Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease S. Cu’Anam Policar
Your Name or Pen Name you use: S. Cu’Anam Policar
Title of the book you are promoting: Rise of Xosha
Welcome SC…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
SC: A writer lol. I’ve always wanted to write. Books just amazed me and I wanted to be just like my favorite authors when I was a kid. I wanted to be able to grip people and take them to magical places as young as seven.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
SC: It wasn’t so much a particular person. It was the stories themselves that gripped me and made me think “I wonder if my stories can to other people what this does to me”.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
SC: I’m published through Satalyte Publishing which an Indie Publishing House run authors for authors. It’s an ongoing joke that I’m the red-headed step child of the house since I was the only American author published by them for awhile lol I think there may be another one or two now though lol
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
SC: I went the way with a publisher simply because I was petrified I would do something wrong if I tried to do it myself. I know nothing about formatting and all that stuff that goes with self-publishing. I write, that’s my job it’s what I do lol. Occasionally, I do some paid editing for the house as well when our editor gets swamped. Other than that, I write it’s as far my knowledge goes lol.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
SC: R.A. Salvatore. Since I first read his book Homeland, I’ve wanted nothing more than to climb inside his head and see what makes him tick lol. His books are not only amazing they are very, very popular. The one subject I wouldn’t discuss with him would probably be his books. I’m a little behind on his Legend of Drizzt series and definitely wouldn’t any spoilers lol
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
SC: Of course there is too much of both, but it can’t be blamed on Hollywood or authors simply because both venues only feed what the masses crave. Parents blame video games, tv, movies, books for the violence and bad habits their children learn, but most of the time it’s the parents that introduce the child to the subject matter in the first place. I could really go on and on about this topic but it really boils down to there is too much of it, but unless parents start teaching their children not to emulate the things they see, hear, read, it will never stop or lessen it’ll only get worse.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
SC: The poverty. I don’t think any child or even adult should have to go hungry, ever. The poverty levels around the world are astronomical and even the US has a high poverty rate that no one sees because we’re supposed to be a power country so it’s hidden by our government and our media, but really we aren’t as well off as we want everyone else to think. So, instead of helping our own starving children, adults, and families, all the money that could go to them go to other impoverished countries instead. I wish there a way to change that so that money could go to something else since then there wouldn’t be any poverty at all.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
SC: I’m a total cover whore >.< I admit it. I will more than likely bypass a book with a bad cover. I never read other people’s reviews of a book since I don’t want someone else’s opinion to sway my decision. I MAY read a blurb, but the cover has to catch my eye first.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
SC: For as long as I can remember I’ve been writing. I was 5 or 6 when I wrote my very first poem which was about this little plastic toy bee that I loved to play with LOL.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
SC: Storyline. I don’t care if there’s sex of any form, death, violence, whatever, the overall story line has to hold my attention. I rarely see myself in anything I read, and I keep my own characters are different from me as possible. When it comes to other books it’s the same thing, I don’t want to read about my attributes I want to be swept into the story and carried off to faraway lands.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
SC: With the Legend of Xosha series.. It was dreams. They started when I was seven and never let go lol. So I started a dream journal and wrote down everything I remembered and Xosha was born.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
SC: After a discussion with my publisher, we decided that since I went against the grain and published a prequel before even publishing the first book, that the prequel should be three prequels, a trilogy to introduce the series. Rise of Xosha is actually the second in chronological order in the trilogy. I’m working on the first book now, The Diamond Isles which starts with Rose’s birth and ends with them leaving the Isles to find Xosha which is where Rise begins. That’s due out in January but I’m hoping to get it done before then.
LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the last is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
SC: I’ve written 1 book, Rise of Xosha. I’m 1/3 finished with The Diamond Isles, and have a few chapters of The Dawning of the Three (The first book in the main series), and I’ve been collaborating with Stephen Ormsby on Little Girl Lost which is the first book to an entirely different series. I have three shorts in anthologies that are out as well. My short “A Touch of Chaos” is in Other Voices: An Urban Fantasy Anthology, “The Tales of Brown Mist: The Great Wizard Rescue” is in Miraculous: Tales of the Unknown, and “The Battle for Summer” is in No Sleeves, Short Dresses: A Summer Anthology. There’s a few more anthologies releasing soon that I’m in as well including one being put out by Anchor Group Publishing, one from Nevermore Press, and one that CM Wright is organizing. I like to keep myself busy lol!
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
SC: Absolutely not. I pity the authors that write simply for the fame and fortune. I’m not egotistical enough to think my book will ever make Amazon’s top 100, or be a best seller anywhere, or have a movie, or any of that. I write because the story needs to be told which means someone out there needs to read it. I write for the one person that needs what my story offers the most. And to shut the characters up >.>
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
SC: They lie!!!! Friends and Family are the worst critics EVER!!! Half the time they don’t bother to read the book but either love it or hate it lol! Give me someone that doesn’t know me any day over a friend or family lol
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
SC: Writer’s Block is soooo common x.x I simply stop writing what I’m working on and write something else. It’s usually how my short stories are born. I’ll hit a block in my WiP and just write random things until my brain finds a way around the WiP’s block.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
SC: Don’t think of the money, the fame, or the accolades. Think of the story and the lonely soul out there that needs your story to keep them going. Don’t pay attention to mean reviews, don’t even hold too much to the 4 and 5 star ones. Look for the good 1 2 and 3 star reviews that will teach you how to make your work even better. And above all else, don’t give up on your dream regardless of what the trolls will say or do to try to break you.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
SC: Nothing. I wouldn’t be me without the experiences I’ve gone through. I wouldn’t be where I am now or have the life I have now. So even with all the horrible things I’ve been through, and the few good things, I wouldn’t change any of it.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
SC: I would tell the Pagans not to hide. I would tell them to fight back and not run from the Burning Times. If my ancestors had fought back, perhaps now in this day and age, we wouldn’t still have people claiming how evil we are when our entire lifestyle is the exact opposite of evil.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
SC: I wouldn’t even know. Whoever would be on the phone would probably bust an eardrum though when I squealed ROFL! I’d probably tell my husband and kids first… Then I’d tell all my friends, family, and fans on facebook lol
Thank for that fun and frank interview SC…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Pepsi
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath
Favorite Color? Purple
Take out or Dine in? Take Out (People make me nervous)
Camping or Hotel? Hotel.. have you ever been camping?! The ground was not meant to be a bed x.x
Sports or Chocolate? Sports
Dogs or Cats? Wolves? >.>
Favorite Food? The kind you eat LOL I don’t have a favorite
Favorite Song? Tricky Question!!!! I like multiple genres of music I don’t have a favorite song
Favorite Movie? I don’t have a favorite x.x
Favorite Car? Spider e.e
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 I plead the fifth >.>
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
SC: It may sound silly or lame, but If I could go anywhere for week, I’d go to something like UTopYA since I can’t afford to go there or to any other author conventions. I would take my hubby since he wants to go too. I’d love to meet all my author friends. So while my answer is not as smexy as you were probably going for, it’s a dream of mine that I hope someday I can make a reality >^.^<
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of S. Cu’Anam Policar’s
Rise of Xosha