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Author Interview – Eileen Troemel

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A series of author interviews where Claire Buss has a slice of cake with an indie author (republished from her blog, But I Don’t Like Salad).

From poetry to novel, Eileen enjoys telling a good story or expressing a heartfelt emotion.  She’s been published in Circle MagazineThe American Tarot Association’s Quarterly JournalWhat’s Cooking AmericaChildren, Churches and Daddies, placed second in Words of Women 2010 Writing Contest2012 Daily Flash, and The Deadman’s Tome.  She has a bachelor’s degree in business and a second bachelor’s degree in English Professional Writing and Book Editing. On the side, she has a small editing business. In addition to her work, she loves to read, crochet, crafting, research genealogy, and spend time with family. She has three adult daughters and has been married to her husband for over 30 years. 

What kind of books do you write?

I write whatever takes my imagination whether this is based in space or a completely made up society or the here and now – doesn’t matter. I’m usually drawn by an idea or a character or a setting.  My middle daughter asked for a space book which led to me writing my Wayfarer series. As soon as she read the first one, she said okay what’s next. This led to a series of 18 books and 1 prequel. In Dragon Lord’s Mate, I wondered what it would look like if the societies who did the raiding to gain women and goods stopped raiding but still went out for spring rites. It’s a book which took a completely different turn for me.  

Can you describe your writing why?

The voices in my head… I always say my characters speak to me. I’ve told stories since I was little. I fell in love with writing and creating stories when I was eight. I take a what if and turn it into something which I hope others can enjoy. Not writing is not an option.

Share with us your favourite passage from the book you enjoyed writing the most

Oh favourites – that’s like asking me to pick a favourite kid.  

Wayfarer – which is the one my daughter asked me to write. There’s a point at the beginning of the book which Decker the main male character has to hire Adara the main female character. He doesn’t want to for lots of reasons.  

He turned back to her. “Thank you, sir. I’ll see to it you don’t regret it.”

“Just sign your contract and be there by 1700,” he said. He knew he’d just hired trouble.

Tell us about your latest project

Wayfarer Resolve is my latest release. It’s the culmination of the series so this is a bittersweet book for me. I loved seeing where Adara and Decker ended up, which is not where I thought they were going to end up. 

Prejudice and bigotry destroyed the human society, Decker and Adara face more of it in Wayfarer society. Between the humans only group who consider humans a superior race and bigotry within the Wayfarer clans, Adara must be Mathair Naclan – mother of the clans. She learns to take control and stand firm behind her decisions which follow beliefs from a range of races including her own heritage of human and Wayfarer. The bigotry threatens the most vulnerable of her family. Can they find a way to peace or will the prejudice tear apart the connections Adara and the Wayfarers are making?

Here’s a little snippet:

“We need to make an announcement,” Adara said. “Word will have gotten out. It might cause unrest especially with the protestors and the other problems. I thought we were putting bigotry behind us but it seems to be following us.”

“Maybe we need harsher punishments for some of these things,” Rhia said. “I don’t want to overreact,” Adara said.

“You don’t want to under react either,” Rhia said.

“I’m really tired of having to think about every reaction, everything I say,” Adara said.

What is your favourite cake?

I’d rather have pie but if it’s cake – spice cake with cream cheese frosting.  

For those baking along, here is a recipe for Autumn Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

You can connect with Eileen on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Visit her website and check out her books on Amazon.

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