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

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to introduce my young adult fantasy novel called The Legend of Witch Bane. The Legend of Witch Bane is the tale of three young children who embark on a desperate quest to save their kingdom from an evil queen.

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why? 
 

 

My personal favorite character in The Legend of Witch Bane has to be Laris Goddaya, the half-breed daughter of a human king and a fairy princess. Laris is a teenager who is trying to cope with the recent death of her mother and her new life in the castle of her human father. She is trapped between the world of humans and fairies—two worlds that she knows are about to collide. Laris is self-conscious of her mixed-birth and fears that she will be the downfall of her father’s kingdom. Although Laris possesses the otherworldly beauty and magical powers of her fairy kindred, she is also quick-tempered. But ultimately, she knows that she will have to come to terms with who she is or face an uncertain future that could very well result in the deaths of herself and her family.

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

 

 Although there are a few things that I would do differently if I were to publish the book today, the only thing I feel that needs to be changed is artwork that is featured on the book cover. Like most Indie authors I published my book with a very small budget and was unable to hire a world class illustrator to design my book cover. Although it isn’t a bad book cover per se, it isn’t nearly as inviting as I would like. Fortunately, the old saying that you can’t judge a book holds true for The Legend of Witch Bane as many of my readers can attest.

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

I’m a big fan of classic mythology, ancient legends, and folk tales. The inspiration behind writing the Legend of Witch Bane was to introduce many of the old legends and myths to modern audiences. Although The Legend of Witch Bane is a wholly original story, the observant reader will notice quite a few references to some of the world’s oldest stories hidden within.

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?Anyone interested in finding out more about The Legend of Witch Bane can visit www.kevishendrickson@weebly.com.

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

 I have quite a few fiction books in the works. But chief among those books is the sequel to The Legend of Witch Bane. I am hopeful that it will be published soon.

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

Some time passed as the children entered the land of Pryfhelm, a rugged country of low sloping hills, ice-capped mountains, dark forests, and whispering creeks. There they saw many dead people and animals lying about the road. Anyr was terribly frightened, but kept her silence for fear of appearing a coward to her brother and sister. The children did not dare to speak, but each one was growing very much afraid. Kòdobos had a mind to lead his sisters from the road when they were suddenly happened upon by a stranger who was riding atop a tall black mare. He was a dark fellow wearing a wide ebon cape. His garments also were black, but were strange and foreign. He wore very few pieces of armor, the most striking of which were his gold-trimmed pauldrons that were like large bat wings folded out from beneath his cape. Mostly he wore a strange leather hide like that which was made of serpent’s skin. Rather than a vizard, which knights wore to cover their mouths, he wore a mask of black cloth that revealed only his stark eyes. As the children weren’t certain as to the intent of the stranger, they greeted him as courteously as the circumstance warranted.

“We are travelers who would pass in peace. Will you give us the road?” asked Kòdobos.

The stranger said nothing, but glared at them with his terrible brown eyes. A long, curved sword was drawn suddenly from his side before he kicked the paunch of his mare to make her fall into a mad gallop. At once the children knew they were in danger and unsheathed their own weapons. Before they could even raise their defenses, save Anyr, who had let fly the arrow from her bow, the dark stranger fell on them with all his fury. Kòdobos was the first to go flopping from his saddle. Anyr soon followed him. Laris saw the danger her sister and brother were in, and gave strife to the stranger, her twin sabers flashing through the air like beams of silver light. But she, too, was overcome and tumbled off of her saddle onto the biting snow.

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