Chasing History: Lizzy interrogates fantasy author Sue Owen

Sue is the lastest author I interviewed as part of the IWU Neverending Blog Tour, and I was thrilled to learn she finds her inspiration in dreams!  A fellow dreamer!  Sue’s debut novel, Wizard of Time (Chasing History), is a creative, engaging tale about three friends who are faced with the ultimate challenge: returning pieces of history that have been stolen by bad people who want to change the world. 

Sue’s novel: Wizard of Time (Chasing History), is availabe from Amazon for .99.

Tell me what readers should know about Sue Owen, the woman behind the Wizard.

I am exactly as I seem… no surprises here!

What inspires you to write?

Most of my inspiration comes from dreams.

If you had a perfect writing outfit, what would it be? 

Something comfy; I hate being tied down. 

 How do you define success as a writer?

I’d like people to recognize my books as something they read once and loved or have to reads because they know they will be great.

Does your family read your books?

Depends on the book but one of my daughters is my editor so she has no choice.

What’s the #1 piece of advice you’d like to give other indie authors?

Hang in there … this is NOT an overnight success business.

What’s the hardest part of writing a novel, in your opinion?

Getting the time to sit down and write.

Your novel, Wizard of Time (Chasing History), is about three people sent on an adventure by The Wizard to find artifacts that have been stolen.  This is an awesome storyline – it’s creative, fun, and will no doubt give you tons of different ways to develop this series.  What inspired the idea of someone stealing history?

It started with a dream about a young man who felt he had to have a quest in order to consider himself a man.  From that came thinking about what kind of quest he had to be on; then what was the purpose.  Somewhere in there I linked King Arthur’s time period with the quest and the items became a sword, a mirror and a staff. 

I believe you mentioned this is book one in a series.  Care to share your plans (or approximate release schedule) for the second book or the series?

The second book is with my editors and has a release date of October 15th.  I expect I’ll meet that no problems.  The third book has yet to be written.  Because of the first two most of it has been written to fill in the deliberate holes in the first two but it will have its own special surprises.  I’m looking for a spring 2012 release for that one.

What’s the story’s main message?

I want people to think about their actions.  If you do something today what will happen tomorrow?  The bigger picture has to do with global warming and that whole weather changing thing.  We are bringing about our own destruction and no one seems to notice.

Who is/are the main characters?

The first book is told from Josh’s point of view.  He’s actually the Guide in the first book.  His role changes, however, later.  The Wizard of Time is the old wizard that brings the three together.  The second book is written from Meri’s standpoint and the third from Digger’s. 

Which character do you admire from this book?

In the first book, Josh is the hero in my mind.  He keeps them heading the right way and thinks of the idea to return the sword.  I very much enjoyed taking the rather selfish, street smart kid that starts out this story and turning him into a decisive man who cares about others.  I’m proud of who he becomes.

Which character surprised you when you wrote him/her?

They all kind of have their own little surprises.  I didn’t think Josh would come so far in this book.  I expected to have to nurse him a bit in the second book but he fully came into his own.  Ask me that question when I’m done writing the third book.

If you could be stranded on a desert island with one of your characters from this novel, which one and why?

  1. I like the strong, silent type and he’s very resourceful. 

Which one would you definitely NOT want to be stranded with and why?

Probably Meri.  She and I are WAY too much alike.  I think we’d end up on each others’ nerves.

What did you learn about yourself when you wrote this book?

This book opened up a whole new world for me.  I knew I wanted to write but I didn’t think I had it in me.  I won’t tell you my age but I have 10 grand kids and I never in a million years thought I could start a new career at my age let alone one that I love so much. 

What other projects do you have planned?

I have a kids book that is being illustrated as we speak.  I hope to release it end of August.  I have two romance stories I’m working on… one intending to be a short story.  I have a comedy, a detective, another kids book and the third of Chasing History I’ve started.

Where can we find your book?

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords 

(Paperback)  The Book Patch 

 Where can we find you? 

Your website

Amazon Author page

Goodreads

Facebook Author page

Twitter

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