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Do You Know Your Watchers?

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 After talking about Watchers last week, I thought we might do something different this week. How about a crossword puzzle where the answers are Watcher-related? Sound like fun? I hope so! Here you go. Go here  to access the answer key and a downloadable version of the puzzle. ACROSS 2. Animal the royal family bonds with 5. Color worn by a Watcher to warn of danger 6. Heir to Elwar's throne 8. Weapon used by Watchers 9. Animal killed by Hunter in the forest 10. Kiffen and Serrin's mother 13. Adana's throne 14. Watcher who prophesied Queen Chiora's death 17. What Glume gave Adana to stop the pain 18. Giraffe Keeper 20. Rank Adana must have before leaving for Elwar 21. Where Micah and Donel first met Watchers 23. Adana's first betrothed DOWN 1. Beds in Moniah 3. Name of the Monian fortress after Chiora's death 4. Name of the celebration on Adana's 18th birthday 6. Chiora's First Vision 7. What's used to bond with giraffes 9. The ki

You Might Be a Watcher If...

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What is a Watcher? I first encountered this question during a creative writing class. Keep in mind, at that point, The Watchers of Moniah was not a completed novel, and the events that occur on or after page 233 were the story's beginning. Sight A Watcher possesses certain gifts from the Creator, all related to sight. In some cases, it's the literal meaning of sight...but more. Watchers notice details others miss—not necessarily from being detail-oriented, although the gift does push them that way—but from what their inborn and trained intuition tells them. Aim A Watcher exhibits impeccable aim. An arrow hits the bullseye almost every time, and at a distance beyond the most talented archer's abilities. The same goes for knives. Over time, they learn to control this aim even more. Consider the straight arrow test: Nine arrows in a straight line pierced the scarred target wall in the distance. A significant feat and cause for jubilation for most trainees, but she didn’t rejoi

When Readers Love And Hate Your Characters

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One of the weirdest things about publishing a novel is knowing people are reading it but not being able to talk with them about the story. Maybe this doesn't bother other authors, but after years of participating in writing critique groups, I'm accustomed to people talking with me about my characters. It's a joy when someone starts discussing them as if they are real. They are real--at least to me. I have heard from a few people close to me though, and it intrigues me what each one picks up on. One of the first readers to talk to me about the books made the following statements: My favorite character is Kiffen. I think Montee is going to die. I really want to know who's going to kill Maligon. I don't like Pultarch. He needs to die. Leera is a pain. I don't like Shana. She's evil. Then he'd try to tempt me into giving information away by asking questions: Please, just tell me this. Is Pultarch is going to die? A really painful death? My brother's favo

An Interview with Author, Claire Buss

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  It's been awhile since I've featured a guest author, but never fear, I have one for you today. I met Claire Buss during an online fantasy writing event. When she offered to interview authors for her blog, I reciprocated. She lives in the UK, so I thought it would be interesting to hear about her writing during lockdown experience. (Note: I kept the British spelling of several words to maintain authenticity in her story.) About Claire Buss Claire is a multi-genre author and poet. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and Pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 setting her writing career in motion. Claire has written quite a few books including The Gaia Effect which won the 2017 Raven Award for Science Fiction and Fantas