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Sabaska’s Tale Series:
Tales of the Travelers
J. A. Campbell
Genres: Fantasy + Young Adult, Horses Published: July 5 2013
Untold Press: www.untoldpress.com Word count: 63 000
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours
To Anna, horses were more than a fascination, they were everything. Luckily, she had the opportunity to spend every summer on her grandmother's horse ranch in Colorado. Life was perfect, until she received the devastating news that her grandmother had been tragically killed. Anna knew she was the only member of her family who could take over the ranch and hopefully find new homes for her grandmother's beloved Arabians.
Anna wasn't alone for long. Her grandmother had hired a local teenage boy to help tend the horses for the summer. Anna didn't stand a chance against Cody's quiet charm and the two rapidly become friends. However, even with the responsibilities of the ranch, Anna quickly discovers the secrets her grandmother had been hiding and a legacy that sends her on an adventure she never thought possible. An adventure in the saddle of a horse that wasn't a horse at all. Sabaska, her grandmother's favorite Arabian, was a Traveler; a magical being that could travel between worlds. With Anna at the reins, they find themselves trapped in a fight against evil with the highest of stakes… Their very survival.
“Well…” She hadn’t considered riding Sabaska. Her grandma never mentioned it as a possibility and it stuck in her head that this was Grandma’s horse and no one else rode her.
But Grandma was gone and Anna needed to ride her at least once to determine what to say to buyers.
Sabaska tossed her head happily and whinnied before heading to the barn.
Anna stared after her, dumbfounded.
“Right. That’s weird.”
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Julie has been many things over the last few years, from college student, to bookstore clerk and an over the road trucker. She’s worked as a 911 dispatcher and in computer tech support, but through it all she’s been a writer and when she’s not out riding horses, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, her vampire-hunting dog Kira, her new horse and Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories and the young adult urban fantasy series The Clanless.
Find out more about Julie at www.writerjacampbell.com and follow her on twitter @Pfirewolf
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Talking with J.A. Campbell
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a writer, a rider and a Border Collie mom and I have three cats. Honestly, except for the day job, that takes up most of my life. My horse and my dog demand a lot of attention and I’m happy to give it to them because it inspires a lot of stories.
How long have you been writing?
Most of my life, but seriously since 2005.
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
Fantasy is what I love to read, so naturally I like to write it too. I read to escape and I write to help others escape too.
Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
Yes, I have two YA urban fantasies in the Clanless series, Senior Year Bites and Summer Break blues, about a girl who gets turned into a vampire her senior year of high school.
Are you working on anything new right now?
I’m working on a novel in my vampire-hunting dog world and about five million short stories.
What motivates and inspires you to write?
I’m pretty self-motivated. I’m also motivated by the desire to write full time one day. Life inspires me to write.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
I’m sure everyone else says this too, but don’t give up. If you love to write, take the constructive criticism, make yourself better, and keep writing.
Who is your all-time favourite author?
Timothy Zahn and Kristen Britain.
Can you us who your favourite indie author is?
Rusty Fisher. If you like zombie stories… he’s the author for you.
If you could Time Travel, what year would you visit and why?
Last spring… I’d tell myself that I was going to lose Sabaska and that I needed to spend every minute I could with her.
If you could be any character in any novel, who would it be and why?
Truthfully, Anna from Sabaska’s Tale, as lame as it might be to want to be my own character, she has my horse and I don’t any longer.
Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so what is it?
I drive an airport shuttle during the afternoon and evenings. It’s actually really fun and helps pay the bills until writing takes over.
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Hahah, um… Sabaska. She could just Travel to another world at whim and then I wouldn’t be stuck. Baring that, Ekatarine. She’s a pretty bad-ass vampire character that is nice to us mere humans and I wouldn’t have to worry about getting killed by some random aliens.
Which type of book do you prefer to read?
Paperback then ebook then hardback. I like big ol’ epic fantasies and they’re easier to carry around in paperback or eformat.
Do you have any weird writing rituals? (Such as, you can only start writing after you’ve scoffed all the choc-chip cookies and drank 3 cups of coffee or only after you’ve listened to a certain song or playlist? Etc…)
No, but tea goes a long way to grease the writing gears.
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
Yes, in fact I told the publisher when I submitted that I was going to be very picky about the horse on the cover since one of my big pet peeves is cover art not matching the story. They were cool with that and ended up using an actual picture of Sabaska that I’d taken a few years before.
What is the best thing about writing for you?
Creating my own worlds… basically playing god
How many novels/books do you typically read in a month?
Er, not sure about a month but I hit about 70 a year or so.
What is your favourite genre to read at the moment?
Fantasy, all types.
Who’s your greatest inspiration to date?
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
Reading, Riding Horses, I herd sheep with my dog.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
Promotion. ^.^ Then Edits. But I do love making my story better, I just hate not being perfect the first time.
How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?
Depends but I can usually get one written in about four months.
How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
As much as I can. On the weekends several hours at least, during the work week it just depends, but I try to do a little every day.
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
I used to be a pen and paper writer but I had to switch to my laptop after I hurt my wrist a few years ago.
If you didn’t write, what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
Oh gods… I have no idea. I tried to quit writing twice and got so bored out of my mind after a day or two that I gave up on quitting. I’m a writer and I can’t imagine not being one.
If there was an apocalypse, would you want to go up in the middle of it, or be a post-apocalypse survivor and live without the creature comforts that we are so used too?
Oh, I think I’d have a pretty good time in a PA world, so I’d love to survive. (Not as a zombie though)
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