Thursday 20 March 2014

7 Questions with #Author T. D. Von Dohren @tdvondohren #Fiction #Fantasy

1. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
Over the past couple of years, through doing a lot on my own, I’ve built up a my self-confidence and tend to just put things out there with the approach that while some people won’t like it, others will and I choose to focus on that. With ‘Daughter of the Moon’ for example, there are a lot of quite controversial ideas. Religion, vampires, gods and goddesses all get thrown in together and I was so nervous about it finally being read by others, but so far the feedback has been 100% positive which really surprised me! It goes to show that it’s often worth taking the risk of pushing through those doubts and fears.
2. What scares you the most?
Believe it or not, success is something that excites me and scares me. From working in media for the last decade, I’ve seen firsthand how those in the public eye are hounded by paparazzi and forced to defend false stories written about them every day. Every author wants their writing to be accepted and successful and I would love to see that for ‘Daughter of the Moon’. But while I feel from my background I am as prepared as possible for dealing with that kind of pressure, I do fear for the effects it may have on my family and friends who aren’t so prepared.
3. What makes you happiest?
I love this question because if you had asked me five years ago the answer would have been completely different. I used to focus on big goals and was never content with day to day life. But now, I actively take time each day to appreciate the small things in life that make me happy. Like the first snowfall of winter, the peacefulness while I walk my dog each morning, the beauty of a walk to the markets past the marina with a view of snow-capped mountains. I’ve found that by noticing and appreciating these little things, you realise just how many wonderful things you have in your life and that even on the worst day, there will always be something worth smiling about.
4. Why do you write?
I write, because for me, storytelling is the best way to express the thoughts and feelings that live inside me. But what I love most about storytelling is that the meaning of those words become something different for everyone and therefore starts a conversation, sometimes a debate, about the themes of any given story which I believe is necessary for the growth of any society.
5. Have you always enjoyed writing?
When I was in high school, I would literally sit at a computer and within forty five minutes I would have a short story that was of a publishable standard. In fact, my English teacher at the time even accused me of plagiarism because the story I had written for an assignment was too good and how I could I write something that good without following the school taught procedure of mapping a story? Thankfully, my mother had watched me write it and could verify that it was indeed my work, I also wrote a second story for my teacher to prove that I simply didn’t follow the planning method. That instead, I had a rich imagination full of stories to share.
6. What writing are you most proud of?
My debut novel ‘Daughter of the Moon’. In a world where the laws our countries enforce are more and more taking away our ability to exercise common sense, it’s my hope that this book will open people’s eyes to the reality that we are accountable for the consequences of our own choices. That the world is not simply black or white, but a reflection of our individual and different values and beliefs, and that we need to accept those differences before we can even have a chance to live in harmony. It is the thought behind our choices that make an action wrong or right, not the action itself.
7. What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Over the past year or so, I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know myself. Who I am, where my limits are and the kind of life I want to lead. I also discovered ‘The Secret’ and so far, appreciating life and keeping my dreams and goals in my mind on a daily basis has seen me meet more new (and fantastic!) friends in my new Country in 6 months than I previously had in more than a year, I also met my now publisher after winning a seat at her workshop in a lucky draw at a networking lunch and I’m blissfully happy with my life every day because I take the time to appreciate the little things (like the calmness of a clear spring morning as I walk my dog).

What do Jesus Christ, a Greek Goddess, and a thousand-year-old Vampyre have in common? This intriguing and thought provoking story will make you question everything you think you know about myth and religion. Chhaya, a vampire born over a millennium ago, discovers she is the descendant of an ancient bloodline-the blood of Christ. As the power in her awakens, Chhaya must use her new gifts as the Daughter of the Moon to fight against the corrupt coven leader Khai in order to protect the doors to heaven and hell and prevent the end of days on earth. Whether a fan of fantasy, religious theories, or mythology, you'll be inspired to ask what is good and what is evil.
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Genre - Fiction Fantasy
Rating – PG
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