Please welcome Audra Middleton who is the featured guest today at An Author’s Desk. You may remember Audra from her guest spot in December at my Holiday Special when she shared her recipe for that decadent Peaches ‘n Cream Cheesecake. Audra returns as a published author with a blog tour behind her and five, four-star reviews for Watcher. Champagne/Burst Books has some of the nicest book covers in the business, but they outdid themselves with Watcher, one of my all-time favorites. Loved her world-building and subtle humor in Watcher. Can’t wait to read The Hitchhiker, her humorous paranormal thriller coming out from Champagne/Burst in November. For now, let’s check out Audra’s desk.
I wrote Watcher on the ‘family’ computer at the desk in my kitchen, surrounded by clutter, inspirational quotes (Mother Theresa & Edgar Allen Poe) and pictures (my kids & their art), with a view of my front driveway and the kids’ playhouse out the kitchen door. My youngest has since discovered the joy of computers, and changing their settings, so I now write strictly from my own laptop in my Lazyboy recliner in the living room. We have a living/dining/kitchen great room, so from this perch I can keep an eye on everyone in the area in my peripheral vision as I write. I mostly sit down to write in short spurts throughout the day, in between laundry, chauffeuring, and refereeing of children. It doesn’t have to be quiet, and rarely is. I write over video game ruckus, rough-housing mayhem, dishwasher rumbling, you name it. But I don’t just write at my computer; I’m writing all the time, playing out scenes in my head. Some people call that daydreaming, but I call that work. I love my job.
War threatens to destroy the world of Anthelion unless the holy man, Goran, can solve his prophecy riddle. For every clue he finds, another obstacle surfaces. An orphan girl, Watcher, becomes his responsibility. As if parenthood itself isn’t daunting enough, she keeps a bear for a pet and transforms into her forest surroundings to avoid socialization. Hope momentarily emerges when Goran finds Benaiah, the Chosen Son of the prophecy. Only he soon discovers Benaiah is a social pariah on the verge of embracing darkness.
When Benaiah and Watcher unexpectedly meet, the two outsiders find in each other a sense of belonging they’ve never known. Now their emerging love promises to bring about the same war Goran is struggling to prevent.
Thanks for stopping by, Audra. You’re welcome any time, especially when you bring treats like Watcher or another delicious recipe.
Thanks so much for having me, Rita! I’d like to giveaway a copy of my ebook, Watcher, to one commenter today. So leave a comment and tell me what’s on your desk for a chance to win.
Tomorrow, A Week with Champollion & the Rosetta Stone Rita Bay