I started writing long ago…

Watching my two-year-old running away with my favorite pen and using it to express his art everywhere; the sofa, floor, walls and table included, makes me laugh and reminds me of the child I was. My dream as a child was to be a painter and when I learned to write, to be a writer. I started doing it when I was eleven years old, writing a short story about a lonely owl. With thirteen, I won an oil painting box in a short story contest. My story talked about a future where children behaved like small adults and the ones who remained children were put paralyzed in a living statues museum. Quite dystopian for a teenager. Perhaps one day I rewrite that story. At the time I had a literature teacher who encouraged me a lot, but she warned me that traditional publishing was a difficult goal. She told me that a friend of hers had only managed to publish her books when she was forty years old. At the time I considered this an extremely long time. Nowadays I’m forty-two and I smile every time I remember that.
As a teenager, I fell in love with poetry and still have many unpublished poems of that emotional time. Later I went on writing short stories about star-crossed lovers in my homeland Brazil. One day I plan to make an anthology when I have enough short stories, but this, together with a children’s story book, is still a project for the far away future.
So far I have had success in publishing four of my science-fiction short stories in the Far Horizons digital magazine. These stories are also part of another future project, a science-fiction, and fantasy anthology. Apart from that, I’m also learning to cross the bridge between a short story and a novel turning a four thousand words dark fantasy story into a sixty thousand word science fantasy novel. As I rewrite I see that there is a lot missing and my novel is getting longer every day.
I also reserve some time every week to study writing craft, since you can always get better at writing. The fact that I don’t have a deadline to finish writing my novel allows me to have time to think and make it better for as long as I find that necessary. As a painter I never exhibited a painting with a quality I wasn’t satisfied with, and as a writer, I’ll follow the same principles. In the end, I’m doing what I like to do and this makes not only the adult but also my inner child happy.

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Presenting Fiona Skye’s new book

Silver Shackles

Revelations Trilogy: Book Two

by Fiona Skye

silver shackles cover

Cover image by Rachel Bostwick

Available on Amazon and in print June 15, 2015!

When you steal from faerie queens, the consequences are painful and sometimes deadly.

Were-jaguar and TV personality, Riley O’Rourke, has been looking over her shoulder ever since she stole from the Dark Queen of the Unseelie faeries. When Riley is contacted by an informant with knowledge that can blow the lid off the story of the year, she can’t pass up the opportunity to investigate. What she finds instead is something that puts her at the mercy of the Dark Queen, a creature not known for her compassion.

When Riley’s boyfriend, David, realizes she’s missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, including starting a war with the Unseelie. The balance of power among the Fae courts is shifting, and if David makes one wrong move, Riley could end up crushed in the struggle. But after being the subject of the Queens’s legendary cruelty, will there even be anything left of Riley to save?

Get Taming Shadows, Revelations Trilogy: Book One on Amazon now!


fiona skye - author photoFiona Skye is a fantasy and historical romance author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, and a Border Collie.

Fiona’s passion for story telling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds for her friends and her to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process, and has dedicated her life since then to writing, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.

She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.

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Website: http://fiona-skye.com/

The Sisyphus Effect and My New Year’s Resolutions

I started this year under the Sisyphus Effect, more know as Endless To-Do-Lists. My list of household tasks seemed infinite and I kept doing them until I felt exhausted and stopped still not seeing and end of the list.

I kept my writing to late at night if I would have energy left for it. After two weeks I had managed only one thousand words of exhausted-end-of-the-day writing and I still had that incomplete task list waiting for me the next day.

It took me some time to see that I was under the Sisyphus effect and that my weary uncreative mood was a result from it. When I finally recognized it, I made a vow not to feel defeated by it and not to force myself to perfection. I forgave myself the two weeks of nearly empty word counts, called these first two weeks the “Mercury Retrograde after New Year” and congratulated myself for a household reasonably well kept. Sometimes you have to give yourself a break and restart your personal projects without pushing yourself too hard.

And what about my New Year’s Resolutions? This year is a year filled up with three big projects for me. I want to write two books, a novel and a collection of short stories and by the side still read more books than I did last year. Funnily enough, I already accomplished my last goal now in April managing to read 14 books so far. My last year count was 13 books. And when it comes to my two book projects I’m already expecting them to drag themselves until next year. Life has a knack for keeping you over busy and as far as I don’t give up on my long term writing goals I’ll be fine. I see that I’ll need anyway time until I’m really happy with the quality of the manuscript to be published, so I’m not at all in a hurry. Better late than sorry, it’s my idea when it comes to publishing.

And when it comes to my Sisyphus stone, well, one can only hope that with time it will get slower and lighter. My two year old just threw pasta all over the floor and I have to clean it up.

My Ten Favorite Fictional Characters

Thanks to neenorroar for tagging me! Surely I forgot some and the order is not so tight here, so, here it goes:

1. Emilia the rag doll (From the children’s book Sitio do Pica-pau amarelo)
2. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy (From the romance Pride and Prejudice)
3. Morgan, Viviane and Igraine (From the book The Mists of Avalon)
4. Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff (From the book Wuthering Heights)
5. Daenerys Targaryen, Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark (From “A song of ice and fire”)
6. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (Star Wars)
7. Kirk and Spock (Star Trek)
8. Esmeralda, Quasímodo and Claude Frollo (From The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
9. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza (From Love in the times of cholera)
10. The characters I write about 🙂

How I (subjectively) evaluate books

Five star books:

Only my best-of-all books come into this category. The most beloved childhood books (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, O Sítio do Picapau Amarelo); the books that started my love for science-fiction (The Robots Of Dawn, Brave New World, Star Trek: The Lost Years) and fantasy (The Mists of Avalon), the most beloved romances and poems (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Pride and Prejudice, Love in the Time of Cholera, Wuthering Heights, The Phantom of the Opera, Federico Garcia Lorca: Selected Poems) have a place in my Five Star Favorite’s list. These are books that remained with me after I finished reading them. I will be happy if one days the style of my books approach them and for me these books add a lot of fun and beauty to the world.

Four Stars and Three Star books:

These were very entertaining books, they didn’t remain in my heart as much as the five star ones, but they were still worth reading and a pleasure to read. I usually give four stars to the ones who were really entertaining and three to the ones which were fun, but not as great as the former ones. This is a bit of a gray area though, especially if I read a book more than ten years ago. It can be that there is a star too little due to the distance of time. One day I might read these books again, only to refresh my memory, if one day I have finished my To-be-read list of new books.

Two Stars books:

I do acknowledge the effort of the authors in writing these books, but they somehow failed to impress me in a positive manner. My opinion is neutral, and even if as usual, I like to read something new, I would rather not pick up the same book again. They might be someone else’s five stars, but aren’t so special in my opinion. In the end, it’s only a matter of personal taste.

One Star books:

These few books left a lasting negative impression on me and I would avoid giving them to anyone. Funnily enough, this only means that I considered them not at all my taste, but they can be someone else’s cup of tea. I remember reading Pollyanna and hating every moment of it, in my opinion, this book only taught a whole generation of unfortunate girls to be constantly smiling and lying to themselves instead of fighting for a better life, so this is one of my one star books. I also started reading Hyperion and found the book so confusing, I just couldn’t finish it, so it got one star too. I must say though that the mere fact that the book is listed and marked as one star shows that I found it worth mentioning, something like: “This is spinach and I don’t like it, but perhaps you find it great”. After all, aren’t we all subjective readers?