Please welcome author Sandra Ulbrich Almazan to the blog! Sandra, please tell us about your story, Letters to Psyche.
SUA: In my fantasy short story “Letters to Psyche,” Cupid and Psyche, despite being separated, must figure out how to resolve a curse put on the Montague and Capulet families prior to the births of Romeo and Juliet.
Describe the heroine in three words.
SUA: Wise, devoted, patient.
What traits does the hero posses that makes the heroine swoon?
SUA: He’s the God of Love. Need I say more?
What was your inspiration for this story?
SUA: Originally, it was a story prompt involving a kiss.
Who is your favorite character from this book? Can you include an excerpt involving this character?
SUA: Cupid, as the story is told from his perspective.
Here are a few words from him: “As Elisabeth spoke, I remembered eavesdropping as my mother tasked you with sorting seeds, fetching golden fleece, and even sending you to Hades. How I had to sneak around to find sympathetic helpers for you. Even with them on our side, we nearly lost each other. But would we have realized how much we needed each other if we had not been parted for a while? Nothing worth winning was ever gained easily, but greedy mortals always demand the gods make their paths as smooth as silk.”
What genres do you write in, and what appeals to you about those genres?
SUA: I write science fiction and fantasy not just because they let me escape, but also because they make me think.
What are you working on now?
SUA: I’m currently working on a prequel to a fantasy series.
Can you describe your daily writing routine?
SUA: I write during my lunch break at work and after my son goes to bed.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
SUA: I’m a pantser. I have to write the first draft to figure out the story and then revise it extensively.
What writing/writer’s organizations are you involved with? Can you explain how they help your writing and/or your writing career?
SUA: I’m a founding member of Broad Universe, which promotes and supports women writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Though the contacts I made through Broad Universe, I was able to sell a short story to an anthology.
Where can my readers find your books?
SUA: My books are available through Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, and Diesel. All of my books are available as eBooks, and two of them are also available in paper and audio formats.