I'm so very happy to welcome author DCS back for another visit to P.S. I Love Books! It's been such a pleasure speaking with her and reading her work. Her latest release Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension (July 3, 2010 - SVT Publishing) is an exciting continuation in a very unique and cleverly written world!
A little background info before we go on:
DCS is the author of Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening and Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension. When not writing you can listen to her radio show, In The Mind of DCS every Saturday evening at 7pm CST on the Paranormal Soup Network. Currently sucking up the creative energy of New Orleans, she is attending the American Institute of Holistic Theology to earn a PhD in Metaphysical Spirituality while being hard at work at the next book in the Synarchy Series, and an upcoming webisode series called The Fallen. Visit her websites http://www.synarchyseries.com/ or http://www.themindofdcs.com/ to learn more.
Me: It’s so good to have you back. Thanks so much for taking the time out to answer a few questions Crystal.
DCS: Glad to be back, thanks for having me!
Me: Can you tell us a little bit about Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension?
DCS: Book 2 really picks up where I leave everyone hanging in Book 1. It continues with the story of the Terenzio’s and their fight against the Brotherhood to give mankind a choice it’s never been given before. I go a lot more in depth about the Anunnaki, the origins of the Terenzio family and other fun concepts.
Me: How did your writing experience for The Ascension differ from the first book in the series?
DCS: It went a lot faster. It took me about two years to write the first book, I had Book 2 finished in two months, and the whole process from rough draft to polished manuscript took about nine.
Me: You have to admit, the number of characters in the Synarchy world is pretty high. Add in the concept of reincarnation and you could have a potential problem with confusion. What are some things you’ve done or plan on doing to keep the characters straight for readers?
DCS: Well, there’s family tree up on book 1’s website. I also included a cast of characters at the beginning of Book 2 to help readers keep track of them all.
Me: Speaking of reincarnation, that idea and philosophy is a big part of Synarchy and its books. What are your personal thoughts on the concept?
DCS: I’m a believer in it. It’s always made a lot of sense in my brain. Whether it’s a kind of karmic lesson or just something the soul wants to do is always up for debate, but I do believe we’ve been here many times before. And probably other places as well.
Me: If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in The Ascension?
DCS: Not a thing.
Me: I know you are planning for four books in the Synarchy world with one being a graphic novel. Can you tell us in a little detail what we can look forward to from you next?
DCS: I’m actually planning for six. Next up will be Book 3: SVT. Stefano’s story. That’s the one I want to turn into a graphic novel. I also intend to release Book 4: The Black Widow around the same time and that will be co-authored. Fans can also expect an upcoming webisode series called The Fallen, based on a concept I threw out in Book 2 about the Angels and the Anunnaki. And I’ve got huge, bigger news on the horizon, but I’m staying tight lipped about it for now. Soon as a few other things come into play, you can expect a big announcement.
Me: What are some of the books you’re reading at the moment? Any good recommendations you can give us?
DCS: I’m a huge fan of Dean Kootnz and when I have time I intend to dive into his latest edition of his Frankenstein Series which I really enjoyed, Dead or Alive. I also read a lot of non-fiction esoteric type stuff and I’m currently working through a book called The Secret History of the World which is completely fascinating.
Me: Thank you again Crystal for stopping by! It’s always a pleasure to have you here.
DCS: Thanks again for having me!