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Author Spotlight: Sunbow Pendragon

May 21, 2017

This month’s feature is Sunbow Pendragon, because she caught my attention with her imaginative historic fantasies, generally involving sagas like King Arthur or Medusa. She dedicates a great deal of time and effort to researching her material so that she can intricately weave her novels as though they were tales of old.

 

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Pendragon was born in the summer of 1957, the middle child of five. As a result, she was inclined towards shyness and daydreaming. Once discovering the tales of Greek and Roman mythologies, and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, she knew she had found something special. She would play at knights and ladies for hours behind her parents house, until she was sought out for her chores.

As time went on, she realized she was fascinated by the story; almost obsessed, reading anything she could relating to the matter of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. The more books she read that revealed to her more of the legends, she became interested in the mysteries behind them, as in the tales of Merlin and the Ladies of Avalon. This lead her to the captivating writing of The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Throughout her travels in literature, she became enchanted with the Black Knight. She was married, and was raising two home birthed children until one night, she had a ‘startling’ dream. In her own words, Pendragon says, ” In this dream, I was given an overview of the time of Camelot through the eyes of the Black Knight, the champion of Ceridwen. At the time, I had only a vague knowledge of the White Goddess and so was taken aback by Her dominance in the dream. When I awoke, I knew I must write down this story and so I began with pen and paper. I read the story every night to my mate when he returned from his labours of the day; every day I wrote until my fingers were sore and numb, so powerful was the impulse. Finally, I finished the first segment of the story and began the next, and onto the next. At last, some three years later, I finished the entire story and began my revisions.

Now over twenty-five years later, due to financial setbacks and other obstacles, all seven books in the series have been published. I hope it speaks to you as it did to me; however, as you read, I beg you to remember that it is only a story. I make no claims to it’s being a true representation of history. It is meant merely as a source of entertainment. And also, remember that the story was inspired by a very vivid dream. Who knows where dreams come from?”

 

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Interview time! (again, still working on formatting!)

 

  1. How long have you been a writer/artist?

 

I have been writing actively for most of my life, but I count the beginning of my professional career from when I first experienced the dream that led to my first series, 26 years ago.

 

  1. Who do you most identify with (living, dead, real or fictional)?

 

Wow…that is an interesting question, I have lots of heros who inspire me, but I think I identify most with The Storyteller character in some of my books. She knows more stories than most people have forgotten, and she tells them with passion and depth.

 

  1. Tell us a fun and interesting fact about one of your projects?

 

My Original Fantasy Series, “The Natanleods” started out as a novelette, a short story. The tale in my head seemed to be only a few pages, but it has grown in to five published books, and I just started number six recently.

 

  1. Of your own work, which specific piece would you be excited to be known best for?

 

I would be completely excited if ANY of my books became well-known. But of everything I have written so far, I think the “The Black Knight of Avalon Chronicles,” is still my best work.

 

  1. If you could, who would you ask to look at your work?

 

It is a thrill to have a person purchase one of my books, because I never thought I would get this far. But, if I could have someone like Peter Jackson, or Ron Howard look at my books as a movie, that would be the ultimate thrill, I think.

 

  1. What is your main inspiration? Where do you get your ideas?

 

My first series was inspired by a very vivid dream I experienced 26 years ago. I was shown a version of the tale of Camelot unlike anything I had ever heard or read before. The colors were vibrant, I could hear, smell, feel and taste things as well as seeing them, as if I were there, but no one could see me. After that, I found that the words seem to just flow out, so that now, I just sit in front of the computer and try not to hold back. The hardest thing for me is not to self-edit too much.

 

  1. How do you overcome writer’s/artist’s block?

 

I walk away from it, or start another project, or go outside and garden…anything to break whatever tension is causing the blockage. I find that if I just let go of the pressure, remind myself this is supposed to be fun and do something else for a few days, the wall breaks and the words flow out again.

 

  1. In which genre do you enjoy working the most (horror, mystery, abstract, etc.)?

 

I love Historical Fantasy, it is so liberating to be able to work a tale into the fabric of time, using enough actual history to make it believable.

 

  1. How long does it take you to complete a project?

 

It depends on the project, I am currently working on a retelling of the tale of Medusa, and it has already taken over three months just to get sixty pages. When I am writing a new book in “The Natanleods,” it seems to flow out much quicker and takes less editing. I am not sure why that happens.

 

  1. What would you tell aspiring writers/artists?

 

Keep writing, don’t lose your inspiration even if you are having a hard time selling it. I finally chose self-publishing as my best option, but there are many houses out there now who accept authors without agents. It’s an exciting time to be a writer!

 

  1. Who is your favorite independent writer/artist?

 

Too many to choose…

 

  1. Who is your favorite mainstream writer/artist?

 

WAY too many to choose…

 

  1. Do you do anything in order to prepare for your writing sessions?

 

I try to relax as much as possible. I start when I am in a good mood, when I feel settled and grounded, I never write when I feel anxious or angry. I try to snack throughout the writing session, it helps me take breaks and walk around a bit throughout the day. I find that if I exercise a bit, the writing goes a little better, so I plan my housekeeping around the session. By the end of the day, I usually have a good bit done, and my house is cleaner too.

 

  1. And, most importantly, do you have a favorite hot or cold beverage and/or snack that you like to have with you while working?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I like to start with coffee, black with a little sweetener in it, then after my husband leaves for work, I have a small bite and proceed with water for the rest of the day. I sometimes enjoy a glass of good wine while I am editing, but never while I am actually constructing the tale.

 

 

 

 

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If there is anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask what you like in the comments.  When I give the option to ask questions and to connect with the author, I expect a modicum of respect. I will delete any attempts to be a horrid troll.

If there are other authors/artists you would like to learn about, or if you would like to be featured, let me know- but  be realistic. i’ll have an easier time trying to contact an indy than i would stephen king or tim burton. although, how marvelous would that be?

Take care butterflies! }|{

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Artist Spotlight: Heather Davies- DeVoe

April 8, 2017

Forgive the delay- I had somehow managed to misplace my notes so this interview was a little postponed- an absolute special thank you to our guest for her unending patience with me. Please join me in welcoming our month’s interviewee, and be on the lookout for next month’s… when I finally find my notes!

 

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A personal favorite of Davies- DeVoe’s: Angel of Dance, 2017            (I am using this gif with express consent of the artist, please respect the integrity of her work and buy it- admiring is free, but don’t steal!)

Davies- DeVoe is an artist whose work is often quite eye-catching. I find myself loving the evolution of each piece she creates, and the finished product is never anything to scoff at! She uses an amazing array of colors and has a style that’s breath-taking. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

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1. How long have you been a writer/artist?


Oh goodness. I would say since I could hold a crayon? My mom had me watching a lot of Bob Ross growing up, so had the Happy Little Trees in daycare when everyone else had their triangles. It’s just always been something I’ve done.


2. Who do you most identify with (living, dead, real or fictional)?


Actually a couple of web comic characters; specifically Faye from Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, and Vanessa from Something Positive by Randall Keith Milholland. I’ve had several people ask me if either of those writers knew me in some way, and neither do (although I am friends on facebook with Milholland and senpai has noticed me on occasion.)


3. Tell us a fun and interesting fact about one of your projects?


In every single one of my pieces, I wind up writing notes on them in white charcoal (it wipes off) and some of them are apparently hilarious. A friend comes over every now and then and sees I’ve written “flowery bullshit here”, or “Wingy shit here”.  When I can’t get a face to work out right, I have a printed picture of Hugh Jackman with googly eyes that I glued on to hang over it so I don’t zone in and focus too much on how bad it looks.


4. Of your own work, which specific piece would you be excited to be known best for?


My Angels series, without a doubt. On one hand I’ve funneled a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into them, and also the whole idea behind them was to show how the world isn’t always terrible.


5. If you could, who would you ask to look at your work?


Misha Collins. I credit him and my husband for getting me to start creating again, and I’d kind of like to tell him that this is all his fault. I get to tell my husband every day.


6. What is your main inspiration?


Gag alert here, but I’d have to say my husband and my home. We’ve worked very hard to surround ourselves with love, and I like to think I can funnel that into my work and share it.


7. Where do you get your ideas?


Basically everywhere. I did a drawing once based off of a whorl in the  wood on my closet door. Sometimes it’s a shape, sometimes it’s a color, sometimes I’m just dozing off and a picture builds itself in my head and can’t wait for me to get itself out.


8. How do you overcome writer’s/artist’s block?


I inhale.
After a while with the output you do, you have to stop and give yourself a little something. It’s breathing. You inhale by looking, by reading, by learning. You exhale, and you create. You have to have both or you will die.


9. In which genre do you enjoy working the most (horror, mystery, abstract, etc.)?


I love this nearly cartoonish realism I’ve been working on. I have enough flexibility that I don’t have to focus on absolute perfection, but I have this definite something to work from.


10. How long does it take you to complete a project?


It depends. Sometimes it interrupts everything else I do and I can work quickly- I did the first Angel in less than a week. But sometimes they want to take a little longer- sometimes months. Since I work in acrylics for the most part I don’t have to worry so much about drying times and I can move right on to the next part.


11. What would you tell aspiring writers/artists?


Do not ever stop. Do something, anything. Just do everything. Do everything, feel everything, know everything. This work is important.


12. Who is your favorite independent writer/artist?


Honestly, I can’t have one. I love everything I see. I have so many artists whose work I follow, and so many that I know personally and love. I guess if you twisted my arm and made me spit out a name I’d say Samantha Darr, but only because she tells everyone she won me in her divorce.


13. Who is your favorite mainstream writer/artist?


Frida Kahlo. Her colors and imagery have struck me since the first time I saw her work. Also, the only painting that literally made me cry was Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine, which I had the extreme pleasure of seeing in person in Houston more than a decade ago. Note to whoever set up the lighting for the piece in the Museum of Fine Art Houston- the glare was horrible, and the guards were eyeballing me when I had to lean over the barrier to see the brush marks on the face.


14. Do you do anything in order to prepare for your painting sessions?


Same as I guess everyone does. I get all my supplies in order, make sure my stuff is clean and everything is ready, make sure I’m not wearing anything I don’t want coated in paint, and get something to drink and to listen to. The only sort of special thing I do is light one of those white glass pillar candles from the dollar store. It’s more of a superstition thing for me anymore.


15. And, most importantly, do you have a favorite hot or cold beverage and/or snack that you like to have with you while working?


That depends on the season, really. During the summer I’ll nurse a pitcher of sweet tea and work on tomato sandwiches from my garden. During the winter I live on milk and dry frosted wheat cereal.

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If there is anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask what you like in the comments.  When I give the option to ask questions and to connect with the guest, I expect a modicum of respect. I will delete any attempts to be a horrid troll.

If there are other authors/artists you would like to learn about, or if you would like to be featured, let me know- but  be realistic. i’ll have an easier time trying to contact an indy than i would stephen king or tim burton. although, how marvelous would that be?