Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jodi Milner – Stonebearer’s Betrayal
Jodi L. Milner: What kind of interview room is this? Occult symbols, incense, swords…
Johnny: I do some of my best interviews here. Stay in your own circle though. If you leave it, the other interviewers can get you.
Jodi: What other interviewers?
Johnny: Oh, they’re here. Just let the smoke get a little thicker, they’ll visually manifest.
A Voice from the west: WHY ARE YOU HERE?
Johnny: Tell him.
Jodi: We’re talking about my new book, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.
A voice from the south: WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Jodi: At its heart it's a coming-of-age story where Katira, at the very adult age of eighteen, believes she has her life figured out. She knows her place, understands her path, and is destined to be the best healer in the northern Panthara mountains, just like her mother. That all changes when demons attack and throw her world into chaos, threatening to destroy both her and her family. To survive, she must find the strength within herself to face her worst fears and protect the ones she loves.
A voice from the east: TELL US MORE ABOUT THE DEMONS. WE MIGHT KNOW THEM.
Jodi: Behind all the chaos is the Archdemoness Wrothe. She has escaped from her prison and will stop at nothing until she gets her revenge, which includes plans involving Katira's father. Is she a friend of yours?
A voice from the east: NOT RINGING ANY BELLS.
Low haunting laughter.
Voice from the west: TELL US ABOUT YOUR MAGIC SYSTEM
Jodi: This is where my favorite elements of the story come in. The magic preserves those who possess it, making them essentially immortal. These immortals formed a secret society, The Stonebearers of the Khandashii, to organize their efforts to aid and protect the people of the world from threats like Wrothe. The name Stonebearer comes from the focusing stone they are bound to that allows them to direct the flows of magic. There are limits, however, the energy required to perform this magic comes from the user. Not only does this cause the user pain, it can kill them should they attempt to use too much. To complicate things further, the magic itself scars the user's skin along the pathways it follows to leave the body.
A voice from the north: WHERE DID YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK? WHAT DEMON DID THIS?
Jodi: I'm totally blaming network cable when I was a teenager for my inspiration, that and some truly excellent books. I survived adolescence watching The Highlander, Xena, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues all while reading all the fantasy I could get my hands on.
The incense gathered and morphed. Ghostly shapes could be imagined in the quadrants.
Johnny: How long did it take you to write?
Jodi: Including all the times I stopped because life got complicated, 10 years. But, to be fair, I had to learn how to write a book and that wasn't exactly easy. Plus, I had one baby when I started and then proceeded to create two more before I was finished. Honestly, making people is much easier than writing a book. It's the keeping them alive and healthy that's time consuming.
Jodi: Yes. Books two and three are written and are entering the editing and polishing process as we speak.
Johnny: I’m always interested in how writers get started. Tell me the: story of how you got into print.
Voice from the south: YES, DID YOU HAVE TO SELL YOUR SOUL AT A CROSSROADS AT MIDNIGHT ON A MOONLESS NIGHT.
Jodi: You mean selling my soul actually works? That would have been so much easier. I started with short stories and worked my way up, learning about the publishing industry as I went. When my book was ready to enter the world I reached out to agents and publishers for almost a year before I signed a contract with Immortal Works Press. Do I think it's funny that my book deals with immortals and I sighed with Immortal Works? Yes, I do.
Voice from the east: NO BLOOD PACTS? NO SACRED OATHS?
Voice from the west: HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO SUCCEED WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL?
Voice from the south: SHE’S NEW AT THIS, GIVE HER A CHANCE.
Voice from the north: YES, I WILL TAKE HER SOUL. I’M HAVING A SALE TODAY ON LITERARY SUCCESS.
Johnny: Tell us how your human community has helped your writing.
Jodi: I owe my entire writing career to the amazing authors in the Utah writing community. Without their support, guidance, and advice I would have never made it to this point. I'm a proud member of the League of Utah Writers.
From the north: SHE’S MINE! I CLAIMED HER FIRST.
Gusts of wind shaking the coagulated smoke.
Johnny: Don’t believe them. They don’t know Oprah.
Voice from the west: I KNOW A GUY WHO KNOWS A GUY. I CAN GET IT DONE.
Johnny: These are lowly demons, they’re just book fans.
Voice from the south: CURSES! DON’T BELITTLE THE LITERATE!
Johnny: I wasn’t.
Jodi: It’s getting hard to breath in here. My eyes are burning.
Johnny: Tell us where we can find out more about you.
Voice from the north: YES AND LEAVE A LOCK OF YOUR HAIR.
From the west: A DROP OF BLOOD TOO. THAT WOULD HELP,.
Amazon Author Page
Stonebearer’s Betrayal on Amazon
Johnny: Well I guess that does it, Thanks for coming over Jodi.
Jodi. It was fun. Creepy but fun. Give me a hug!
She steps out of the circle and is engulfed in whirling sulferous smoke.
WE’VE GOT YOU!
WHERE ARE YOUR SHADOW HOUNDS NOW? HAHAHAHA!
JOIN MY CRITIQUE CIRCLE!
SIGN MY BOOK!!!!!!