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First flash interview

Post by Guardian » May 21st, 2011, 9:42 am

Per request here is today's flash interview what I gave about my Crystal Shade via Smashwords' experimental 5Q5A FB RVSP interview system.

1. Hi, Istvan. I can see from the website, (http://www.crystalshadeangeni.com) that a lot of thought has gone into Crystal Shade: Angeni. Can you describe your trilogy to me?

Crystal Shade: Angeni is the first trilogy set in the rich and detailed Crystal Shade universe what I created and that I co-write with Orlanda, my trustworthy co-writer and editor. CSA is about the life of a young, daydreaming soul, the seven years old Grace who always dreamt of becoming a guardian angel; like those who guarded and guided her people and prepared to bravely fight in a dreaded mythical event, the Crystal Shade – which never came. It's not like Grace ever wanted to see Demons. Or wants to know what evil and darkness is – things that no one ever faced on her world and as the legends says, the Crystal Shade carries within –, nor does she want to die to be reborn as a guardian. But she thinks the mysterious life of angels is so noble a fable that it sounds exciting – until it actually happens.

In Crystal Shade: Angeni, we’re inviting the reader to live the life of a young soul who is reborn as a matured Guardian Angel. We’d like it if the readers would discover a strange home world and its secrets along with her, evolve with the character, understand her motives, her thoughts and foremost her decisions, even in the darkest hours while she is trying to learn what the mythical event, the Crystal Shade really is. It’s a story about a soul who love to dream, just like everyone else… but just as the crystal has its own shadow, sometimes restless dreams and revealed secrets may also bring darkness into life and the world itself.

One of the key phases in Crystal Shade; Thousands of stars cold tell thousands of stories. While angels and demons play the key role in Crystal Shade, the trilogy tries to present these mythical and mysterious creatures in a completely different way than the well known ones as well as trying to bring them closer. To present them as less rigid and / or almighty to the readers. Because angels and demons, spirits, souls and other religious creatures are sometimes alienating readers, in Crystal Shade we present these creatures independently so that everyone may read and enjoy regardless of origin and belief.

As many have asked what the secondary title, Angeni means. My answer is… the story will tell it as it’s all about an “Angeni”.

2. You co-wrote the novel with Orlanda Szabo. I'm always fascinated by the mechanics of co-authorship. How did you split the work?

I develop and write the storyline, develop the characters and their traits, I figure out the mechanics, the culture and the visuals of the world. When a chapter is done Orlanda is adding her own ideas, expanding my ones if necessary, checking the twists and the integrity of the storyline and the world, while she is also editing my grammar, the „Hungarian-English” as we used to call it as English isn’t my native language. Crystal Shade is a proud Hungarian-Canadian co-production.

3. Reading your biographies it's clear that you both add visual design and other artistic skills to the creative mix for Crystal Shade: Angeni. Your illustration skills certainly give the website a professional and exciting feel. How did your illustration and cinematic skills help you to write the scenes in the novel?

It helps me a lot. Personally I want to present a new, breathing and living fantasy world, not a story with elves, dwarves, thieves, werewolves, vampires, magic spells, wizard schools, castles, treasures, or “get the artifact adventure of the Brave Knight, One liner thief, Wise Dwarf and Co.”… story. (None of the aforementioned elements are present in Crystal Shade.). With this skill, I was able to develop a brand new, detailed world, a very rich culture and well coreographied battle scenes. As most of our beta readers said; „The world of Crystal Shade and it’s history sounds so real because of the impressive world building. The detailed descriptions are capable to expand the imagination of the readers.” I’m really proud for this as this was one of the hardest part in the development as the world itself is also playing a great role in Crytal Shade.

4. What authors or other creative artists have influenced your writing?

In general… Harry Harrison (Stainless Steel Rat, Deathworld) influenced me the most for first person / first P.O.V. stories. I simply love his style, his stories and while in Crystal Shade I use third person presentation, my first novels and some of my latest works use first person P.O.V. As for serious presentation and third POV, Geza Gardonyi and his Eclipse of the Crescent Moon, the works of C.S. Forester and his Hornblower series and Alistair McLean and his H.M.S. Ulysses influenced me the most. As for Crystal Shade… strange, but no one and nothing influenced me. This is my only work, where only the little voice in my mind inspires me since the beginning of the development. I always wanted to write a new world, a new story, something that no one ever read before. That’s how the world of Crystal Shade was born years ago. Also to keep the original aspects of Crystal Shade, I also haven't read or watched any fantasy since I started to write to it to keep Crystal Shade clean of any inspiration and influence. By the opinion of some of our test readers this makes the universe of Crystal Shade, its culture, characters and storyline new, fresh and truly believable.

5. You're based in Hungary. I would guess most Smashwords readers of Sci Fi and Fantasy are only familiar with the scene in North America, the UK, and perhaps Australia. Can you tell us a little about what's happening in the world of Sci Fi and Fantasy in Hungary?

Tough question. Honestly, I don’t really know as I don’t really follow the Hungarian trends in the last years. Crystal Shade was developed for the North American, UK, Canadian and Australian market. I follow those markets closely. I always wanted to tell the story of Crystal Shade to a wider audience. But what I can tell; the Hungarian market is very small comparing to these ones and quite different. So I also needed to learn a lot about the other, target markets.

The first volume of Crystal Shade: Angeni will be available on November 11, 2011 via Smashwords and other electronic platforms and Volume 2 and 3 will be available in 2012. You may find more information about the three volumes here; http://www.crystalshadeangeni.com (Be advised; it’s a flash based website. Recommended resolution; the greater, the better.). On the website you’ll find the release date, the release platforms, artwork, downloadable wallpapers (More to come) and high quality music which leads you into this world so you may learn more about the atmosphere. And if you’re also interested about the main character of Crystal Shade… well, right now she is unavailable as the winged lady is circling around Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 (I sent her art up to space as she always dreamt of reaching the stars. Now, she has. ). But she also has her little corner that you may reach via the small angel icon (Bottom left corner) on one of the volume pages or you may visit her personal site directly; http://www.angeniscorner.crystalshadeangeni.com. To get further updates, you may also follow Crystal Shade via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-S ... 7809710904) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/csangeni)

Thank you very much for the interview.

Istvan Szabo, Ifj. interviewed by Tim C. Taylor

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Re: First flash interview

Post by Watcher55 » May 21st, 2011, 9:54 am

I'll be looking for it. Congrats by the way on your space travelling artwork.

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Re: First flash interview

Post by Guardian » May 22nd, 2011, 6:26 am

Watcher55 wrote:I'll be looking for it. Congrats by the way on your space travelling artwork.
Thanks. :) I always loved NASA and the space program, so my little winged lady is inherited this trait from me. And regardless what the outcome of the novel will be, at least there is something what no one can take away from my character; the fact that she is the first fantasy angel in space. :) I'm also giving a daily coverage about the mission of STS134, because I believe the astronauts, the Endeavour herself and the entire space program deserve the attention. If anyone is interested in space flight or simply want to know what the astronauts are doing up there, check the daily coverage here; viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3738#p40036

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