Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and sixty-fourth, is of YA / fantasy / paranormal novelist and interviewee L Filloon. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look here.
L. Filloon was born in Leone, American Samoa. At a young age her family relocated to Hawaii and settled on Oahu. In 1977, her father once again relocated the family, this time to San Diego, eventually making National City, California their home. Although she started writing during her junior high school years, it wasn’t until late 2011 that she self-published her first book, The Binding; the first in The Velesi Trilogy. She followed with Book 2, The Drifting, and completing out the trilogy with The Whispering which will be available on Amazon.com for Kindle on July 27, 2013.
Now living in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her significant other for the past eighteen years, they live a quiet life away from the Strip with two felines named Ralph the Mouth and Princess Coby (who family and close friends are certain Cessa was based on). Ms. Filloon has a daughter also living in Sin City who recently got married. Despite her daughter and new husband’s plans to wait on staring a family, Ms. Filloon is excited about the prospect of having grandchildren – which she has already warned the young couple she will spoil until the cows come home. Currently, Ms. Filloon owns no cows and has no plans to own any in the near future.
And now from the author herself:
There have been times when I would start on a story, get really into it and then become distracted by my everyday life; I would put it away and forget about it. There have been many times I have sat in front of this very screen, staring at it for hours before a single sentence is created. It’s a tough gig, I tell you.
Several times I wanted to quit on The Binding (Book 1 of The Velesi Trilogy), but continue to find myself sticking with it. It was my first completed novel that I self-published in December 2011. I was so happy and ecstatic, that I couldn’t feel my feet for about an hour. Unfortunately, once the euphoria passed, I was thrown back to the old familiar world of self-doubt and worry. I was worried that no one would even care to read what took me months to put into words.
It was tough in the beginning because I was clueless of what I needed to do to market my first novel. I did learn a valuable lesson and if I ever give one advice to new authors, it is this: Get an editor. Seriously, it will save you such headaches, heartache and keep you from going ninja on every reviewer who gave you a not so nice review. By the way, good or bad, reviews are only an opinion – don’t let it keep you from writing. You can only improve and become a better writer, but ONLY if you stick with it and don’t let opinions not worthy of you to get under your skin. Toughen up…life is too short not to live it your way and be happy doing it.
But, yes, it was all trial and error with the first book, and yes, people did pick it up and read The Binding (after a good thrashing from my editor – love her). And I have just completed book 3 and looking forward to a few new projects.
And with that said, I am eager to start on my new book, The 7th Relic, after the release of Book 3 of The Velesi Trilogy: The Whispering. It’s an adventure that has been playing in my head for the past year. Here is the blurb for The 7th Relic:
The fires of Earth are dying. The ancient Keeper of the Flame is blind and weary. She waits for the Light to reignite the Flame of Life and heal her energy to remain as Keeper. But the Light was kidnapped at birth and marked by the ancient Skytes. Her memories of who she truly is are lost to her through their cruel methods.
Grace is seventeen and on the brink of graduating from high school, not that anyone would notice. Her mother, an abusive alcoholic, who, for reasons Grace could never understand and had given up trying, hates her. The kids from her school seem to ignore her, giving her a wide berth when she passes by. Her teachers are either bothered by her looks and withdrawn attitude, or love her for her artistic and brilliant artwork. But even the ones who are impressed keep their distance. All Grace dreams of is to win the San Diego Museum Art contest and receive a full scholarship for one of the most prestigious art programs in France. It is through this drive to win that brings her face to face with an ancient Skytes prince and the Protector standing between them, Andrew Teo.
Andrew must get Grace to the Keeper before time runs out. But in order for her to reignite the Flame, she needs seven relics that will create the means to do it. She and Andrew must depend on their small group of friends, allies and each other if they intend to keep Earth’s fires burning.
The 7th Relic – Coming Fall 2014
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and more about her latest book, The Whispering…
Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.
Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.
Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.
Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding… or two, but then again, it is Velesi… so maybe not.
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