Saturday, March 2, 2013

"What's In a Name?" Indie Author Spotlight: Ruth Ellen Parlour

Today's Indie Giveaway featured writer is Ruth Ellen Parlour, author of Earth Angel. Ruth is another one of the incredible indie authors who have come together to create the Indie Giveaway going on until March 11th. The prizes in the giveaway are 11 free ebooks, and 3 free print books plus a $20 Amazon card! So let's find out "What's in a name?" according to Ruth...

Ruth Ellen Parlour is an independent author of young adult fantasy. She is training to be a crazy bunny lady, currently owning one chubby lop called Bandit. 

Eardesha is protected by the twelve Gods and their Earth Angels. Fighting against her destiny as an Earth Angel, Faith is returning to the temple for her lover who she had to leave behind. Gabrielle, a criminal, escapes from prison only to be guided back by the God’s to help Faith stop a war. Threatened by invasion from the Krieger, Eardesha’s military trains convicted criminals into a brutal and disposable army. Gabrielle and Faith discover a power the Gods have kept secret for thousands of years, a secret that would change the future of Eardesha, and use it to stop the war.

Do you write under your actual name or a pen name, and is there any special meaning behind your name?  
I love my name, I even use my middle name all the time. My name is my identity and I want people to remember it. I might consider writing under a pen name if I wanted to try a genre so different from normal that I would be appealing to a different target audience. Even then I would use something that meant something to me, like my Mother’s or Grandmother’s maiden name.

What are the names of your main characters and what can you tell us about them? 
I have three leading female roles in Earth Angel who are all very different people. Faith, Gabrielle and Zenovia. Faith is an Earth Angel traveling to find her lover. She plans to turn her back on the Gods but they need one more sacrifice. Gabrielle is sentenced to life in prison; and death. She finds a pendant bearing the symbol of a God and plans her escape. Zenovia is an orphan. Two strangers know where her parents are – one an Angel, one a solider. Both lead her onto a battlefield.

Do their names have special significance to your story or were they just names that you liked? 
Faith and Gabrielle play religious roles in the story (which helped coin the names) but the name Zenovia came from my friend in Canada. I’ve always loved the name Zenovia and wanted to use it in my story.

What are some fictional names of places where your characters’ stories unfold? 
Hypatia, Oralia and Lesoura are my three main cities. Smaller towns and villages have names like Valem, Handorem and Ululem. Khartaz is my prison setting.

How did you choose the names for your fictional settings? Do they have special significance? 
I always struggle with naming things. I tried to come up with a set of sounds and use them in the names so they sound similar. Hypatia was a female Greek philosopher. For Khartaz, my prison setting, a friend of mine suggested I needed an Orcish name to make is sound dark and scary.

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