December 20th, 2019
I asked Tarea where she would like to interview:
The sky turned a bright crimson red and a large black portal opens from the sky as long gangly arms are seen coming from the portal. The demons pull themselves out of the dark abyss from where they had been trapped for an eternity and now they have come to wreak havoc on the realm. I look around wildly on the battlefield, the snowy grounds are stained with red, and the bodies of fallen comrades lay face down in the snow others are torn apart. The strong and rancid smell of blood travels up the length of my nose but I am far too used to the smell of battle. I curse to myself as I hurriedly tried to find Laura.
“Laura!” I call out at the top of my lungs. A gust of cold, blizzard wind rushes across my face but press on across the battlefield, stepping over the bodies of my fallen comrades. “Laura Mae!” I call out again, but the commotion has alerted a demon and it charges at me as it runs on four legs. Its large mouth is agape, revealing many razor-sharp teeth.
However, it doesn’t get a chance to sink its teeth into me because I raise my sword in the air and slice the silver blade across the demon’s neck. Black blood explodes from the flesh and some end up on the already blood-ridden snow and my armor.
That is when I heard the sounds of grunting and what could be a battle cry.
I run to the noise and see Laura surrounded by demons. She has her shield out, blocking oncoming demons from taking a chomp out of her and slamming the crest shield into the demon’s torso, sending it flying. Another demon came rushing toward her but she was prepared for it and with her sword she stabbed it cleanly through its chest. Another demon came from the side of her and she quickly pulled her sword out of the demon’s torso and sliced it through the air, cutting the other demon’s head off.
I noticed a demon was approaching her from the air. I quickly sprinted and with as much force as I could muster, jumped in the air, with my sword held above my head. I plunged the sword through the demon and cut it down as it split completely in two.
Black blood completely covered my face now, like a mask.
I landed on my feet and slowly stood up. I turned around to smile, “Looks like you could use my help.”
She shook her head at my antics and chuckled. “Took you long enough.”
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?
T.R. Tells: Since I was a child I always wrote and read. When I was in the first grade my mother found a ‘short story’ that I wrote about my everyday home life, my friends, family, and my dog (mind you, I never had a dog lol). But as I got older, I was inspired by the things I watched on television and the things I read. As I got older, it was my perfect way to escape and imagine anything I wanted.
L: How long have you been writing for?
T: Since I could write and I never stopped, I don’t think I could stop because writing is a part of me and I would generally feel something missing without it.
L: What are you currently working on?
T: I am working on the second book of my Dark Epic Fantasy (the Final Destiny Trilogy; which the first book is available for free on Kindle Unlimited). The second book takes place immediately after book one and it begins, where book one alluded, a world of apocalyptic ruin with many featured characters people read from book one but also new characters that I hope people will love.
L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?
T: I do have, at least, two authors who inspired my trilogy: George R.R. Martin and Brent Weeks. There are a few series that also inspired my works as well as these authors, Castlevania and Berserk. I love the epic span world combined with dark themes.
L: What are you currently reading?
T: I read whatever interest me but right now I have quite a few in my TBR list: Dune, Good Omens, American Gods, and War and Peace.
L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?
T: I wouldn’t say need but I have specific people who I do listen to on my Pandora that I would listen to on repeat: Ruelle (one of her songs, Game of Survival, is how I was inspired by my first books title), Hidden Citizens, Two Steps From hell, just to name a few.
L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?
T: So far, the most challenging has been making sure that the story is concise, engaging, and entertaining. Especially since I don’t have a co-writer or anyone to “read over my shoulder” I have to rely on my gut instincts at the start and hope that everything panes out. In the end, I try not letting fear and guilt (writers block and that imposter syndrome, get to me).
L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?
T: Besides writing, I love to binge watch my favorite television shows (right now I’m binge-watching Supernatural) but I also love brainstorming about other ideas, listening to music, and reading books.
L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time? Why?
T: I have to say the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. I’ve read all of them in the series and I’ve found that her take on Vampires was different and original. I love the bad ass female characters, the romances between certain characters, and the plot – as well as the sequels that tie in with it, that featured characters from Vampire Academy that starred in their sequel.
L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?
T: There not so much as regrets as they are that I wish I finished a lot of my unpublished manuscripts and I wish I would have put myself on a strict writing regime.
L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?
T: I am a self-published author. At the moment, I am just trying to sell my book, nothing fancy but I hope in the near future people will buy my books (ebook and paperback).
L: What genre do you read?
T: I used to read Urban Fantasy to Paranormal but lately, given the genre I write, I’ve been checking out works that are in the fantasy category.
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?
T: Sit, stare at my computer, and hope one day words will appear (haha). I don’t stress when writing – or I try not too – and I put on something that I like to watch or read to get me “started”. Sometimes I’ll look at old works that I have written prior that generate interest in my current writing or future writing.
L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?
T: I get most of my inspiration from things around and things that I watch. It might be the simplest detail but my brain generates entire story lines (or small plots) that I could work with or simple have fun imagining them.
L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
T: Don’t give up, even when it gets hard because someday someone will want to read whatever you created but they can’t do that if you don’t write it. Writing is hard and it can make you want to tear your hair out but remember why you love writing and what it means to you. Never, Never, give up.
T.R. Tells (Also known as Tarea Mallard) chose the pen name created as a play on words “T.R “TELLS a story”. She lives in upstate New York working toward her Bachelors at Southern New Hampshire University in Fiction and Creative writing. When she isn’t writing novels, ideas, short stories, or finished with her classes; she’s usually scrolling through one of her streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Funimation etc). She’s a fan of Anime, RPG, and JRPG games; anything historical or fantasy (books or T.V. shows) – she can go on for hours talking about it or really anything that she is passionate about. That’s including being a writer and author, Tarea (T.R. Tells) feels a passion towards it and hopes that (even if it’s just one person) feels the amount of effort, love, and determination that is expressed in her writing.
Game of Survival – A GAME OF SURVIVAL IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE FINAL DESTINY TRILOGY in a series of sin, destruction, and negativity. In the Fractured Realm, evil and discrimination plague the land and sin harbors and festers through the hearts of Mundanes. The King of Middilgard is told of a vision that will end him and his reign. In King Godfrey’s state of fear, he rids the city of any possible magic to protect his kingdom. In Kingsland, a Roma descendant named Thea must survive in a world where right and wrong don’t exist and magic is not understood but feared. Where countless visions of a grim future speak of death and destruction, demons that inhabit not only the mind but the body as well. Here is a tale of an assassin trained in the arts of shadow and killing to protect the weak, a black swordsman who seeks to find a love once lost, a prince determined to make peace in a ruined kingdom; a bastard prince who tries to find a place in the world and a woman determined to fight through the patriarchal society to find her purpose.Their paths will be relentless and harsh just as the evil that festers through the hearts of man. All the while, a war of wars between the gods may very well spell future for Middilgard and the Realm itself. Will the souls of the damned be free of their impurity or will they be ravaged by the evil that lingers inside of their hearts? In the Game of Survival, there are no winners, only survivors.
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