Author Interview Lizard Queen Series

lizardqueenbanner

Have you been writing for a long time? 

Yes. I’ve been exploring storytelling since I was really young. I’ve delved into several mediums to do so over the years, playwriting in particular, but I’ve discovered that novel writing is my favorite platform to deliver my stories.

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I wanted to bring my imagination to life. Characters and stories rattled around my brain and I needed a way to get them out and let them breathe.

Is the Lizard Queen series complete, or are you planning more parts? 

The nine-part Lizard Queen is complete. That’s not to say, however, I don’t have more stories to tell about what comes after…

Why did you choose this genre? 

Fantasy has always fascinated me because it’s a genre where you can let your imagination go wild. Of course, you need to tame it from time to time, but it’s freedom in the sense of being able to create your own world.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write. Stop putting it off. Don’t go back to work on what you’ve already done until it’s finished. Take lots of notes, so you’ll remember what changes you need to make once you’ve completed what you set out to do. And, most importantly, believe in yourself.

About the Books

Lizard Queen Volume 1

lq_v1_cover300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend.  What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

THIS SHRINKING WORLD

Taking a break from a stressful workweek, Amy, a recently divorced CEO, goes out for a morning jog and crosses paths with an orange lizard. Suddenly, she finds herself under a starless sky confronted by oddly marked and strangely colored people who claim she’s there to rescue the world from evil’s grasp and expand it once again. But not everyone wants that to happen so there’s a price on her head. This is far from the relaxing weekend Amy had intended.

FROM THE ASHES

Along with the young companions who found her, Licha and Jandro, Amy has accompanied the swaggering Colonel Dack Sangcertigre—a member of the Trotéjo, the secret society sworn to protect her—to his home nation in search of a plan to fulfill the Promise of a New Morphósis. As the body count rises and she is confronted with raving rulers, military machinations, and crafty clergy, she quickly realizes there must be much more at stake than merely finding the prophecy.

A SPECTACULAR LIE

The sense of order in this mysterious world continues to collapse. Fires rage, clans are being slaughtered and townsfolk massacred, and leaders have proclaimed a great evil has returned. As Amy searches for clues within the first mythic journals of this world’s origins, she’s begun seeing visions and receiving messages from forces unknown. While she’s trying to understand the extent of her power others have become aware of it as well. Soon a new group with its own mysterious agenda believes Amy may have another fated purpose and only she can save herself from their terrifying trap.

Lizard Queen Volume 2

lq_v2_cover300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend.  What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

YOU ARE THE DREAM

It’s becoming increasingly clear that an all-out war is being waged by opposing factions—the Arañalianza, bent on making certain that the prophecy is never brought to pass, and the Trotéjo, sworn to make certain it does. Although Amy has passed tests of wits and endurance far beyond what she thought possible, she struggles for insight into the role she is presumably intended to play in this world. But nothing in her imagination can prepare her for coming face to face with the greatest nemesis of all.

A WEDGE BETWEEN

Jolted by the sacrifices her protectors have had to make, Amy forges ahead while new relationships surface and new truths are revealed. As it becomes less clear who to trust, the group has no choice but to seek out the help of another Trotéjo comrade in order to find the remaining Extiguos. Amy understands that achieving her goal to fulfill the Promise of a New Morphósis is going to be more difficult—because now it seems she’s not the only one of the Most Wanted List.

FURIOUS ANGELS

Forced to rely on her own instincts, along with the limited knowledge she’s gained of this world in her quest, Amy must find a way to acquire the remaining three Extiguos to piece together the prophecy and reunite her team of protectors. Despite feeling constrained in her ability to combat otherworldly forces she cannot comprehend, she must now overcome a foe that poses an unimaginably sinister threat. But before she can push forward toward her destiny she must first reclaim what she left behind.

Lizard Queen Volume 3

lq_v3_cover300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend.  What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

TIME GOES ROUND

With all of the Extiguos now in their possession, Amy and her friends feel they are close to discovering the truth, but hope they aren’t running out of time. They become aware that both opposing factions behind the Lacáruna prophesy are convening while the militaries of the surrounding nations converge. Aided by a powerful new weapon, Amy’s protectors feel more empowered to overcome any remaining obstacles. But everyone has changed and each must struggle to accept the truth of their evolving principles. Despite the set backs and the struggles Amy, however, grows more confident that they are on the right path because she’s found a way to see her surroundings in a new light.

WE ARE THE WAKING

Although she’s unable to finish reading the final Extiguo to determine her role in bringing about the New Morphósis, Amy Darlidale quickly learns that Runakopolis puts her and her friends on the threshold of another major discovery. A new mystery seems to hold clues to the origins of the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza. Beginning to sense that the ideologies at conflict have been preserved not only by clergy and government but also by culture, Amy is drawn into an enigmatic society of scholars. At first, pages missing from library books and a new theory about the first Morphósis don’t seem to be connected to the Lacáruna prophecy, but the lines of military, church, and academia continue to intersect and familiar faces and adversaries reemerge. Rumors of war are spreading quickly, and whispers that La Arañota will soon rise again are amplifying. This world seems on the verge of shrinking much faster than anyone anticipated.

ROOT OF THE RULE

The surrounding nations are gathering for a war against Pliada, the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza are assembling before the mountain upon which La Reina’s castle sits, and stakes have never been higher. The quest to learn how Amy Darlidale must bring about the New Morphósis has brought her full circle and the truth about her destiny as Lacáruna finally seems within reach. But much blood continues to be shed as all sides race toward the inevitable conclusion of the journey. Amy must summon forces from deep within if she is to save this world—or is it too late?

Author Bio

H.L. Cherryholmes, author of The Lizard Queen Series, Come Back for Me, and A Slight Touch was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico but has spent most of his adult life in Southern California. He has a BFA from University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Playwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with his husband, Ron Cogan.

Links

Website: http://www.thelizardqueen.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HLCherryholmesBooks

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BLNA80

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Author Interviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s