Mini Review of Wind and Fire and Author Interview with Cheryl Landmark

I was recently emailed by Cheryl Landmark, author of Wind and Fire. She sent me an ebook version of her book, which I am giving four out of five stars to:

In Cherly Landmark’s fantasy novel Wind and Fire, we come across demons, bad guys, and a whole bunch of adventure. It’s a unique read that’s suitable for both adult and teen readers. The journey undertaken by nineteen year old Tenya is one must-read you just can’t miss!

Wind and FireSummary from Goodreads:

Zardonne, Master of the Dark Rift, has ripped a hole in the fabric of Tellaron and invaded with an army of hideous demons. Oblivious to the dangers and evil brewing beyond the borders of the quiet Ardis Valley where she lives, nineteen year old Tenya toils through a life of dreary loneliness and drudgery plagued by strange, disturbing visions, yearning desperately for the beautiful mother she had not seen since she was three. Her life is abruptly turned upside down when she is abducted in the middle of the night and sent on a perilous journey that will test her courage and the fledgling powers buried deep within her. For not only does she discover that her missing mother, Elea, is a powerful sorceress able to control the forces of the wind, Tenya also learns that she herself possesses a singing power that manifests itself as white fire throughout her body. Can she find her mother, and the strength to use her own powers, in time to save Tellaron from the evil Demon Master? Her world depends upon it.

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IceyBooks: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Cheryl Landmark: I was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada, and have lived here all my life. I love it, despite all the snow and cold in the winter! I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I’m very much an outdoorsy type person and like nothing better than getting out into Mother Nature with my hubby and my dog. When I’m not writing or out enjoying a hike in the woods, I’m working full-time as a sales analyst, devouring books, or doing
challenging jigsaw puzzles.
IB: Has becoming an author always been your dream?

CL: Absolutely! From as far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing stories and poetry. I have two boxes full of completed and partially completed manuscripts in a number of different genres that I’ve written over the years. My writing was mainly for my own pleasure and enjoyment at first and, then, probably about ten years ago, I started to get really serious about trying to get published.
IB: Describe Wind and Fire in 7-9 words for us.

CL: A perilous, thrilling journey fraught with magic and demons.

IB: Where did you find the inspiration for Wind and Fire?
CL: I think the inspiration probably came from all the fantasy/sci-fi books I’ve read over the years and from my own overactive imagination. Reading authors like Anne McCaffrey, Terry Brooks, J.R.R. Tolkien and David Eddings have encouraged me to try my own hand at creating fantasy worlds. The Fantasy genre fascinates me because it allows me to take all those crazy, wild ideas that are constantly whirling around in my head and use them to spin mystical, magical tales.

IB: Is there a message you hope readers will take with them from Wind and Fire?
CL: I guess it would be the old clichéd “never give up even when seemingly insurmountable obstacles are thrown in your path”. My heroine, Tenya, faces all sorts of dangers and challenges in her quest, but she perseveres even when it seems hopeless.
Hafsah, I want to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to readers. I appreciate you having me as a guest author today.
Thanks, Cheryl, for stopping by and telling us about your book, Wind and Fire!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

November 14, 2010