Interview with fantasy romance author Ronelle Antoinette

Author Ronelle Antoinette is here on a
holiday to chat with me about her fantasy romance novel, Errant Spark (Elemental Trials, Book 1).
Welcome, Romelle. Please tell us a little bit about
yourself.
I live in western Colorado
with my husband, two cats, and one dog-who-believes-he’s-a-person. While I’m a
mother of none, I’m an auntie to what feels like a small army…our newest
recruit joined us in April 2016. (I will neither confirm nor deny that I
Facebook-stalk her mommy and daddy to see every picture of her little smiling
face.)
I was born in Phoenix, AZ
and raised in beautiful Colorado with my two younger brothers, who taught me to
have a thick skin and a ready smile. They are at least half the reason I find
inspiration the way I do and I love them for it. Despite my mother’s best
efforts, I am NOT an outdoorsy girl; I’d much rather curl up with a good book
or play through my favorite video game. (Yup, nerd all the way, right here!)
I’m a caffeine addict, chocoholic, and a hopeless
romantic. I’ve carried on a passionate love affair with the genre of fantasy
since I was old enough to read ‘chapter books’, but I developed a particular
soft spot for romantic fantasy while in my teens. I find inspiration in hot
showers, time with my nieces and nephews, and in random meanderings through
mundane places.
I dabbled in creative writing for many years and even
considered it as my major in college. (I ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree
in Counseling Psychology.) The inspiration for the Elemental Trials series was
born while I was in a high school creative writing class. It sat, unloved and
forgotten, in a binder for years, only to be discovered while moving into my
first apartment. The fire was rekindled and it grew from a single, sophomoric
tale to a full-blown series over the next decade. I published the first
installment in the series, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.
Please tell us about your current release.
Here’s the technical low-down first. Errant
Spark
is the first of what will likely by four books in the Elemental Trials series. It’s a fantasy
romance that I self-published it in July of 2016. Now, the fun hook! They say
to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but in Egalion’s Imperial
court, you can’t always tell one from the other…especially when loyalties
change at the flip of a coin. Behind the luxury and splendor lies a realm of
treachery where cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the
peace of two thousand years.
Battlemage Jex Xander has a
mouth that gets him into trouble; while Enari Namelum speaks not a word. Amidst
the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their
minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.
Errant Spark is the hush
before the storm, the last deep breath before the plunge. The flint has been
struck and it’s possible the world might go up in flames.
What inspired you to write this book?
Errant Spark actually had its beginnings in my high school creative writing class—and
that was 12 years ago—so I don’t remember what specifically what started it.
The dream of becoming an author and falling in love with the story is what
inspired me to continue!
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m tinkering with Child of Flame and Spirit (Elemental Trials,
Book Two)
right now. I’ve received some feedback from a potential literary
agent that I’m pondering, so a rewrite may be in my future. I’m also trying to
break onto the book blogging scene, which is harder than I thought!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Oooh, weeeell…I’ve always
been a writer, but I hadn’t considered it as a serious career until just a few
years ago.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write?
I write almost full-time.
I spend a lot of time babysitting my nieces and nephews, so I write in the evenings
on those days. On my days off, I start writing as soon as I’ve made a cup of
coffee. My life doesn’t run without caffeine!
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I need to be slightly
inebriated if I’m going to write a romance scene.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A unicorn, a fairy
princess, and once I got old enough to realize that neither of those gigs paid
very well and that adults need money for things, I thought I wanted to be a
teacher.
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
I’d simply like to thank
everyone who has supported me, put up with my authorial sulks/pouts, and read
my work!
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Thanks for being here today, Ronelle! All the best
with your writing.

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