Thursday, 15 September 2011

Author Interview: Charlotte E. English

Charlotte E. English has written Draykon.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?
My name is Charlotte. I was born and raised in England but I recently moved to the Netherlands to live with my Dutch partner. 

2. Do you have a pen name?
Not really. I'm writing under the name Charlotte E. English (the "E" stands for Elisabeth). 

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
My recent publication is a fantasy novel titled "Draykon". In summary: the discovery of a strange gem causes havoc across the Seven Realms and beyond. 

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Draykon is the first in a new series, which I envisage as being at least three books long. I am currently halfway through writing the second book, which I hope to be able to release by the end of 2011.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I was a child, though I've been writing more seriously for about the last decade. I was inspired to write because I loved books so much, ever since I was old enough to read. My father is also a writer, though he writes in different genres. He has always been an encouraging influence.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
Yes, and I am currently looking for reviewers for Draykon. If anybody is interested in receiving a free digital copy, please leave a comment on this post with an email address. The book will be gifted via a Smashwords free download token.

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
The cover depicts an important moment in the story: the main character, Llandry Sanfaer, is about to enter the Darklands territory of Glour in search of more of the gemstone that's gripped the realms. At her heels in this picture is Sigwide, her animal companion.

The cover was designed by Elsa Kroese, a Dutch freelance fantasy artist I became acquainted with. She has a portfolio of art viewable at 

8. How did you come up with the title for your book?
The title started out as a working title. I had planned to change it, but it encapsulates the most important event of the novel and the word itself is, I hope, quite memorable. So I kept it! 

9. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I don't have preferences, because to me the content is the important thing. I have a large library of paperbacks and hardbacks (though not as large as it once was - I had to get rid of a lot of books when I moved overseas!). I also own a Kindle and I find e-reading very convenient - and it's a great way of getting more books to read when I'm no longer living in an English-speaking country. I listen to Jane Austen audiobooks when I can't sleep.

10. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
I am an independent author, and loving it. Having complete control over my own career suits me very well. 

11. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
I have a small library of books that I re-read once every year or two. That includes all of Jane Austen's novels; "Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Gaskell; "The Anvil of the World" by Kage Baker, and a few others.

12. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I'm reading "The Last Dragonlord" by Joanne Bertin, in paperback. For some reason I've always been fascinated by dragons. 

13. Where can your readers follow you?

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

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