Today I am super excited to bring you an author spotlight for Lenore Sagaskie and her new book series ‘The Four Sworn’!! Not only do these book like really interesting reads Lenore has answered a few questions with some really interesting answers and provided some awesome sneak previews of the first two books in the series! I am very excited to get started on reading these!
- What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I try to work on one project at a time but it isn’t easy for me. I suppose I’m one of those people who thrive on chaos so having more than one project at a time works for me. I work a couple of side hustles too, and I find that I function much better when I schedule my time very tightly. If I have too much time to myself, I tend to squander it. Sometimes I get muddled and it falls apart but I can recover fairly quickly. I don’t recommend this for everyone unless you are one of those people like me who need to stay busy.
- Is there a lot to do before you dive in and start writing the story?
I make sure my characters are well developed and have personalities that are relatable with their life situations, even if they’re fantastical. I also do a loose outline of how I see the story evolving. It doesn’t always end up that way but at least I have a guideline.
- What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
The first book I read in its entirety as a child was The Tales of the Arabian Nights. I was fascinated by the stories within the story. Another book that influenced me was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I became fascinated with monsters and people that become monsters.
- What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I don’t have an office and I drive a lot so my car has become my office. I know it’s weird but I get so much done when I write in my car. My writing process is a bit strange too. When I write my novels, I write everything out by hand first, then transfer it to the computer and edit as I go. When I write scripts and short stories, I write them directly on my computer. I don’t know why this in my process but it works for me but it does.
- What was the hardest part of writing your author bio?
I find it difficult to talk about myself without relating experiences so writing my author bio was challenging. I just want people to know I’m just this average person who happens to write stories, and that I like animals too. I also want them to know that I occasionally come out of my writing cave to do normal stuff and socialize.
- Any advice for others who have started on their own book writing journey?
Don’t give up! Keep going and finish what you started. Then edit it and edit it some more. Seriously, edit your work.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Nope! I understand that some writers need them to express themselves in a safe way and I respect that. I don’t need one.
- What did you enjoy most about writing your book?
I liked seeing how the characters evolved with the story. I’m currently writing the third book in a four book series and I have to admit that the characters have evolved better than I ever imagined; which is good because I really put them through their paces.
- How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
I have to admit that I’m one of those that like both formats. While I love the tangible aspect of books, I travel a lot and I like being able to download books. I like that I can have 70 or more books on an e-reader whenever I go. I think the publishing industry has changed a great deal. Traditional publishing with publishing houses will always exist and continue to support writers. I’m an independent writer and I find that it gives me a lot of freedom to do as I want. Unfortunately, I have to do a lot more to get out there. There are pros and cons to both so aspiring writers have to decide if they want to wait to see if a publisher will pick them up, or if they want to publish independently and do more of the publicity and other administration.
- Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I wish I could write full time but I’m not at that point yet. I try to set aside time every day to write and I often sneak away from events to finish stories. I don’t think my writing suffers for it but my social life definitely does. I would like to be able to say I’m a full-time writer and it’s definitely a goal I’m trying to achieve.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I think the hardest part of writing my book was deciding when to finish it. There were so many things I wanted to get in the story but I didn’t want to write one massive book. I decided to make it a four book series so I could incorporate all the secondary and tertiary story elements I wanted.
- What inspired you to write your book?
I was dealing with some health issues and I had to take some strong medication that not only gave me insomnia but gave me crazy dreams when I did sleep. Those dreams became the basis of my story and insomnia helped me write my first book in the series.
- What is your favorite time to write, and why?
When I’m home I prefer to write at night. I’m very much a night owl so it’s the perfect time for me. I get in as much time as I can writing in my car so I don’t limit myself. I take my writing with me wherever I go so I can write when the urge strikes.
- What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
I definitely believe character development is very important. If you don’t have strong characters your readers won’t bond or relate to them.
- Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
Don’t throw away story ideas! You can keep them in files and start them later when you need an idea for a short story or novella. Also, seek out helpful criticism. If someone tells you they don’t like your writing, ask them what about it they don’t like. If they can’t tell you anything specific, seek out those who will give you constructive criticism. You may not always like what they have to say, but you will learn from it.
I’m still writing the 3rd book in my Four Sworn series and it should be out in 2020. I just finished a short story, The Remaining One. It’s about two sisters who stalk Death. My short horror film, Rage is currently in pre-production and will be filmed in the fall of this year.
The Spring Equinox
One drawn to fire.
One drawn to air.
One drawn to water.
One drawn to earth.
Brought together by ancient forces woven long ago, The Four must come together to fulfill their destiny. They will change forever as they prepare to face the biggest challenge of their lives– fighting to prevent two worlds from tearing each other apart.
At first I thought this fire thing was a gift,’ Abby whispered,
‘but now it feels more like a curse.
“Show me,” he whispered. The water grew slightly opaque and
warped-looking, as if he were looking into a carnival mirror. He
continued his unblinking stare at the still water oblivious to everything
around him. Then, as the water started to swirl, a shadowy image
formed in front of him…
Joe thought back to the day of the earthquakes at school. He had felt
them; he knew they were coming. And he could feel the rhythm of the
earth; he could feel its pulse and its pain. Why, last night – Joe paused
in mid-thought. That earthquake last night – I didn’t feel it coming
first. Joe opened his mouth, his eyes widened with realization.
I didn’t feel it coming because – he took a deep breath and whispered,
“I caused it”.
The Summer Solstice
One drawn to Fire.
One drawn to Air.
One drawn to Water.
One drawn to Earth.
The Four find themselves alone to deal with their increasing elemental powers as enthusiasm for The Four in Feyland wanes. When a missing girl is discovered murdered the fey ask them to investigate. Will they and their new allies find a serial killer in Harmon? Or will they find something more dangerous?
As she sat there trying to tap into her power, she felt a strange
sensation, as if the tip of someone’s finger had just grazed the skin on
the back of her neck. Abby jerked up straight and turned her head to
see if someone was standing behind her, but there was no one standing
there and no one remotely near the area… the feeling of the touch was
gone, but the feeling of something, some presence still lingered in the
As soon as her hand connected with Abby’s shoulder, Abby felt a jolt,
as if something ignited a flame inside her with the intensity of some
power that wasn’t hers, yet it didn’t belong to the disturbing blob-thing
either. It was something new. Something touched her power, and she
felt the sensation of every cell of her body as it instantaneously
penetrated her core, overloading her every sense. It was raw… and it
was too much. She closed her eyes and let the darkness take her.
A native of Canada, Lenore has been living in
self-imposed exile in Michigan with her family
and a few too many cats. She is currently living
the dream as a freelance writer and artist.
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Five Star Reviews
And if you were still unsure if you would like to check it out, have a look at these five-star reviews!
I absolutely loved this book! I read the first book in the series a few months ago, Spring Equinox, and had been eagerly anticipating the continuation of the story. Ms. Sagaskie did not disappoint. This second installment of The Four Sworn was just as intriguing as the first. The Elemental Powers of the Four continue to grow as they learn more about who they are and about each other and how to use their powers together to protect both their world and Feyland, the mystical world where magic is common and strange and wonderful creatures exist. I am looking forward to the continuation of their story in Book 3.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
Great story line, well written and a lot of action and adventure. I like the characters very much as well. A big plus is that the setting is in Michigan, and it seems very much like the Michigan I know and love. Fans of Charles de Lint would like this series. Looking forward to reading more!