Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: Rift of Askrah by Benjamin Andrews

Rift of Askrah Book 1: FractureRift of Askrah Book 1: Fracture by Benjamin Andrews
Rift of Askrah is the story of Nihlen Draven, heir to the throne of the nation of Draven. After being kidnapped though, everything changes. A world he thought he understood is now alien to him, as he must cope with the danger that haunts him around every turn. His only chance is to find a way to reclaim his stolen kingdom, understand new found abilities, and save himself and the rest of the world from an even greater danger.
Benjamin AndrewsAbout Ben: (from Goodreads)
Reading and writing have always been passions of mine. There are few things like losing yourself in a good book. I've always loved reading fantasy literature. From novels to manga, and all kinds of other stories in between. It's been a staple of my childhood, and is still an enjoyable part of my life. Writing brings its own similar form of this joy. Creating an entire world from scratch, making it feel as real as possible, no matter how unreal it may be. Making it flow and come to life, there's nothing else quite like it. 

As for some personal information, I was born in Idaho. I grew up in small towns in the south-eastern portion of the state. At 19, I moved to Oregon, where I currently reside. I currently hold an Associate's Degree in Pharmacy Technology, and work for a call center. 
Thank you Benjamin for the time, and the interview!

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

Rift of Askrah is a story of a kingdom lost, and the struggle to recover it. The heroes will deal with the unknown to save the world.

--How did you get the idea for the story?

It was kind of a sequential event. I had written the outline to another novel, when I had some ideas about another story. I started writing them down, and they eventually developed into the Rift of Askrah series.

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?

Most would probably be the hero, Nihlen. Least would be Cal, I think he would be an unsavory dinner companion for me.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?

I love lots of different kinds of books, including other fantasy novels. Other genres I read are action, thrillers, and some non-fiction when it interests me. I always make time to read every day, no matter how busy I am. Recently I also expanded my blog to include reviews, and have received some book I'll be reviewing soon.

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?

Book 2: Shatter in the Rift of Askrah series is currently being written. Target release is set for early 2012, so be sure to keep an eye out for it! I'm also toying with a few ideas I've had while writing this series for what I'll be writing after it is completed, so there won't be much of a pause between the end of the Rift of Askrah series and my next relese.

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?

I think it would have to be something with magic, maybe the Wheel of Time or Lord of the Rings.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?

I usually write with the television on. I don't like to write in the quiet, and music distracts me when I want to work. Oddly though, I can listen to the television and continue working.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to fly, no question. Being able to fly anywhere, at anytime, would be beyond amazing.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy playing video games, going snowboarding when it's in season, and traveling. Of course, simple relaxation is always welcome.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?

I'd like to thank those who check out my book, and Brandi for allowing me the opportunity to have this interview.

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Nope
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Ebook
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Cat
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas

And now for the GIVEAWAY:
-1 Ebook, US only
-Ends 1/7/12

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for interviewing me! Good luck to everyone in the giveaway, I hope you enjoy the book!


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