The Return (The Raie’Chaelia, #3) by Melissa Douthit
After the fall from the Maaldan cliff, Chalice is reunited with her friends on a journey that takes them to the coastline of Ielieria. Little do Vlaad and his Fierain know what is in store for them as, bit by bit, their plans are thwarted by this blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty.
The small band of rebels then travels across the Realm, preparing it for war, while Chalice herself is brewing plans of her own that may just land her in the hot seat. What will happen when she returns her father to the throne? What will happen when he finds out what she has done? And … what will happen once Dar’Maalda learns of the rebels’ location?
In the third and final novel of the trilogy, The Legend of the Raie’Chaelia, you find out. It is a dramatic finish to an epic story of action, adventure, betrayal, forgiveness and love.
~ Virtual Author BT
If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
What would you say inspired you to write it?
Books by other authors I’ve read since I was a kid.
What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
The protagonist is a mix of several different people. I have to admit, she has some of my characteristics as well. The antagonist wasn’t based off of anyone I know. He was just a character who popped into my head.
Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
When I hit a snag in writing, such as with this book (in one of the chapters I didn’t know exactly what would happen), I usually take a break from writing for a bit and put my mind to other tasks until the answer hits me.
Your all time favorite book?
My favorite book is usually the one I’m currently reading, that is, if I’m loving it.
What made you pick that one above all others?
Because there are so many good books, I can’t pick just one above all the others.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Yes, it has made me wiser about the internet and which places on the internet to avoid.
Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Yes, I felt like giving up when I had a bad experience on Goodreads. I changed my mind because I realized my writing is really about me and what I love to do. If other people like my work or if it brighten someone’s day, then so much the better.
What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I’m a computer scientist and software engineer. I’m currently writing Java applications for government medical associations.
How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
Not everyone is going to like the same books. It’s inevitable, no matter how good a book is, that it will get a bad review. If the review is part of a blog tour, I tell the reader I’m sorry that the book didn’t appeal to her and thank her for participating. If the review is on Amazon or any other online bookstore, I will offer the reader a refund. I highly recommend this approach. Fortunately, I haven’t had to refund anyone simply because I offer the first book of my trilogy for free. If the reader doesn’t like the book, at least she hasn’t spent any money on it. On the other hand, if the reader likes the first book, it’s pretty much a guarantee she will like the second and third, which aren’t free.
I want to add that there is a big difference between criticism of a book and criticism of an author. If a review is nothing but a personal attack on the author, then that is not a book review. If this ever happens to an author, I recommend that the author completely ignore it. Usually, readers who write these types of reviews are looking for attention. The last thing an author wants to do is give it to her or him and call attention to the review.
Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, it is part of a trilogy, but it is the last book of the trilogy.
What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
Right now I have about ten different folders on my computer filled with notes on ideas I’ve had for new books. I haven’t decided which one I will work on next. I know at some point, something will grab a hold of me so strongly that I won’t be able to sit and not write about it. That was the way it happened with the Legend of the Raie’Chaelia trilogy.
What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
Control. I wanted to have control over how my books are created, released, and marketed. I also wanted to design the covers myself. Another aspect of indie publishing that I love is that I keep my intellectual property rights to the work and I get the majority of the royalties. This was something that was never offered to authors before and I love the fact that authors can make a choice now.
What would you say was the toughest part?
The toughest part of indie publishing is building an author platform. Just like any business, it takes time to build a ‘clientele’ or in this case, a reader base. It takes a lot of work and time. Sometimes, I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to devote to it.
Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Yes, I hired professionals for editing and artwork. The designs of the covers were all my ideas, but were realized with the help of a cover artist. The formatting I did myself with Scrivener, a tool I highly recommend. Scrivener rocks.
How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I asked other authors who had indie published. They gave me recommendations. My current cover artist I found through a colleague at work. She’s a new artist, but she is brilliant. Her name is Brielle Porter (http://brielleporter.com/).
How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
For book one, a year. For book two, a little less than a year. For book three, two years, because I decided to stop for a while.
Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
My work is on Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and other online bookstores via the Smashwords distribution catalog. These are the most popular.
If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
Nothing. My life is a journey of good and bad moves. I learn from my mistakes and progress from the things I do right. I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
A boatload of money so that I could write full time and not worry about paying bills.
If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
How To Survive on a Deserted Island For Dummies.
Name your favorite fruit.
Coffee or tea?
How about fav time of 24 hours?
Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Favorite food for breakfast?
Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Drama or comedy?
Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Cats or dogs?
Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight
About the Author & Links:
Melissa Douthit grew up in North County of San Diego, California. After graduating with a Computer Science degree in Southern California, and working for a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area to work at NASA Ames Research Center for a year and then at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for another four years. From there, she moved to Monterey, California, to work at the Naval Postgraduate School on a government project for two years.
She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, working as a software engineer. Since high school, she has been a voracious reader of books of all genres, with an emphasis in fantasy and science fiction. Her literary work is strongly influenced by her professional experience and includes many elements of her scientific background.