The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have eclectic taste and an odd sense of humor. My face frequently does not accurately portray what’s going on in my head. I like to try new things but hate crowds. I’m phobic about man feet. When I was a kid, I’d eat the middles out of the Oreos, stick the cookie parts back together, and then put it back into the package. I have a tendency to be a bit random.
What gave you the idea for Seeking Sorrow?
Seeking Sorrow started with two scenes. I kept playing the scenes in my head, “hearing” the characters talking, and imagining the world they lived in. After a couple years of working it through in my head, I started putting it down on paper. I wouldn’t say it changed from what I’d planned, exactly, but it did grow and develop to be more richly detailed than I’d originally envisioned.
Tell us a little about Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow. What do you think readers will enjoy most?
I think the detail in the characters and the worldbuild. There’s a vibrancy that really lets you know and understand the characters, and experience their journey with them. The reader gets to worry over their wellbeing, wonder about what’s to happen, and laugh at the little funny bits that come along. And, of course, get excited when the characters lay down some badass stuff.
Share something that surprised you while you were writing Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow.
Those five characters have their own minds. There were times when I had my outline and the characters did not cooperate with it. Instead, they took a scene in a different direction. And it was better than what I’d planned.
How did you come up with Terath and the rules that govern it?
I always want to read new ideas, and when I have trouble finding something new, my mind starts turning over ideas about what I’d like to read. I’ve read lots of dystopians, but I’d never read anything about a nearly utopian society. What would problems on a world like that look like? How would they handle them? Everything flowed from there to create a sort of upside-down dystopian concept.
Which character do you relate to the most?
I think I’d have to say Izzy Gin. I pay attention to people and think about what makes them tick. I also have a tendency to make jokes, even if they’re only in my head. Although . . . that sounds like Arc now, doesn’t it? Hmm.
Tell us about your journey to becoming an author.
I’ve had the idea for this series for years, and mentally worked it around, building the world long before I committed to writing the story. I finally decided I was going to create the whole story and started outlining. Then I had to let my husband know that strange things would be afoot. We bought a laptop and I started writing.
What’s your current WIP?
Right now, I’m working on book 3 of the series. It doesn’t have a title yet. Book 2 is called Facing Fortune, and is scheduled to release in September 2015.
Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com. Very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.