In your own words, please describe your book….
Battle Cry is a book about a young girl who was dealt a cruel hand of fate before she was even born. Growing up with vengeance flowing through her veins, she is determined to set out and obtain it on the eve of her sixteenth birthday. Battle Cry is a unique standalone story overflowing with themes of vengeance, fate, free will and family. It is chocked full of action, emotions and adventure. Battle Cry is a true heroine’s tale.
What is the genre?
Perhaps the best way to categorize Battle Cry would be to call it exactly what it is, a coming of age tale. Many online retailers have classified it as a graphic novel, because the art work. Battle Cry is also an adventure story and a young adult novel.
What inspired you to write this book?
Believe it or not, Battle Cry was inspired by a cartoon I used to watch on the Cartoon Network called Samurai Jack. The quest for vengeance theme really appealed to me.
Will this book be a standalone or part of a series?
Battle Cry is a standalone book split into two volumes. The first volume highlights the protagonist’s quest to seek vengeance. During her journey, she faces many challenges and obstacles that will aid her in achieving her ultimate goal. Her quest is filled with life lessons, training, knowledge and experiences that mold her into the warrior she is destined to become.
Battle Cry 2 is a story in which everything that the protagonist learned is now put into practice. With the skills, training and knowledge she acquired, she is now prepared to face her destiny. How she handles the new challenges and pitfalls on her way to obtaining vengeance is a testament to everything she has learned.
What books are similar to this one?
I think any book that is considered a coming of age tale would be similar to Battle Cry. Although the situations may not be similar, the growth of the protagonist, not just physically but mentally during the story is a key element in this type of fiction. There are many main stream manga books such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z that fit the coming of age story mold. In fact Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach also carry themes of vengeance and fate. Thus, in that sense Battle Cry is very comparable.
Where can readers find your book?
Tell us one thing about you we wouldn’t know?
I have a passion for cooking. It is something I truly enjoy. In fact, I just bought a new smoker recently and I have been using it so much lately that I am probably pushing the limits of the warranty. I must be driving my neighbors crazy with the delicious smoky fragrance.
What has been the best moment in your writing career?
Honestly, the best moment in my writing career thus far was getting the first printed copy of Battle Cry. I’ll never forget the emotions I felt when I opened the package and saw a printed copy of my book. All the blood, sweat and tears I poured into it were all forgotten in that moment. Words cannot give justice to the feelings I felt that day and still feel to this day.
How do you come up with the titles of your book?
Coming up with the right title for a book or story is very tricky. I like to look at the overall story and kind of get a sense of the themes and symbolisms. Then I will determine the title. However, throughout the course of writing a story, the title can change many times.
How long does it take you to finish a novel?
It takes me a while to finish a novel. Since writing is not my day job, I need to fit it in whenever I have the time. Weekends are a blessing for me. I am able to accomplish a lot on the weekends. Editing a story actually takes longer than writing. You can’t imagine the countless hours that are spent on editing and polishing a book manuscript.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second volume of Battle Cry. At this point in the process, I am now focusing on drawing the artwork and editing the story.
I am also writing a children’s chapter book and I am in the early stages of writing a cookbook with my brother.
Do you have any other books already released?
Battle Cry is my first novel, but my goal is to have the second volume published this year!
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