Review and Interview: Marshall Ryan Maresca

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The exciting debut to Marshall Ryan Maresca’s Streets of Maradaine fantasy series!


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax’s service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life.

Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income—and saddled with a looming debt—they fall back on their old skills and old friends.

With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land.

Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti’s crumbling sanity, the brothers and their crew of amateurs and washouts swear to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter the cost.


ENCHANTED REVIEW

The Holver Alley Crew is the first in a new series set in his existing Maradaine world, and it’s a great start to a new series!

Having read some of the others in this world, reading this one is like visiting a familiar place but going somewhere new. The world-building is one of my favorite aspects of Maresca’s work (as evidenced in some of my interview questions below!) and The Holver Alley Crew does not disappoint. We get to see a different side of the world in Holver Alley, the not-so-nice-don’t-buy-a-suburban-ranch-in-this-part-of-town kind of side.

The Rynax brothers, Asti and Verci, couldn’t lead more different lives if they tried, and when their futures area irrevocably altered by a fire, they have tough decisions to make. In the spirit of not spoiling the book, I will say that they plan a simple heist, but their plan takes a very different turn as they learn that the truth about the Holver Alley fire.

I highly recommend The Holver Alley Crew and give it my highest rating: five lanterns!

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Enchanted Alley: Welcome to the Alley! We’re certainly glad you’re here.

I’ll start off with an easy question. If you had to choose one book or series to read over and over for a lifetime, what would it be and why?

Marshall Ryan Maresca: You mean, other than the combined Maradaine books?  Because that would be the obvious answer.

Real answer: Watership Down by Richard Adams.  I’ve read it many, many times, and I keep coming back to it.  It’s deep, rich fantasy filled with mythology, adventure, a heist and a war.  But with rabbits.  And it’s amazing.

EA: That is a great book and author. Good choice! Speaking of great books and great writers, what are your “must have” tools for writing? Can you give us a glimpse into your process?

MRM: In terms of tools: I need my laptop with Scrivener on it, and a good set of headphones that let me tune out the world.  Add in coffee in the morning or rooibos tea in the evening, and that’s the core of “what I need”.

Now, if I have space to sit, lay out my notebooks and outline materials, all the better.  But if I have my laptop and headphones, I can work just about anywhere.

EA: If you could live in the world of The Hover Alley Crew, what your life be like?

MRM: So, if I lived in Maradaine, I probably wouldn’t live in North Seleth, the neighborhood where Holver Alley Crew takes place.

Ideally, I would live on the other side of the river in neighborhoods like High River or Fenton, which have their share of artist communities, coffee shop and wine clubs, and is near one the fancier institute of higher learning.  A perfect place to write, engage in the arts and talk philosophy into the late hours while drinking coffee or wine.

But North Seleth wouldn’t be terrible: it might be a poor neighborhood, but it’s a community where people know each other and take care of one another.  There certainly are worse places in the city to end up.

EA: High River and Fenton are my kinds of towns. That’s one of the best things about books, getting to visit places you wouldn’t otherwise!  Up next, how long does it take to plot and write a novel? Which part of the process is your favorite? Least favorite?

MRM: It varies, but the plotting/outlining process is usually about a month, and then the writing process from five-to-eight months, depending on what else is going on.  Of course, since I have many projects going forward, at any given time I have different things in different stages.  But my favorite part is definitely that end-stage of drafting, where all the elements have come together, and it’s mostly a process of letting it race out of your fingers into the keyboard.  Worst part?  That middle phase, where even though I know what needs to happen (because: outline), it still feels like pulling teeth.

EA: I’ve heard the middle is a least favorite part for lots of writers! Okay, so which character is your favorite to write?

MRM: Oh, this is one of those “which child do you love most?” questions.  But OK, I’ll pick.  In all the Maradaine books, it’s probably Corrie from the Constabulary books.  She’s an absolute hoot.  If I narrow to just the Holver Alley Crew, then I’ll go with Helene.  Actually, Corrie and Helene would probably get along pretty well, if they weren’t on opposite sides of the law.  That could be a fun pairing….

Yes, that would be fun! I’d love to read that (hint, hint…)

Thank you so much for coming to hang out with us at The Enchanted Alley. We love your work around here and can’t wait to have you back again. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State.  He now lives Austin with his wife and son.  His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over TexasHe also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. For more information, visit Marshall’s website at http://www.mrmaresca.com.


Essential Information

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Title: THE HOLVER ALLEY CREW

Author: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: Streets of Maradaine #1

ISBN: 9780756412609

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher: DAW MASS MARKET

List Price: $7.99

Blog Tour: David B. Coe, The Outlanders

The Enchanted Alley would like to welcome David B. Coe!

David is here today as a stop on his blog tour for the newly re-released edition of The Outlanders! He’ll be talking to us about the things he’s learned since The Outlanders was originally released — things about writing, about publishing, and about the facing the challenge of returning to your earlier works once you’ve learned a few things. 

About THE OUTLANDERS!

Four years after the insidious, devastating invasion by agents of Lon-Ser, Tobyn-Ser’s Order of Mages and Masters is riven by conflict and paralyzed by inaction. From the outlander, Baram, they have learned much about their neighbor to the west: Unlike Tobyn-Ser, which is served by the Mage-Craft of the Children of Amarid, Lon-Ser is devoid of magic. Instead it possesses a dazzling and deadly technology that shapes every aspect of its people’s daily life.
Frustrated by the Order’s inability to act, Orris, a young, rebellious mage, takes it upon himself to prevent further attacks on his homeland. Taking Baram from his prison, he embarks upon a perilous journey to Bragor-Nal, an enormous, violent city in Lon-Ser, ruled by a brutal, feudal-like system of Break-Laws, Nal-Lords, and Overlords. As Orris soon learns, however, Baram has been driven insane by his captivity. Upon reaching his strange and fractured homeland, the man abandons Orris.
Armed only with his magic, Orris is thrust into a world whose language he does not comprehend and whose technology he can barely fathom. Together with Gwilym, a man with strange powers, whose vision of Orris has lured him out of the mountains and into the chaos of the Nals, and Melyor, a beautiful Nal-Lord who harbors a secret that could cost her life, Orris must end the threat to Tobyn-Ser without getting himself and his companions killed.
THE OUTLANDERS is the second volume of the LonTobyn Chronicle, David B. Coe’s Crawford Award-winning debut series. This is the Author’s Edit of the original book.

And without further ado, here’s David! 

“Lessons Learned in the Writing Trade”

by David B. Coe

I have recently released the Author’s Edit of The Outlanders, the second novel in my very first series, the LonTobyn Chronicle. This follows the re-release of Children of Amarid, book I in the series. Book III, Eagle-Sage, should be re-released in December. These books are incredibly special to me. They launched my career, won me the Crawford Fantasy Award as best new author (this was back when novels were still published on granite tablets), and established my career critically and commercially.

But I also recognized from the time I wrote the books originally that they suffered from many of the flaws that afflict first novels. They were earnest, ambitious, and in many ways quite good, but they were also wordy, overwritten, and longer than they needed to be. Hence the Author’s Edit of the new versions. The Author’s Edit is kind of like the Director’s Cut of a movie — I have revised the books to make them more readable without, I hope, compromising them in any way when it comes to essential story elements like plot, setting, character, pacing, etc. I was able to do this now because at this stage in my career, after writing nineteen novels over as many years, I’ve learned a thing or two about writing and storytelling.

So, I thought it might be helpful to look at some of what I’ve learned and at a few of the lessons I was able to apply when I edited these beloved but imperfect early novels.

  1. Less is more — One of the things I did in editing these books was remove exposition, adverbs, and unnecessary dialog tags including gestures and facial expressions. Not all of them, but enough that the new version of The Outlanders is some 14,000 words shorter than the original. Children of Amarid I cut by 20,000 words. Why? Because readers don’t need to be told every little thing. For instance, sometimes — most times if we’re doing it correctly — dialog conveys meaning through wording and context. We can usually tell from what a character says whether she is angry or sad or joyful. In the original versions I put in so many expressions and gestures that my characters read as caricatures, their facial expressions changing with every word until they seemed like something out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. “Less is more” means what it sounds like. I could get away with describing fewer of those expressions and gestures without losing meaning. The result is a cleaner, leaner manuscript.
  1. Trust your reader — This is something my editor told me a lot while working on those early books. Readers don’t need to have every little storytelling nuance explained to them. In fact, as with “Less is more,” if we do our jobs as authors we shouldn’t have to explain much at all. Readers can figure out from dialog, from action, from the little details we show, from limited internal monologue, all that they need to follow our stories. We need to trust their ability to intuit what they need to know. Overtelling, pointing out the already obvious, undermines our writing. In a sense, “Trust your reader” is another way of saying “Trust yourself.” Err on the side of telling too little. Let your story speak for itself. And if your Beta readers or your editors don’t understand something, they’ll let you know and you can bolster the narrative with a bit more exposition.
  1. Don’t overuse adverbs — Some people will say that we should NEVER use adverbs. That’s ridiculous. Sometimes adverbs add to our readers’ understanding of context, scene, and emotion. The danger lies in overuse of adverbs. The problem with adverbs is that when used too often they become of symptom of showing rather telling. I used way too many in the original versions of these books and I removed a lot of them in the edits. Some remain, and they add to the narrative. You don’t need to ban them from your writing entirely (see what I did there?); just beware of them.
  1. Reach high, push yourself — This is actually a lesson I was reminded of in reading through these old books, a lesson from my younger self to my older self. They were ambitious novels that demanded a lot of me when I wrote them. I sometimes wonder if my more recent books have been too “safe” in a way, and I am currently writing a new epic fantasy that is as sprawling and far-reaching as these early efforts. And I’m having a blast. So if you sense something lacking in your current work-in-progress, maybe you need to push yourself a bit harder. You might be surprised by how much fun you’ll have if you do.

Lessons learned. Every writing project teaches me something new, whether I’m editing or writing. I love that about this craft. It keeps my work fresh, and it keeps me feeling challenged. As long as that continues to be the case, I’ll keep writing.

Thank you, David!

Everyone here at the Enchanted Alley hopes you will be writing for a very long time. 


About the Author

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David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy novels. As David B. Coe, he writes The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy from Baen Books. The first two books, Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes came out in 2015. The third volume, Shadow’s Blade, has recently been released. Under the name D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy from Tor Books that includes Thieftaker, Thieves’ Quarry, A Plunder of Souls, and Dead Man’s Reach.

David is also the author of the Crawford Award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle, which he is in the process of reissuing, as well was the critically acclaimed Winds of the Forelands quintet and Blood of the Southlands trilogy. He wrote the novelization of Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. David’s books have been translated into a dozen languages.

He lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.


Where to find David online


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Title: THE OUTLANDERS (The LonTobyn Chronicle, Book 2)

Author: David B. Coe

Publisher: Lore Seekers Press

Price: $4.99 eBook/ $18.95 Paperback

Length: 561  pages

ReleaseDate: October 2, 2016

ASIN: B01M0ZQPZ9

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Interview: Artemis Rising, Welcome Back!

Today we have two very special guests!

Lindsay Archer and Carrie Anne Hunt are here from Artemis Rising Productions to talk about their project: OTHERWORLD!

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You visited the Alley about a year ago (link to post) and talked about your project, OTHERWORLD. What has happened in the past year with that project?

Carrie Anne: So much has happened! In the past year, we’ve finalized our pilot script for the first episode of OTHERWORLD, had it read by an amazingly talented group of actors, and gone full force into pre-production for what we are calling “phase one.” What does that mean? It means gathering the funds to make a Proof of Concept for OTHERWORLD, which is essentially a short film/extended trailer that will help us showcase our beautiful world and characters to investors and networks. It is an essential tool to help us move into Phase Two, which will be the pitching process where we go to networks and larger investors to make the entire series a reality. It’s really exciting!!


You have an IndieGogo campaign set up for Otherworld. How’s it going?

Lindsay Archer: We’ve slowed down at 11% So we could really use some help hitting that end mark.
CA: Like Lindsay said, right now we are at 11% with our campaign. There’s a lot that fans can do to help! First, I’d like to remind folks that it doesn’t have to be a huge contribution. For example, if we had 927 people donate $25, wed make our goal. Not so bad, huh?

What can folks do to help?

LA: Other than contributing, sharing the project on Facebook, Twitter, and just getting it out there to people who are interested in fantasy is a huge boon.
CA: What we have noticed is that we are getting a lot of shares and traffic to the site, which is GREAT! However, we really need to get the campaign about 10x the exposure it has now. So, what can fans do? Share, share, share! Also, if anybody out there knows of any podcasts or blogs or other Facebook or Tumblr groups that might be interested in what we are doing, please contact us and let us know!

Both Lindsay and I have been doing interviews here and there to raise awareness. Right now, it’s a little bit of a numbers game with traffic vs. donations. So, let’s make this thing go viral! Thank you to all of you for your support, we appreciate it more than we can say!


What’s the next step for the project?

LA: This IndieGogo Campaign is to produce a Proof of Concept. Basically that is a short film, somewhat like a teaser, to get people interested in the show, especially investors and Networks. It helps generate industry support to film a pilot and additional episodes and air them on Networks that can reach their target audience. Ultimately we want to see our series on TV entertaining audiences and sharing this amazing story that we’ve created together.
CA: Yeah! What Lindsay said! Once the Proof of Concept is funded and filmed, we’ll begin the process of pitching it to networks and investors to make the series a reality. The Proof of Concept will help us showcase our unique vision. We are SUPER excited to share the beautiful epic that we’ve crafted (and are still crafting!) together.

Do you have any other projects that you’re working on as well?

LA: Presently, Otherworld is the main focus for Artemis Rising Productions at the moment, but I’ve got several other concepts that I would love to see produced in time.
CA: Like Lindsay said, OTHERWORLD is our main focus right now, but between the two of us, we’ve definitely got some other stuff cooking on the proverbial back burners.

Now, on to some more rapid-fire questions! Favorite color?

LA: Red
CA: Blue-violet!

Favorite song?

LA: Ack! Too many to choose! Recently I’ve become fond of Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys
CA: This is really tough question! But, if I had to pick ONE of my favorites, it would be: The Mystic’s Dream by Loreena Mckinnett

Ireland or New Zealand? Why?

LA: Although I would love to visit either of them, I’d probably prefer to visit Ireland because of its ancient history and castles.
CA: Can my answer just be a resounding YES to both? haha! When I watched Lord of the Rings, it was the landscapes that pulled at my heart more than anything, so I would absolutely love to go over there and get a real feel for the land. Ireland is such a part of my personal heritage that I’d love to be over there as well. Plus, like Lindsay said — Castles! I’m a sucker for castles and countryside.

So. Both. hah!


If you woke up and found yourself as the lead role in a movie, what movie would you most like it to be?

LA: Most of the roles that Gena Davis played, Eowyn from Lord of the Rings, since Aragorn isn’t female, or Katniss in Hunger Games if I could have my younger body.
CA: Assuming we are talking about woke up and as an actress have been cast in a particular movie that’s already been made, rather than waking up living in that world. Uhm… this is a super hard question for me because I’d rather wake up and be cast in a new fantasy movie or period piece as the lead that hasn’t been done yet. Like, OTHERWORLD! hah!

I suppose we could say Labyrinth, since that’s one of my favorite movies and getting to work with the Frouds and the Henson Company is a pretty big dream of mine. That, or Legend, because of the Unicorns. hah.

Or, if they ever end up doing a live-action The Last Unicorn, I would LOVE (OMG, seriously, okay maybe this is it.) LOVE to play Amalthea. I identify with her so much!


Cake or pie?

LA: Pie, because it reminds me of Dean Winchester.
CA: Cobbler! I know that wasn’t an option, but it’s the best. Blackberry cobbler in particular. Just leave it on the windowsill … hehe.

Which way does the toilet paper go? Over or under?

LA: Over!
CA: Whatever floats your boat!

Anything else you want us to cover?

LA: My art on books? Kidding.
I do hope others will help support this project. It’s been a long time in the making. Thank you for taking the time to Interview us, and best wishes!
CA: Nope! I do want to say what an AMAZING team we have pulled together for our Proof of Concept, though. I’m so excited I can barely stand it. So, PLEASE, help us out! Toss us a few bucks and/or share with the masses.

Thanks so much, Lindsay and Carrie Anne. You’re always welcome here.

Best of luck with your Proof of Concept, and hopefully we will have you back soon to offer our congratulations!

Blog Tour Stop: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

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Broken Soul blurb:

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs….

When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team.

Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….


About the Author

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New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter writes dark urban fantasy and paranormal urban thrillers.

Her long-running, bestselling, Skinwalker series features Jane Yellowrock, a hunter of rogue-vampires. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series features Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality. She has a new paranormal crime solving series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, who can siphon away the magic of others, to be released in late 2015.

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, thrillers, women’s fiction, a medical thriller series, and even historical religious fiction. As Gwen, she is a winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for Fresh Talent in 1995 in the UK, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in 2008. Under all her pen names, she has over 30 books in print in 29 countries.

Faith Hunter writes full-time, and is a workaholic with a passion for jewelry making, white-water kayaking, travel, all which appear in and are used in her novels. She gave up cooking for lent one year and the oven stayed turned off for so long that it refused to come back on and had to be replaced, but she is having a hankering for homemade bread, and is considering getting back to baking in her remodeled kitchen. Occasionally, she remembers to sleep. The jewelry she makes and wears is often given as promo items to fans who come to her signings, and is used as prizes in contests. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast. (The poms don’t whitewater. The pampered dogs stay in the RV in lazy, air-conditioned comfort!)

Faith is a founding member of MagicalWords, a writing forum at www.magicalwords.net geared to helping writers of fantasy and other genres.

For more, including a list of her books, see www.faithhunter.net , www.gwenhunter.com and www.magicalwords.net. To keep with her, join her fan pages at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter


Author Interview

Faith Hunter, author of the Jane Yellowrock series, stopped by The Enchanted Alley to answer a few questions about her writing life and relationships with other writers.

What is the most important element in writing fantasy—to you?         

I say it often, but, voice. Character voice, narrative voice, authorial voice. Think about the sound of a Sam Spade crime / mystery novel versus a Sue Grafton crime / mystery novel. No one would mix up the two. The voices of these mysteries are different, and it’s the voices that set the mood and tone of a book. In the Jane Yellowrock world, the novels are written from Jane’s Point of View, but the shorts stories are often viewed and experienced through other characters. Every single Point Of View character has a unique voice. When I write in Molly Everhart Trueblood’s POV, she thinks and sounds very different from the way that Jane Yellowrock sounds. Rick LaFleur’s voice is more different still. And of course, Beast, well, Beast is a voice that takes unique to new levels. (see writer rolling eyes)

Who helped you get a start in the writing business?

Sadly, no one. Which is why it took so long to get published! Twenty+ years ago, it was the slush pile for me and it was hard to break in! I said a lot of prayers and had a lot of … either heavenly help or luck.  Since then I’ve mentored a number of writers, and have given a lot more writers a cover blurb to help them get off the ground in a writing career.

Do you ever help other writers get a start in the writing business?

I  used to mentor new writers. It’s been a while since someone I introduced to an agent or editor got published, but I am proud of the writers I mentored in the past. Some of them have found agents, gotten published, and found a writing niche that made them happy and fulfilled as writers. I admit that I no longer help others as much, not because I no longer want to (I do) but there is not enough time in a year to be a mentor anymore. Am I the only one who sees time moving by faster?

Who have you helped get a start in the writing business, and why?

Kim Harrison, Misty Massey, Craig Faris, Lillian Archer, Mindy Mymudes, Fran Rizer, and others. They were great writers with the ability to find voice, that magical element in all the best writers’ work.

Have you ever been part of a writing group?

Yes. I was part of a small (six member) critique group that lasted maybe 5 years. It was close and intimate and the people on it became really good friends. Out of that group came some of the names mentioned above.

You’re one of the founders of Magical Words. Tell us how that came about and what it is please.       

I met David B. Coe / D.B.Jackson (who writes urban fantasy, historical urban fantasy and epic fantasy) and were best friends instantly, totally. It was so instantaneous that it was weird. We wanted to do something together PR-wise and came up with a fantasy writing site that would cover everything. Writing, plot, blocks, muses, characters, character development, good writing chairs, good tea, PR. Everything. I brought Misty Massey (my other best writing pal) in and we 3 fit nicely together. Besties! And www.magicalwords.net was born.

This year (2014) we’ve tried a new format, bringing in a lot of new writers, names and faces. And I think we’ll mix it up again for 2015.


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Title:  Broken Soul

Author: Faith Hunter

Publisher: ROC

Length: 351 pages

Price: $5.99 Kindle, $7.99 Paperback

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Amazon Link: Buy it HERE

 

 

 

Guest Interview: Artemis Rising Productions

The Enchanted Alley would like to welcome Carrie Anne Hunt and Lindsay Archer, co-founders of Artemis Rising Productions!

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Here in the Enchanted Alley, we love all things mythical, magical, and whimsical, so we thought that even though Artemis Rising is a film company, they would fit right in.  

I think we were right.

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The Enchanted Alley: Artemis Rising Productions is described on the website as “Mythical, Fairytale, and Historical Journeys Caught on Film.” What has been your most successful project so far?

Carrie Anne: Currently, we are in development for our first project – a television series called Otherworld. We are thrilled with the progress so far and cannot wait to move into pre-production!

Lindsay Archer: If success is doing what you love, then certainly this is very successful.

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TEA: Can you tell us a little about Otherworld?

CA: Sure! As mentioned in the previous question, OTHERWORLD is a television series that we are currently developing. The series is high fantasy and Season One will be comprised of 8 one hour episodes.

As far as the storyline? We can’t reveal too much, but here is our logline:

Two hundred years after the Great War that drove magic from the lands and split the known Worlds in half, a Princess is born, setting an ancient prophecy into motion.”

LA: If you love fantasy and fairy tales, Otherworld will enchant you. As it is still in development the story is more of a sentient being that has infected us as the writers. It keeps growing and developing in exciting new directions that surprise us as much as it will the audience.

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TEA: Do you have plans to extend past film and move into other realms (writing, stage, etc.)?

CA: Between Lindsay Archer and myself, a lot gets done outside of just the producing side of things with the company.

For instance, we are both co-creators on OTHERWORLD. We have story meetings and bounce ideas back and forth for world building, plot points and characters. Then, I take those things, that we both decided on, and turn them into a script. Meanwhile, she takes those things and turns them into (pretty amazing!) concept art. We make a good team!

So, we already encompass writing, art, and producing within the company. At this time we are focusing on television and film and have not thought about branching out into stage work – but you never know what the future holds and we are certainly open to seeing where this incredible journey takes us!

LA: What she said 🙂

TEA: Where do you hope to see Artemis Rising Productions in the future?

CA: In a perfect world, we will be enjoying the success of our series and continuing to create meaningful, wonderful art to share with the World.

LA: Agreed. In addition it would be lovely to have our own studio. There are many other projects that are waiting in the wings after Otherworld that we would love to be able to sink our teeth into with a dedicated team to speed production.

TEA: How did you two decide to start this venture?

CA:When I first met Lindsay, it was during a photoshoot for her to use as reference to paint from. After that, many model sessions followed and we began to work together more frequently in that capacity. We knew we wanted to combine our talents and work together on other types of projects, but did not fully pursue the idea until last year. Lindsay had a short story that she thought would make a good film with a role that would be perfect for me to play. We sat down and looked at the short story and …well … it grew and grew and grew. And now it is something completely different, that is growing upwards farther than we ever imagined. It’s very exciting!

LA: We really bonded on set when my daughter played Carrie Anne’s daughter in a movie. She soon became the fairy godmother to my child. Knowing how talented Carrie Anne is, I wanted to work with her on a web series. We work well together, and after sharing the story ideas that I had with her, it melded what she wanted to do with the vision that I had for a series. Quickly it grew and evolved into so much more. When we both get into that synergistic mode of creation, it’s a magical thing to behold.

TEA: How do your personal strengths work together to make a fully functional business with only two of you?

CA: Lindsay is really good at visually realizing something through artwork, and I think my background as an actress really helps with the visualizing through words in a script. Combined, those skills give us a powerhouse presentation. Also, I’m really good at networking and have a solid base of industry knowledge from being immersed in television and film for the past 10 years, so that’s definitely a strength of mine. Lindsay has way more of an attention span than me and is always a great source for research on various time periods in history and how we can integrate those things into our script. I feel like we work together really well – sometimes we even share a brain and visualize the same thing at the same time, right down to the color! This happened recently and we were highly amused.

LA: Indeed, we balance each other in a lot of ways, and we don’t always agree on everything. That’s a good thing, because half the time we rework a section with something even better than either of us imagined previously. It raises the bar. When we do “share a brain” it’s pretty awesome.

TEA: How does it feel to take something that you’ve always been passionate about and make it come to life?

CA: Amazing!

LA: Exciting!

TEA: What is your favorite mythical or fairytale creature?

CA: Just ONE? I love them all! Ha! Mermaids, Faeries, Unicorns… even a few of the goblins (you know, the little misfit nice ones…)

LA: I favor equines (Unicorn, Pegasus, etc) and dragons

TEA: What is your favorite bedtime story?

CA:My Mom used to read me these two books, one was called “Fuzzy Rabbit” and the other one was called “Peabody” … they were both about well-loved stuffed animals. I had an extensive collection of them, so I used to snuggle in with some of my favorites and listen to the stories. I still have the copy of “Fuzzy Rabbit” that my Mom used to read to me. Having recently lost her, it has become invaluable.

LA: My mother read the Chronicles of Narnia to me as a little girl, and I’ve always loved them. I look forward to reading them to my own daughter.

TEA:What is your favorite period from history?

CA:Another hard question! I love almost every time period, but I think my favorite to watch films and read books about is Medieval and Renaissance. Though, I love ancient Greece and Rome as well

LA: Yes… I love history, anything prior to the 1900s. Medieval Studies are a favorite, which often lead back into Rome and its effects on Europe. It emphasizes that times change, but people really don’t.

TEA: Favorite book?

CA:Probably The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. It is a profound and beautiful book, one that I could not put down and that has stuck with me for some time.

LA: One? I love many books for many very different reasons. I just finished reading “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher, the newest in the Dresden Series which is an amazing fast paced series. But a favorite? It’s hard to say when so many are part of a greater series.

TEA: How can people support your projects?

CA: There are a few great ways that you can get involved and help out, if you would like to. One way, of course, is to donate – we will be starting the fundraising process soon and are looking for private investors as well as looking into crowd funding.

Another way to donate, is to do a trade services with us. For instance, if you are a costumer with a warehouse full of costumes that would fit into our world and wanted to rent or donate some to us in exchange for promotion of your work, we would love that!

Otherwise, just like us on FB and Twitter and share the magic with your friends!

Website: http://artemisrisingproductionsllc.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/artemisrisingproductions

Twitter: @ArtemisRisingPR

LA: Share the experience, posts, tweets, and of course if you happen to know someone with a castle that wouldn’t mind letting us borrow it for a few days.

TEA: Does anyone have a castle for these lovely ladies?  🙂

 

 

Thank you all for dropping by the Enchanted Alley!  We loved having you!