Molly Reviews and Interview: Seeking the Storyteller by Jessica Walsh and Briana Lawrence (A Hunters Novel)

Blurb:
I know of the Storyteller, it whispers into the man’s ear, I’ve met him. If you promise not to kill me, I’ll take you to him.

Alix Andre DeBenit and Randall Fagan are Hunters, part of a hidden network of humans who track and kill the monsters lurking in our world so everyone else can pretend they don’t exist. But when a living shadow mentions someone called the Storyteller, Alix hesitantly decides to learn more.

They say the Storyteller lives in a massive library full of books that tell every being’s life story. He can read these books, rewrite them and change anything he wants, even if it’s already happened. That’s the power Alix wants, the power to bring his murdered family back and he’s determined to make the Storyteller do it.

He just has to decide if working with the very creatures he’s supposed to kill is worth it.

Where To Buy:
Amazon

Review:
The world Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Walsh created was so much fun and absolutely fascinating. However you really have to pay attention in the book. There are tons of characters to keep track of and it’s easy to get confused or lost. The characters were really well written though. You could get a clear picture of them and definitely felt like you knew the large players by the end of the story. The minor characters grow on you as you go and you can’t help wanting more about them; their purpose and motivations.
It’s clearly a first book in a series because there’s lots of set up and things are left at the end where you have to keep reading. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s definitely not a standalone. I’m very interested to know what happens next. It felt like there was too much going on in a few instances and the omniscient point of view was hard to follow from time to time.
The plot twist that came about around one of the central characters was completely mind blowing and I didn’t see coming. It made me want to go back and re-read everything up to that point to see if there were clues I somehow missed! I enjoyed how Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Walsh handled this turn of events. I’m also fascinated how the ending effects this character and how they present themselves.
I really like the overall storytelling and hope this duo continues in the world they’ve started. Hopefully as they go they can tighten up their writing a bit and bring the world building out more and we can see these characters again.
Stars:
Four

Interview:
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Jessica: I like to listen to wordless music, a mixture of classical and Lindsey Sterling so I can concentrate more.
Briana: My playlist is usually random, but just instrumental stuff works really well, like instrumental video game music, lol. I need some kind of noise in the background while I write, otherwise, if it’s just quiet I get really distracted.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Jessica: I would have to say I’m part time, as I also have a full time office job and a side job as a seamstress.
Briana: Meanwhile, I’m full time. I do freelance writing for WatchMojo.com and write some of their scripts. When I’m not doing that, I’m scheduling conventions for us to go to, or doing various crafts and things like that.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Jessica:  I would love to become a full time writer and seamstress.  I doubt I’d ever been just one of those, as my muses need the ability to jump from craft to craft, otherwise they get bored and the ideas stop.  It’s the same reason I tend to jump between genres when writing.
Briana: We’re working to make this full time for both of us. We’re growing our business one day at a time.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Jessica:  Only during NaNoWriMo, other than that I just write as it hits me.
Briana: Same. I usually try to work by scenes, like a, “I’ve finished this scene, this is a good stopping point,” unless if my muses are really active, then I just go until the motivation is gone. I do try to, at least, end the sentence. It sucks reading over you write and realizing you stopped in the middle of a sentence.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Jessica: Within the day.  I tend to have several running at once, so when one story is done, I’ll jump to the next while I wait for it to be edited or someone else to take a look at it.
Briana: Sometimes I work on multiple things at once. Currently, I have my own solo story idea, while I’m looking over the outline for the third book in our book series. I have a couple other solo projects, and just go between them as the muses see fit. That being said, when I finish something, I usually walk away for a day then… read over it again, lol, before I give it to Jessica to look over.

About The Authors:
Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh knows there’s this feeling, when you read a good book, that the world around you melts away to reveal new universes that stretch beyond your imagination. For a good portion of her life, Jessica has chased that feeling by reading books and delving into fantastic worlds that were always so far away.

But that wasn’t enough.

Experiencing those fantasy worlds could only work for so long and soon there was the urge to bring it here, to the real world, so others could feel the magic she felt with each turn of the page. She does this in her writing by bringing a feeling of realism to her stories.  By combining monsters, magic, and mythical creatures with the world we all live in, it’s not too hard to consider a bookstore owner with the power to change the words on a page, or a performer who can make flowers grow in his hand. However normal the story may start, there’s always something lurking in the background, ready to hint at something more.

Now she’s on a journey to share her creations with everyone. She travels to various conventions and presents her written escapes to the people around her, expressing her creativity with her words, her crafts, and her sewing. She’s combined the favorite aspects of her life to show the wonderful fantasies that exist in our everyday lives.

Briana Lawrence
At the age of nine, like most kids, Briana Lawrence had a dream. She wanted to be the best “WRITTER” in the whole wide world. Her fourth grade class laughed and wondered how one hoped to become a “writer” if they couldn’t even spell the word. Back then her stories were created with crayons and construction paper. As she grew older they progressed into notebooks and colored ink pens of pink, blue, and purple. When she lost her older brother, Glenn Berry, in a car accident, she stopped writing.

 Dreams, however, have a funny way of coming back.

 Before she realized it she was grabbing her notebook and pens again. She would write stories that ranged from high school romance to her imagination running wild with the likes of Goku, Vegeta, and the other characters of Dragonball Z. This continued throughout college where she would always end up writing about the space exploits of the pilots of Gundam Wing and other works of fan fiction. Soon she realized that she wanted to do more than that. Her head was full of ideas, full of original characters and worlds that she wanted to share with others.

 Thus, she stepped into an English Major with some Women’s Studies on the side.

 She graduated Iowa State University in 2006 and moved to Minneapolis with her partner. Here, she tried to get into graduate school, but things didn’t pan out the way she wanted. She ended up working retail, her dream becoming buried by Black Fridays and other busy times of year. Once again, however, that dream returned. She went from immersing herself in geeky fan fiction to actually writing about the geeky things she loved for several anime and video game review sites. However, it was her discovery of National Novel Writing Month that made her go back to creating her own characters and plots.

Now, here she is, an author in the writing world.

Author Contact:
Joint Website: http://www.sewntogetherreflections.com/

Jessica Walsh
Blog: http://snowtigra.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storytellerhuntersseries

Briana Lawrence
Website: http://brichibirants.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrianaLawrencesPenAndPaper

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