I did an interview with Pembroke Sinclair about her upcoming book release, Wucaii. The book is an urban fantasy novel that will be released sometime in June of this year. Pembroke is a prolific writer who enjoys writing in different genres. I hope that you enjoy reading the interview.
Interview with Pembroke Sinclair
1. Where are you from?
I’m from Wyoming.
2. What genre are your books?
I write in a variety of genres, from sci fi to fantasy to horror, though most of my books have some dark elements in them. I also write adult and young adult fiction.
3. What draws you to this genre?
I am fascinated with the question: What does it mean to be human? And I think the best way to explore the answers to that is by looking at characters that aren’t human.
4. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Aelana is a half-human, half-dragon hybrid, and she travels the universe with the full-fledged dragons destroying worlds. This gives the planets the ability to regenerate, but Aelana ensures that not all of the inhabitants are destroyed.
5. How did you come up with the title Wucaii?
I was looking for a word that meant “Royal Dragon,” and I found this in a scientific name for a dinosaur. I liked it, so I used it.
6. What project(s) are you working on currently?
I am currently working on another young adult zombie series. The first book is completed, and it’s called Humanity’s Hope.
7. When did you decide to become a writer?
To be honest, I don’t think anyone ever decides to become a writer, it’s foisted upon us. We have a need and desire to put stories onto paper. If we don’t, we feel hollow and lacking.
8. Why do you write?
The voices in my head won’t leave me alone until I share their story.
9. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Ha! I wish! With a full-time job and two boys under the age of 10, I squeeze in writing when I can.
10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
My first draft is usually written out in longhand, then I transfer the chapters to the computer.
11. Where do your ideas come from?
It depends, but more often than not, they come from my dreams.
12. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Ummmm, that’s a good question! I’m not really sure how to answer that. I would like to think I’m getting better at writing and that my stories are concise and to the point, but I’m not sure that’s true.
13. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time and promotion.
14. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Honestly, it depends on the type of book. For my young adult novels, on average I can have the first draft done in 3 months. For my middle grade books, I like to challenge myself to writing a chapter a day, so I can get those done in 2 weeks with LOTS of editing afterwards.
If it’s nonfiction, on average it takes me a year to complete, mainly because of the amount of research that goes into the book.
15. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I try to read when I can, and I have lots of favorite authors: Christopher Pike, Piers Anthony, Dante, Milton, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carrol.
16. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
I don’t have a preference. I love them both. Having an ebook reader means the books are more portable, but there’s nothing better than breaking the spine of a paper copy. Makes the book stay open soooo much better.
17. What is your favorite positive saying?
“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, ‘This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.’”
– David Morrell
18. What is your favorite book and why?
I have a lot of favorite books, but the one I read over and over is Alice in Wonderland. The wonder, excitement, and hidden meanings within the story means I discover something new every time I pick it up.
19. How do you market your books?
I look for reviewers, do blog tours, give away free copies, present at conferences, and do workshops and presentations.
20. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up, but don’t ever stop having fun writing.
21. Is there anything that you would like to tell your readers?
Thank you for checking out my work. You have no idea how much it means to me and how much I appreciate it. You’re the reason I write.
Summary of Wucaii
It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time–including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won’t be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain?
What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.
About the Author
Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.
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