Dragon Soul Press proudly announces author Rowan Thalia has joined the ranks. The first book of her Paranormal Reverse Harem trilogy named Keepers of the Talisman will be published in February 2019.
Introduce yourself and what you write.
Hi, my name is Rowan Thalia. I am a teacher and a mother of two small humans. My first series is a Paranormal Reverse Harem romance. I have also written a myriad of poems that I sometimes share on my Facebook page.
What is your writing kryptonite?
My writing kryptonite would probably be time. Being a teacher and a mom, I find I really have to schedule my time well in order to leave room for myself and writing. It is easy to get caught up doing “all of the things” for everyone else and forget about myself.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Writing characters from the opposite sex can be fun, but the first time I wrote a steamy scene from the male POV, I was very nervous! I made a few of my guy friends read it and give me their feedback. The responses I got from them helped me build my confidence. I find the more I write from that perspective, the more fun I have writing. Writing is about pushing your limits and writing from another viewpoint definitely does the job!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Fun fact: my main character’s name is a hybrid of my and my best friend’s middle names (Raye and Shane = Rayne). For my harem, first I thought about who they were and where they were from, then researched names based on their heritage.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Not intentionally. But I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the small, yet important details feel that way.
Now that you have asked me this question, my answer may change for books 2 and 3!
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
One thing I would give up to become a better writer would have to be, oh gosh, coffee? I don’t really have a lot of things that I could give up!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For research, I use a lot of encyclopedia and other historical websites. For the beginning of this series, I also bought a few books on magic and wicca just to get a frame of reference. I read around five books before starting and have continued to research here and there when the need arises.
Pantser or plotter? Explain.
Why choose? Just kidding. I am a hybrid. I work with a series outline. Then for each book, I wrote a simple chapter by chapter outline that had sections for beginning, middle and end. However, I must admit that book two strayed off the plan for a few chapters before I was able to realign. One of the characters decided to cause some shenanigans, so when I am actually writing the content, I sometimes become a pantser.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
As a writer, I would choose a white tiger. Like a tiger, the writer in me has raw emotions that are waiting to be translated. My writing is often unpredictable (when my characters decide to take over my plotline). My storytelling can also be sleek and powerful, like a tiger stalking its prey. Rawr!