Mysti Parker, interview as part of A Ranger’s Tale blog tour with BCP

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About Mysti Parker:

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother, and author of the standalone Tallenmere series: A Ranger’s Tale, Serenya’s Song and Hearts in Exile, with more to come. This fantasy romance saga has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, Christmas Lites II, and The Darwin Murders. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazines EveryDayFiction and Angie’s Diary. She serves as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s seven week online course, F2K. Currently, she’s working on her first historical romance and has two children’s books in the hands of a hard-working agent.

When she’s not writing, Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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1. What’s your name (pen if you prefer) and what are you here to promote?

Mysti Parker, here to promote A Ranger’s Tale, the first book in my Tallenmere fantasy romance series. Its contract recently expired, so I decided to make it an indie book!

2. Is this your first book or have you been writing for a while?

This was my first book, but I’ve published two more in the series, written two children’s books that are with an agent, and I’m working on my first historical romance. I’ve also started Book Four in the Tallenmere series.

3. Is this book part of a series?

Yep, see Q1.

4. Tell me a little about the book, what genre, short summary, that kind of thing, also what age group is it meant for?

A Ranger’s Tale and all books in the Tallenmere series are meant for adults because they’re a bit spicy in terms of the romance. Here’s the blurb:

In the high elf city of Leogard, an elven noblewoman longs to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wants nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done…
Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, leads an enviable life as high elf King Leopold’s niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard’s most famous wizard. She is expected to follow in her father’s footsteps to lead the Mage Academy and to marry a man she doesn’t even like. Yet, she craves a taste of life outside the city walls.
As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents’ death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.
When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany’s hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.
From that moment on, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin embark on a fateful journey that will change their lives forever. Can they survive the trials and tragedies ahead to find a love that stands the test of time?

5. How about a little bit about you? (or a lot if you prefer) What makes you tick? What turn’s you on?

I’m a wife, mom of three, event specialist (fancy word for demo lady) and author who hasn’t had a birthday since I turned 29. Out of all the things I enjoy most, there’s not much that can rival quality chocolate, red wine, and a fun night playing Skyrim!

6. What is the trait you value most in others?

Kindness

7. If you could have two superpowers what would they be and why?

Invisibility because sometimes I just want to pretend I’m not here. Also, the ability to write a book from start to finish in a week with no revising—wouldn’t that be a nice trick?

8. Favourite movie?

Used to be The Lion King, but now I have to go with How to Train Your Dragon.

9. Favourite TV show?

Hard to name just one. I get a kick out of The Big Bang Theory and I love my ghosty shows, like Ghosthunters, Paranormal Witness, The Dead Files, and Ghost Adventures.

10. Have you always been interested in writing?

Ever since I could carry a pencil.

11. What do you think is the best part about being a writer?

Creating entirely new worlds and people with my imagination and bringing them to life on paper.

12. What’s the worst part of writing?

The butt-numbing sitting and writer’s block.

13. Do you think the future is in Ebooks? Or will print make a comeback?

I don’t think we’ll be rid of print anytime soon, but e-books are here to stay and are going to be the norm worldwide.

14. Do you like your job?

Depends on which day you ask J I really do enjoy my demo job most days. It’s not glamorous, but gets me out of the house and makes me interact with people. That’s a good thing for a natural hermit like me. I’ve also discovered it’s a wonderful opportunity to observe people and behind the scenes workings of a department store.

15. If you could have a different career/job what would it be?

I’d get paid to travel to the most exotic places on earth with the most luxurious lodgings and write reviews about them. Excuse me while I daydream…ahhhh, yep, that’s nice.

16. What are you reading right now?

I just finished the third book in Ren Garcia’s League of Elder series, ‘Hazards of the Old Ones’ and am about to start ‘Haunted Chemistry’ by Lindsey R. Loucks.

17. What was the last movie you saw?

Turbo, and it was super cute!

18. What was the last book you really loved?

Catching Fire was pretty darn awesome, but I usually love most books I read, at least to some extent.

19. Have you ever met someone you only talked to online before?

YES!! Since I started going to book events in 2012, I’ve gotten to meet Ruth J Hartman, Nell Duvall, Rebecca Barray, Kathryn Ragle, Lori Foster, and I’m sure I’ve left people out. A lot of authors I’ve met in person and THEN connected with online. I hope to meet even more of my online-only friends this year.

20. Do you go to Sci-Fi/Fantasy or any other kinds of conventions?

Yes, I’ve been to FandomFest in Louisville twice now. I’ll be attending Conglomeration and Imaginarium also this year.

21. Do you ever read comic books/graphic novels?

Not big on comics, but I really enjoy Dan Wright’s manga-inspired Draconica series. The illustrations are kick-ass. Ren Garcia’s novels are also illustrated beautifully.

22. How do you feel about promotion? Any tips for other writers?

Depends on the day J It’s a necessary evil and a blessing at the same time. It gets me connected to people but sometimes feels like I’m standing on a street corner: “Hey baby, you lookin’ for a book?” The only advice I can give is to promote widely and wisely. Be polite and follow the rules no matter how or where you’re promoting your work.

23. Favourite author?

Too hard, next question.

24. Favourite person (living or dead)?

Jesus of course, but my hubby is a close second. We’re going on 17 years of marriage and haven’t killed each other yet!

25. Would you consider yourself religious?

Religious, no. Faith-filled believer, yes.

26. What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?

The lack of love, respect, and kindness.

27. If you had all the money you ever wanted, what would you do?

I’d travel the world and give generously to those who need it.

28. What’s the secret to happiness?

Whenever I hear that question, I always think of this Bible verse:

Philippians 4:11-12Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me, best of luck with your book and hey I’m a writer too. E-mail me anytime if you want to chat TheNLVampire@gmail.com thanks again!

Thanks very much for the interview and best of luck in all your writing too!!’

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Blurb: In the high elf city of Leogard, an elven noblewoman longs to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wants nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done…

Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, leads an enviable life as high elf King Leopold’s niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard’s most famous wizard. She is expected to follow in her father’s footsteps to lead the Mage Academy and to marry a man she doesn’t even like. Yet, she craves a taste of life outside the city walls.

As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents’ death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany’s hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.

From that moment on, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin embark on a fateful journey that will change their lives forever. Can they survive the trials and tragedies ahead to find a love that stands the test of time?

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1 Comment

  1. Hi, Mysit!! The tour looks like it’s going well. Hope to see you in real life again soon. 🙂


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