1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale by Valmore Daniels is an fantasy written primarily for young adult audiences, but can be enjoyed by fantasy lovers of all ages.

Everybody knows that fairies, mermaid, elves, giants, dwarves and dragons are merely figments of their imagination … but they are very real, and they are in trouble!

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Leif, a young human boy dying of cancer. When I was younger, I was sick for six weeks and so I’ve incorporated a lot of my emotions and feelings into the character.

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

Actually, I had the opportunity of changing the ending recently.  Originally, the novel was designed as a self-contained single volume story, but while preparing it for release on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords, I was able to alter the ending and allow for the possibility of a sequel.

4.)   Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

An Old-Fashioned Folk Tale pays homage to some of my favorite authors I read when I was younger: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum.

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

More information can be found on the author’s website, ValmoreDaniels.com.

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

Currently, I’m putting the final touches on a Hard SF novel concerning the possibility of faster than light travel, first contact with an alien race, and humankind’s first steps into the Interstellar Age.

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

The gnome, shaking visibly, stepped through the void. The line moved up one place. Now Leif could see Gorr in all his grossness!

The brutish ogre was as ugly as the young hume had imagined. Standing almost eight feet tall, Gorr was nearly as thick as he was high! A mass of spindly hair covered his grotesquely muscled, naked torso. His eyes were set far apart on his ugly face and his mouth seemed frozen in a perpetual snarl under his smashed-in nose. Leif was duly frightened.

Samson snarled, his tail flattening against the back of his legs in a defensive stance; Leif could feel the hair on the Great Dane’s back raise up and bristle under his hand. He tried soothing the dog with pats and gentle words.

“Don’t worry about his appearance,” reassured Kamile in a low voice. “The Sorceress wanted the gatekeeper to be very intimidating so that they might extract a higher toll to use the Nardee.”

“It seems to be working!” Leif commented wryly.

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