Author Interview: “The Tetrad Prophecy: Elemental Linx” by R. Castro

I know I haven’t interviewed other authors in a long time on this blog, but R. Castro’s Elemental Linx is a book that attracted my attention.  I’m sure it will be of interest to some of my fans as well.  I strongly encourage anyone reading this entry to check it out.  Links to the book and the book trailer can be found at the end of this interview…

1.) Author’s name:

R. Castro.

2.) Title:

The Tetrad Prophecy: Elemental Linx

3.) Genre:

Young Adult Fantasy

4.) What’s the approximate page count of your novel?

308 pages

5.) Without giving away spoilers, can you give us a brief summary of the book?

“After experiencing a tragedy too painful to accept, Viviana Magnus starts having strange dreams. In them, she’s whisked away from her cloudy Seattle home to the sun-drenched city of Tenochtitlan during the height of the Aztec Empire. She thinks it’s only an escape—a way for her mind to cope with her harsh reality—especially the parts featuring the handsome young Aztec General, Tadeo.

But when a strange, consuming fire starts building inside Viviana, she discovers her family has been keeping a dark secret. Her dreams aren’t just dreams; they’re preparation for an ancient destiny.

As the old world and the new collide, Viviana learns she is one of the four Elemental Linx, a group of powerful new era Gods and Goddesses, destined to fight a vengeful Aztec Deity bent on destroying the human race.”

6.)  I see this novel is Book 1 of a series.  How many more books do you plan to write before the series draws to a close?

I’d originally planned on three books for the series. However, it may just work out to be four. The research and storyline most certainly give way for more.

7.) Can you gives us any hints/teasers/clues about what might happen in forthcoming books?

The next book, Five Pendants of Creation, sends the Elemental Linx on a scavenger hunt type mission to a few various parts of the world. The research has been exciting, and I’ve found some fascinating twists to incorporate into the story. I can’t wait to share this with you all once it’s finished.

8.) What are some of the reasons you decided to write this particular novel on this particular subject as opposed to writing about something else?

I’ve been fascinated with Aztec history since I was very young, triggered by the artwork of Jesus Helguera, a Mexican painter. His work is possibly among the most reproduced and or reprinted throughout the homes of Mexican descendants, especially popular in the Chicano community.

‘Grandeza Azteca’ fueled my curiosity as a child. Often seeing the image on print calendars, many in which my family owned, not realizing the impact this was having on me. Then I discovered ‘Caballero Aguila.’ Determined to learn more about the people depicted in his artwork, the civilization, the Aztecs, over the years I would learn of the artist’s name, more of his work, but more specifically, I’d come to know ‘La Leyenda de los Volcanes,’ the final piece that would become my official foundation.

9.) What are some of the major themes that are explored in this book? In other words, what kinds of ideas are you trying to impart to your readers?

First, introduction into Aztec deity. Most people know of the Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. But, little know of the Aztec counterparts. While I do introduce a couple in their original names, I shorten the names, because, let’s face it, the names are a mouthful. Not easy to roll off the tongue. While the book is fantasy, it’s important to me to introduce translatable fears that people face in real life. The emotions that we go through when confronted with our complexities. The series once read completely, should have the underlying message of good vs evil, and being accepting of the rich diversity our world has to offer.

10) Who is your target audience?

Elemental Linx was written for the Young Adult market. However, it is a read that should cross over the generational lines.

11) Some authors have favorite characters in their own books and characters they hate.  Who are your favorite characters in The Tetrad Prophecy: Elemental Linx, and why?  Who are the characters you dislike the most in The Tetrad Prophecy: Elemental Linx, and why?

It’s hard to say in book one, at least without giving away too much of the series. But, I like Henry Magnus. There is a lot more to his character than meets the eye. I dislike Mr. Anderson, Zoe’s dad. As the series evolves, readers will understand why.

Speaking of readers, there is an official #TeamTadeo vs #TeamAlasdair movement. (I need to get that hashtag going.) I’ve heard from many of my readers about who they like best. I never set out with this intention when I wrote the book, but, I’ll take it.

12) How long did you conceptualize the novel before you began to write it?

A very long time. I’m not even sure when the story started unfolding in my head, but, I’d had the idea all plotted out, mentally, before I took to pen and paper.

13) How long did your book take to write, and how many hours do you think you spent working on it?

It took almost two years! The truth is, I’d written another version of the book, but ended up canning it because it didn’t ring true to my heart. I’d made the mistake of allowing others to read as I wrote, and outside influences drowned my characters voices. I know this works for some, but, it certainly did not work for me. I rather write raw. In terms of hours, it’s tough to measure. I don’t know.

14) How much does the finished product vary from the original idea?

There is about 70% of the original idea within the pages. The modern-day setting has changed, and one of the main characters is completely different to what I’d envisioned.

15) What do you think makes your book something that other people will like to read?

The story, as aforementioned, includes actual history. So there is an educational element. Yes, its fantasy, so its important to read it as such. I feel I do a good job in isolating what is real and what is not to the characters, and therefore to the readers.

16) If, hypothetically speaking, your book was going to be put on film, what do you think would be the best medium for it:  A television series, a television mini-series, or a feature film?  And why?

First, allow me to say, the thought of my book being picked up on film is amazing! Having said this, I’d have to go with a feature film. There is enough punch within the pages to make it so. A great screenwriter would see this and easily make it happen. Also, because I’m more of a movie gal than small screen.

17) What inspired you to get into writing in the first place?

Reading. I’ve enjoyed reading since I can remember. I was that kid with the flashlight under the blankets.

18) What would you say to aspiring authors who are thinking of writing a book?

If you are truly interested in writing, do it. Write raw, write daily, and keep on writing. If you want to publish your work, do the research. Join writing communities, and most importantly, invest in your art. You have to be willing to accept your shortcomings, be open to constructive criticism, and most importantly, have your work properly edited before you publish anything as a self-published author.

 19) If you could speak to your readers and tell them something here and now, what would it be?

Thank you! Thank you for giving me a chance. Without you, my characters voices would be sitting tucked away in a document that time would soon forget. So thank you. It’s because of you that I do this.

20) Please let us know where potential purchasers can find your book.

The Tetrad Prophecy: Elemental Linx

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XQV6KPB

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1217696772

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/elemental-linx

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elemental-linx-r-castro/1126012355?ean=2940154272916

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/342551568/Elemental-Linx-The-Tetrad-Prophecy

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/E-iZMDDZ3LQ

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/itsrosecastro/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseCastro

Web: www.rosesarehappy.com

Blog: www.rosesarehappy.wordpress.com

 

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“Spectral Septet” Released in Time for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, another horror anthology from Thomas D. Taylor:

 

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“Spectral Septet:Seven Spine-Chilling Compositions”

For the main characters in this book, The Last Days are here. The question is: How will they face them?

Will a surly teenager succumb to the eerie, horrific, and monstrous repercussions of his destructive experiments? Who will survive a mass-culling of the Earth’s animals? What are the implications for the residents of Kraken when Grimtown and its haunted past reawakens? Will a little boy vanquish the demonic entity that lives in his closet? Will another boy and a pop musician survive an alien invasion? And what must be done to save the wild cats at a zoo before a cataclysm arrives?

Taylor’s horror tales twist the fabric of the universe to bring the worst terror you can imagine straight into the depths of your mind. Read these stories with the lights on….

And repent, while you still can.

112,000 words.

Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M2XLXO8

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/153950963X

My Oblique Brush With J.K. Rowling

The other day, I may have done author J.K. Rowling a favor.

In one of my social media feeds I noticed that there was someone on Fiverr who, for five dollars, would send you something purporting to be from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I’m not going to state specifically what it was this person was offering, but suffice it to say, in my opinion, this “service” looked very unprofessional, and I doubted that J.K. Rowling or her publishers had licensed this person to perform this service. In other words, the purveyor of this service may have been infringing on copyrights and trademarks owned by Rowling and her publishers, to say nothing about any monies he might have been earning off of them.

So…

I gathered up the information and sent it to the firm that is responsible for dealing with these matters, and I received a reply thanking me for sending them the information.

Rowling

Why did I do it? I’m honest.  That’s why.

Doesn’t J.K. Rowling have enough money?  Anyone who wants as much money as J.K Rowling has ought to go out and earn it as she has done.

Can’t she let someone people profit off of her work? Not unless she wants to.  Until then, Harry Potter is literally her business.

As an author, I understand that bread and butter is hard to earn, and stealing someone else’s intellectual property takes away from an author’s dinner table -no matter how wealthy and successful the author may be.  If someone wants to make lots of money and eat like a king (or a queen), the way to do that is to work as hard as the “rich” person did to get what they have.

Rowling herself wasn’t rich when she began writing Harry Potter, yet the Harry Potter books are best-sellers.  The next best-selling author could be any one of us who is reading this if we only put in the time and effort. And yes, maybe “luck” was on her side when her books got picked up for publication, but you know what?  Anyone else who wants to be just as “lucky” as she is needs to make an attempt as she has done, and with an original idea, not a stolen one.

What did I get for reporting someone who may be profiting off of Rowling’s work without her permission?

A nice thank you, and the knowledge that I have done the right thing.

That’s more than enough for me.

Thomas D. Taylor

 

 

Research Takes You In Many Different Directions…

My wife and I were doing research for some of our upcoming books today. You’d be amazed at where being an author could take you.

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Excerpts from “Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries (Volume 1)”

People interested in getting a glimpse into Detective James Hemlock’s life and the horrors he discovers during his investigations should have a look at this…

“Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries” is available in a Kindle file and in paperback on Amazon. It is currently FREE to Kindle Unlimited members.

“Hemlock: The Collected Mysteries (Volume 1)”

Hemlock Cover

(Can be found here and here)

Excerpt from “No Crocodile Tears Permitted”

Hemlock was not familiar with any kind of demonology, but had he been, he would have quickly understood that the worst specimens of fallen angels were represented here. They were laid out like chess pieces on a board, with the bare middle rows of the field forming a kind of street through the nightmare. There would be no way that a person could traverse the track without perturbation and accumulating dread, knowing that such lifelike representations of the most accursed ambassadors from the infernal regions of Hell were looking down upon him.

They were mind-bending creations. Each one was an amalgam of earthly creatures and creatures of no kind the earth had ever seen. One was a many legged creature with a body that seemed to be composed of mostly eyes and pinchers. Another was a many-headed animal with screaming mouths, and multiple tongues. There was no way to describe most of them, but it made Hemlock shudder when he thought of the sculptors who must have spent untold hours working on them. To be so close to them, and to look at them for days as the final forms were slowly chiseled out of the rock, or marble, or concrete, or whatever material happened to comprise each varying shape… It would drive a sane man mad, though it might delight a wicked man, and feed an insane man’s mania.

Excerpt from “The Loop in the Underground”

But he didn’t have time to pursue that line of thought. There was a clicking sound and Plum was on the line.

“Ah, Mr. Hemlock. I see you’ve found another one of my little hiding spots.”

“Yep. Have your wounds healed yet? I seem to remember that during our last encounter I stabbed you with a machete and punctured you with a bullet or two.”

“I’m fine, thank you. You do realize that your calling me right now seals your fate, don’t you? I have men and women going down there to finish you off?”

“Are you so extraordinarily stupid as to think that I haven’t planned for that? If they come down here, they’ll die. If you want to save their lives, you would do well to call them off.”

“They are expendable, and will be rewarded in Hell if they die. They know this, which is why they will come for you no matter what you have waiting for them.”

Excerpt from “Death Screams Eternal”

There was a splintering, tearing sound, and the boy fell through the floor and into the crawl space beneath the chapel.

Bones broke his fall.

Hundreds of bones.

Thousands of bones.

Maybe tens of thousands of bones.

A New Opportunity for Authors

HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

Two new forums have been created for readers and authors from around the world to merge and interact. Readers can discuss and recommend books, interact with authors, and learn about new books to read.

AUTHORS MAY PROMOTE THEIR BOOKS AND EBOOKS ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS ONLY!

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