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Interview with Elise Walters, author of Tentyrian Legacy - July 11, 2014


Please welcome Elise Walters to The Qwillery as part of the 2014 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Tentyrian Legacy will be published on July 15, 2014 by Permuted Platinum.



Interview with Elise Walters, author of Tentyrian Legacy - July 11, 2014




TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Elise:  I’ve always considered myself a writer in some capacity. When I was in high school I’d write short stories and poems (they were pretty terrible) and when I went to college I majored in English. In college I was more focused on analyzing writing rather than creating it myself. It was really when I started working as an adult that I turned to writing as an escape and stress reliever. The decision to get serious about it was based on two things. First, I had very long commutes to and from work and I felt like I could use that time to do something productive and for myself. Second, I was downloading a fortune in books on my e-reader and I figured I could write what I wanted to read.



TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Elise:  Both. However, I lean more towards pantser. Before I get into the trenches writing, I map out the big plot milestones and subsequent order. I also will keep a running list of random things/plot clues that I want to include. It’s literally just a bulleted list and there is no “real outline” with roman numerals. After that, it’s just a free for all and I write by the seat of my pants.



TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Elise:  Finding the time! I’m a new mom and before my son’s birth I felt like I could always sneak in SOME time to write, even with a full time job. But now is a whole different ball game…it’s exhausting. When I do have some free time, it’s usually when I need to tackle things like laundry or cleaning the bathroom. I lead a very glamorous life.



TQ:  Who are some of your literary influences? Favorite authors?

Elise:  Jane Austen, Anne Rice, Karen Essex, Jill Marie Landis, Catherine Coulter, Max Brooks



TQ:  Describe Tentyrian Legacy in 140 characters or less.

Elise:  Grown up version of Twilight meets an Egyptian version of The DaVinci Code.



TQ:  Tell us something about Tentyrian Legacy that is not in the book description.

Elise:  It has some steamy moments that make me blush! BUT they aren’t vulgar (I promise!). I wanted to make sure if my future daughter read it when she was a young teenager she wouldn’t need therapy from reading mommy’s writing.



TQ:  What inspired you to write Tentyrian Legacy? And why vampires?

Elise:  The Dendera Zodiac in the Louvre museum inspired all of my main characters. It is a bas relief taken from a ceiling of the Hathor Temple found in Dendera, Egypt. When I saw it as a teenager on a trip to Paris and many years later researched it as an adult, I felt like I could write something original with it. Hopefully I have with Tentyrian Legacy! And vampires because I LOVE them. A vampire romance for me doesn’t get much better.



TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Tentyrian Legacy?

Elise:  I researched a lot about the zodiac of Dendera and ancient Egypt around 50 B.C., which as I mentioned was the inspiration for the book. I tried to sprinkle in historical nuances where I could. Google was a huge help and I didn’t necessarily track down primary sources for everything I used…The scenes and details that occur in modern day were often pulled from my own experience. I grew up in New Canaan, CT and lived in New York City for many years—these are two of the main locations in the book. Writing about places and things you are familiar with feels natural and it’s something I would recommend to aspiring writers. Write about what you know.



TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Elise:  The easiest were Stavros and Calix—two of the main antagonists. I think it was because I didn’t need to layer in as many facets of personality as the other characters. They are the bad guys and while they have their own motivations and unique personalities, it was easy to slip into their voice because it is consistently evil. The hardest was probably Arianna the heroine. This was because there was so much about her I wanted to convey and her personality evolves throughout the book as she grows into a woman.



TQ:  Give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from Tentyrian Legacy.

Elise:  “I thought she would follow my direction—my centuries-old wisdom. Laughable. There is nothing wise about me now. The truth is—I’ve wanted her for myself the moment I began to track her and obsess over her like a miser does his gold.”



TQ:  What's next?

Elise:  The second book in the series is next! It’s tentatively titled Tentyrian Thirst and will follow the journey of the Second Luminary—Kiersten Kincaid. She will struggle to balance her Tentyrian heritage with the scars of her childhood and potential future with the man she loves—Xavier Shafer.



TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Elise:  Thank you!





Tentyrian Legacy
Permuted Platinum, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 450 pages

Interview with Elise Walters, author of Tentyrian Legacy - July 11, 2014
The legacy begins in the sands of Egypt in a time when an ancient city called Tentyris flourished. Its secretive people, ruled by the Council of the Zodiac, lived peacefully alongside humanity. That time was 53 B.C. More than two millennia later, the power of the Tentyrian people has been all but forgotten. The remnants of memory that live on have been turned into twisted folklore about vampires and astrology.

One girl on the cusp of womanhood is about to discover just how real that folklore is.
With telepathic powers that made her parents send her to a mental institution, Arianna Parker always knew she was different—but she never thought a job interview would lead to the discovery of her being a prophesied descendent of an ancient Egyptian vampire race. Nor for that matter did she think she would fall in love with Maximos Vasilliadis, a 2,225 year old vampire. Maximos is the creator of the Tentyrian Brotherhood—a secret order of warriors, pledged to prevent a catastrophic event predicted to wipe out Earth.

Maximos believes Arianna is a descendent of his kind—the Tentyrian vampires—and she has been destined to lead their cause in saving the world. With her 25th birthday approaching, an event that will change her forever, Arianna finds herself caught in the middle of warring vampires—some of whom intend to use her and her power of telepathy for evil.

From the manicured lawns of Connecticut, to the streets of New York City and an exotic island in the Ionian Sea, Arianna must learn to trust Maximos and her heart if she is to save the world, herself, and the Tentyrian legacy.





About Elise

Interview with Elise Walters, author of Tentyrian Legacy - July 11, 2014
Elise Walters is a marketing executive with over seven years of experience in the advertising and marketing industry. Elise has helped articulate the value propositions for a wide array of products – from birth control to checking accounts.  If her career has taught her one thing it is the importance of crafting a story, a skill she has translated into her debut novel Tentyrian Legacy.

Elise graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 with a B.A. in English. While her career led her into advertising, her passion for literature was one she continued to nurture as an avid reader. That passion began at the age of 12 when Elise ordered her first batch of romance novels from amazon.com. With titles by Catherine Coulter and Nora Roberts, she hid her books, embarrassed at their lack of age appropriateness and scholarly pedigree. However, it was those books that helped shape her teen years by offering an escape to the awkward time of adolescence.

In college, Elise specialized in Victorian literature and well-worn copies of Jane Eyre and Emma were never far from reach. However, teen romance favorites like the Twilight series also stacked the shelves. In creating Tentyrian Legacy, Elise sought to write a story for her own enjoyment and one that combined the elements she appreciates in a good book—romance, an evil plot that must be foiled, and vampires.

Elise grew up in New Canaan, CT and now lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband Jonathan and son Jack.

Website  ~  Twitter @tentyrian  ~  Goodreads


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge.


Elise Walters

Tentyrian Legacy
Permuted Platinum, July 15, 2014
Hardcover and eBook, 450 pages

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Tentyrian Legacy by Elise Walters
The legacy begins in the sands of Egypt in a time when an ancient city called Tentyris flourished. Its secretive people, ruled by the Council of the Zodiac, lived peacefully alongside humanity. That time was 53 B.C. More than two millennia later, the power of the Tentyrian people has been all but forgotten. The remnants of memory that live on have been turned into twisted folklore about vampires and astrology.

One girl on the cusp of womanhood is about to discover just how real that folklore is.
With telepathic powers that made her parents send her to a mental institution, Arianna Parker always knew she was different—but she never thought a job interview would lead to the discovery of her being a prophesied descendent of an ancient Egyptian vampire race. Nor for that matter did she think she would fall in love with Maximos Vasilliadis, a 2,225 year old vampire. Maximos is the creator of the Tentyrian Brotherhood—a secret order of warriors, pledged to prevent a catastrophic event predicted to wipe out Earth.

Maximos believes Arianna is a descendent of his kind—the Tentyrian vampires—and she has been destined to lead their cause in saving the world. With her 25th birthday approaching, an event that will change her forever, Arianna finds herself caught in the middle of warring vampires—some of whom intend to use her and her power of telepathy for evil.

From the manicured lawns of Connecticut, to the streets of New York City and an exotic island in the Ionian Sea, Arianna must learn to trust Maximos and her heart if she is to save the world, herself, and the Tentyrian legacy.

Guest Blog by Karen Heuler - May 13, 2014

Please welcome Karen Heuler to The Qwillery. Glorious Plague was recently published by Permuted Press.



Guest Blog by Karen Heuler - May 13, 2014




We all have an underlying assumption that our brain is giving us the right information, since reality is merely whatever the brain shows us. When I asked my students to prove to me that a particular chair existed, they declined. They’re no fools. Proof of reality? No. We only know the objective world through our subjective world, and there’s no way they can prove that the particular chair I pointed to was objectively there.

The most they could do was tell me what their individual senses reported—sight, sound, taste, weight. But all our senses are relayed through the brain, and if the brain makes an error, then that error is reality. A good hallucination is as real as anything else.

It’s been a particular obsession of mine, this stuff of the mind, and made me so much love Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, wherein people attempt to adjust to the world their brain describes, no matter how troubling.

It’s small wonder, then, that my latest novel, Glorious Plague, is about a change in the perception of reality.

A virus that causes bugs to climb to the top of plant stalks leaps the species barrier to humans, and people all over climb to the highest point—rooftop, treetop, road signs, bridges—and sing gloriously until they die. Why do they sing? It’s a by-product of the disease, which coincidentally affects the musical part of the brain.

Because of the virus, there is a burst, an interest, an up-swelling, an incredible world of song—which only ends with the victims’ deaths. Until then, each person who feels the pull of the virus searches for the particular song that haunts them, and joins it.

The survivors begin to try to organize New York from scratch and as people try to reinstitute the structure of New York, they realize that they can declare themselves to be anything—a cop, a doctor, a boss—because that’s what they want to be. When angels appear, when Ganesh runs for mayor, when people walk in the world of their stories, it isn’t questioned. Very few people are left within “real” reality—only Dale, who is searching for her daughter, and Omar, a low-level entomologist who does his best to discover a cure. But then Dale finds a place in the new world, and Omar has a decision to make about accepting this world or not

So—where’s reality here? Is Omar's world real if only he can see it? Is everyone else wrong, because they believe they’re seeing what Omar believes they aren’t?

It’s tricky. Things change all the time, and change is part of reality. Which, when you think about it, is absurd. Do we believe our reality changes? Aren’t we sure it’s stable?





Glorious Plague
Permuted Press, Spring 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 296 pages

Guest Blog by Karen Heuler - May 13, 2014
Hallie is missing—and so are thousands of others. Everywhere people are singing—climbing to the rooftops, to the bridges, to lamp post and road sign, steeple and water tower, singing gloriously, triumphantly, tirelessly—and dying.

Hallie’s mother, Dale, goes to Manhattan to search for her. She drives in from rural New Jersey, passing abandoned cars and trucks, to make her way to the jammed George Washington Bridge, rejoicing with hymns and gospel and rock and opera.

The plague moves swiftly, and the city’s survivors form new communities, dealing with the rotting corpses, trying to re-establish a new infrastructure for the new order.

And odd things happen—angels come to earth, Christ drags his crucifix around Rockefeller Center, the Indian god Ganesh runs for mayor—but it doesn’t seem remarkable to the survivors. A man falls in love with a mermaid and decides to throw in his fortunes with hers, only to be attacked by an animal liberated from the zoo. Politics begins to assert itself, as do real estate issues, and it matters what—and who—you believe. It’s time to choose sides.





About Karen

Guest Blog by Karen Heuler - May 13, 2014
Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 70 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies. She has published four novels and two story collections with university and small presses, and her last collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been shortlisted for a Pushcart prize, for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Permuted Press just published her novel, Glorious Plague, about a beautiful apocalypse.



Website  ~  Twitter: @KarenHeuler

Facebook  ~  Goodreads



Interview with Elise Walters, author of Tentyrian Legacy - July 11, 20142014 Debut Author Challenge Update - Tentyrian Legacy by Elise WaltersGuest Blog by Karen Heuler - May 13, 2014

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