Hey there everyone, so happy you can all join me again.
We have a returning guest in our midst tonight, as we speak to her as part of her ongoing Blog Tour, so buckle up and let’s find out more about the latest release from author Donna Migliaccio.
You can find the original Author Interview that I did with Donna here:-
So without further ado, here is the latest installment and interview with Donna in her The Gemeta Stone Series, thanks for reading and enjoy the show folks 🙂
Hi there Donna, a sincere pleasure to have you back here with us again to chat about your latest book release (Book 4) in The Gemeta Stone Series – “RAGIS”.
Thanks so much for inviting me back!
Who are the key players/lead protagonists and antagonists that pop up in your book this time round?
It’s still very much Kristan Gemeta’s story, with Heather Demitt continuing to play a huge supporting role. Ravelin Seachlan and Sigurd Sigurdson are the current antagonists, but the primary antagonist, Daazna, is waiting in the wings.
What is the story about regarding the conflict that needs to be resolved by the characters and what are the stakes for them?
Kristan is torn between the terrible Tabi’a power that threatens to destroy him, and the belief that it’s his only weapon against Daazna. The more he leans toward that power, the more the Stone fights him. Meanwhile, Heather is trying to maintain control of her army while Ravelin, who wants to get his own kingdom back, attempts to undermine her by playing on her loneliness.
How did the idea for this tale take shape? What inspiration did you draw upon when you came up with the concept of the novel?
It was a story that began as a writing assignment back in high school. I held onto that little nugget of writing and began to expand on it when I was in college. I finished the original version of the story shortly a few years after graduation, but then Real Life happened and it got back-burned for decades. It was only in 2009 that I started working on it again.
What sort of research did you do for this novel to help flesh it out further?
Oh, lord – I feel like I’m always researching. I’ve studied topics as wide-ranging as castles, horse tack, survival skills, medieval medicine and cookery, post-traumatic stress disorder and the nature of hallucinations. And I’ve taken courses in archery and swordsmanship.
Regarding research for your books, is there anything that has surprised you or completely changed your world view after writing this book or your previous books?
Both the sword and archery classes were surprising – how exhausting swordwork can be (it’s not that graceful leaping and bounding stuff you see in movies) and how Zen archery is. I actually found it soothing – although I expect that wouldn’t be the case if you were in the heat of battle.
What aspects of your characters in this book would you say that you relate to on a personal level?
Kristan’s self-doubt and constant questioning of himself is me all over. I often wish I was more like Heather, who has a much more positive and straightforward world-view.
What were the hardest parts of this book to write? And what were the easiest?
I put Kristan through so much in this book – actually, he’s had a rough time for the last two books, and things get even rougher in Ragis as the story builds to its climax. The hardest part of writing this book was balancing Kristan’s growing self-hatred against his role as the sympathetic hero of the story. The easiest part was the pivotal, life-changing decision he makes in the final third of the book. I had been building the story to that moment for so long that it was a genuine relief to finally write it.
Were there any significant concepts that you had to edit out of this book that seemed like a good idea in the first draft but became too unwieldy as the story progressed?
I originally had a sequence where Kristan was forced into abducting a member of a rival king’s family in order to make his way safely through that rival’s kingdom. I finally realized I needed to streamline that plot point by using existing characters, rather than introduce new ones. Wow, I’d almost forgotten I’d gone down that path! It’s so much better the way it occurs in the book.
Do you hide any secrets or Easter eggs in your books for dedicated readers to find?
I love it when writers re-introduce a minor plot device later in the story – something that makes you as a reader say, “oh, wait a minute!” and back up through the story to find that device’s first appearance. But I don’t usually do that unless there’s a good reason for it. About the only Easter-eggy thing I did in Ragis was name a one-off character after one of my favorite fantasy writers. There, now readers will have something to look for!
Finally, regarding your subsequent projects, are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Still banging away at the fifth and final book in the series, and giving serious consideration to whether I want to pursue publishing some prequel material I wrote as research. It’s the story of the two years leading up to Kristan and Daazna’s first meeting. I wanted to explore both characters’ relationships with their parents, as well as detail what led up to the theft of the blue scrying ball – the event that sets Daazna’s whole revenge-tale into motion. I’m curious to know if readers of the series would enjoy that story – Readers, let me know!
And once again, that’s a wrap! Thank you for stopping by Donna, we can’t wait to see where you take the series further, good luck with your Blog Tour 🙂
Donna Migliaccio is a professional stage actress with credits that include Broadway, National Tours and prominent regional theatres.
She is based in the Washington, DC Metro area, where she co-founded Tony award-winning Signature Theatre and is in demand as an entertainer, teacher and public speaker.
Her award-winning short story, “Yaa & The Coffins,” was featured in Thinkerbeat’s 2015 anthology The Art of Losing.
You can connect with her via the following Social Media channels:-
Facebook:- Donna Migliaccio – Author (FB)
Pinterest:- @donnaiswriting (Pinterest)
Twitter:- @donnamig (Twitter)
Website:- The Website of Author Donna Migliaccio
You can buy her books here:-
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