Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sorcery and Scholarships by Ian Isaro + Giveaway

Sorcery and Scholarships  
(The Dying War #1)
by Ian Isaro

Everyone wishes the ancient prophecy would go away. Pixies commute to work and sirens make mp3s of their songs, yet antique forces stubbornly persist. They want to bring about a war between Light and Darkness in an era when most people just want to cash in on the merchandising.

Aki is struggling to make ends meet and hopes her scholarship can at least earn her a better apartment. Blake refuses to believe he could be something so cliché as a Knight of Darkness. Keisha is pursuing a career in law when she's told she has no choice but to serve the forces of Light. All of them will be attending the same university, whether they like it or not.

It's hard to think about dark omens when there's a term paper due, much less a party that night. But they'd better relax while they can, because after college is only the real world, which is stranger and more dangerous than they could possibly imagine.

ebook, 172 pages
Published January 12th 2012

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Q & A with Ian Isaro
Q: Thank you for joining us today Ian!  Tell us a little bit about your main characters from Sorcery and Scholarships.
Aki is the one who never forgets how awesome magic is and also the first to call out the world when it's being ridiculous. Blake is cheerfully evil, keeping life at bay with what he hopes passes for wit. Keisha is the most grounded in reality, even when reality is literally coming apart. Sometimes they balance one another, sometimes their personalities combine into things that none of them would have done alone.

Q: What do you love about writing?
The balance between creativity and structure. At the beginning of the process you can do absolutely anything you want, but what I really enjoy is the process of that raw creativity becoming structured into the best story you can write. Structure itself brings ideas together in ways you might not have considered and creates something that's ultimately satisfying.

Q: What is the best advice you have been given?
The most meaningful advice will vary from to person to person, but for me it was this: be mindful of your cognitive biases, especially as they relate to thoughts and emotions about life. Humans are very good at tricking themselves, and emotions adapt to our circumstances. Better to step back and look at your life seriously than to follow vague feelings and end up trying to convince yourself you aren't unhappy.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Video game designer, mostly because that was the medium where I saw the most creativity (I didn't read very broadly until I was a little older).

Q: If you could be on one reality TV show, what would it be?
Hard to say, since this is one of my blind spots. Is Mythbusters reality TV? No? Wouldn't you at least be interested in seeing what that would look like?

Q: I actually love Mythbusters!  One last question today...what book are you reading now?
Dividing my time between A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge and Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.

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