Make Believe anthology (part two) : an interview with Terri Rochenski

View the pretty cover …

Make Believe


About the author:


Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

Terri was so nice to drop by and visit. Here’s what we talked about …

 Q. Tell us about your book!

I’ll cheat & answer with my blurb.

An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

 Q. How did you come up with the idea?

J. Taylor Publishing released an anthology call with a picture prompt, which is also the cover. The story was slow in making its way clear in my brain, but it all came together in the end!

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Alesuela’s biggest strength is obedience—she honors her father & their goddess. I’d love to share more, but that would give too much away.

Her biggest flaw is fear—of rejection, of the unknown, of losing the man she holds dearest to her heart.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the time. Between two little girls, two cats, a house under construction … you get the point.

 Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

Geez. What kind of question is that??? Honestly I can’t think of one. I’m not big on talking about myself, so I’ve never thought, ‘hey! I want to brag about this.’

 Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m finishing up a final round of edits on a fantasy novel. Been working on that for awhile & it’s time to FINISH already! I’m a one project at a time gal. Occasionally I’ll take a break from edits to write a short story & clear my brain. That’s what I did with Sacrificial Oath.

 Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

Alesuela stiffened her spine. “I’ve spent the last twenty-one years following my father about his stables. I know when a male feels desire. Even an animal’s is … unmistakable.”

 Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Ever since that gnome started talking to my brain in 8th grade.

 Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

I seem to struggle the most with ending scenes. Not sure why. I know where each story is heading, but buttoning everything up … ugh.

 Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I’ve submerged myself in ARCs lately. Some GOOD ones. Can’t say much more than that, though.  😉  I’m definitely a one-at-a-time book reader. Confusion sets in too easily for me. hehehe

 Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I love to cook & read, but most often I’m either cleaning or playing with my daughters.

 Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

As a teen? Probably Chronicles of Narnia as an early teen & LotR in the later teen years.

 Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Wow. I’ve got quite a few. Emi Gayle’s debut novel, After Dark, releases Oct. 31st. This was one of the ARCs I recently read. AWESOME series. Jennifer Armentrout is another fav – her Lux Series & Covenant Series are probably two of the best YA paranormal series I’ve started in my life.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Jennifer Armentrout’s Obsidian & Onyx (Lux Series #1 & #2). I also loved Divergent. Looking forward to the 2nd of that one. 3rd on my list would have to be Crux by Julie Reece. Ever heard of her? Excellent book right there. HERE is my review if you’re interested in checking it out. 😉

(Okay, I sort of love you for that. Thank you <3)

 Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

I’m not a huge follower of YA so I’m not real sure. If it’s good I’ll read it, though!

 Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Who doesn’t want to throw in the towel on occasion? This happens for me every time I start editing a novel-sized manuscript. Editing = blah.

 Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

What I’m doing now—being a stay-at-home mommy. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. That & be an astronaut, but like that would ever happen.

Thanks Terri. It was so much fun having you and you were a really good sport answering all my goofy questions.

Want More? I do!

Excerpt From Sacrificial Oath:
Alesuela’s knees ached, but she didn’t dare cease her prayers. Father had to return. He had to.

Blessed Goddess, bring him home safely. Please.

Continuing with her supplication, she lit another candle as she had vowed to do with each sunrise. Alesuela shifted on the woolen rug. A drip flowed down the taper’s side, pooling on top of three month’s worth of hardened wax.

Her beloved father, Amant, Sovereign of Vecina, sent weekly reports of the war’s progress—of small defeats and battles won. Although her intended, Lord Pedre Ashin, also rode at the army’s front, Alesuela’s thoughts rarely lingered on the younger man. No anticipation stirred in Alesuela’s breast over the postponed wedding, for Pedre never treated her with anything other than indifference.

Hands clasped, Alesuela lifted her gaze to the window above her chamber’s gilded shrine. The opening framed a picturesque view of the snowcapped Craesor Mountain where the Goddess dwelt. Looming in the east, the crater-topped peak blocked the summer’s rising sun. Scarlet smeared the sky, and the sweet scent of red poppies from her flower garden below drifted in on a dry breeze.

Red poppies. Death.

A shudder rippled through Alesuela.

He can’t be dead. Blessed Goddess, I am not yet ready to be Vecina’s Sovereign.

Dread wrapped Alesuela in its cold embrace.

Oooh, sounds so good, right?

But wait there’s more …


Book Desc & Blurbs:

Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: December 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance

About Julie Antonovich Reece

Young Adult Author - Epic Tales of Romance and Adventure View all posts by Julie Antonovich Reece

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