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Friday, April 3, 2015

Pouraka by Dianne Lynn Gardner: Interview & Giveaway

Book One
Dianne Lynn Gardner

Genre: Fantasy romance

Publisher: Dianne Lynn Gardner


Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 75369

Cover Artist: Dianne Lynn Gardner

Book Description:

Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters.

Life becomes difficult for all mers when an arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds the bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him.

Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.

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Author Bio

Dianne is an author and illustrator of YA adventure fantasy with a dab of historical content thrown in. Building worlds that might resemble the forests of her home in the Pacific Northwest, or the shimmering deserts of Arizona, add to that a pinch of magic dust and a few million stars and you just might find the portal to another Realm.

Happily married to a man that puts up with her celestial wanderings and wonderings, she is the mother of seven lovely adult children and grandmother to sixteen gorgeous boys and girls.

Dianne loves writing, painting in oils and living in other dimensions. She finds life much more colorful that way! Her books are middle grade to young adult adventure fantasies with dragons and wizards and sorcery and battles on the high seas. Her grandchildren are a big inspiration for her stories. There’s a shared camaraderie, something akin to what C.S. Lewis said about someday being old enough to enjoy fairy tales again.

Dianne’s newest series Pouraka dives into the depths to explore life as a mer. She also has a series that is being re released by PDMI publishing called the Ian’s Realm Saga.

Stretching her tent stakes, she is working on an Indie Film production of her V book Cassandra’s Castle.

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Please welcome Pouraka author Dianne Lynn Gardner to Diane’s Book Blog. 

Thank you for hosting me on your blog!

What is your favorite part of the story, Pouraka

My most recent release is Pouraka, a story about merpeople and their struggle they have coexisting with mankind.

I have to admit, I have several favorite parts of the story. It’s hard to pin down which one I like the most. The first encounter that Tas and Cora have with the gill nets. Kaile’s first encounter with the oil rigger’s son. Cora’s confrontation with Tom and the night that she begs Leni for help.

I especially like the ending. Sometimes I find myself writing books just for the ending’s sake!

How long did it take you to write Pouraka?

Pouraka took about three months to draft and then another three to edit. I was writing another book alongside this one and a screenplay so I was definitely juggling my time.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

Tas. I like a man who is protective and compassionate. Also, being a desert island, and Tas being a merman, I think I would eat well!

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

I think I would like to be best friends with Beth. She’s a very understanding person and has a deep respect for the sea. It’d be fun to hang out on the beach with her and visit her father’s fishing rig.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Oh that’s an interesting story. My first book has a dragon and when I decided I would write fantasy the idea of painting a dragon excited me. I had always wanted to paint a dragon. So I did. I painted a three panel 9 ft wide oil painting of a dragon and while I was painting I thought about the boy that would someday confront him. That’s how the Ian’s Realm Saga began.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

At the moment, Pouraka. But that might change.

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

I just love to write. I love to express myself. I’ve always had deep passionate ideas about the world and the creatures in it. When I realized that I was actually capable of writing after taking some workshops and going to a few conferences, reading some books, things just happened.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I go for walks in the woods, or on the beach. Sometimes if I’m mixed up about a story and don’t know how to proceed, I’ll call my friend and critique partner and we’ll discuss the  what-ifs of my story. I always have someone that knows my stories as well as I do. It’s important to me to have that kind of intimacy with a friend. I know the characters in her book as well and it’s so much fun to help each other through the process, especially while walking through the woods.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The sand was cool, the shells sharp and prickly, making her toes itch. She strolled to the wet sand where the foam still bubbled into clam holes and the remnants of waves frothed over her feet. Seagulls clustered, pecking at shellfish and welcoming the end of day. Farther out the ocean throbbed, constant and carefree. Ever faithful, the sea rocked back and forth over the earth as it harbored its creatures, protecting them from the sun’s vicious heat, feeding them, nourishing them and cradling them. Cora should be in its belly, accepting its nurturing. She was the oceans’ charge and yet here she was, walking the land as though she were human. She’d been denying her heritage all this time.
A surge of shame swept over her. Why did she even want to be human? Merpeople were so much kinder to each other, and to the animals they lived among. Why did she ever doubt that she should live as a mermaid?
Cora took the basket off of her back and unfastened the lid. The water inside was so clear she could see the interior weave of kelp even in the fading sunlight. Scooting closer to the surf so that the waves rolled over her, she held the basket above her head.
Pouraka’s water dripped over her hair, onto her shoulders and her face. She lifted her chin and let it run down her neck, her chest, her belly. Cora poured the water over her hips, her legs, and her toes as the sea rumbled and came to her, a white roll of salt water rushing to immerse her. Cora leaned back and let the ocean swallow her human body. The sea wanted her home, grabbing her form and pulling her far away from shore. She tumbled in the breakers until she was saturated and far from land. Cora came to the surface and viewed the vanishing shoreline one last time. Sunset shined its face on her scales as golden fragments of evening glitter. She hadn’t felt so alive in a long time. She felt good, and somehow she would bring this freedom to Tas. She had to.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading a mystery by Tom Wallace titled Gnosis.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks? 

I like hard covers of classics. I tend to read eBooks more though because I can take my reader with me wherever I go.


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