Friday, May 23, 2014

Fall From Grace (The Scribing of Ishitar series) by Carrie F. Shepherd: Interview


Welcome Carrie!  Thanks for letting me take part in your virtual tour with GMTA Publishing.  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
First off, I’d like to thank you, Laurie, for taking the time to speak with me today.  I’m honored that you selected to host The Scribing of Ishitar on your blog.
I do have something that I would like to say to my readers, and that is express my gratitude to them for taking the time to immerse themselves in Ishitar’s world.  I’ve been extremely surprised by the number of readers who have reached out to me and been willing to share what they liked or, in some cases, would change.  As an author, I truly rely on the feedback of others to help me grow and improve.  I’ve been very fortunate to have found an audience who isn’t afraid to participate in creating Ishitar’s story and world.
Describe Ishitar for us.  What is he like?
Throughout Fall From Grace, he’s really more of an observer than a participant.  He is born during the great revolution and really is just trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs.  By the time we see him in Ashes to Ashes, he’s what we could compare to a young adult.  He’s been pampered and spoiled by everyone around him for the majority of his life and very definitely is the embodiment of hubris.  At this stage of the story, this becomes his greatest downfall.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?
The names of the characters in The Scribing of Ishitar are most definitely important to me.  My goal was to create a cast of characters and a tapestry of stories that almost everyone can relate with.  The immortals were all named after entities or deities in various religions or mythological lore.  Although a reader may not recognize every name or their stories, most people should recognize the majority of Gods, angels and demons.
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?
That’s a loaded question with these characters.  Each of them have their own set of rules they’re forced to live by.  But if I had to choose one, it would be Sappharon, the demoness that serves the ruling deity of the Realms of the Hells.  She’s in a position to know more than she probably should and she’s more than willing to use that knowledge to her gain and advantage when need be.  She’s an extremely misunderstood character.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
I’m not sure that it can be classified as a fan letter, per say.  I have a reader who read Fall From Grace when it was originally published in 2012 under the CreateSpace label.  She was the first person that I’d never met to have read it and to have reached out to me by way of a like on Ishitar’s Facebook page.  Throughout the writing and editing process of Ashes to Ashes she would post messages asking me when I would send her a copy because she enjoyed Fall From Grace that much.  The very minute she was finished reading Ashes to Ashes she began pushing me to finish the third book in the series.  She’s been a great source of motivation over the past two years!
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Several.  But most importantly was the suggestion that if I believe I have something worth reading, let someone else read it. It isn’t doing any good to have this amazing story and idea just roaming around in my head.  Ishitar and his world have been locked on the hard drive of my computer for more years than I’d care to admit simply because it took someone braver than I am to have faith in me and my work.
Title: Fall From Grace: The Scribing of Ishitar                
Author: Carrie F. Shepherd
Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure
Length: 490 pages
Release Date: April 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0692023419
Imprint: Mythos Press
SYNOPSIS: Ishitar is born on the cusp of a great war between the two ruling Gods of the Heavens and Hells Realms. With his father in control of a repressive society and his mother fighting for free will for all, he believes the game that they play to be just that: a game. Little does he know that the players that he sees are not necessarily the ones who will influence the outcome.



Carrie F. Shepherd grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised outside of the predominating religion, she sought answers of her own. Fascinated by the mythology of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, she delved into the old stories and meshed them with the new to create a fascinating world of good versus evil.
When not immersed in the world of the Gods, Carrie's full time job is in Regulatory Compliance. During her time off she enjoys hiking on cooler days or, when the weather permits, hanging out with friends and family by the pool.
Carrie now lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her fourteen year old daughter, her dogs (Commander Jon Snow and Sir Buns McGee of Bratwurst) and her cat (Blizzardfur).

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