A Sit-Down With Lilian Oake

Good morning, readers! Today we are going to interview Lilian Oake!!!

Hey, Lilian. Could you tell the readers a little about yourself?

lilian oakeHey MeLeesa! Thanks for having me!

I am an author of adventure fantasy, which is pretty much for all ages. I do have one book that I would say is more YA. I’ve been writing for 10 years, and published for 8. John Flanagan of The Ranger’s Apprentice is the writer I want to be when I grow up. Figuratively. I live in North Carolina with my husband, Joshua Robertson, who is an award-winning author of dark fantasy. We have nine kids between the two of us, and work full time in the writing bizz.

What first drew you to writing? Are there any instances that stand out where you’ve pulled from your real life?

My very first line in my very first book was written in my biology class in ninth grade. I was reading a lot of random books at the time—nothing that comes to mind specifically, besides Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville. I spent a lot of my time daydreaming about dragons.

I spent most of my middle grade years and early high school years feeling very lonely, as I wasn’t one of the kids many others wanted to talk to. I was socially awkward, likely from growing up semi-isolated within a strict, religious community. Most of my young life was spent coming up with story lines about how I came from another world, and that’s why I felt left out all the time. Surprise, surprise, that’s the premise of my coming series! Minus religion.

What’s the number one thing you hear from your fans?

I hear a lot of things from my fans, but most of it has to do with how apparently “crazy” I am. But they assure me they mean it in a positive sense. I’m outgoing—odd, considering the kind of kid I was.

Outside of personality, I am often told that I write along the lines of the Grimm Brothers fairytales.

You have a new project coming out, can you tell us a little about that? I hear it takes place in the same world as some of your other work: Bounty of the Everdark, An Ogre’s Tale, and Nahtaia.

Yes, The Chronicles of Jaydür is a portal fantasy that takes place partially within our modern day world, and partially within the fantasy world called Jaydür which is the same world the other stories take place in.

The four Voices of Jaydür are four goddesses who were created as the mediators between the many races of Jaydür, among other things. When the Voices of Jaydür are found slaughtered, Caia, a she-elf, is called upon by the Elders to take the place as the esteemed Voice of Apan (or, water). Glim’Ruk, the one who killed the Voices, wants the entire lineage dead, and threatens to absorb Caia’s godly essence—and she’s the last in that line. Against her will, Caia is hurled by the Elders through a portal to another realm, having her memories and powers shielded in a desperate attempt to keep her safe. Now, without any knowledge of her true nature and purpose, her bodyguard and mentor from Jaydür has sought her out to help her rediscover her lineage as a Voice to return home and help restore peace among the people who are torn by Glim’Ruk.

Wow! That sounds awesome!!! In your new project, who is your favorite character?

Archai. He’s as old as the original Voices, and has a very cynical view of life. He’s spent his eternity essentially “beyond the veil,” so he knows what life is and should be about, and finds the emotions and aspirations of people living on Jaydür (and in earth) completely ridiculous.

Who has been the most fun to write?

Again, Archai. I love being able to delve into his mind, and really stretch my imagination to the point of grasping eternity—or trying to, at least! It makes me feel all twisted and small in the world.

If you could be any character in your stories, who would you choose?

Probably Kieren, a large, white panther who is basically the gatekeeper between the worlds. He has more faith in Caia as a Voice, and always has some wise words to offer. He gets to help her when she needs help, and watch her as she matures into the Voice of Apan. Plus, he has access to both worlds and all the existing traveling mirrors! Who wouldn’t want that?

I so can’t wait to check it out! Any idea when it will be available?

I should be releasing at the end of April.

Thank you so much for letting me interview you! Good luck with your new project. I can’t wait to read more of your work!

Thank you so much for having me again! I had fun! I’ll be sure to announce to the world when it’s ready for you all!

Well readers, keep an eye out for that announcement and look back next week for a new author interview. But don’t worry, later this week I’ll have a personal post to let you know how I’ve been doing!

Hugs guys!

Book Review: The Dragon Cager

Hello, all!

A few days ago, you heard from fellow author and friend, Lilian Oake on writing battle scenes. I promised a review of one of her books was coming soon, and here it is.

Dragoncager

The Dragon Cager, by Lilian Oake is a teen/YA novel about a young woman who is pushed from the world in which she has grown, to the harsh outlying areas where she is abducted by a cager—men who can turn from dragon to human form. These cagers, are the stuff of children’s nightmares, and Evie (the main character) must find a way to survive the most dangerous creatures of her land.

Lilian Oake does an amazing job of taking her readers on an emotional and physical journey in this tale. With steamy (but fully clean and appropriate) scenes and magic-imbued fight sequences, this book gets 4 out of 5 stars for me. I’m definitely voting for a second book. There are so many places this story can go, I look forward to finding out what lies ahead for our main character, Evie.

Remember, The Dragon Cager is currently free on Amazon Kindle, but the sale ends Saturday, so check it out before it’s over!! And, next week, I’ll be interviewing Lilian Oake and finding out more about this awesome writer. If you have a question you want to ask this author, leave it below and yours could be chosen to join our list. I look forward to hearing what you say, but please keep it clean. Any inappropriate comments will not make it to the page.

Check back soon! Hugs!!

Guest Blog – Lilian Oake

Hey guys!! I promised that I’d introduce you to some of my favorite authors and friends, and today is the first in the series. Today, you’ll be reading a guest post from one very talented Lilian Oake. Lilian writes a variety of teen fantasy. In fact, you’ll soon be reading my review of her book The Dragon Cager. I will also be posting an interview with her over the next week or so, but all that’s in the future. Now, I’m gonna hand over the post to Lilian as she talks about writing epic battle scenes.

lilian oake

 

 

Hello readers! Thank you for stopping by and taking a gander at what the random, crazy redhead is doing on the blog of MeLeesa Swann! I do hope to impart some helpful bit of info here.

 

 

 

 One of the greatest struggles in fantasy today, is keeping the reader engaged without constant epic-battles. Yes, the reader wants to start a story with action. No one wants a new story to start out slow and boring. Yes, war does touch on the senses and brings thrill to the reader. No, war is not the only way to bring on these feelings of excitement.

Some key points about battles in fantasy:

  1. If the reader isn’t already invested in the story for a solid reason pertaining to the plot, you’re bound to lose them before you even reach the first battle. Or soon after.
  2. The battle itself has to have purpose. If you’re just throwing it in there for the sake of delivering short-lived excitement, the reader is going to get frustrated, confused, and worst of all, have their suspension of disbelief ruined. If that happens, it’s not easy to keep your reader(s), in this book, or the next.

Character development should be your main focus—besides the plot itself. When the reader is invested in your character, then any and every experience conveys emotion. You want your reader to feel like they are the character, so they feel the clenching teeth of frustration with the MC. The palpitations of excitement. The sweaty palms of shame, or the set jaw of suspicion. With that connection, something as simple as silently climbing through treetops to spy on an enemy could keep your reader delving into your books just as well as any battle would. And this will keep the reader entertained, and enthralled enough to come back for more books.

Well, I hope these words speak to someone, and maybe even helps one of you readers figure out how to work through your own fantasy-writing problem you may be having. If ever you find yourself having an issue you can’t seem to work through, talk to someone about it! (I’ll even leave you my personal email here!) Sometimes, that’s all it takes—a good chat about your book and goals with a good listener.

Lilian

Lilianoake@gmail.com

 

As always, thanks for reading, guys! To find out more about Lilian Oake, just click here. AND her book The Dragon Cager is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle, but download fast. The sale ends Saturday! I’ll be posting a review of the book SOON, so check back. 

Hugs!!