Thursday, January 28, 2010

Welcome, Arianna Skye

First and foremost, I want to thank Ginger for allowing me this opportunity to visit. Many people who know me are impressed with my ability to write a plethora of different genres. I started out writing my first love, historical romance. Although I love reading the genre, especially regency, I found that my voice was better suited for a more contemporary setting. My heroines tend to have a sarcastic and snarky wit that really doesn’t work in a historical piece. I haven’t completely abandoned all hope on that historical, though.

My first novel, Wings of Desire, was an idea I’ve had percolating in my mind for over ten years. As my biography states, I’m a self professed techno-geek. As I was sitting at my computer wasting the night away chatting, I noticed most the people in the chat room had taken the names of gods and goddesses. There was an Aphrodite, a Persephone, a Janus, and even an Osiris, just to name a few. No, there were no Rhiannon’s though. I had this crazy idea. What if one of these chatters managed to get transported back into ancient Greece or Rome? Laughing, I set the idea to the side and went on with my life.

Then the muse struck. I was getting frustrated with the historical project I was working on. Mr. Muse reminded me of my chat room brainstorm. It hit me. My chatter would have the name of a goddess, but she wasn’t a goddess. She was a faerie. She wasn’t any faerie. She was a faerie princess. Her computer unlocks a portal to the world she was kidnapped from. The hero uses this portal to bring her back and save their kingdom. Rhiannon has a rather sarcastic personality and it was fun writing her and Cerne’s story. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I guess the point I am trying to make is that you should write what YOU want, not what you think people want to read. My favorite quote has always been “Write what you love… Love what you write, otherwise no one else will either!” It is my firm belief that the most realistic stories are the ones that come from your heart.
Wings of Desire will be available from Eternal Press on Sunday, February 7th. Yes, a certain nameless (due to copyright issues) sporting event also shares that date. So while your significant other is busy watching the big game, why not immerse yourself in more stimulating activities? Although, I have to admit I do enjoy watching some of those crazy commercials.

To show my thanks, I will be selecting one random commenter to win a copy of Wings of Desire when it’s released.

In the meantime feel free to check out the book trailer:

Cheers and happy reading!


Rachel Brimble said...

Huge congrats on your forthcoming release, Arianna! I have spoken to you several times before and I know how much this book means to you. Enjoy launch day, it's a blast!


sterlingwriter said...

Sounds crazy! What a great plot twist.

Trent Kinsey said...

A techno geek huh? I'm the web content manager for the Marine Corps Reserves lol, I know the feeling...yet all I'm good for at home is programing the DVD player (used to be a VCR but that's so dated lol).

I agree with you about writing what you love because if you don't love it how do you expect someone else to? I love your premise of being trasported into another world via online :D

Take care, good luck and wishes of many sales!

KarenGreece said...

Congratulations! There is "Hope" for those of us still slaving away on our manuscripts. DREAMS DO COME TRUE! NEVER GIVE UP THE DREAM!

From a fellow(?) female MMRWA member. I can't wait to be in your shoes someday.


Chicks of Characterization said...

Hey Arianna,

Congratulations on your new release! I know how hard you've worked to get here, and it just goes to show you that if you want something bad enough and you never give up, dreams do come true!!!!!! The book sounds awesome, and how the idea sparked you was totally cool!!!

Congratulations again,


Carol Mayer said...

Wonderful idea!!, Hope you sell many copies!See you at your launch party.I'm an EP author and the launches are wonderful.

Maggie Dove said...

Congratulations on your forthcoming release, Arianna! It sounds fantastic. I hope you have many sales and we will be chatting on release day!

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the guest post here today. I'm looking forward the 7th of February. :)
All the best,

MC Halliday said...

At over 100K, Wings of Desire must have been very hard work. Huge congrats on your debut, Arianna!

Arianna Skye said...

Hey all! Thanks for stopping by. I'm at work right now. I'll be back later during my lunch break to talk some more.


Angela Daniels said...

Congrats Arianna! I love fairies and your erotic romance sounds like a great read. Awesome trailer as well.


Mary McCall said...

Kudoson your first sale again, Arianna! I'm looking forward to it.A faeri princess in cyberland sounds interesting.
Don't you just love the way ours muses can flit in somethings and "dahhhh! what are you waiting for. I keep telling you this is a good idea."
As for me, I'm an A-1 technophobe. I even took a class for technophobes to increse web presence, but I still need more help. I'd rather write than figure out intuit or wordpress.
I am actually thinking about giving up on selling and just putting my books on my blog site for people to read free. Too much competition out there anyway.
Best of luck!

Cate Masters said...

Great post, Arianna! Wings of Desire sounds like a great read. I love the cover too! Best of luck with your release.

Laurie said...

Just a little over a week until the big day!! I'm looking forward to celebrating with you on the Romance Roundtable!

Christi Barth said...

I am thoroughly intrigued! Sounds like a terrific tale. Big congrats to listening to your muse. Makes me wonder what piece of technology is inspiring your next work....

Arianna Skye said...

Wow! I can't believe how busy it is today at work. LOL.

Rachel, Yes, this definitely is one of the books of my heart. I'm excited to finally see it in print.

Trent, your job sounds intriguing. I work in tech support, so I'm pretty much instructing people. I've graduated to a TiVo. Lots of interesting buttons to learn. LOL

Karen, YES. Never give up. It will happen :-)

Andrea, thanks for stopping by! This is definitely worth the wait :-)

Carol! I'm definitely looking forward to the party. Parties rock :)

Maggie, thanks so much! See you on the 7th

RKCharron, hope you enjoy the read. I call it Snark Fantasy, just to warn you ;)

MC, it took me about 7 months to write Wings of Desire and before my first round of edits it was at 114K. I got it down to just above 110K. This is funny because the manuscript I just finished is just a smidge over 100k and took over a year to write.

Arianna Skye said...

sterlingwriter, is this who I think it is? Thanks for stopping by :-)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

You hit a point with me and that is writing what you know and love. I write historical west (not western) and my stories are set in the gold rush. I live just outside of the area where the gold was discovered and it is so easy to use the setting as another character. I have so much living history around me to draw from that it makes writing my stories so much fun and in the meantime learning more about where I live. My hero is always a transplanted Scot which adds the sex appeal for me. Of course that requires a strong heroine. I know my stories are hard to sell, but when the time is right, they will.

Great post!

Arianna Skye said...

Angela, thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it. :)

Mary, thanks for stopping by. Mr. Muse certainly sends me in many strange directions. From alien space ships, to Regency ball rooms, to god and goddess infested chat rooms. Did I mention the demons? He will not let me rest!

Hi Cate! Thanks for stopping by. Dawne did a great job :-)

Laurie! I get even more nervous with each passing day.

Christi, what a thrill to meet another fellow EP author. I am very happy with EP and the tight nit group of authors and staff. It's a great publisher.

Whew! I'm out of breath now. LOL

Arianna Skye said...

Thanks Paisley! If I didn't write what I love, I'd never get published. :-) So keep writing that book of your heart. Awesome things will happen. Trust me ;)

Arianna Skye said...

Some things have come up here tonight. I will pick the winner tomorrow. Thanks again to Ginger for allowing me to visit.


Ginger Simpson said...

Thank you for being my guest today, Arianne. You've definitely kept the place hopping. My door is open to you anytime.

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented. I hope you come back soon. :)

booklover0226 said...

I enjoyed reading your post, Arianna.

How long did it take to create your book trailer? I really liked it.

Tracey D

Spav said...

Great post. I haven't read any of your book yet, but this one looks interesting.

lorrie said...

How excited you must be, Arianna. Good luck on launch date, and Ginger, I enjoyed reading the interview. Kudos for a job well done by both.
I'll be visiting your blog often.


Arianna Skye said...

Tracey, wow that's a tough one. This is actually my second attempt. After I had all my pictures edited and photoshopped, I suppose it took me about three hours to put it together. With the photo editing I did, it would be more like 5 hours.

Ginger, I'd love to come back anytime. It was great fun.

Spav, this is actually my first published book. I hope you enjoy it when it comes out :)

Lorrie: excited doesn't describe how I feel. LOL...

I suppose I should pick my winner now...

Arianna Skye said...

The winner is (via:

Angela Daniels

Congrats to you! I'll send you your book on release day!

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