Please make welcome author Zen DiPietro, who is all about ‘Women of Badassery – Women who Rule, Writing that Rocks’. Now, that’s an attitude I can get behind!
Today, Zen is sharing with us a little bit about her writing journey, and her debut novel, Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow (Book 1)–the first book in a modern fantasy series with sci-fi and romantic elements. Soul Mate Publishing will release Guardians of Terath March 25th, and it will be available for pre-order on Amazon March 18th, or sooner.
Now, let’s hear from Zen!
After college, I wrote two books. They weren’t good. I decided to focus on other things. More than ten years passed. I was at my kids’ swim lesson one day when I noticed a small spider on the wall. An ant was walking right across his path. I wondered if the spider felt the way I do when the Krispy Kreme truck drives by me on the road. All of that proximity euphoria. So much yummy nearby, yet just out of reach.
Little stories like this one were always writing themselves in my head. They made me think I should get back to writing, but it took me a few years post-ant/spider showdown. By that point, I’d taken a 10-year hiatus from writing books. I’d had a story fleshing out in my head for several of those years. Once I resolved to push it into text, it all poured out, and the product was Seeking Sorrow. And then Facing Fortune. And now the not-yet-named Book 3 of the series. (I like Breaking Bard but my husband told me no.)
It’s never too late to get back to your passion, and you shouldn’t quit just because you need to make some bad things before you can make good things. I’m glad I had my bad ones out of the way when the idea for Seeking Sorrow came along. The story started burrowing into my head with two particular scenes. I wrote the entire book around those two scenes. Not surprisingly, they’re two of my favorite scenes of the whole book. Always listen to that little voice of whimsy in the back of your head. You never know where it might take you.
Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow (Book 1)
An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana. The resulting cataclysm would decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price.
About the Author
Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com. Very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.