Monday, February 27, 2017

Beauty's Thief by Konstanz Silverbow - Release Day

Title: Beauty's Thief
Author: Konstanz Silverbow
Series: Finding Gold (Book Four)
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance (Clean)
Cover Art: Ida at Amygdala Book Design
Formatting: Ali at Red Umbrella Graphic Designs
Release Date: 2-27-17
Not every monster has claws—not every beauty is kind.

Born a princess, raised to be queen, but living as a servant, Avalyn never realized she would pay the price for her father’s mistakes. Now Avalyn is living in a castle not her own, a slave to an evil witch who wants revenge on the man who betrayed her trust and ruined her.

For Avalyn, her real punishment has yet to begin.

She will be cursed to work for the witch for the next one hundred years unless true love can find its way into the castle and into her heart.

Now the princess’s freedom rests in the hands of a lowly thief who cares only for himself.
Konstanz Silverbow has always been a dreamer . . . but not a writer. Being an author was something she was dragged into. But since that day, she hasn't stopped. It has become more than a hobby, it is a passion. 

During the day Konstanz works, making jewelry, playing the violin, collecting dragons, and learning all she can about medieval weapons. But at night she creates made up worlds and places where those dragons come to life and the weapons are used in battle.

Konstanz Silverbow: Proud Creator of magical worlds, fictional creatures, ideal super heroes and sarcasm since 2007!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I wasn't born a writer. I was kind of dragged into starting but once I began there was no looking back. I'm hooked. I love dragons (understatement) and all things magical. That love is only matched by my obsession with all things Middle Earth. When I'm not at the day job, reading, or writing, I'm making jewelry or playing the violin. 

What do you do when you are not writing? 
Wander around the house annoying my family. You’d think I’m joking but having just finished Beauty’s Thief, and under strict orders to take a break from writing, I really didn’t know what to do with myself. I cleaned my room, created a craft area in my library, and read other books. Can I get back to writing now?

Let's talk dragons! It's no secret that you love them, we do too! How did this passion start? 
My love for dragons started with Smaug from The Hobbit. After that I was hooked. I read every dragon book I could. Dealing with Dragons, Dragon Slippers, the list goes on and on. When I began writing I knew I wanted to write dragons that were good (because so often they’re depicted as evil) but the more I wrote the more I realized dragons could be good and evil.

Upon writing my first book, Missing Royal, I knew I wanted to find a dragon that looked like Fuentes. I eventually found an epic store at a mall that sold dragons and swords. And there I found Fuentes, my first dragon.

Do you ever experience writer's block? 
Yes! But I don’t call it writer’s block. I call it character block. Because it’s the characters blocking me for messing up their story. Only when I backtrack and figure out where I went wrong, do they continue talking to me. 😉

How did you come up with the title, Beauty's Thief? 
Originally it was Beauty and the Thief but I realized it just wasn’t working for me. It was too much. Plus there are about a gazillion books out there with “Beauty and the (blank)”. Because this story has been in my head so long, I don’t remember the exact AHA moment but eventually I realized it was perfect as Beauty’s Thief. Still clearly a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast but with a twist.

Do you base your characters on people you know? 
Yes and no. I don’t necessarily base an entire character off an entire person I know. But I take bits and pieces here and there. Funny story … my sister often says hilarious things without trying to be funny. I always tell her I’m putting something she said in my book. She didn’t believe me until she started reading my books.

Beauty’s Thief is actually a great example of using people I know as characters. I have a super adorable fan who found out about my books because of her aunt. Said aunt got her niece a character certificate (sold in my Etsy store) and had her niece put in the book. And thus, Avalyn’s younger sister, Isabel, was born.

If yes, do you tell them? 
I know I would totally give some weird strain of bird flu to a couple of people.... LOL Yes and no. In my example above, Isabel knows she’s a character in the book. If I want to use a direct quote from someone I know, I’ll ask permission. But there have been cases where I haven’t told the person a character is based on them.

Which comes first: The character's story, or the idea for the novel? 
Yes. All of the above? Each story is different. How I got inspiration for each story is also different. And that means that which idea comes first is different.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? 
THANK YOU! Seriously, thank you! I wouldn’t get to do this without amazing people like you! Thank you for reading my stories. 💚
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