Interview with Sabrina Zbasnik

What is your writing process?
I do a lot of thinking, then I do a lot of writing. I hate the writing, I try and fix the writing. I come around to the writing, then I love the writings. There's intricate details in there, like the bologna hat of inspiration, but that's the gist.
When did you first start writing?
The smartass answer is something like kindergarten after I stopped eating the crayon. What drove me to pick up this noveling idea was a contest to win a sword based upon creating fanfiction for a video game series. (totally won a sword, too) You know, just like Hemingway.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to play around with the "farm boy grows up to be king" trope. Only I couldn't logically explain why a farm boy would be king, so I went with the next best thing and followed a second son. After that it spiraled into the importance of literacy to a land, how the winners write history, and there were people of color in medieval europe or its fantasy stand ins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection slips.
What's the stupidest idea you've ever had?
Every introverted character who was necessary to advance the plot and share vital information. They clam up at the worst times and it's only upon pain of erasure that they'll talk.
Published 2014-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Love's Kiss
Price: Free! Words: 1,311,890. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A massive collection of eight novels that follows the love and lives of couples over two generations as they struggle to overcome a world trying to tear them apart in order to find each other. Contains My Warden, My Templar, My Hope, My Future, Guarded Love, Miracle, A New Hero, and Epilogue in one giant book. For lovers of angst, and Happily Ever Afters
Epilogue
Price: Free! Words: 89,420. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The final book in my My Love series. The final tale of Lana, Cullen, Alistair, Reiss, Gavin, Myra, Rosie, Anjali, and the rest. The last period on a tale that started with a templar standing before a door terrified to enter. There will be tears. So many tears (I'm not kidding, I hold no punches here). But also laughs, smiles, hugs, love, hope. Life.
A New Hero
Price: Free! Words: 291,710. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00)
The YA sequel to Love's Blush. A dashing squire wants to be a knight, the bastard daughter of the King struggles to find her place, and the princess finds herself falling in love with an intriguing assassin.
Love's Blush
Price: Free! Words: 469,660. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00)
What if a King fell helplessly in love with his elven bodyguard while death lurks in every corner for both of them? Assassins, action, heartache, loss, acceptance, love, and some spicy scenes all collide in the first book in this box set. Read both of my Alistair and Reiss stories in one ebook.
Miracle
Price: Free! Words: 198,270. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
After the Hero of Ferelden thinks she stumbled into a way to cure the taint and shares it with King Alistair, neither of them took into account any unexpected side effects emerging 9 months later. Two unexpected pregnancies, two unplanned babies, two terrified fathers, hilarity ensues.
The King's Blood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 203,550. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Stop an Emperor from destroying everything you love? Stop a witch from collecting on her medical bills? Stop a boy from getting pulverized before taking his father’s very recently vacated throne? Ciara’s gonna need a lot of check marks to pull this off.
Guarded Love
Price: Free! Words: 272,380. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.33)
King Alistair's found life on the throne isn't all bad. That all changes when assassins dare to come after him and his children on the little prince's naming day. With a threat brash enough to attack the King in broad daylight, he takes on a personal bodyguard. Picked seemingly at random from the City Watch, Reiss thought she was little more than an average elf trying to make it in thedas.
My Love
Price: Free! Words: 461,700. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Romance, humor, pain, loss, and a few happy tears during this colossal epic that crosses all of thedas. From Ferelden to Tevinter and beyond, the story includes many familiar Dragon Age faces from Alistair to Zevran and everyone in the middle. The entire series of my Cullen and Lana Amell stories as they travel from Kirkwall to Skyhold and beyond falling in love.
My Family
Price: Free! Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Six months after their wedding, Cullen and Lana Amell visit his sister's farm. Being a mage, Lana missed out on all the traditions that came with All Soul's Day and Cullen is ecstatic to teach them all to her. Lots of Fluff & Kissing.
My Future
Price: Free! Words: 135,810. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A surprise sequel to My Hope. After Cullen rescues Lana Amell from the fade, the two of them find their lives at a junction. With no Grey Wardens, no Circles, and no Inquisition, what will they do? All they have is each other and a lot of questions. Dragon Age Fanfic
My Hope
Price: Free! Words: 185,620. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Cullen thought he lost Lana Amell when she sacrificed herself to remain in the fade, but now the king of Ferelden has her phylactery and insists she's alive somewhere on the other side of thedas. Can he trust this man he barely knows or can stand as they travel through treacherous waters and lands while searching to find the woman he loves? All he has to cling to is his faith and hope.
My Templar
Price: Free! Words: 113,020. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When the Hero of Ferelden agreed to help Hawke solve the mystery of the red lyrium she never thought it'd draw her into the grasp of the Inquisition and back into Cullen's life. When the world's falling down around her and her own blood is trying to kill her, she knows she has no right to rekindle what they began in the deep roads. Then why can't she stop thinking about him? Dragon Age Fanfic
My Warden
Price: Free! Words: 45,280. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00)
After six years in Kirkwall, Cullen never thought he'd see the mighty Hero of Ferelden ever again until one night when she appeared unannounced in his room requesting him to help her track down a dangerous blood mage. Can he come to terms with his unrequited love while traveling across thedas and into the Deep Roads? Or could she be the start of thawing his hatred of mages? Dragon Age Fanfic
Date From Hell: A Dwarves in Space Short
Price: Free! Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00)
A short story from my Fantasy in Space series.The elven assassin, Taliesin, is set up on a blind date with the female embodiment of every romcom heroine cliche one can think of. Will he escape with his pride and limbs intact?
Before Midnight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ella Cinder is a trained thief who's broken her agency's explicit orders to not attend the ball where she comes under the feigned thrall of her Prince Charming. Short story
Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Little Red has been ordered by her mother assassin agency to rescue agent Grandmother from someone calling himself The Wolf.
Pre-TerraFae
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Before they were stranded on the island of the Elves Matteus and Analia had their own origin stories to tell.
Tin Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,860. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Boy meets Girl, Girl teaches Boy how to slay Ogre, Boy falls down a lot.