A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. She has always had an overly creative mind, and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting as a hobby.
Ms. Stewart has been writing for several years, her main focus being in the fantasy and horror genres. She also has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories. She has authored and published several books, including Ghosts of the Sea Moon (Saga of the Outer Islands Book 1), Fairy Tale Fusion, Gothic Cavalcade, Ruined City, and the Killers and Demons series. In addition, she writes and publishes poetry, her latest volume being Horror Haiku Pas de Deux.
Her short stories have been published in the charity anthologies, Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In, Christmas Lites III, IV, V, VI, and VII. Also, tales from her pen have appeared in three anthologies by Xchyler Publishing, Mechanized Masterpieces, Legends and Lore, and Beyond the Wail.
To promote her newest book, A.F. Stewart answered a fun, and very short Q&A. (See Below)
J.B.: What about your story do you think will stick with readers long after they’re done reading it?
A. F.: I hope the characters will stay with readers. I love a good memorable character myself, and I try to infuse my writing with interesting personalities. I believe my book, Ghosts of the Sea Moon, does have a lively cast with its motley crew of sailors and villains. I especially like the way the roguish main character Captain Rafe Morrow plays off his more straight-laced first mate, Elliot Blackthorne. And of course, there is the antagonist, the Goddess of the Moon, who is, I think, more complicated and misunderstood than evil.
J.B.: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. F.: I do read them, good or bad. I think reviews are an excellent gateway into the world of readers. Good reviews are, of course, validation and a measure for what you did right, but bad reviews can be helpful in pointing out weaknesses and places where you need improvement in your writing. As a writer, you’d love everyone to adore your book, but that’s not feasible so I approach reviews as part of the constant learning process of writing.
J.B.: What do you think makes a good story?
A. F.: I think for a good story you need something universally relatable for the reader. Whether it’s a coming of age tale, or a quest for adventure, trying to fit in and find your place, dealing with tragedy, etc. a book needs to speak to a reader, give them a certain familiarity. For instance, with my book, even though there are sea monsters and magic, at the core there’s a sibling dysfunction and family dynamic that drives the storyline.
J.B.: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
A. F.: The horror writer in me wants to say my immortal soul, but that’s a bit cliché, and I wouldn’t do it in any case (provided it was indeed a real option). Maybe I’d sacrifice a pinky toe; I keeping whacking them on the furniture anyway.
J.B.: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing this book?
A. F.: I learned some interesting things about tall ships (most of the story takes place on an old-fashioned sailing ship) and how they maneuver. There are quite a few intricacies in how they dock, how they slow down while at sea, what sails to use in a storm, etc.. It was also surprising to learn how difficult it is to write battles between gods. It’s a delicate juggling act having them do more than toss energy balls at each other, while not totally destroy the world.
Title: Ghosts of the Sea Moon (Saga of the Outer Islands Book 1)
Author: A. F. Stewart
Publication Date: January 13th, 2018 (on pre-order)
Paperback Price: $12.99 (projected release first week of January)
Digital Price: Pre-order and Release Price $0.99. Will go up to $2.99 on February 14th
Come set sail with ghosts, gods and sea monsters.
Ghosts, Gods, and Sea Monsters.
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Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/8cr7tSCeI0A
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