Q: When will this be on Audio book?
A: SOON! We are working on production now. (UPDATE: Now Available!)
Q: Is this a good book for kids?
A: I would say The Watchers Series is equivalent to the Harry Potter Series as far as intensity and danger. The first book is pretty simple and fun, but they get more intense as you go along. ALL MY BOOKS ARE CLEAN (no sex or swearing.) I figured that if I won't let my kids read it then I won't write it for other people's kids.
Q: What are" Watchers?" Is it something to do with the Mormon Theology?
A: The Watchers is based on Christian and universal mythology. Mormons are Christians, but focus more on modern day revelation and scripture rather than apocryphal writings.
Here is a link to the LDS website that talks about the apocrypha: LINK
The Watchers are mentioned in :
Book of Daniel (4:13, 17, 23)
Books of Enoch
Philo of Byblos
Book of Jubilees
The Zohar (Kabbalah)
The Damascus Document 2:18
See Wiki for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watcher_(angel)
You can see this covers many different religions.
As for the Mormon religion, here is some quotes about the Apocrypha.
‘There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated. Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated.’ (D. & C. 91.) …
“Obviously, to gain any real value from a study of apocryphal writings, the student must first have an extended background of gospel knowledge, a comprehensive understanding of the standard works of the Church, plus the guidance of the Spirit.” (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 41–42.)
It has about as much religion in it as the Chronicles of Narnia (also based off Christian mythology) or Percy Jackson which is based off the mythology of ancient Greek gods and goddesses.
The Watchers is a fairytale. People who want to find religious undertones will find that this book is comparable to the fantasy works of C. S. Lewis. The book is more about Good vs. Evil, Self Discovery, and Hope during dark times.
See this review excerpt from Elizabeth West:
“Eden is a Mormon writer, and the theological research she draws on in her writing supports the story beautifully without being intrusive. Not being Mormon myself, I don’t know a lot of it, but the whole Watchers thing (see the Books of Enoch) doesn't come across as preachy or even particularly religious.” Elizabeth West, Book Reviewer
Q: Are you still writing the last books in the series or is it completed?
A: All six books are written! BUT before you get too excited, know that they are all in various draft stages.
Q: After the first arena battle and she has a lot of bruises and stuff. She uses the necklace to heal herself. Why doesn't she use her flame power??
A: You will also notice that when she sprains her ankle running from the Shadow Wolves, her fire power doesn't heal this either.
The healing power of the fire is to protect her blood from the Legion, so it only closes up her flesh wounds. You will find in Book Two that she is more powerful (and thus her blood more valuable to the legion) than anyone realized. Book Two goes into depth about this. The Legion figures this out too and Erebus cruelly test is theory by breaking her arm.
Aura (short for Auriella) also has another healing gift that is hinted in book #3 when she heals another Watcher that is severely burned. In book #6 the full power of healing is realized.
Q: Where can I buy your book?
A: Amazon at this link: http://amzn.com/0996015809
The Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N4M783S
Barns and Noble
Costco (near release dates).
Nook Press: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/knight-of-light-deirdra-eden/1120264372?ean=2940150398825
Baker and Taylor
There are a few small mom and pop places and libraries who have ordered it to be stocked too.
If for some reason these bookstores don't have it you can ask them to order it. This is the ISBN to give them: 978-0996015806
I will have more links up soon.
Q: What did Hazella do with the vial of Auriella’s blood that she takes from her in chapter five?
A: You find out in Book #4. Hazella takes it to the Shadow Legion and offers a trade for something. Unfortunately, the Legion also has Azrael's blood too.
Q: I just finished book one. When is book two coming out. I NEED it!
A: Awesome! Its out now and all the following books will come shortly.
Q: What advice do you have for authors wanting to get published?
A: Here is some advice I wish someone would have given me MANY years ago when I first started in the publishing industry.
1. Don't publish the first thing you write.
Think of your first book as practice or a prototype book. Your writing skills will change and improve as your practice and learn new techniques. Develop your writing, edit and take the time to create something truly professional before you put it out there for the world to see.
2. Learn to be a business minded.
Whether you go through a publisher or self-publish, learn to be a smart business person. Learn about contracts, learn how and what to invest in and learn to advertise and market.
3. Join a critique group.
I can't even tell you how valuable advice is from someone else besides your friends and parents. Not only can they help you hone your skills, but they can offer advice on the literary business.
4. Support other authors.
My book manager, Laura Watkins, says, "Books are a consumable." With this in mind, don't view other authors as competition, but a allies. For more on this, see her article here: http://lauralynnwatkins.weebly.com/home/turning-rivalry-into-sales
5. Watch out for people and publishers looking to take advantage of authors who are desperate to get published.
Q: Who did your book trailer?
A: Eden Literary did my book trailer. Lee Whittaker was an amazing film director. He took a script my book manager and I had and turned it into something amazing.
Here is a link to our day of filming: http://houseofgeekiness.blogspot.com/2013/11/day-of-filming.html
Q: Her clothes burned the one time but none of the other time she lit herself on fire.
A: That's all about control. She was almost dead and had only used her powers once before by accident. Yeah, I have to make sure she learns to control her powers so I don't have a naked character running around. This is a family book you know.
Q: What are your thoughts on the publishing industry?
A: Everyone must find their own way in the publishing world. There is no one and only right way to publish.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in your topic?
A: Don't take fantasy so seriously. Just enjoy it.
Stop looking for Hogsmeade Village on the map of England. And your debates over whether or not vampires sparkle is pointless.
That's not what fantasy is about. Fantasy is meant to be a way for people to be somewhere and someone else for a while so when they come back to reality they feel empowered and understand themselves and the world with a happier and clearer perspective.
Q: Is the series every going to come out in a hardback version? Series like these I love having in hardback.
A: There are plans in the works, but no release date yet.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I can say I've been writing pretty seriously for seventeen years now. Holy smokes, I just realized how long that is and I'm just getting published now. I'm glad I didn't know how long it would take or I might have given up.
Q: What made you choose the actors you picked for the book trailer?
A: For the Villain, it was a no-brainer for me. I'd known Steve for awhile from sword fighting events. He is so intense and charming that I knew he would make a thrilling hunter/shadow wolf.
For the actress, I knew I had to find the "right one." I had been looking for an actress for about 6 months to play the part of Auriella.
One afternoon, I was looking for an educational Stranger Danger film on Youtube to show my son for Family Home Evening and I found the Kid History, Stranger Danger. It was so funny I started watching all their films. Then I saw Denise in this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj-2viENrSo
I was like, "That's her! That's my character!"
I saw this too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctl16uxL9nY
I was totally squeeing.
I looked her up, found her, and sent her a note. I was totally worried I would sound like a creepy author. Seriously, can you imagine getting a random message from an author telling you how much you look like a character they made up, and wrote in a book and how they want to meet you in person and film you for a book trailer.
She wasn't totally weirded out. In fact, her husband is an author too so she totally gets it.
Denise was amazing! She is so much like Auriella in so many ways, especially her strong, fearless and adventurous spirit and her kind soul. Since the filming, our families have gotten to be good friends. I just love Denise and her husband, Houston.
Q: How much does a good book trailer cost?
A: Depends on the book trailer. Eden Literary did mine. The average for a 2 minute book trailer is $1,800 to $5,000 maybe more depending on costumes, locations, amount of actors and actresses and special affects.
Q: What is the targeted audience of the series?
A: The book is universal. Now I don't say that lightly. I know authors who have no idea who their target market is say, "It's for everybody," but The Watchers, Knight of Light is universal and I wrote the book very strategically to be that way.
For male and female. Even though the main character is female there is a diverse cast so readers can find someone to relate to. Think Harry Potter. How many girls read that book even though the main character was male.
Once again there is something for everyone. History, mythology, action, romance, fantasy, drama, etc.
Sam Hadlock, Book Reviewer said:
"Originally my husband received this book and was asked to review it, funny thing is I'm the one who ended up reading it instead, months later. He's a huge fantasy head, and me? I fall asleep halfway through the first chapter. At first I dismissed The Watchers by Deirdra Eden as being just another one of those fantasy novels until picking it up yesterday for something to read to my children. Haha! Needless to say I finished the book last night while my children slept. I was unexpectedly hooked and didn't want to stop reading."
Tat, an Amazon Reviewer says:
"Even people who don't like fantasy will enjoy this book. It's a historical fantasy, taking place in England in 1200 AD, and while there are fantasy aspects, the author gives us a well-researched a glimpse at that period. The book focuses more on self-discovery than magic, dragons, and fairies (which are in this book.)"
As Michael Smith of Bee Zee Books says, "It's unusual in that it would suite children through to matured adults."
"This book's content was super clean, with only one remotely violent description (of a monster who is killed), and NO sexual content or profanity. This book is appropriate for young readers, and they're going to love it."
Tat, Amazon Reviewer
With that in mind please note that the books do get more intense as the series continues. I don't add profanity or anything sexual, but there is a little violence. Sorry, can't have a real sword fight without swords. Again, think Harry Potter for the violence threshold. In fact, those books might have more.
Q: Are there any plans to have it published in the UK? I'd love to read it.
A: Right now the only international sales are online. I still have the foreign rights and I'm currently open to offers.
Q: What kinds of benefits come from participating in groups and organizations?
A: I can't even tell you how valuable advice is from someone else besides your friends and parents. Not only can they help you improve your skills, but they can offer advice on the literary business.
Q: Are you going to have beta or ARC readers for you next book? Can I get one?
A: I will have beta readers. I give these out strategically to a small group of people.
Q: Describe a perfect writing day. How do you find time to write?
A: Being a mom of young kids, I don’t have “writing days.” For time saving tips for authors, see this post here: http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/working-around-family-and-finding-time.html
Q: I have heard back from all the publishers and agents I queried and the answer has been a resounding "no." So I am going back to the drawing board. How much do you know about publishing with Amazon/CreateSpace? Do you think it would be worth it, or would I just be screwing myself out of rights and potential money? Thanks for your time!
A: The 'no' you are getting doesn't necessarily mean your work isn't worth publishing. It could be that the publisher doesn't have money for the book, doesn't know how to market to the audience, hates religious books, or only accepts religious books if written by a prophet or BYU professor. It could be that they only accept books written by friends and family, they only take on established authors who have hit the NYT best seller list. The person reading your query letter had a bad day and just had to delete everything in the inbox and started over. They thought your name was too hard to pronounce. On and on and on.
But like I said, It doesn't mean your book was bad.
At first, no publisher wanted Knight of Light so I published it myself and it hit the Amazon best seller list on the first day.
IF you do publish on your own, go completely professional so people know you are serious. Get a good cover, editor, formatting, marketing plan, etc. Know your target market and think like a business person selling a product and not an artist peddling their book.
As far as money goes, well, your chances are better at winning the jackpot in Vegas if you want to make a ton of money.
Even VERY famous authors (ones who've had movie deals) they have to figure out how much to write a year to put bread on the table.
If you want to make money, then find a job that gives you better chances.
According to Business Insider, creative writing is the 2nd most competitive job in the US. http://www.businessinsider.com/most-competitive-jobs-in-america-2013-12
I always say that every author must find their own way in the publishing world.
It doesn't matter how you publish (traditional, partner, self) they all take a ton of work and 20% of all authors don't break even on the money they invest.
I've seen the paystubs from my friends who've it the New York Times list. Trust me, most of them don't make enough to live off of. They need a main source of income to support the writing.
See graph here: http://publishingperspectives.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/dbwslide.png
Hybrid authors make the most. Hybrids are authors that publishes multiple ways, usually they have a few books with a publisher and then they do some on their own.
Partner publishing is great if you have no idea what you are doing, want a stronger platform or want professional quality for a self published book. Just make sure you find a legitimate one and READ CONTRACTS on EVERYTHING.
Hope this helps.
Q: How do you know so much about England?
A: My dad lived in England for a while and was my consult for all the weather, landscape and many of the English cultural themes.
Q: I know there's a lot of controversy over Amazon right now. Is there a place you would prefer us to buy the book where it will make you the most money?
A: Not really. Contrary to popular belief, most authors don't make a lot of money so buy the book from your favorite site or store. Just remember to tell your friends about The Watchers and leave a review.