Hair of Gold by Dai Alanye

7 eBooks plus autographed postcards will be given away on Friday, January 13, 2017!

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About the Book:

Valys disguises herself as a boy with the name of Wil to protect her family’s interests during an uncle’s treasure-hunting expedition.

She makes both allies and enemies, the latter including a young man named Gardt who envies Wil “his” status, and demeans Will’s red hair. After hard trekking and danger from vicious animals they reach the treasure site, where a majority of the hired crew take Valys hostage in a demand for the lion’s share of the treasure. But Valys’s uncle is too much the miser to agree, putting his faith in the mutineers returning to duty if he waits them out.

In the meantime one of the villains learns Wil’s true sex, and violence breaks out in the mutineers’ camp. Valys has only herself and a sympathetic mutineer to depend upon if she hopes to return home alive and un-scathed.

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) Hair of Gold is a great title! Was it the original title or did it change along the way?

The original title, from an object in the story, turned out to be not very original at all—several previously published books had the same title. I changed it to reflect a characteristic of the heroine, itself merely a gimmick used to increase conflict between the heroine and her persecutor.

2) No matter how many books you write, I’m sure each one has it’s own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?

Among the thirteen books I’ve published and a few more in process this was, in fact, the easiest to write. For one thing, it started as a satire of a famous literary book, using role reversal of the main character and choosing opposing story circumstances. After a few chapters, though, I began to think it had its own merit, and following the concept change words simply spilled onto the pages.

3) Be honest; how many drafts did you have to write for this book?

The first draft of Hair of Gold was the only one. Editing, however—always a major task—was as difficult as with any other book.

Not true in many other instances, though. My first book went through more than a dozen re-drafts or major edits—fourteen, by my estimate.

4) Considering a book from the first word to sending off the manuscript, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s the least favorite?

The most enjoyable part of writing is devising the premise—the concept or general basis of the tale. Once that’s in place the plot tends to unfold itself. Getting a proper ending can be difficult—the denouement and cleaning up the “happily ever afters.” But the worst and most boring part is copy editing—making sure action is logical and incidents in chronological order, assuring there are few excess words and phrases, going through the manuscript multiple times to avoid over-use of banal words, and checking for excess or improper punctuation.

5) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?

Mystery! They’re one of the most popular genres, and I often enjoy reading them myself. Only two short mystery stories to my credit, though, neither one especially good.

About the author:

Ten years writing, thirteen book pubbed in adventure and romance genres with plenty of humor strewn about. All PG-13 at worst. No superheroes or anything supernatural, merely ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Specializes in adventure and romance, often in the SF genre. Aims to appeal to the reader who has an ample sense of humor and an appreciation for irony. Visit Dai online at http://novconfic.alanye.com/page-Alanye.html.

Giveaway info:

Title: Hair of Gold
Author: Dai Alanye
Publisher: Smashwords
Author website: http://novconfic.alanye.com/page-Alanye.html

7 eBooks plus autographed postcards will be given away on Friday, January 13, 2017.

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