Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Valmore Daniels-- An Old-fashioned Folk Tale
In true nomadic spirit, Valmore Daniels has lived on the coasts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, and dozens of points in between. An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management. His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.
An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale:
Everybody knows that fairies, mermaid, elves, giants, dwarves and dragons are merely figments of their imagination … but they are very real, and they are in trouble!
A darkness has settled across the Five Sundered Lands - an evil Sorceress has found one of the five ancient artifacts, and is using that power to enslave every mythical creature in the Lands. It is up to Leif, a young human boy dying of cancer, to overcome his illness and become the hero who will find the remaining lost artifacts. With a band of unlikely friends, Leif must overcome impossible obstacles, solve unsolvable puzzles, and travel through treacherous new worlds in his quest to defeat the Sorceress and reunite the Lands.
What will e-readers like about your book?
In my debut novel, I use a fantasy setting to explore various themes such as courage, loyalty, betrayal, overcoming disabilities, and how to deal with growing up, while at the same time delivering a highly entertaining journey back to our the imaginary worlds of our childhood. Written primarily for the young adult audience, An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale can be enjoyed by fantasy-lovers of all ages.
Why did you go indie?
After more than a dozen "rave" rejections from publishers (they tell me the market for YA Fantasy is too tough right now) I realized I had to take matters into my own hands. I stumbled upon JA Konrath's blog and did a few months of research, and now my debut novel is available on Amazon and Smashwords (as well as half a dozen other online stores) and is doing better than I had expected.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Some direct inspiration for this novel is L Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman, and even Clive Barker (The Thief of Always).
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