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We continue our SPFBOX interviews with the author of Whisper for Eternity, Melissa Stone!

SPFBO (the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off) is a free online contest run by author Mark Lawrence. 300 authors compete across ten judging teams to see who will be the winner! You can read more about the contest here.

 

Cover for Melissa Stone's Whisper for Eternity. The entire cover is done in blue tones. A crystal skull dominates the foreground, cushioned by roses and with clouds and a night sky in the background. A full moon shines above. The title is written in an ornate silver font.

An immortal scholar. A missing goddess. A lost history. The last thing Linndan expected when the gods dragged him back to Melphor was being tasked with locating Tehaksha, the missing goddess of the underworld. Threatened with remaining stuck on Melphor, he agrees to help. His search led him from one end of the country to the other, uncovering the theft of an ancient and evil book in the process. Despite his protests, Empress Hihaye prevents Linndan from completing his task, declaring that the theft is a more pressing matter. The gods are no help, insisting that he deal with this as well. What he finds at the end of his journey will change Melphor forever.

INTERVIEW

 

Tell us a little about yourself and let our readers know which blog you’ve been assigned to for SPFBOX!

Hi! I’ve been self-published since 2012. This year, I’m with Kitty G.


What inspired you to write this book?

Weirdly? A Batman OC that was too cool to leave as a fan character and spiraled into a book. Then a friend’s comments after reading the original version morphed into this.

 

The rush of endorphins from finishing the first draft is unbeatable. A close second is the one from finishing that last round of edits before publication.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about your writing or editing process? What’s most exciting to you about writing or editing?

I love to write and world build. Creating worlds and the people who live there has always been something I enjoy. The rush of endorphins from finishing the first draft is unbeatable. A close second is the one from finishing that last round of edits before publication.

Who or what have been your major literary influences?
Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey were instrumental in a lot of my writing. They both have their problematic things, but I was unaware of those as a teenager. Lackey taught me that a giant series is possible and McCaffrey that dragons didn’t have to be evil. It was mind blowing.

What makes your SPFBOX book unique?
I haven’t really looked at many of my fellow competitors, but I’m pretty sure mine is the only one with a talking skull.

Do you have a favourite character from your SPFBOX entry? Tell us about them!
Ryaneyu. She was the original protagonist until I switched it to a single person POV.

 

There are a limited number of places these portals can take a person and they’re all fantasy worlds. So it’s technically straight fantasy, but also technically an unappologetic portal fantasy.

How does your work fit into (or challenge) its genre?
WfE is technically portal fantasy and makes no moves to hide it. The world the story begins on is not where it takes place. Linndan mentions the other worlds he’s been to fairly often in the story. There are a limited number of places these portals can take a person and they’re all fantasy worlds. So it’s technically straight fantasy, but also technically an unappologetic portal fantasy.

What do you hope readers take away from your SPFBOX entry?
I hope they want to learn about the other places Linndan has been in his travels and want to learn more.


What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the sequel to my SFBO9 book.

 

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About Melissa Stone

Melissa Stone lives in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When she’s not writing, she enjoys a variety of handicrafts, art, and working as a freelance proofreader. She writes primarily in the fantasy genre and currently has a few projects on the go. She’s self-published several novels to date, though none traditionally.

Steve Hugh Westenra

Steve is a trans author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (basically, if it’s weird he writes it). He grew up on the eldritch shores of Newfoundland, Canada, and currently lives and works in (the slightly less eldritch) Montreal. He holds advanced degrees in Russian Literature, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies. As a reader, Steve’s tastes are eclectic. He enjoys anything that could be called speculative, including fantasy, sci-fi, and horror, but has been known to enjoy a good mystery as well as literary fiction. He’s always excited to try something new or that pushes boundaries, particularly from marginalized authors. Steve is passionate about queer representation, Late Antiquity, and spiders.

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