Monday, October 9, 2017

Le Fay Series - Research Travel: Dinas Bran

Today I'm sharing photos of Castell Dinas Bran (name means crow castle) that I took during my trip to Wales. (Part of the 2013 research travel!) In GRAIL, I feature a castle named Corbenic. This castle was based on the ancient castle Dinas Bran, which according to some sources, may be a candidate for Corbenic if such a thing existed. Dinas Bran was our first stop on our epic road trip.

As soon as I got out of the car and saw the sprawling landscape I was instantly hit with a sense of wonder. Hiking up to Dinas Bran was one of the highlights of the entire trip! It wasn't touristy so it made it all the more special. We were alone for the most part for the hike portion. It did feel like I was back in time on some kind of journey.

For Corbenic in GRAIL, I made it more of a dark place, but took a lot of inspiration from the unique stone structures. (As you'll see Dinas Bran is a rather cheery looking place for the castle of crows!)

Afterwards, we wanted to go to Snowdonia (Merlin's hometown area), but didn't have time. It was still nice to get a sense of his home area and where he came from. We stayed at a rustic inn and ate Welsh food in the pub downstairs that was built with stone and lit up with candles--very cool atmosphere! I had locally made Black Dragon Cider which was delicious.

Now, onto photos!

Dinas Bran seen from the bottom of the mountain:


I loved these amazing stone structures!

 

The view of the Welsh countryside was amazing!


Here's the crow!


Sheep surround the hills of Dinas Bran:


Stay tuned for more photos! The rest will be shared with the release of the 4th book, coming out in a few months. Details to follow.


--Realm

Monday, October 2, 2017

Trip - Japan 2017 - Tokyo, Nagano, Kyoto

After a long vacation, I am back! I went to Japan and visited Tokyo, Nagano, and Kyoto. It was nice to see my second home country, especially since it's been too long since my last visit. Today I'm sharing my favorite photos from the trip. 

Tokyo! I love the high energy city. I got more inspiration for Novel 10 in Tokyo, which takes place in an urban environment.



Hyatt -- Where Lost In Translation was filmed:




Next up... Nagano area where I grew up during some of my childhood years. I accumulated more ideas for Novel 6 here, since Novel 6 takes place in a more natural setting.

Matsumoto Castle is the oldest castle in Japan and I used to live close to it at one point: 




I recall monkeys in the backyard when I lived in the mountains during my really early childhood, but have never seen one so close!




Kanaguya -- said to be a source of inspiration for the film Spirited Away! One of my favorite movies. I loved this hot spring town. I wish I could have a hot spring in my house.


Kyoto! My first time going. Dressing up in kimono was fun and the temples were stunning!





Matcha and hojicha parfait!



While in Japan I got super inspired for Novel 11 (which has nothing to do with Japan) and when I got home, I went on a writing binge and now it's completed! Super excited to see where this novel goes. 

I hope you guys liked the photos! I'm back to work so you can expect more updates from me on the Le Fay series.


--Realm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

News Week - 08/31/17

I will be out traveling in Japan for the first half of September. There will be no blog posts during that time here, however if you'd like to keep up with my travels, I will be posting on my Instagram account. (Also often crossposted to my Tumblr and Twitter.)

I am very excited to visit my other home country. I'm sure I'll get inspiration for Book 6 and also Book 10 while I'm there. 

When I return I will be posting more GRAIL material and Le Fay news!

Ja, ittekimasu! 


--Realm

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Le Fay Series - Summer Sale!

Yay! It's been too long since the last sale. To celebrate the GRAIL paperback release plus the HENGE audiobook release, I am having a huge sale on my ebooks. Discounts range from 99 cents to 1.99 this week!

Also the book blitz giveaway is going on, and you can win a $25 Amazon gift card!

The art I created features Elaine from the Le Fay Series. She shows up for the first time in GRAIL. I paired her with marygolds! 





--Realm

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse! I hope everyone enjoys watching the celestial spectacle. I'm a space nerd so I've been very excited about this. I am going out on a boat with my husband and friends (with eclipse glasses and moon pies in tow) in my neighborhood to see the eclipse. What are you guys doing to enjoy the show? I'm looking forward to seeing the cool photos people take! 




I've been reading this book to get ready:


This week we're kicking off the book blitz for the HENGE audiobook with a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Also the big summer sale for my books starts today! You can grab an ebook from 99 cents to 1.99!

Below I selected an eclipse-related excerpt from HENGE to share. For this scene I created a moon that turns into the sun in Morgan's vision. I couldn't write about Stonehenge without mentioning the eclipse:

The moon looks like it’s still in the same position. As I stare at the orb, it seems to move. I rub my eyes. There are no clouds, but the moon appears to pass a star.
The moon is gliding.
Goosebumps rise on my skin as the moon peers at me through an opening in the Henge. It glows bright like the sun. The grass illuminates around me. But it doesn’t stay daylight for long. A shadow grows over the sun and then consumes it—an eclipse. A white halo emits from the black circle, turning a blood-red color like an iris around a pupil. From the corner of my eye, there is movement.
A figure looms ahead. It seems to be looking at me from between the Henge. I gasp, backing away.    




--Realm

Thursday, August 17, 2017

GRAIL - Paperback Release

At long last the GRAIL paperback is out! Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. I know it's a longer wait than normal for the paperback version. I've been juggling a lot more projects than normal as of late. 

Currently I am drawing the illustrations for Book 4!

Here's the GRAIL paperback:





Illustration sample from GRAIL:



To celebrate the HENGE audiobook plus GRAIL paperback, I've kicked off a book blitz for next week. Please sign up if you'd like to take part in it! There's a giveaway with an Amazon gift card.




In other news... are you guys ready for the solar eclipse on Monday? I'll have to do a special post!

Stay tuned,


--Realm  

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Video Game - The Long Dark is Out!

Sharing some work news today! This is why I've been so busy. The Long Dark was released today. I'm proud to have worked on this as art director--it's very fun and also unique with a pure concept. I love playing this game and I hope you'll enjoy it too. All the artists did an incredible job on the visuals. It's also my ninth shipped game! 

Check out the trailer here:



Teaser:



Short film:



"ELEGY" - A Visual Poem of The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio Inc. on Vimeo.

News: A movie adaptation is in the works.

Have fun playing!


--Realm

Monday, July 17, 2017

News Week - 7/17/17

It's been a busy summer! The final book in the Le Fay series has gone through a dev edit and I attached the last note from my editor--yay! I'm adding the edits now. I also started the cover art and moving on to illustrations for it as well.

The long wait for the GRAIL paperback is over... I've sent the formatted manuscript for the paperback proof so it's coming out August. Apologies for the delay! I know I had hoped that it would have been out a few months ago.  

Other news: I've got the short film in progress, which I wrote and am directing for a learning experience with a small team. It's been fun to study filmmaking. 

Novel 8, Novel 9, Novel 10 has been first drafted this summer. I am currently on Novel 11. (Yay!) The Le Fay series may be ending this year, but there are so many more stories that will be coming out!

My novel backlog is now giant so I am looking to expand my team. Here are open contract positions:

ARTIST - for graphic novel adaptation of CLAN (must be able to pencil, ink, letter -- coloring is not necessary).

DEV EDITORS - for sci-fi, fantasy, psych thriller novels -- older audience

PUBLICIST 

MANAGER 

Let me know if you recommend someone who may be suitable for the above roles or if you're interested in applying: realmlovejoy (at) gmail (dot) com

Other news:

-HENGE audiobook is out!

-Amazing artist for graphic novel adaptation is almost done with penciling our first chapter for LE FAY! 

-SWORD audiobook is in progress!

Hope you're all having a wonderful summer! XO

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HENGE - Interview with Audiobook Narrator

Today I'm sharing an interview with HENGE (Le Fay series 1) audiobook narrator and actress Isla Lindsay! She's done a fantastic job performing as Morgan le Fay. I also got to meet her during my short visit to London and she pointed me to check out a place where the Diagon Alley scene was filmed in Harry Potter. It was an amazing place! 


1. Thanks for joining us on the blog, Isla! What inspired you to become an actress?

I always wanted to be an actress, from such a young age I can't remember actively making that choice.  It was a love of storytelling, a belief in the importance of empathy and a desire to explore human nature, which kept me interested though.  



2. What are some of the challenges of narrating an audiobook? Have you learned anything surprising or interesting in the process that makes it different from acting for theater and film?

Each of those genres are very different and require a largely different skill set.  Audio narration is probably the furthest from traditional acting, but rests heavily on vocal technique and character work, so is also a return to the roots of drama and oral storytelling traditions.  The challenges unique to audio work include working alone (actors are social and collaborative beings by choice!) as well as the editing process which is alien to actors and can feel laborious.  Motivation is key.


3. What was your favorite part about HENGE?

I loved the magical and mythical elements woven into contemporary life, as well as the interplay between Morgan and Merlin.



4. You did a great job narrating as Morgan. Are there any aspects of Morgan that you can relate to?

Certainly, I always relate to strong female leads: their courage, sense of adventure and feisty attitudes resonate.  It is so important for young women to be exposed to characters like this whose story is not contingent on the male "hero" following his path - but rather on forging their own!  More characters like Morgan please!


5. Thank you, Isla! Anything about yourself or what you're working on that you'd like to share with us?

I am a feminist who loves fantasy literature and as an actor I am drawn to feminist work.  It has been a pleasure to work on this piece for that reason.  Up next, I will be playing Princess Matilda of Scotland in new historical feature film The Red King, shooting in the fall.




How exciting! Best of luck with your work, Isla! I look forward to seeing you play Princess Matilda. 

Readers -- I hope you enjoyed the interview! The link to Isla's site is here, and the link to the HENGE audiobook is here if you want to hear her performance! 


--Realm

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Sample

I uploaded the HENGE sample onto Youtube for easy listening. Hope you enjoy Isla's narration as Morgan le Fay!


To listen to more, check Audible! (Also on iTunes and Amazon.)

I will have review codes available if you're interested in reviewing the audiobook. (Please commit to reviewing within two-three months.)

Next up, I'm posting an interview with the narrator Isla Lindsay. The interview will be up on Thursday!


--Realm