Soule, Leslie D.: Forgetting Fallenwood
by Leslie D. Soule
What happens when Ash accidentally makes her way through another portal, this time into the Other Realm, and forgets she ever went to Fallenwood? More importantly, how much of one’s identity is made up of memories? Fallenwood 2 is the continuing journey of heroine Ash Kensington. Struggling with a deep sense of grief, sorrow, and overall confusion, Ash tries to work her way through to a deeper, underlying meaning. This search leads her back to Fallenwood, where the mystery unravels itself as she realizes that a very sinister force may be underlying everything…
As she approached the archway, she looked through it and saw the open sky beyond, with clouds that looked soft as cotton. A guard stood next to a bronze plaque with the words “Invisible Bridge—take a leap of faith!” He smiled as though radiating an inner light and Ash felt drawn to the challenge like a moth to a bug zapper. She took a deep breath and was about to take a step out onto what appeared to be nothing, when she felt the strong hands of Terces, pulling her back by the shoulders. She also felt a small force tugging at the leg of her jeans. She felt herself pulled backward several feet and then saw Terces’s brown eyes boring into hers.
“The invisible bridge is a trap for the unwary. The clerks of the Tower are trying to kill you.”
Ash gasped at the realization of what she’d nearly done. She seated herself on the ground. “I’m so sorry. I need a moment.”
Greymalkin walked up and pressed his nose up to hers. Then he swiped her across the face with a paw. His eyes narrowed. “Who do you think you are—Indiana Jones?”
It is my pleasure to highlight Leslie D. Soule, author of Forgetting Fallenwood, the second novel in the Fallenwood Chronicles. Thank you for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour, Leslie.
Please tell us about Forgetting Fallenwood and what inspired you to write it?
My book is the second novel in my Fallenwood Chronicles, of which there are four books. Forgetting Fallenwood is the continuing journey of Ash Kensington. Book two starts off where book one ended, with Ash riding the black unicorn out to the field of battle. She eventually ends up coming to the real world though, and losing her memory, so she has no knowledge of the fantasy realm Fallenwood at all and tries to live a normal life, but things just don’t end up being that easy for her.
I never intended to write a sequel to Fallenwood, but my characters kept urging me to write more. So far with my writing, I’ve based my novels on the circumstances of my own life, and my own struggle in trying to free myself from the pressures of society and the urge to disappear into a life of mediocrity.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
I always start with a loose outline and then go from there. I usually at least know how my story is going to end when I set out to write it, though my characters do end up dictating a lot of what happens in the middle of things.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
I always argue with Greymalkin, and he wins every time.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I think they’d be surprised to know that I’m a romantic at heart, although I don’t infuse much of that into my writing.
If you could write with any other author who would it be and why?
Stephen King for sure. Reading his fantasy novel The Eyes of the Dragon really inspired me when I was just starting out as a writer, and showed how you can write in a classic style but still make it deliciously dark.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?
I wanted to be a magician and a writer. Those two things, magic and writing, always fascinated me. As a fantasy writer, I get to be both.
When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I used to make up characters and scenarios for fun rather than playing games or other things when I was little. As a matter of fact, I’m revising a story I wrote when I was a child, that will be released soon as my first sci-fi novel.
What music inspires your writing?
Lately I’ve been listening to Green Day as I do my editing. Normally, I listen to Pink or Led Zeppelin, loudly, to drown out the outside noise so I can delve into my thoughts.
What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite movie? A martial arts flick called The Last Dragon
What is your favorite breakfast? I love waffles for breakfast.
What is your dream car? I’ve always wanted a green Jeep Wrangler
How can our readers find you? Readers can find me on my website – www.lesliesoule.com , my blog – www.fallenwoodsdustyrose.blogspot.com and on Twitter at @Falcondraco . I also have a Facebook page for my novels: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fallenwood-Chronicles-by-Leslie-D-Soule/177827352253328?ref=hl
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Leslie D. Soule is an author who loves to try new genres and Sacramento, California is her hometown. She has an M.A. in English from National University and is a member of the English Chapter of the Sac State Almuni Association. She is currently working on her fantasy quadrilogy, The Fallenwood Chronicles.
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