HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I write epics that have many characters, so it is hard for me to pick just one because I’m rather fond of several of them. Even so I am tremendously in love with Amar from my recent release Rys Rising: Book I. He’s supposed to be the bad guy but my husband insists Amar is the hero, but regardless of those opinions, he is definitely a great way for a teenage princess to get back at daddy. He’s a notorious killer and does not care if he lives or dies. This does not mean that he acts without purpose. He is the devoted servant of the rys Onja, whose magic supports his warlordism. Amar quickly earns the name among the peasants of dro-shalum, which means curse demon. Women are attracted to his burgeoning power, but he ignores them until of course he meets the right lady. I like so many things about Amar. He’s audacious, daring, sneaky, provocative, and literally gets away with murder. He offers an interesting look at a life unhitched from normal social constraints about right and wrong. I would never want to be like Amar, but experiencing his power is exciting.
Short excerpt from Rys Rising: Book I featuring Amar:
Taking up the rope, Amar mounted the parapet above the window that he had entered mentally with Onja. A waning moon had just broken the horizon and dappled the scattered clouds with light. Stars glittered in the heavens, and the hills jutting above the dark fields were silvery and silent.
As Amar wrapped the rope about his torso and gripped it fiercely, he paused to take in the splendor of the night. It was good to see beauty and have it touch him. He needed this moment of blessing before he committed cold murder.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3.Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee every morning with a little sugar and milk in it, unless I happen to have some cream. I drink tea sometimes, usually black, but I definitely prefer coffee. I drink a glass of milk every day too.
4. What else can you do besides write?
For the last decade I have been teaching myself how to grow food and preserve it. I also cook. Currently I am in the process of developing my home into an urban homestead with the purpose of supplying my family with as much food as possible. I’m actually starting to get good at this although agriculture always involves setbacks and failures. I rarely buy any produce or meat from a grocery store. My garden, local farms, and farmers’ markets meet many of my needs.
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
Peanut butter has been my lifelong companion. I ate it every day growing up and I still love it and eat it regularly.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Many kinds of music speak to me. There are many classical works like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that I find profoundly beautiful. I also enjoy symphonic soundtracks like those made for the Lord of the Rings films. Plus I love all kinds of classic rock like Jimi Hendrix. I also love Metallica whose music frequently inspires me. Other categories I like are grunge, rap, and Celtic. I choose what suits my mood. I often like to listen to music when I write but it can only be instrumental. It can’t have any recognizable words or it will distract my mind from the words I’m composing.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I do not outline my novels. I often know where I’m headed, but the initial composition of a first draft is a creative ride for me. I sometimes make very short notes and lists of things that need to happen in the next chapter, but these fall short of being actual outlines. Honestly the thought of outlining a whole novel sounds utterly stifling. I realize it works for some writers, but I can’t function creatively with a rigid plan. As characters develop, they force things to happen that I did not originally foresee. Sometimes I don’t even follow my notes. I just write and then look at my notes and realize I didn’t do what they said. Writing a novel is like exploring a wilderness. I’m breaking a trail through my imagination. I have a destination in mind but I don’t know the path until I walk it.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Tracy Falbe decided years ago that her dream of being a novelist had to be a priority.
To develop my writing skills, I earned a journalism degree at California State University, Chico in 2000. After graduation I held boring jobs to pay the bills and worked on writing my fantasy series The Rys Chronicles. In late 2005 I began publishing my novels and selling them online. Now that I've popped out a couple kids, I work from home and dedicate as much time as I can manage to writing my new series Rys Rising. When I'm not writing fantasy, I enjoy bicycling, growing food, reading, swimming, boating, and baking. Although I seem like a boring housewife, I'm always drawing swords in my daydreams and plotting the destruction of my enemies, so you can see why I need fantasy writing as an outlet. Some people play video games. I write novels.
I invite readers to try my fantasy fiction by downloading a free copy of Rys Rising: Book I from my website: http://www.falbepublishing.com/braveluck/free-fantasy-ebook-rys-rising.html
Or sample and buy the novel for 99 cents at these popular retailers:
Apple iBooks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rys-rising-book-i/id458569652?mt=11
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rys-rising-tracy-falbe/1104808237