The Art of Storytelling
I strive to write exciting books with deep plots and intricate subplots interwoven to create a powerful story. Readers want to bond with characters and relate to their problems with their own. With eleven novels now published, I have learned it’s not always the main character readers relate to in a story and more often than not, it’s the secondary characters who win their hearts; characters who may lack confidence or courage and have strange quirks or dark pasts.
When building a world, it’s important to research and know what you’re writing about, so I rely on history and my own life experiences to make my stories believable. Building solid, multi-facetted characters is just as important as world craft. A hero and/or heroine is only effective if the antagonist is a true threat, and every villain is a hero in their own mind. Therefore, I want my readers to understand why the antagonist feels animosity toward the protagonist or the world at large, and possibly sympathize with them and their situation.
While working in my family law practice, I learned there is more than one side to any story. You have to listen to both individuals in a legal matter in order to fully understand the case, and in fiction it’s the same thing. The author’s job is capture the reader’s interest and to solicit strong emotions about the characters and the situations they are placed in. Just like real life, it’s a matter of perspective who a reader empathizes with and roots for in a story. People are complicated, after all. A reader deserves to know the full story and why characters are motivated to act or react and feel satisfied with the final outcome by the time they read 'The End'.
Susanne L. Lambdin, Author
Interviews From the Frontline
Although the Zombie War still rages in many parts of the world, the end is now in sight. It is clear that several super powers have established control over their own borders and intend -for better or worse – to take over the world.
In this collection of interviews, three journalists have sought the truth behind the global events of what is usually referred to as the Zombie War (although many people still call it Zom Poc, the Apocalypse, and several other titles). Initially, we were tempted to only use interviews from scientists, world leaders and military personnel. In the end, it was decided that everyone was affected by this tragedy; therefore, the interviews should cover as wide a range of voices as possible. Several of these interviews cover some of the most pivotal events of the Zombie War, detailing how important discoveries were made or how certain catastrophic incidents occurred. However, many more of the interviews cover daily life of people from diverse backgrounds and how they survived the War.
We have always endeavored to make our research as accurate and informative as possible, often checking our facts with several sources. Our main goal was to educate you, the reader. It is our dearest hope that people will learn from this book and the events leading up to the Zombie War will never happen again.
This dark fantasy series is about Taliesin, a young woman adopted by the Raven Clan, who scavenge off battlefields by permission of the King of Caladonia. With an amazing ability to locate magical weapons, in a realm where magic is outlawed, Taliesin finds a magical sword, a mysterious map, and a royal flag, which launches her into the middle of a civil war in the realm of Caladonia, with major factions, including the Eagle Clan and Wolf Clan, hunting for the ‘girl with the magical gift'.
DEAD HEARTS NOVELS
(A Dead Hearts Novel Book 8)
‘People will do anything when they are desperate.’
Bloodlines: Ultimum, book 3, unfolds amidst the Battle of Miami. The Shirka are spread throughout the world, attacking every Syndicate-held city along with the Earth Corps strongholds. While Logan and Lenora travel to ancient Rome and Atlantis in search of a powerful weapon to use against the demons of the House of Balan, the enemy gains strength. Armies led by the Vescali Princes—Azazel and Samael—band together to fight Emperor Balan and his entourage of evil female demons and Caceri’s army of the dead.
Picasso joins with the anidaemons from Atlantis on a mission to rescue the Moirai demon Ishtar and her sisters, who were released from the Babylonian Stones. Meanwhile, Mia D’Aquilla is possessed by a Moirai demon as Parish and Hansen are rejoined by the Blood Knights. With the arrival of Cadence and the Earth Corps, the forces of good have a chance to defeat the armies of darkness. Picasso, Logan, Parish, and Mia join at last in a final effort to defend the world from total annihilation. Emperor Balan means to rule the world, and this time, he does not intend to fail.
Book 1 in the Dead Hearts Series follow Cadence Sinclair was a seventeen year old girl from America’s heartland who loved horseback riding, a comfortable pair of jeans, and hanging out with her friends.
That was before the Scourge.
It’s been eleven months since a deadly virus wiped out billions. For the few who remain, life as they knew it is over. Nations fell, governments were rendered obsolete, and resources became scarce. The human race had to start over, facing even greater odds . . .
Her team, the Fighting Tigers, face increasing dangers threatening the stability of the camp. An uprising in their fragile, new home may bring further devastation, but what they discover lurking beyond their security fences could be the end of the human race.
This was like a cross between the 'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Walking Dead,' with lots of twists and turns that had me riveted from Chap 1 on. Love the strong female lead, quite fearless, while maintaining her humanity in a hostile post apocalyptic environment, I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get the next one.
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