Born in Adelaide, South Australia, this mother of three is following her passion for fantasy writing. She published The Unseen Promise in 2013 after revitalizing the urge to complete the first book in the Tarkeenia Sagas.
She is currently working on subsequent manuscripts and is involved in various writing and creative communities.
Co-founder of Terra Australis, a group of Australian writers, she is working towards publishing two anthologies of Australian-themed short stories.
Also, working with a UK author, Carol Bond is working on an as-of-yet untitled fantasy series.
She is writing under the pseudonym created from her children’s middle names, Ellen Mae Franklin.
How did you come up with the idea for your novel The Unseen Promise?
CB: I only had a single idea to begin with. I had a character called Roedanth and his dream, a message that I wanted to convey to the reader: curiosity, and what it can mean to you if you fall prey to its charm.
A story based on the good and the wicked, a choice to be a part of the light or a part of the dark plays a major role in The Unseen Promise. How did this novel begin to take shape in your head?
CB: Roedanth was initially the focal character. A young man wishing to bring back a life he had tragically lost, he did not choose to walk a dark path. His life was planned and safe until that fateful day. Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
For me the story flowed. I write the movie I watch in my mind. It is important to at least try to pass on a message to the reader, something solid that each person can walk away with other than just being entertained.
For inquiring minds who would like to know, what is the meaning behind The Unseen Promise?
CB: I do have a message that I tried to convey to the reader: curiosity and what it means if you fall prey to its charm. As the old saying goes, "Curiosity killed the cat." Can you be safe if you give in to your curiosity?
The book’s synopsis reads, “This story marks the struggles between God and man…” Please explain what this means.
CB: Eleven Gods begin the story, debating over whether or not they can co-exist on a single world. Man and beast fight to survive in a world which has been created as an amusement for the immortals.
Although I have yet to read your book, and please correct me if I am wrong, but it sounds like there is a bit of Biblical influence. Am I wrong to assume this?
CB: Yes you are, but that is okay. This story is totally imaginary. I think each reader will take away with them something a little different. Everything art-worthy is relevant to the individual, and literature is a wonderful expression of written art.
Can you say that some of the events in the novel are currently happening today?
CB: You would hope not. If we had Gods interfering on such a personal level and Specks running about eating people, we would be in a very sad state of affairs. Magic doesn’t exist in our world and I wonder, if it did, whether or not we would use is wisely.
What have some of the reactions to your book been like?
CB: The Unseen Promise is still in its infancy, so I don’t have any reviews to go on yet. Those who have read the book have been very positive. I can only hope that any reader who purchases a copy of this epic fantasy enjoys reading it as much as I did writing it.
You host a group on Facebook called Interview Central. Tell us about it.
CB: After spending many months on Facebook, connecting with people, listening and sharing, I learned that so many of us need interviews as well as other services. It occurred to me that I could offer my friends a group that would enable an exchange, if you like, of services needed and offered to each other.
Those offering interview spots on their blogs and websites need authors/writers. It works the other way, with authors/writers wanting to find bloggers who will offer them a chance to promote their books or work.
I added other features to the group, where services such as editing/proofreading can be found. Cover artists and reviewers can share their details in advertisement. It seems to be working well. Anyone is welcome to join.
Describe what your publishing experience was like?
CB: I was very lucky, I think. I was considering self-publishing and a friend of mine spoke favourably about GMTA Publishing. I submitted my book and was quite surprised to find that they liked it. From there is has been a breeze.
Long ago, I sourced out a graphic artist. Once again, I had a friend who put me onto a site called Odesk. It is a global site which offers a variety of services. It was there that I found Cristian Popa. I hired him to illustrate the cover for The Unseen Promise.
Are you currently working on any writing projects?
CB: I am involved in various writing and creative communities. I am co-founder of Terra Australis, a group of Australian writers, and we are working towards publishing two anthologies of Australian-themed short stories. This is interesting for me. My genre is fantasy and I have found that the story I wish to tell only contains a small thread of fantasy in it. Most of it is fact based on Aboriginal Dreamtime and the Great Depression of 1933.
Also, I am working with a UK author as we tackle a new as-of-yet untitled fantasy series.
The sequel to The Unseen Promise is also a work in progress. It is called It’s Not the Bite That Kills You.