Today I have Sonny Zae sharing a little about his writing journey and his newest release, Love Elixir Antidote!
Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I could say it started at the tip of a pitchfork—but that wasn't my fault. I was forced into writing, the only way I have ever done any activity involving manual labour (except boudoir activity). But, despite my misgivings, writing seemed like the perfect occupation, involving little effort and the possibility of being paid for spinning yarns. Not that anything I write is less than the full and complete truth, of course. Another benefit is that one does not get one's hands dirty in this occupation, except mayhap a little ink on the fingers now and then. Although one can be accosted by an angry person who claims to have been slandered. It is surprising how agitated a dullard or half-wit can become when described as a dullard or half-wit—and someone reads to him what I had written. I must stop reading my words to dullards and half-wits in person, but only a dullard or half-wit can be easily paid or pushed into doing something stupid to the face of a potentially angry person, so it is a trap of my own making, I suppose. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it is also quite effective at stimulating a quick and strenuous response with just a quick jab.
Anything you would've done differently if you could do it all over again?
I would be more handsome, more beautiful than I already am! I am jesting, of course, as such a thing is simply not possible. I am already far more fetching to the eye, enrapturing in bearing, and engaging with my personality and wit that any improvement is, frankly, quite inconceivable. Can a fire grow any hotter?
So let me think of an alternative. I suppose I would have Grandpap be less of an old skinflint, the type of a wizard who squeezes even the smallest coin until it gives birth to a duplicate. His frugality is only a boon in that I can search out and find the coins he has squirreled away and never spent. He could be living in a grand house, eating the finest foods and drinking the types of wines that do not burn the gullet, but it seems to give him joy to live in a cottage that could be confused with that of the village blacksmith or miller. Of what use is goald if it does not give pleasure?
This is what I would do differently if I could go back and change the course of my life. I would pick a much better family, one with more grace, poise, elegance, taste, and wealth. In my mind, a proper grand-sire would dote on me for the full length of each and every day.
This would also include changing our village. I would fill it with comely lasses, dressed in the finest gowns, so many beautiful young maidens I could court a different one each day and never run out of new possibilities. Fetching young maidens who would jostle and claw each other, fighting to get closer to me to beg for my affections—and fetch me food and drink. For some unexplainable reason, the thought of maidens fighting fills me with excitement. I shall have to think about how I could turn such a concept into reality.
Title: Love Elixir Antidote
Author: Sonny Zae
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: April 20, 2015
Keywords: Fantasy, Medieval, Satire, Humor, Fantasy Adventure, Romantic Comedy
Sonny the Scoundrel lives with Grandpap, the wizard in their rustic village of Sow's Teat. Sonny is dashing and handsome, but his reputation is widely known. When a former flame announces her marriage to a suitor from a distant city, he knows it will be a grand affair attended by visitors from far beyond their village—including young maidens who are unaware of his dubious reputation.
Since the visitors will include his favorite type of maidens—those he can romance and never see again, he nicks a love elixir from Grandpap in advance of a big wedding,. Sonny is confident he can charm any of the visiting maidens without need of the love elixir, but why work harder than necessary?
When he adds too much love elixir to a girl's cup, Sonny discovers making her fall out of love with him is much harder than he imagined. Unfortunately, there is no love elixir antidote and Sonny must use his wits to wriggle out of her clinging claws.
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