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Interview with Madhuri Blaylock, author of The Boy

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In this post, author Madhuri Blaylock answers our questions on her writing process, developing voice, what it takes to be an indie author, and more! But first, a bit about her book:
“Every now and again an excellent novel will come forth dealing with fantasy and magic that will just grab and hold my attention from beginning to end. That is exactly what THE GIRL did.” — OOSA Online Book Club

In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with

THE BOY

Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?
And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?
The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.
At least they did. Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?

Madhuri Blaylock Interview

What process did you go through to get your book published?
I am an Indie author so have done everything myself, from the editing to the launch to the marketing. I worked with a graphic designer, the incomparable Michele Mason Holmberg, for my cover design; otherwise, everything else is all me. So if you don’t like anything or find mistakes, you know who to blame.

I considered going a more traditional route, but decided I like the freedom and control I exude over my product as an Indie author.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For me, this book was very sad, on so many levels, all stemming from the loss of the central character, Wyatt Clayworth. His absence affects each character differently and writing their stories was rather brutal. Beautiful, but brutal.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The chapter where Wyatt has been sent to train with the Ramyan Master of Arms and Dev braves his mood to ask him to eat lunch with her. I loved writing the chapter because for the first time in the book, I felt some of that similar, nervous energy that existed between the two of them in THE GIRL. And the humor. It’s also the first time in THE BOY there is any levity between them and you’re reminded that Wyatt is quite mischievous, at least when it comes to Dev. This chapter is also where he is finally honest with her, revealing all he had been hiding, which was quite liberating to write…and hopefully to read.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?
Breaking the rules and expressing my own voice, writing in way that allows the rhythm inside my head to make it onto the page

What was least useful or most destructive?
Probably anything having to do with writing like a lawyer. Haha.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so, although I have been told there is a definite, a very obvious ryhthm to the flow of my work. I rather like the sound of that.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write. At least now I do. For THE GIRL, I drafted a very detailed outline then found myself feeling rather enslaved by it. Every time I deviated from it, I felt guilty. Finally, I just put it away and let my imagination run wild and I must say, it was the best decision I made. It was so very liberating. For THE BOY, I didn’t bother at all. I simply made sure I knew how the book would open and close and then set about filling in the rest.

How did you come up with the title/premise for your series?
Initially, it was called The Code of Ten, which are the ten principles guiding The Sanctum, but I realized early on that was a rather limiting name, so in an effort to broaden the scope and make it encompass much more, I called it The Sanctum. It makes perfect sense.

I started thinking about the premise for The Sanctum a few years ago.

I had been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal fiction and although I was loving every minute of it, I found myself oftentimes getting quite frustrated with the female characters. They possessed amazing powers and were many times expected to save the world, but consistently lacked self-awareness. Frustratingly, these same badass girls often had to learn of their capabilities from someone else, that someone else most often being a boy.

So I set about to create a girl who knew quite a lot about herself, at least when it came to her capabilities, and out came Dev.

Then Wyatt, and the rest is history.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Seeing as I don’t know any warriors, hyrbid demons or vampires, I’m going to go out on a limb and say The Sanctum Trilogy is purely my imagination.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I LOVE writing. Can’t say I feel the same about marketing.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write, write and write some more. And when you don’t think you can go on, pour yourself a shot of tequila, and get back at it.

Thanks for the great interview, Madhuri!

An Excerpt from The Boy

The clearing in the park still hummed with magic. Her magic. And her scent. It was why he kept coming back to the same spot every night, just for a whiff. Then he could go about his business, whatever that might be.Darvin Lucius Jefferson was one hundred and ten, going on seventeen. He was a wealthy, bored teenager who became a wealthy, somewhat bored vampire. There were a few things in this life that brought him joy, piqued his interest: from the very first day he saw her, Jools Clayworth, and as of nine days ago, that stunning thing her brother was running around with before he died.Of course, Darvin had no idea whether or not Wyatt perished subsequent to his ministrations, nor did he care. He simply assumed the too-good looking, sanctimonious warrior was dead, for his wound was hideous and he seemed to be breathing on borrowed time. Darvin had told the pretty thing as much that night, then he’d returned to his perch atop the Dakota and watched her strap the warrior to her back and escape into nothingness.What a feat that had been.One moment she was there, in all her stunning beauty and tortured agony, the next she was gone.

Poof.

As if she’d never been there at all.

Darvin went to the spot that night, less to follow her than simply explore. It was glamoured to avoid human detection but he found it easily, having watched the warrior and his beautiful best friend, Ryker Morrison, comb the area many a time over the past year. But try as he might, Darvin could spot nothing to hint at an escape hatch or portal. Whatever the pretty thing had used to vanish into thin air, it was long gone, hidden from prying eyes. All that lingered was her scent, that hypnotizing, intoxicating essence of her that Darvin wished he could bottle and keep hidden in his pocket. Away from Darby.

Darby Winthrop.

The one and only.

The dark queen of New York.

The southern belle from hell.

His maker.

About the Author

Displaying MEDIA KIT Author Photo 1.JPGMadhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens, Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

She’s currently working on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with copies of The Girl and The Boy in their pocket or on their Kindle.

She wants to get a goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some chickens.

To learn more about her, you can follow her blog at madhuriblaylock.wordpress.com, follow her on Twitter at @madhuriblaylock or like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesanctumtr…

She’s totally chatty so drop her a line any time.

Madhuri will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: Goddessfish Promotions Blog

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card – a Rafflecopter giveaway [Editor’s note: The giveaway is closed.]
“The characters in Madhuri Blaylock’s novel…are well written and unique, and the story is just fantastic…I just loved every page of the story!” – Readers’ Favorite
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11 thoughts on “Interview with Madhuri Blaylock, author of The Boy

  1. Dear WCOW, thanks very much for hosting THE BOY blog tour this morning. I totally appreciate it and had loads of fun doing the interview. Hope your readers enjoy it and check out The Sanctum. Cheers!

  2. I haven’t read either book yet but I’m thinking about it. This book has some very good review at Amazon so that’s encouraging. Is it more or less necessary to read the books in order?

    • Hi Karen, I would recommend reading them in order, but to each his own. Someone on Goodreads just left a review of THE BOY (they loved it…yea!) without having first read THE GIRL and in their review noted that I do a good job of bringing the reader up to speed that she was ok reading the books out of order. That said, as the writer, of course I think you should read THE GIRL first. 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Madhuri Blaylock and commented:
    Today on THE BOY blog tour, I stopped in and sat down for an interview with The Writers’ Club of Whittier where we discussed everything from my favorite scene to write to my advice for other writers.
    If you have some time, check it out.
    Cheers!

  4. Interesting book info

  5. I like the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Great interview. Doing an outline seems too structured. I agree that just writing would be an easier way to do things. Thanks for sharing!

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