Monday, December 3, 2018

Rothana Blog Tour: Interview With Sarah Delena White

Hello, everyone! This is a bit late due to technical difficulties on one end, but I'm joining up with the blog tour for Rothana, Sarah Delena White's latest release! Rothana is the sequel to Halayda, which I read this past summer and quite enjoyed. Today, I have an interview with Sarah . . . but first, a little bit about the book and author.

About the Book

A new queen falls. A death lord rises. An ancient foe looms in the shadows.

Sylvie Imanthiya is desperate to lead Faerie well and deepen the bond with her husband, former king Taylan Ashkalabek. But all hope of that vanishes when the winter solstice ceremony ends in disaster, stranding her and Taylan in the Deathrealm, and stripping the kingdom from her.

With Faerie in chaos, Zad and Diza are separated once again: Zad to reconcile with an old mentor to stabilize the kingdom, and Diza to confront the nefarious Casimir in the mortal realm. But Casimir claims that a greater evil seeks to destroy both realms, an evil that Diza’s unique death magic can hold at bay—if she could only remember how.

In the Deathrealm, Taylan is succumbing to the lure of specters from his past, and pushing away Sylvie’s love. Overwhelmed by decay and darkness, Sylvie must summon unexpected magic from the soul of Kyure to fight for her convictions and her husband’s heart.

Shadows divide them. Their friends are in peril. If Sylvie fails, her marriage and her world will fall.

About the Author

Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

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Interview with Sarah Delena White

Hello, Sarah! Welcome to Dreams and Dragons! To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself? Who you are, hobbies, favorite books (other than your own), anything else you’d like to share?

I’m Sarah Delena White, and I write eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. I love to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. I’m also the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When I’m not writing, I enjoy making nature-inspired beadwork jewelry, singing folk ballads, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. My perennial favorite novels are LOTR and George MacDonald’s Lilith. Both of these books rocked my world and helped me realize what a deep, powerful genre fantasy could be. Two of my more recent favorites are The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli and An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I’m drawn to books with memorable characters, well-written romance, and epic adventures.

Where did you come up with the idea for Rothana and the series in general? And what books, movies, or other sources influenced you?

The inspiration for Halayda, and the Star-Fae Trilogy as a whole, came from a dream (this is weird for me. I haven’t been inspired by a dream before or since!). I dreamed about someone who got dragonfly wings as the result of a mad science experiment gone wrong. By the time I woke up, I had a basic sense of the concept and the two main characters. I first intended to write it as a superhero story, but when I rolled out of bed and scribbled down a summary, I realized it sounded like ever superhero story ever, haha! But once I fused the superhero-esque concept with Celtic-inspired fae mythology, everything clicked into place. For Rothana, I also drew a bit from the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone (albeit very loosely!). I take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, so it’s hard to name particular sources that influenced the Star-Fae Trilogy.

What were the hardest parts of writing this novel? The best parts?

It was a challenge to write the second book in a trilogy for multiple reasons. I needed to move the story in new directions while still keeping the same vibe that readers enjoyed in Halayda. I had to create a satisfying ending that still left the story open for a third book. And I had to get over my own fears that I wouldn’t be able to write another book (I have a massive pile of failed WIPs, so this was a legit fear!). The best part was getting to delve deeper into the characters I introduced in Halayda. Some of them have many more layers than they showed in the first book!

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would you pick and what would you do?

Zad would be an awesome person to spend a day with! I’d want to travel Sabellyn and Faerie with him, since he knows both places inside and out and is always up for exploring.

Finally, can you share a few things you’ve learned from your writing and publishing journey thus far?

The most important thing I’ve learned is that every writer needs to be part of a good team. I’ve always prized independence, so it was a huge learning experience to work with editors and a production team. The reality, though, is that no one can write a good book alone. I need my alpha and beta readers to cheer me on and help me steer my stories in the right direction as I write. I need my editors to catch plot holes, incomplete character arcs, and those sentences that make no sense. I need a cover designer and formatter who can make the book look beautiful and polished in a way that reflects the story within. Being an indie author shouldn’t mean working alone.

Great advice, Sarah. Thanks for sharing!

And many thanks to all of you for reading. Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops! Also, make sure you're ready for the Facebook party celebrating Rothana's launch. It's on December 8 and will include games, giveaways, behind-the-scenes info, along with a variety of guest authors!
Have a lovely day!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)   

Tour Stops: Monday, December 3rd
-        Author Interview – C. O. Bonham
-        Book Review & Excerpt – Coming Up Roses


  1. Awesome interview! I think she makes a great point about indie publishing. I have to admit I pride independence as well, but it truly does take a team to release an excellent story.

  2. She absolutely does! And I think that's something that every successful indie author learns eventually, that you can't do it all on your own.
    Thanks for commenting and getting all of this set up!


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