story lines. I needed my own persistent world: something adaptable to my whim and that no one else owned.

 

Back in my day, there was no internet, so I took out every book about castles and medieval history from the school library and read them in Math class (I’m still terrible at math as a result). I came up with an entire world and brand new history. I read books on cartography and hand drew maps of my new world. I created a cosmology, a hierarchy of gods, and the tenets of their religions. I read the Dungeon Master’s guide a dozen times, and every fantasy novel I could get my hands on.

 

Then, one day, I sat down and told my friends, “Hey guys, wanna try my story instead?”

Even 15 years after the original D&D campaigns ended, former players tell me that they share our incredible stories with their children. I’m honored to say that most of those players still have their original character sheets 16-20 years later, and a couple have even named their children after them.

 

Now, I’m 39 years old and a loving father of 2 girls, and I still play those games on occasion. My passion has evolved into putting those ideas and amazing stories on paper for the whole world to enjoy. My first novel took me and co-author DC Fergerson 10 years to write and topped out at 180,000 words. Being too long and too complex, I finally ended the project and took its lessons to heart.

 

I learned that Dungeons & Dragons did not translate well into a novel. D&D made for great times, but also for some meandering plot lines, pointless encounters, and poor character motivations. No matter how memorable some of the moments were, if I wanted anyone to read my story, I needed to learn a lot more about writing.

 

I threw myself into being a full time student of novel crafting. I read every book on writing by Dwight Swain I could find. I paid Chuck Sambuchino (Editor for Writer’s Digest) to critique and edit my older work. I took James Patterson’s Masterclass, went to college, and joined online writing communities. All the while, I read my favorite fantasy novels again, only this time with a mental highlighter. I reworked my stories, outlined them, and decided to start from the beginning.

Many, many years later, I am in the final edit and proofreading stage of Dark Communion, the first installment of the Shadowalker Chronicles. My role as a father of two girls heavily influenced the characters I’d known for over 20 years, shaping them into women that my own daughters could respect. My characters took on a depth and quality that brings them off the page and into the minds of readers, because they have become all too real. I was privileged enough to work on two careers at the same time to accomplish this feat – a fun-loving and involved stay-at-home dad, and a full time writer.

 

Links:

https://artofthearcane.wordpress.com/

http://www.cjperry.net/

https://twitter.com/DarkCommunion

https://www.facebook.com/DarkCommunion/

Amazon pre-purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Communion-Preview-Godswar-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B01L2T0LU6/

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

CJ Perry will be awarding a $10 and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1905

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7 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Dark communion by C. J. Perry

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 26, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    September 26, 2016

    What is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

  3. Lisa Brown
    September 26, 2016

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. achristay
    September 26, 2016

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

  5. Marcy Meyer
    September 26, 2016

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  6. Rita Wray
    September 26, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  7. Victoria
    September 26, 2016

    Great interview, I enjoyed reading it and the excerpt 🙂

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