Lanie Mores on her Fantasy series

Lanie Mores is the author of the Contention series which is a fantasy novel. Lanie found her interest in books since childhood but the dream of being an author approached her in the early twenties. The author, Lanie Mores is sharing her experience in writing and some information about her series in today’s post.

The author on her books:

*My book series, Father of Contention, in a nutshell: After a series of unsanctioned genetic experiments, Renner Scholz achieves his goal of creating an army of super-humans possessing paranormal abilities. When his wife becomes unable to continue to serve as host, Renner resorts to kidnapping women to act as incubators for his ongoing mutant experiments. Angelika Juris rescues one of his victims, her sister Veronica, who eventually gives birth to a girl who carries the potential to develop supernatural abilities and become the saviour or the destroyer of mankind. Her name is Dani, and the fate of the world rests in her hands.

*I think readers will like my series because it has a good balance between good and evil, a strong moral purpose and the storyline in each book is unpredictable.

*Inspiration for the Father of Contention series came from several sources. An avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, I draw inspiration from authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Terry Goodkind and J.R.R. Tolkien to create alternate worlds involving paranormal activity. My vivid dreams are responsible for the plot development and storyline of the series and my overactive imagination helped to fill in the gaps to create a cohesive tale exploring the relationship between science and religion and how they can coexist.

*One of my favourite characters is found in the third book of my series, titled Sea of Forgetfulness, which is slated to be released later this summer. Her name is Dani, she’s thirteen, full of angst, has OCD and the potential to develop supernatural abilities. I think I like her so much because she has qualities I lack, but wish I had. She’s outgoing, charismatic, feisty, spontaneous and bold.

*Readers can purchase the first two books in my series, Father of Contention and Guardian of Angel online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo and Goodreads (the links are on my website at www.laniemores.com). And if you happen to be in the Thunder Bay area, my books are available at Indigo in the local author section.

The author about her and her experience in writing:

*Although I’ve been obsessed with reading since I first popped out of the womb, and dabbled in writing as a child, mainly in short stories and poetry, I never dreamed of being an author until I was in my early twenties. For some reason at that point, I knew I would write a book, whether it be non-fiction based on my psychology or fitness background, or whether it be horror, science fiction or fantasy which are my favourite genres to read.

*Research for my novels usually involves several visits to the public and university library, but in a pinch, I will turn to the all-knowing internet as a quick resource. When possible, I will interview relevant resources to fact-check and enhance what I am writing, such as police officers, doctors, and priests.

*The amount of time I spend writing is fluid, some days spanning a few hours, other days a few minutes and there are even times when I don’t get to write at all. But, in a perfect world, if I could write anytime I please, I would write at least two hours per day.

*I handle the first draft of my novels by creating a general outline of how I wish my story to unfold. I lay out the chapters and then for each chapter I write in point form which scenes, characters, and dialogue I want to include. Then I hit the keyboard and guided by my outline, I pour the images out of my mind and onto the screen, without too much concern for quality writing and grammar at that point. Only once the entire draft is complete, do I go back to the beginning and through several rounds of edits, improve the quality of my writing, add in more detail, and focus on grammar and spelling.

*My favourite genre is fantasy. I love to read it and write it. Trying to pick one fantasy book as my favourite is virtually impossible, but one that definitely sucked me in and has stuck with me ever since I read it decades ago is The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I still remember to this day how it made me feel while I was reading it! Now that’s powerful writing!

*I didn’t study English in university, so when I began writing my first book, Father of Contention, I was a true novice. Overwhelmed by the process, I was unsure how to format my manuscript, how to shape my first draft, how to get published. It was a learning experience. I read tons of literature on how to write a novel, which helped, but I was still full of uncertainty. Many times, I wanted to give up, but the fire in my belly that desperately wanted to share my story with the world kept pushing me forward until years later I finally held the completed, printed novel in my hand.

*In my opinion, a good book should contain engaging, multi-dimensional characters that make me either love or hate them, a consistent writing cadence and story flow, and a riveting plot that has action, drama, or evokes some sort of emotion on every single page. And humour. I love a book that contains some well-placed comedy relief.

*The perfect hero/heroine, in my opinion, is flawed, relatable, has an engaging personality, is selfless, humble, compassionate, and unafraid of self-sacrifice. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is a fine example, embodying all of these characteristics. If the character is part of an action/thriller/horror novel, then they must also have a wicked costume, unique identifying features, like body piercings, scars, crazy hair or tattoos, and a complex set of fighting skills and weapons. Obviously.

*The most surprising thing I discovered while writing my books was that…I did it! After all of the self-doubt, years of hard work and editing my manuscript what felt like a thousand times, in the end I actually wrote a book!

That was the experience of the author Lanie Mores. We hope that you would like to purchase her Fantasy series as it looks promising. If you like this post click the like button below and follow Bookish Refreshment for more such updates. We will be back with another post soon.

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