Monday’s Friend: Toni V Sweeney

Today I am pleased to have prolific writer Toni V Sweeney on my blog.

Carrying a Theme through Several Generations
By Toni V Sweeney

One thing about writing about a dynasty, it covers a lot of territory and a whole lot of people…centuries of events…millennia of generations… I took the easy way out. I decided to write about the beginning and the end of a dynasty—the rule of the kan Ingans of the Emeraunt Galaxy. My series, The Chronicles of Riven the Heretic (BLOODSEEK, BLOOD CURSE, A SINGING IN THE BLOOD, and BARBARIAN BLOOD ROYAL, and soon to come, THE MAN FROM CYMENE) told of the kan Ingans’ origins. My series, The kan Ingan Archives, told of their inglorious end thirty-one hundred years later. The series didn’t start out that way, but–as usual with characters with which I have more than one dealing, familiarity bred contempt—and Aric kan Ingan and his Black Shield friends yanked the book out of my hot little hands, and, in their superiorly militant way, took over. If they’d let me handle things, the story might have ended differently; then again, knowing my penchant for Unhappily-Ever-After endings, it might have been worse! As it stands now…

Family sagas are a lot of work because you have to keep track not only of the characters’ names and physical appearances, but also of their ages, especially if each novel encompasses a number of years. Sometimes it’s easier to make a tangible chart, a family tree or spreadsheet with all the relationships, ages, etc., so it can be referred to from time to time. In SINNER, the main character, Aric, goes from age 20 to 30; the second novel (tentatively titled EXILE) opens ten years later and covers five years of his life. In the third novel (RETURN), at the age of 46, Aric comes back to to his home planet, much to his enemies’ dismay. When Aric left, the woman he will eventually wed was six-years-old. When he meets her again in the third book, she’s 22, and his decision to marry her scandalizes his best friend because he’s now twice her age. To add insult to injury, she’s also the best friend’s niece and he’s only five years older than she though he’s 15 years younger than Aric! Confused yet? Age plays a very important part in these stories so I had to keep close tabs on how old everyone was and when.


What is all this leading to? To the promo for my new book. SINNER, the story of a man who falls in love with the wrong woman. (Don’t they all?) A man who was destined to be the most powerful person in the galaxy until Cupid skewered him with one of those little darts. A man accused of committing a crime and unable to prove himself innocent because to do so would reveal he’s committed an ever greater crime. It’s got plenty of love, sex, and violence. In other words, it’s a real winner!

Check it out.

Blood Sin is available from Double Dragon Publishing.

Watch the trailer here:

Toni V. Sweeney was born some time between the War Between the States and the Gulf War. She has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains. Her first novel was published in 1989. An accomplished artist as well as writer, she has a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Graphic Art and produces videos as well as writing. Toni maintains a website for herself and her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone, and has been associated with the South Coast Writer’s Association, the Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers, several other writer’s loops, myspace, Facebook, and YouTube. She has currently had her 30th book published.


5 comments so far

  1. nitethyme on

    I can’t wait to read this series. And it was nice learning more about the author. 30 books, congrats!

  2. Lisa Lane on

    I like the idea of using a spreadsheet to track character traits. I’ve used a notebook before … but notebooks can get lost. 😦

    Good luck with your new release!

  3. Janice Seagraves on

    Wow, thirty books. You go girl!

    And this series looks terrific.


  4. Judith Keim on

    Toni, nice job. As always your stories are fascinating and I love family sagas. Good luck with this one!

  5. Toni V. Sweeney on

    Thanks, everyone for stopping by and giving me your opinions.

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