Interview with Barbara Bretana

What do you read for pleasure?
to put it simply, I will read anything I can get my hands on, I've been known to read the encyclopedia when nothing else was available.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love the simplicity of the Nook and the Kindle Fire for the colors
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth by far.
Describe your desk
Covered with books so I can barely find the keyboard
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the wilds of Bergenfield NJ, moved to the affluent area of Upper Saddle River and was too geeky for the girls in the neighborhood which forced me into a vast and imaginative world of my own. That's where I began my writing career.
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of twelve
What's the story behind your latest book?
Most of my stories come to me through my dreams, almost as if they have a life of their own and I'm merely telling someone else's story
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm still waiting for a Query letter to come home to roost. And give me a heart attack as i never win anything.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create a world that obeys my rules. at least, most of the time
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. they validate what I'm doing.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to The Road to Amber
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Lee Child, Steven Hunter Robert Parker, John Sanford
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dogs who have to go potty
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Letting the dogs in and out, feeding the horses and painting. Canning Jellies and baking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check the sites every day for new releases
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it stank.
What is your writing process?
Sit down with a brand new composition book, Bic pens and go to it. I don't have a problem finding words.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I started reading at the age of three, it was Grimm's Fairy tales.
How do you approach cover design?
I conned my artist friend into doing some covers and i found Bing Images to be a great source
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Odd Thomas, all eight and Anything by Lee Child, Virgil Flowers and Spenser
Published 2015-02-10.
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Books by This Author

A God in Ruins
Series: The God Slayers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 153,320. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
GMO humans. Are we ready for them yet? The world doesn't think so nor does the President and the doctor that created him.
Dragon In Exile
Series: The Road to Amber. Price: Free! Words: 95,950. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Book Three Raven is spelled back to Earth Shadow and forced to assist a Wizard in his quest for his missing sister. He is put up against the Military's newest bureau, formed sixty years ago, the last time Raven was on earth. Magic now has a foothold on the shade. Wizards, Mages, Witches and Spell casters share an uneasy alliance with the Government. A powerful Black Dragon, the prize.
The God Slayers
Series: The God Slayers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 176,800. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
GMO creations are not limited to corn and wheat. There are unscrupulous scientists working on human genomes and embryos.
The City Under the Ice
Series: The Borders Between Magic and Maybe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,730. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Book Two of The Borders Between Magic and Maybe. Toby is rescued by a strange being he thinks is a man but not quite in a city that survived built under the glacier by pre-cataclysm science.
The Border Between Magic and Maybe
Series: The Borders Between Magic and Maybe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,770. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Tobias Spencer arrives home to find his mother dead, his father dying and their livestock stolen. Without the horses, his father's dream of a racing empire is gone. He vows to track the thieves down, find his horses and bring the murders to justice. He has no idea that there are forces at work beyond the Border that separates his lands from the Old, or that the theft is not all that it seems.
Shannoran
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,140. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
I was five years old when I accidently stowed away on the ship bound for the Americas. I jumped ship in the harbor of the town called San Francisco and swam to shore. Was found by Indians and raised by a gentle tribe called the Miwok until the Blackfoot raided and stole me as a slave. I tried to escape but after ten years, I was more Indian than white. Until the white men came in search of gold.
Black Dragon of Amber Book Two: The Road to Amber
Series: The Road to Amber. Price: Free! Words: 102,400. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Raven, Marcus and Roelle concoct a plan to smuggle themselves into the Shadow Kingdom Khafra in search of a sorcerous treatise that just might get Raven his human body back. Murphy, his gargoyle companion, Corwin and the palace guards are all on his tail to bring them home before they cause an international Shadow incident.
Triple Helix
Series: The Prometheus Project. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,700. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Continues the story of Jed Fox Rollins after the Prometheus Files. Jed has graduated from college with a degree in Languages and is recruited to the Government. His first assignment is to translate an archaic manuscript for a Sheik in Egypt. His real mission is to phase an assassin inside and eliminate the Egyptian President. He isn't there voluntarily, he's been kidnapped.
Murder in Mind's Eye
Series: Perception. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,010. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Cale is a psychic coveted by a serial killer who collects all things clairvoyant. taken and kept for two years as a prisoner, he is rescued by the seer, Illusion and marries her. Their twin daughters are every bit as mentally gifted as their parents and are kidnapped by the Major, the same killer that had taken Cale's family and slaughtered them. Cale gives himself up to save them.
Death Perception
Series: Perception. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,600. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Murder, ESP and the FBI track down a serial killer after tweens, and anything to do with Extra-sensory perception. an Internet Porn sight for special orders and are after a young boy named Cale Snowdon, the seventh son of a seventh son who sees people before they die....
Lord of the Gates
Series: The Roads to Reality. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,320. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Book Two The Roads to Reality Rill is kidnapped by a man called Paul Buttons, taken to Greece, his power stripped by a construct that looks like a girl named Annika. He is rescued, (sort of) by adoctor's daughter named Electra and they escape to a world one door beyond earth with Buttons and Rill's family on his trail.
A Prisoner of Time
Series: The Rivers of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,400. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Book Two of the Rivers of Time. Aidan goes back to medieval England and Richard the III where he tries to rescue the Princes in the Tower as well as having to cope with his return to his family and his kidnapping by the Secret Service.
Lords of Chaos
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,470. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
All I wanted was to go home through the rent made by the super collider back to my home world and find my parents before the FBI and other government agents found me. instead, I led them straight to my world.
Lord of the Strings The String Bearer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,090. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
I was found in my dead mother's arms by a SWAT Team in Boston. Raised by AJ, I could find anything that was lost and helped him become the top Homicide Detective on the Squad. The government found out how I got here and they came after my Mom and Dad, killing them and kidnapping me. I escaped with the help of dudes that weren't quite---human.
Roads to Reality
Series: The Roads to Reality. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
I opened the Doors of Reality to find my parents and something else came through. They had left me alone in a locked basement for ten years and were gone for over a year before I realized they had left. Government agents and a Tracker were on my trail.
Fallen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,180. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Prophecies of the Starborn, legends of the Fallen Gods. A teenager born and orphaned on a feudal planet must learn to deal with his indenture to the King's Law. kidnapped and taken to another universe, he must learn to adapt to civilization and his destiny as the Starborn.
Pas De Death
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,480. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Murder, horses, show jumping all in the state of Florida and revolves around a young trainer named Sam who was the lone survivor of his parents car accident. The only witness to the supposed murder of the farm' owner's husband, the Warm-blooded mare called the Death Mare. She is more than meets the eye.
The Rune Staff of the Unicorn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,030. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Rune Staff of the Unicorn, wizards, demon cats, bridges to other worlds. Sounded like a fun quest for a young warrior. I was ten, what did I know about camping, hardship, torture and war? I was the spoiled pampered younger son of the Kings Commander and I was raised with the concept of duty, honor. They were more than mere words to us, we lived and died by them.
The War of the Portals
Series: The Gates of Light. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,930. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book Two in the Protectorate Wars. Chris is back being pursued by his father's sworn enemy, Zalindyl who wants not only him, his father dead but to destroy the world that has sheltered the Lord Protectorate and his family.
The Prometheus Project
Series: The Prometheus Project. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,050. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Human Genome Project. My mom and dad worked on it while she was pregnant with twins. I survived when my twin didn't. My DNA is more than the typical teen's. Their lab exploded killing everyone and leaving me to be raised in an orphanage. I went to collage at the age of 15. I'm smarter, faster and stronger than my peers. But then, I don't have any on this world. My mom's boss told the government.
Lord of A Thousand Souls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,380. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
His father murdered. His mother abandons him to the battlefield and the victor. A royal Prince and half-blood grandson of the Lord of the Elves, Merwin must learn to swallow his pride and accept his lot as a stable boy. Until the King and his Wizard send him to retrieve a Royal Fae Mare who is more than she seems and will be used as a blood sacrifice to open the Gates to Fae lands.
Prince of Flame and Shadow, Lord of Fire and Ice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Vashti Swann Tamerlane Haven is born the son of the galaxy's most infamous Thief and the Emperor's daughter. Lost on a world called center, it is literally the central world in the huge conglomerate of planets called the ConFedium and ruled by Camin Sher, the Pretender. He has murdered the entire Haven family line save for the Emperor's grandson, Vashti where he hides in the vast canyon system.
The Gates of Light
Series: The Gates of Light. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,930. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Lost on a strange world, abandoned by his parents, the object of a schoolmate's perverted desires, Christopher Savich wants only to find the slivers that make up the mirror and powers the Gates of Light so he can return home.
Beyond the Shadows
Series: The Shadow Walker. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book Three in The Shadow Walker series. Qruips is kidnapped, they want the Walker in exchange. A US Senator and Italian drug dealer plan to use Aiden to break into Swiss vaults and remove Nazi war loot.
Shadow Walk In
Series: The Shadow Walker. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,070. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Book Two of the Shadow Walker series. Aiden is sent to the mid-east to rescue an American agent before he can be beheaded and to track down a missing nuclear shipment.
The Trinity Prophecy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,310. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Sent away by his father, the White Wizard, Keil is lost on a minor barony to be raised as the stable hand in a place where magic is the norm. Except for him. Around him, spells go awry, magic is no longer the dependable way to enact the everyday details of life. Sent to the mountains, he lives with the horse herd, returning to find the manor house burned and the occupants dead.
Dragon Fall
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,240. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Yeah, I was the spoiled only son of a rich set of parents. Trouble was, my uncle murdered them and I couldn't prove it. So, I wasn't the easiest kid to raise and my drinking, drug use and party attitude didn't help. Still, that didn't give my uncle the right to treat me as if I was bonkers. I stole his Ferrari and went to a friend's party. Got drunk, crashed the car and woke up inside an old
Sharn of the Shining Mountains
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,970. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
There are legends of the Sharn but I did not listen to them. To walk on water or pass through solid matter did not seem so strange to me. My father was Paragon of the Silver Hand, he had held the living heart of a star in his hand and was Lord of all the Sharn. So, when I escaped and ran to the lowlands, my only wish was to set my eyes on the Great Golden Sea and experience an adventure on my own.
Rim Rock
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,530. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
16 year old Jaden Bell Strathan comes home to find his family ranch taken over, his family dead and the house burned to the ground with him supposedly inside it.
The Shadow Walker
Series: The Shadow Walker. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
I could walk through Shadows in the Realm I called Between, but the US Government wanted access to it as well as to me. They took my parents and I was determined to find them, until I learned they were dead.
Dominion 2:Courage
Series: Dominium. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,370. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book 2 of the Dominion series. Dantan is kidnapped again and travels to Africa and Europe in the custody of McNeil, a billionaire with a passion for the paranormal.
Dominion
Series: Dominium. Price: Free! Words: 58,460. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
I wasn't looking for fame and fortune, just hanging out with my girl and having a good time. Like going to the Grand opening of the National Air and Space Museum with my Dad, the US senator and Felice, the President's daughter. Not that it wasn't cool, just not as cool as being inside your pet's mind. I can see what they see, hear what they hear. Trouble was someone found out and now, they want me
Through His Eyes Are the Rivers of Time
Series: The Rivers of Time. Price: Free! Words: 41,210. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Death is permanent, isn't it? Not to Aidan, the son of Lord Griffyn Argent who has died and revived in the 1400s to rescue the two Princes of the Tower, or to Anastasia in the 1800s as he spirits her away To his parents who meet him forty years after his first death.
The Road to Amber
Series: The Road to Amber. Price: Free! Words: 107,290. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
The History of Amber continues with Raven, the son of Merlin, King of the Courts of Chaos and his companion, Murphy a gargoyle created from the soil of Ireland and the ashes of Raven's mother, the Unicorn. Raven searches for the road back to his home shadow with his relatives on his trail.