Saturday, 23 November 2013

Ethereal Influence: The Inquisition (Ethereal Influence #2) by Lana Bradstream

Ethereal Influence: The Inquisition 
(Ethereal Influence #2)
by Lana Bradstream

Genre: Christian Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy

Book Description:  
The Inquisition is a time of turmoil and fear. It is a time of horror and atrocities, when the faith of people waiver. Inquisitor Nikolaus is experiencing a lack of faith as he orders torture and death for scores of people - some of whom he believes were innocent. Lorenz, an angel of God, is sent to restore his faith and bring him back to God. But, the fallen angel Jakob is intent on capturing Nikolaus' soul with the aid of Ayla, a real witch who has surrendered her own soul.

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Q & A with Lana Bradstream

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
A:  Lorenz is an angel of God, sent to Earth to save souls. Nikolaus is an inquisitor who has seen so much devastation and atrocities that his faith is shaken. Jakob is an angel of Lucifer sent to take souls back to Hell. Ayla is a teenage girl who becomes ensnared by Jakob after her father is wrongfully killed in the Inquisition.

Q:  What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A:  I just love the act of creating. I get excited when I write and the story starts to take me away. It does not happen all of the time, but when it does - it's amazing!

Q:  Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
My friend Andy Jacobs designs my covers. I worked with him at the Rapid City Weekly News and was a big fan of his weekly cartoons and weekly cover art. I give him a rundown of what the story is about. I give him an idea of what I would like included in cover art and then I let him run with it. 

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
The best advice I have been given is do not give up because you will not succeed right away. A number of big authors had a stroke of luck when they got published. Yes, they had the talent, but it also takes that push of luck. 

Q:  What do you see as the biggest challenge for new authors and what have you been doing to overcome that? 
A:  The biggest challenge for new authors is trying to make yourself stand out in a sea of other new authors. Thanks to self-publishing online, there is flood of new authors. The best thing you can do, and I have done, is to keep trying. Keep writing. Get out there and do some marketing. Make some friends with other authors and with readers online. 

Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
I would choose telepathy. I love information (it's the reporter in me). But, I know when to keep my mouth shut, so if I had the power, it would not benefit me much, other than to provide me with entertainment and intrigue. 

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A:  I am currently reading The Thirteenth Tale.

 About the Author: Lana Bradstream has spent 11 years as a newspaper reporter, columnist and freelance reporter for the Timber Lake Topic, the Mobridge Tribune, the Custer County Chronicle, the Rapid City Weekly News, the Box Elder Horizon, the Rapid City Journal and Demand Media Studios.

Her work has garnered her numerous awards, such as the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) First Place Best New Story (2001) and SDNA Second Place Outstanding Young Journalist (2001). She was also a featured poet at the Medora Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Mrs. Bradstream has been a Type 1 diabetic for 23 years. She has been married for seven years with one beautiful 6-year-old daughter and an infant son.

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