Sunday, December 3, 2017

$50 Amazon gift card and fantasy author Thaddeus Nowak

If you consider yourself a geek and like the outdoors, this next author is right up your alley.

Thaddeus Nowak has always been interested in fantasy and science fiction. Some of the first things he read back in junior high were fantasy novels, and these instilled in him a passion for fantasy.

As you’ll find with other people who are fond of science fiction and fantasy, Thaddeus truly considers himself a geek or geeky-nerd-dork, and it seems knowing the difference between a geek and a nerd makes one a dork.

Mother's Curse is the first book in the Heirs of Cothel series.

Tradition holds that a mother who commits a mortal sin against the gods will be cursed with a daughter born a witch. Stephenie, the youngest princess of Cothel is just such a curse.

Hostage to her mother’s will while her father and older brother fight a war two countries away, Stephenie must overcome her mother’s plots if she is to save her father, brother, and the many soldiers she trained with.

Fearful of her mother’s growing traitorous behavior, Stephenie must escape Antar Castle. But to do so, she might have to rely upon her hidden powers, risking others discovering she is a witch…a risk that would most certainly result in her death by burning.

With the help of a select group of soldiers and an unexpected ally, she just might survive.

Still curious about Mother's Curse and the author? Time for an interview with Thaddeus...

What inspires you to write?
Writing for me is just something I must do. I get unpleasant to be around if I cannot find at least some time to write or be creative.

With regard to my stories, I get inspiration from a lot of different sources. Sometimes a song or an image will spark an idea for a story. Most of the time I build the stories around a character or characters.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
When I started Mother’s Curse, I moved from being a “discovery” writer to having a more architect style of planning. As a result, I wrote Mother’s Curse in about two months. Each of the other books in the series was written in roughly the same time frame.

What are you working on right now?
I have an expansive world I created for my series and my current project involves a new set of characters set in the distant north. I am borrowing some aspects of Scottish and Norwegian history and culture for the setting and the main character has found herself living in an occupied country and she has to figure out what she wants to do about that.

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
The best advice I ever received, though it took me several years to understand it, is “write a bad novel.” At the time I heard this I thought to myself, “A bad novel, that would be such a waste of time. I want to write a masterpiece!”

The other part of the advice was that you can learn a lot from finishing a story. If you get hung up in editing and making it perfect, you will never get to that last word on the last page. Give up the internal editor for a while and just finish the piece. Then take what you learned and write the next story. First, you’ll have proven to yourself it can be done, which is a great emotional release. Second, even if you don’t realize it, your writing will have improved greatly between when you started and ended. A new project won’t have the baggage left over from when you were first experimenting with writing.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
For me, this is a hard question as I have a lot of books that I really enjoyed. However, one that I have read more times than most is Jane Lindskold’s Through Wolf’s Eyes. The bond that Firekeeper and Blind Seer have resonated with me strongly.

So who wants to win something?! Thaddeus Nowak and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Mother's Curse and another reader will win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

1 comment:

  1. Oops. copied wrong into the form.
    subscribe email: slehan at yahoo dot com
    Thanks for the contest.


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