Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Feature: AnnaMaria Bazzi author of Incantation Paradox


Magic is an illusion. It doesn’t really exist. Or does it?

A horrible car accident destroys Dolores Reynard’s life. But instead of waking up in a hospital bed, she awakens in a teenager’s body. Soon, she discovers she is at the heart of the murderous mystery surrounding the death of Mona, the young girl whose body she occupies. Caught between an evil greater than she ever imagined and a wizard who heals her tattered heart, she is forced to play a dangerous game of intrigue in the hopes of finding a way to return to her previous life.

Will magic be her ally, or will it lead to her demise once and for all.

What inspired you to write this book?
A quirky morning, I got out of bed from the wrong side and wanted to know what it would feel like to be in a young body.

How did you choose your title?
The original title of the book was Trapped in a Nightmare but when I googled it I found that someone had already published a book with the name. I wanted my book to have a unique title, but because I loved the original, it was hard for me to come up with something new. I asked some of my friends, and Michael came up with Incantation Paradox.

Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.
 I had a vision of what Mona, the young body Dolores ends up occupying, looked like and I wanted to capture her pretty face

Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why? 
I am a self-published author because for two reasons: 1. I like having control of all aspects of creating a book, including the cover art. 2. The big six publishing companies don’t really take chances on new authors and have made it quite difficult. I could have tried a small press, but then I wouldn't have total control over my books.

What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
The most important part of a good story is a well-developed climax and resolution of the major conflict.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. I do not use outlines or rough sketches. Sometimes a character will present herself to me and beg for her story to be told. Other times, an idea takes shape in my head and once the beginning of this tale is clear, I sketch out the ending, the point I want to reach at the end of the story. That ending is never written in stone because many times twists and turns I never expected to happen occur.

What part of the writing process is the hardest for you?
Editing. I really don’t like editing. I’d rather be creating and writing.

What tips can you give on how to get through writers block?
Does writers block really exist? Or is it something we create when we don’t feel like writing? I don’t think I've ever experienced writer’s block. I usually work on multiple projects at a time. Therefore, if I don’t feel inspired to work on one, I turn to another, but I make sure I write every day. Some days I spend much of my time editing, but I make sure I even write one paragraph.

What kind of music do you like to listen to while you write?
Unfortunately, I don’t really listen to music while I write.

Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have just one author that I enjoy. I have a few. I absolutely love Emily Bronte. I enjoy reading Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card, Carl Sagan, and Terry Goodkind.

Who is your favorite character from a book?
I have more than one favorite character. The oldest of my favorites is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, Richard Rahl from the Sword of Truth Series, Lady Jessica from the Dune Series, Eugenides from The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Ender Wiggin from Ender’s Game. I know I've forgotten to mention a few but this should give you an idea.

What is your favorite book?
May all time favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. She creates a most magnificent villain in Heathcliff.

Read anything good lately?
Lately I've dedicated my reading time to review Indie books. Some of these books are: Taming Romeo by Rachelle Ayalla, Bound by Time by A.D. Trosper, Less than Humble Beginnings by Chelsea Falin, just to name a few.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Several things I enjoy doing when not writing. If I want to spend a quiet evening with hubby and a movie, I’ll take out my crochet. I enjoy long walks through my neighborhood or at Deep Run Park, a state park that is less than a mile from my home. Other times I might sketch or paint.

Have you had anything else published?
Besides Incantation Paradox I've published several short stories, A Simple Matter of Justice and Revelation of Abaddon, two paranormal fantasies. The other three short stories I published were an experiment gone sour. I began to publish the novel White Swans as a short story series thinking that busy teens would prefer the shorts. After three of these shorts, I gave up and am in the process of editing the complete novel and hope to publish it before the holidays.

What's your next project?
The next project I’m working on is the complete novel of White Swans A Regency World. So far I've been publishing the novel as a short story series, but have decided to complete the first book of the novel and publish as a whole. I've also started on book two of the series.

About the Author

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.
Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.


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  1. Kyra, thank you so much for hosting the tour stop for incantation paradox. it was fun chatting with you.