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Welcome, W. R. Gingell!
Noblebright is something I was writing before I had a name to give it. I love the idea that although the world may be dark, good and right can still triumph without being corrupted; the idea that you don’t have to be evil to overcome evil. So I’m thankful to C.J. Brightley, who coined the term and gave me a name to call the feeling.
In general, I portray those ideals in my main characters as well as the worlds they live in. I love to write (and read or watch) characters who do the right thing under impossible circumstances, or those who come to a right way of doing things through their journey. I love to see and write beautifully moral actions being lauded instead of laughed at.
In Wolfskin in particular, I played with the themes of redemption, new life/new chances, and faith. Honestly, I don’t usually set out to draw out themes; it just sometimes happens as a result of my outlook on life and the way I see the world.
Which is your favourite book in the Luminous collection; and why?
Too hard! (Though I read Intisar Khanani’s Sunbolt before any of the others here, so I have fond feelings for it—plus it’s a fantastic book). Also, I haven’t finished reading quite all the books yet. So I’m going to tell you which one I’m most looking forward to reading: Lea Doue’s The Firethorn Crown. It’s next up on my list once I finish the literary masterpiece I’m at present reading…er, well, the latest Pearls Before Swine Gallery, anyway…
How do you like to write? Longhand (shorthand?), typewriter, computer, blood, nail scratches on the walls?
I use a mix of computer and longhand to write. When I first began writing, it was all longhand because my family didn’t have a computer. We got one when I was 12 or so, as far as I remember. It was very exciting (and heartbreaking—there’s nothing worse than losing 60 pages of draft to a faulty floppy…). After that—or, strictly speaking, after mum forced me to learn how to touch type—I almost always wrote via computer.
Until I got my tiny, portable computer, I still wrote longhand during my lunch breaks (and guys, if you want to be a writer, there’s actually gonna be a LOT of years where you’re feverishly writing during lunch breaks at the day job) but once I had that tiny computer…
Nowadays I only write longhand if I simply CAN’T figure out what is supposed to be happening, or if I need to outline—which, as a pantser, I rarely do.
Are you a speed writer, or a turtle writer?
That depends on the book. Some were written really fast (Lady of Dreams) and some seemed to take forever (cough Blackfoot cough).
What is your favourite re-read book for a rainy afternoon?
I always come back to Pride and Prejudice. I guess I’m one of those readers. I’ve read it at least 20 times as far as I can remember, and I always enjoy it anew when I read it again. About once or twice a year I get the yen to read it again.
Tea or coffee?
Tea, or chai latte. Coffee doesn’t exist in my paradigm…
Music or no music?
I’m firmly in the ‘music while writing’ camp. I forget who it was that mentioned it to me, but there’s a thing that basically equates to training your brain. You listen to the same playlist/cd/series of cds when you write—and ONLY when you write. The idea is that when you hear that music (after a couple weeks), your brain will automatically kickstart into writing.
And let me tell you: it works. Having said that, the playlists I use, I don’t keep ONLY for writing. That decreases the effectiveness a bit, but I love these playlists, and they’re really useful to me, still.
On any given day, I will be listening to Lindsey Stirling, B.A.P., Hans Zimmer, CNBLUE, B.T.S., Ramin Djawardi, Day6, or any mix thereof. Some days you want epic soundtrack music with trumpets galore and booming drums. Some times you just gotta bop along to kpop…
Luminous: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set
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Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.
Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.
What is Noblebright fantasy?
Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.
This boxed set includes:
The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.
A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews
Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife.
Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs
Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.
The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn
You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.
Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden
Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in.
The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.
Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.
Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.
The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.