Interview with S.F. Swem

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Our imagination was going nuts and we decided to write it down. The Demesne series is the first joint venture. Writing is a release of tension though it can cause its own when a scene or action just doesn’t seem to work. Great diversion from real life. We have fun acting out a scene at times working out dialogue. The greatest joy is knowing someone enjoyed the story after it has been released to the public.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah, we have many, we have a couple shelves of Ann McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey as well as Victoria holt, Robert Heinlien, Poul Anderson, Terry Brooks, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Those are the most prominent.
What can readers expect when they open your book?
We write in first person. Some say it pulls the reader in, some say it is difficult. No graphic discriptions of blood or sex. We tried to keep it family orientated.
There is magic all around. Fun, Entertaining are the words that best discribe. At least that is what we think.
What is your favorite quote?
Steve: I live in reality and when reality is done for the day, it is time to get a way.
Detra: "Just because one does not process sensory information and replay it the same as everyone else, does not mean that there is a lack in comprehension or interest." Ashida Kim
What do you read for pleasure?
Science Fiction and Fantasy. Magic, Dragons and Spaceships have their appeal.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
We each have iPad's with iBooks and Kendle apps on them. Knowing what the books look like on the devices or apps helps when we are preparing to publish also.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Return of the Guardian which morphed recently into Martis, part of the Cassiopeia Adventures.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Have Space suite will Travel, the impact it had awakened the beast within. Reading became a passion.
How do you approach cover design?
Steve: I turn that task over to Detra.
Detra: I search pictures I think fit the story. I like to capture the essence of the book. Sometimes the results are not received well and I go back to the drawing board so to speak.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Series: E.R.S. Cassiopeia Adventures. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 49,460. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A Special Ops agent, Plackard, is good at his job. He's is given an assignment to protect a Diplomat, which ERS Cassiopeia is transporting. His side mission, take control and capture the ship.
Series: E.R.S. Cassiopeia Adventures. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 40,630. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Exploration & Research Ship, ERS Cassiopeia receives an unexpected message to return to base, and once there, her crew is briefed on the fate of the lost colony ship. 'Cassie' and her crew are tasked to get past the invading armada, deliver a mysterious passenger to a place called ‘The Hall of Power’, avoid detection, and learn all they can about the Plaxzone invaders.
ERS Cassiopeia
Series: E.R.S. Cassiopeia Adventures. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 61,340. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Thanks to the full resources, brightest minds, and cutting-edge materials and technology provided by Research One, Captain Frank Walker creates a one-of-a-kind ship, Exploration Research Ship (ERS) Cassiopeia. All of the research phases, test runs, trials, and upgrades are moving along as planned until the Cassiopeia's exceptional AI detects an emergency situation at a highly classified outpost.
Demesne: The Challenge
Series: Demesne, Book 4. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 85,320. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Montiack invokes the Matriarch Challenge, a deadly duel on dragon back. The first obstacle for Jira is to find a dragon from her own clan as her dragon mount. Her connection to the valley and to the crystal, and any help from her friends Aithera and Devon is forbidden by the First Matriarch, and any interference will be met by instant death.
Demesne: New Beginnings
Series: Demesne, Book 3. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 71,740. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
My name is Lady Aithera Kilbray. I am the Heart of the Dragon Back Valley, and one of the Guardians of the Dragon Back Castle. I thought I was the last Kilbray, but now I know that is not the case and the Kilbray line will continue when the time is right. To my close friends and family though, I am still only Tera, but my life continues to be anything but ordinary.
Demesne: Aithera
Series: Demesne, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 67,370. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Aithera Kilbray - Assassinated at birth. With the essence of two others, She lives. At 20 she strikes out on her own. Known as Tera. She meets others willing to teach her how to expand her gifts, but even they are amazed at the magnitude of her talents. Those lessons are put to the test as the dark ones find her once more, chasing her towards her destiny. The one that needs her strength.
Demesne: Valley of Mystery
Series: Demesne, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 78,750. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Aithera passes an old man along the road as she is traveling again. She feels drawn to help him survive a sudden snowstorm and a mystery begins to unfold, about his past and where he is from. Aithera will have to face her nightmares from her orphaned past. Jira will find that she is not the simple farm girl and Devon will return to his greatest pain.