Book Tour and Interview – author A.E. Decker

Book Tour and Interview – author A.E. Decker

Please welcome author A.E. Decker to the site today!  I’ve got a great interview with her…

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is Terry Pratchett. I admire the way he mixes humor with thoughtfulness. He’s also created indelible characters such as Sam Vimes, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Rincewind, and, of course, DEATH.

How do you describe your writing style?

Flowing and fluid, wry, and occasionally rude. I’m character-driven, and enjoy creating twisty plots. Expect puns, but not at the expense of story.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your books?

They will first entertain you, then make you think. You’ll wish my characters could drop by for tea.

Have any of your characters been modelled after yourself?

Nope! There’s a little of me in all of them, naturally, but I’d never be able to keep up with the antics I put my characters through.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Moony. He’s a Vicardi cat, which means he has bat-wings and can talk. Cats can get away with anything—scratching furniture, puking up hairballs, jumping on the table and eating all the cheese, etc. All they have to do is look sufficiently cute, and they’re forgiven and can go take a nice, long nap. Moony know this and uses it to his advantage. It would be great to be Moony. I could be an utter brat for a day and get stroked behind the ears for it.

What books have most influenced your life?

Frank Baum’s Oz books. I read the original sixteen when I was a child, and the whole idea of there being a fantasy land where virtually anything was possible really stuck with me. There’s crazy stuff in them—cream puffs that grow on vines, people made out of bread, or with wheels instead of feet, ragdolls that come to life. I liked that sense of adventure without limits.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

The Harry Potter series. And, actually, I did write Harry Potter fanfiction before I started getting published. People take Harry Potter so seriously, yet there’s so much ridiculous stuff in it that I enjoy pointing out. I’d either do a humorous rewrite, or get really serious about House Elf rights and fair laws concerning werewolves and giants.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Queen. Forget both the Beatles and the Monkees. Freddie Mercury rules!

Who should play you in a film of your life?

I’d want to animated by Pixar and voiced by Cameron Diaz.

A. E. Decker hails from Pennsylvania. A former doll-maker and ESL tutor, she earned a master’s degree in history, where she developed a love of turning old stories upside-down to see what fell out of them.

This led in turn to the writing of her YA novel, The Falling of the Moon. A graduate of Odyssey 2011, her short fiction has appeared in such venues as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Magazine, and elsewhere.

Like all writers, she is owned by three cats.

Come visit her, her cats, and her fur Daleks at www.wordsmeetworld.com or catch up with her on Twitter @moonfallmayhem

Catch Starthorne has spent a lifetime running from the prophecy that names him as the one who will save the shifter race, but now that he has returned to his home in Clawcrags, he may have to face his destiny. Determined to slip through fate’s fingers, Catch sows confusion, making friends from foes, mixing up the occasional sleeping death potion, and matching wits with an overbearing lion-shifter, who appears to have plans of his own.

While Catch schemes, Ascot works to retrieve him with the help of a witch and a pair of madcap shifter rebels. But every attempt to reach him earns her fresh enemies and embroils her ever deeper in the conspiracies surrounding the prophecy. After five hundred years of repressed tension and social strife, the Clawcrags are ready to explode—and it sometimes seems someone’s working hard to see that they do!

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“What’s the Moonless Night?” asked Dmitri. Beside him, Moony had worked up to a rude place in his washing, tail slapping the ground hard enough to raise dust.

“Supposedly, it’s when Magden Le Fou’s prophecy will be fulfilled,” Jolt replied. “It’s a lunar eclipse occurring three nights after the vernal equinox.”

The prophecy, thought Ascot. The frabjacketing prophecy. Something about a golden star and—well, Catch hadn’t elected to tell her much else, save that the shifters of the Clawcrawgs thought he was the golden star. Which was ridiculous. Had any of them ever looked at scruffy, roguish Catch? Heard him lie with a straight face, or seen him guzzle more coffee than anyone’s kidneys could stand?

Frabjacket, how she missed him.

Dipping his head, Dmitri scratched the ground. Abruptly, his nostrils flared. “That’s only nine days from now.”

Ascot’s throat turned into a stretch of dust. “Nine days?” It came out as a dry squeak. She worked some saliva into her mouth and swallowed. “What will become of Catch if nothing happens on the Moonless Night?”

She didn’t want to hear it: the confirmation of her worst fears. Had to hear it, just so she’d know. Jolt lifted a brow, seeming surprised that she’d even ask. “If he’s not the golden star, then he’s just another slipskin. There’s only one penalty for slipping your skin in the Clawcrags.” Jolt gave his earlobe a final tug. “Execution.”

Ascot fell away inside herself. The world, shadowed and dark, floated at a distance, as if she stared at it through the cavern of her own skull. Every sound droned and echoed. Only the bloc, bloc of yet another cicada came to her, crisp as the ticking of some mocking clock.

She almost didn’t hear Jolt speak again. “Want us to help rescue him?”

Some praise for the series…

 

Falling of the Moon is a fantasy fairytale like nothing I have read before. Mystery and secrets take you to a fantastic mystical world sure to have a book two. It is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Cinderella. Looking forward to Ascot’s next adventure. Strong and determined with her loyal friends she will certainly make the Moonfall Mayhem a great series of books. I am ecstatic that this is just the start to what will be a truly great trilogy.”

— Girl + Book

I’d say it’s like Shrek meets The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy were Wednesday Addams and Toto a talking cat with bat wings. Fun and funny with many laugh-out- loud moments. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

— Susan Abel Sullivan, author of the Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mystery series

A unique and clever fantasy, The Falling of the Moon is a thoroughly entertaining read from first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduring favorite.”

—Midwest Book Review

If you’re looking for a great Autumn and Halloween read then look no further, this series has everything you need for a cozy fall evening spent reading. This one is 5/5 stars for me, it’s absolutely perfect and a must read!

—Hollie Ohs Book Reviews

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