Walter Dinjos, Author of “The Unfading Heiress”

51oy8IvEKiLWhat is your book about?

The Unfading Heiress, book one of Soul Switch Trilogy, is ultimately a tale of ghostly love, human greed, friendship and honour set amid a raging war between the living and the dead in a land where death transcends time and space.

Late King Eldorman has the power to end this war, but he wants justice for his beautiful murdered daughter Arengel.

However, Arengel’s destiny lies once again with the living, when she falls in love with Adel, a lowly Earmburgian. Finally, the prophecy of The Man with the Red Aureole will come to pass, but Arengel needs an earthly body to fulfil it.

The journey that Adel must take to help Arengel will not only test his strengths to the limit but also that of his close friendship with Jeofren, a fellow Earmburgian. It is a race against time through dark and magical landscapes, and even when the task seems fruitless, Adel must see it through to the end.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Too long, I think, as I was combining writing with schooling and work. Writing the draft expended nearly two years; and it has been another two years since then – revision is a b****.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?

Didn’t I just say that revision is a b****?

Do you think writing this book changed your life?

As most writers would say, I have a story inside me. In my case, it is a coalescence of my fears, grief, joy, hopes, etc. subtly portrayed in The Unfading Heiress

When my mother passed, I must have completely drained my eyes, for I could not shed another tear, even as the blood from my father’s bullet wounds pooled around me seven years later; and I hate to make verbal conversation about the events and the pain their memory incites. Through writing this book, however, I have managed to shed my grief.

So, yes, writing this book changed my life.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

I prefer to write in the middle of the night. Darkness excites my mind. I like to write using my phone. I turn off the lights, including that of my phone and meditate in the darkness. Then once something tale-like hits my head, I pick up the phone and start punching its buttons.

What are you working on right now?

The Lost Body – the second book in the soul switch trilogy.

What writer influenced you the most?

Pamela Sargent, the author of The Golden Space . I am not one for Science Fiction about genetics, but her novel did rouse the writer in me. I remember wandering in a nearby forest after reading The Golden Space and thinking: I can do this. Then I returned home and started writing.

At what age did you discover writing?

I would say at twenty-two after reading The Golden Space. That was when I picked up a pen and started writing my unpublished first novel, although I have been writing lyrics since I was seventeen.

What is your favorite genre?

I love anything fantasy, especially epic fantasy with a tinge of romance.

What advice you would give to an aspiring author?

Write. That’s what makes you a writer; and don’t let anyone convince you that you cannot do it.

60d35efad7250ac1d188f4_L__V400054701_SY470_Where can people learn more about your books?

Visit Juju Heritage or you can follow me on twitter, or like my Facebook page.

As a parting note, I shall let you in on a secret. The Unfading Heiress will be free on Amazon.com on the 1st of December 2012. Also, if you are interested in what else I can do, email me at walterdinjos@gmail.com and I will send you an unreleased song of mine. Even authors can sing.

Walter Dinjos, Author of “Beyond Bermuda” and “The Forbidden Sea”

What is your book about?

The book, as the cover says, is a medley of two tales: “Beyond Bermuda” and “The Forbidden Sea”.

Over the years, there has been a lot of rumpus about the Bermuda Triangle and the vessels and aircraft that went missing there. Most of us, while curious, dismiss the claims about the Triangle as an exaggeration. I, however, marvel at the story ideas the region holds and couldn’t help but attempt to entertain you while your curiosity is still aflame.

The Forbidden Sea, on the other hand, tells the familiar story of love and betrayal – only this time the tale is spangled with gunpowder, magic, and a sea goddess that feeds princes to her waters.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

Months. Then I was writing the first draft of a fantasy novel that I’m revising now. Once in a while I needed a break; hence, the developing and writing of the two short stories in this book. I plot heavily, by the way, as not seeing the end while writing feels like blindness.

Do you think writing this book changed your life? How so?

It most definitely changed my life, if only because you are interviewing me now. Moreover, in writing and finishing a book resides expanding-versatility and boundless fulfilment respectively.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

Rituals? I sleep first – it helps clear my mind – and then write. Or check out my blog (http://www.walterdinjos.wordpress.com) and discover the flower of abominable rituals.

Do you prefer to write at a particular time of day?

I prefer to write in the middle of the night when everywhere is ominously quiet – keeps my heart thumping and my mind excited.

What are you working on right now?

The Unfading Heiress — a fantasy novel about wistful ghosts, questionable gods, and cross-realm love.

Does writing come easy for you?

Ha, I believe everything we do requires effort even when our manner appears effortless. English is my secondary language, so I didn’t find it difficult reconciling with my shortcomings and keeping a dictionary and the likes beside me while writing. Now story ideas are what come easy to me.

Where do you get the names for your characters?

I derive the names of my characters from Old English words.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

I use my songs, since I’m a singer/songwriter. Download my book free at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94600) or Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Bermuda-ebook/dp/B005TJ9P08/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329742365&sr=1-1) for just $0.99, then email me at WalterDinjos@gmail.com and I will forward you one of my songs.

Where can people learn more about your books?

At Juju Heritage (http://walterdinjos.wordpress.com/about/), you will discover I like to explore the human soul and the life beyond, and my imminent books would be rooted in those, mostly.