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Today I’m on the ‘Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven’ blogtour, organized by Book And Wine Lovers Marketing.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Danielle M Orsino, destined to be a writer from a young age, was working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distractions during long I.V. Treatment sessions. So, Orsino reached back to a forgotten skill, A childhood dream. Danielle had wanted to be a writer and so she decided to tell a story. Little did she know the seed would grow into a fantastically epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Drawing from her passion for comic books, Cosplay and fantasy along with her expert martial arts expertise, Orsino brings forth an electric and hopeful debut.
Danielle is taking on her biggest challenge to date: taking the story born from the long treatment sessions with a patient into a fantasy book series-Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing, comics and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective. Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. Orsino has been widely recognized from her influence and experience in martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC and E! With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on ”Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and WWE marvel and action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Nothing Danielle ever does is simple, look at what NY times Bestselling author Clete Barrett Smith has to say about her debut endeavor: “After summoning this world into existence through an imaginative force of will, Danielle has scoured every inch of the landscape several times over. Critics often praise a story’s world building by saying that it feels “lived in.” Well, the world of the Fae certainly seems like that because Danielle herself has happily lived there for years as she worked to put all of this together… My favorite part of this story is that it is gloriously depicted in vibrant images.
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Ride on the backs of fire breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world.
Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.
Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon riding Dark Fae warriors.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My name is Danielle M. Orsino, I am a competitive martial artist and Nurse. However, I have left that all behind to write the Birth of the Fae series. I have two rescue pups, Carlos , which anyone who has read Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven, may know him as “Los” the dragon. Penelope, my other little dog, the readers will meet later in the series as “Lady Penelope” , a member of the Aubane Faction. The Aubane are oversized white deer with gilded antlers but of course, Lady Penelope will have something extra special. I am not a “Classically trained writer” the entire process was a huge learning experience. Overall writing the book for all intensive purposes was joyful. It came from an organic place, inspired by a patient who had been undergoing long IV treatments and needed a distraction. The story was born from these sessions with him.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child the first book I was read to aloud and inturn learned to read on my own was “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss. The book which i fell in love with was the “Secret of Nihm” later on. However, the books which influenced me the most were comicbooks, Wonder Woman, X-men, those had a huge effect on me.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
That would be a toss up between Chris Claremont from the X-men series, he wrote some of the most legendary storylines-The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future past. He was with Marvel for over 15 years. He was integral for some of the most iconic mutant characters. The next would be Anne Rice, she has changed and evolved in her writing so much I would love to know her views on the industry.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would like to sit and speak with my own King Jarvok and talk about how he feels regarding his journey and if I am doing him justice. He is a complex character, not a hero but not a villain, I am sure he has opinions.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I make a playlist which mimics the emotional crescendo of the book that I listen to over and over as I write.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I always pull from real life, fantasy is just real life with magical dust sprinkled on it. The problems are the same just set in a fantasy world. Human issues and dynamics translate to gnomes or Fae it all in how you package it. I wrote what I know but with a magical feel. Who would have thought my nine pound yorkie would be a chameleon dragon but there he is.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I go with the flow, I handwrite the books and begin the real editing work when I sit at the computer to type it out that is the first real edit. When I handwrite it is just to get it out of my head, I build the skeleton first, the first edit on the computer places the organs and I go from there.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
A tip for a novice writer is keep writing, don’t stop. Who cares if it’s good or bad. You will improve with every stroke of the pen or key. Write what you know, relationships and human connection we all understand whether you set it in a sci-fi world or a magical realm it’s all the same. Unrequited love, someone searching for validation or a person on a quest for redemption we can all relate. Chose your setting and write.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I would love to do a Birth of the Fae graphic novel with Image comics and eventually a cartoon series.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
A teaser would be cheating! However what I can tell the readers is Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven will take them on a magical journey and ask them to question what would they do if they were abandoned by all they knew? How would they reinvent themselves. Would they become an antihero like King Jarvok or the quintessential Queen like Aurora ? Birth of the Fae will give them insight into that question and show them a new twist on the origin of the Fae, one we have never seen or heard before. Let’s see what happens when angels cannot go home and become our Fae!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Danielle M. Orsino.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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