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Zora Marie

Author Bio:

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Author, full-time graphic design student and emerging actor, Zora Marie works hard to balance her two passions.

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Life hasn’t always been easy for her and it shows in her writing as her personal struggles bleed into her work. When everything is said and done, she just hopes that you find some connection to the characters that seem to have a life of their own.

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Despite all odds against her, including lightning strikes that fried multiple computers, Mother Nature couldn’t keep Zora Marie from getting this story out for the world to see. She is a Jill of many trades who has done everything from bottle-feeding calves and being a midwife for a wide variety of animals to making picture-perfect wood burnings and yarn from her home raised angora fiber. Numerous hours have been spent in engineering and shop classes, absorbing all the knowledge her fantastic teacher had to offer. She spent so much time hunting, trapping, and fishing with the guys that she earned the title of ‘river rat’, and yes, that is a compliment. Her skills at hauling hoop nets into the boat and filleting fish have surpassed even the most experienced men on many occasions.

​Hanging out with the guys has had its ups and its downs, but you can be sure it’s produced some awesome stories. For example, she can honestly say that the worst thing she has ever eaten was a skunk. Yes, you read that right, nothing like a big game cookout for the guys to have a little fun and feed everyone skunk rump roast. In case you’re wondering, they taste the same as they smell and leave a lovely aftertaste that spoils your beaver pot roast and barbecue.

Her time on the river and in the woods opened her eyes to one simple fact: it’s the simple things in life that ground us. Things like the peace that comes from watching the sunrise as a young mink plays in the shallow stream nearby or the chirping of crickets as the night sky lights up with the stars of distant galaxies.

Her time on the river and in the woods opened her eyes to one simple fact: it’s the simple things in life that ground us. Things like the peace that comes from watching the sunrise as a young mink plays in the shallow stream nearby or the chirping of crickets as the night sky lights up with the stars of distant galaxies.

Free of Asenten (Zelia the Phoenix of Hope)


The fate of nine realms rests on the shoulders of one desperate girl with a daunting power and a harrowing choice: to be the cause of great suffering and despair? Or be banished from the first place she felt secure since being a small child, and back to the world from whence she came? When the wizards who created her fear that their creation was tainted, the Phoenix of Hope could become the Phoenix of destruction. With time running out, the wizards’ worst fears are careening in.

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When fate makes life a living hell, the child god of mischief might be her saving grace. Find out how in Zelia the Phoenix of Hope.

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With a dream life ripped away from her, Zelia learns to survive under the torturous hand of Asenten and the other wizards. But when the time comes for her to be free, will she learn to trust herself and those around her? How can someone who has done and seen things as horrible as she has ever learn to love themselves again, what alone have others even care about them? Come learn about Zelia’s struggles and how those around her push her to open up, even when life keeps pushing her down.

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To and From Dragon Island (Zelia the Phoenix of Hope)


A trip across the seas to Dragon Island turns up new abilities and friends. But when a dream foreshadows the future, Zelia races across treacherous waters and land haunted by her past to save the closest thing she has to kin in the realm. Not even a sea savvy gatekeeper to the underworld will stand in her way, but will drudging through her past be her undoing? Only time will tell if her creators’ fears will ring true at The Battle for The Hold.

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Feel free to pick and choose, and if you have a question that you don’t see, feel free to drop me a line at and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

In truth, I’ve begun writing a book a few times in the past, but each time I had my computer fried by lightning. The computers were even doubled up on surge protectors at the time! Needless to say, I always unplug my computer during storms now. As for what inspired me on the book I’ve actually managed to complete without losing a computer, it was more so that the story wouldn’t leave me alone. I had to either get the story out or give up on trying to study for the college classes I was taking at the time.

Tell us about your books.

So far I’ve only managed to get Zelia the Phoenix of Hope: Free of Asenten out for the public, but book two of the series, To and From Dragon Island, is already in the process of being edited. The Zelia the Phoenix of Hope series tells of the plight of a young girl created by magic to link several races of beings. As if being the prophecy child that has no true relationship to a single being weren’t hard enough, one of her creators planned out her death and took her captive when she was reborn from one of the underworlds. He then proceeded to train and torture her for over 300 years while he kept her ability to come back from the dead secret from her other creators.

How did you go about getting published?

After speaking with lots of authors and some publishing companies I decided to go with self-publishing since I would have to do the bulk of the promotion no matter what. The other thing that really encouraged me to self-publish was the fact that I would have total control over my books. Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t hit some bumps in the road, such as having crappy luck with finding a good editor. Lucky for me, some author friends were looking out for me and have me set back on the right path with an excellent editor in toe.

What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

I’m not real picky, but I write better in the morning so I get up early and head to the college for some quiet time before everyone else starts to show up.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

I’m actually a full-time college student and work part time in the art gallery. Hobbies are another topic in and of itself as I have many, but they have been set to the side while college is in session.

Any advice for authors about book covers?

While some of us have the skills or can fake having the skills needed to make a professional quality book cover, you really should see a professional for a book cover. As let’s face it, we all judge books by their cover.

Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?

Don’t be afraid to help other authors. We all may be competing, but you also have to remember that we’re all in this together.

Tell us about your next book project.

I’d have to say that my next book project is to continue on with the Zelia the Phoenix of Hope series, with a possibility of some offshoot books showcasing other points view.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now? Do you have any pets?

I’m a small town/farm girl, that’s currently without a farm. I grew up in southern Indiana, with fields as far as the eye can see and two rivers waiting to be fished on. As for pets, as a family, we have dogs, a cat, fish, and a rabbit. We’ve had a wide range of other animals in the past as I not only raised livestock but also rescued quite a few animals along the way.

At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?

Truth be told, I wasn’t very good at reading until I hit seventh grade. I still read most of the books in the school library and participated in summer reading projects, it just took me forever to read. I first attempted writing a novel about six years ago and again five years ago, but after having computers fried by lightning on both occasions I decided it was best to hold off. When we moved from that lightning magnet of a house, the urge to write hit me harder than ever and the story of Zelia that had been bugging me for years just spilled across the keyboard.

How do you find time to write?

I don’t find time, I make time.

Who are your favourite authors to read? What is your favourite genre to read? Who inspires you in your writings?

I don’t think I could ever narrow my field so much as to give a favourite author, but I quite favour reading fantasy fiction of most any sort.

Tell us about your latest book.

Zelia the Phoenix of Hope: Free of Asenten follows Zelia's plight as she struggles against the darkness that bids her to break. But an unexpected and unlikeliest of friends turns out to be her saving grace when her captors draw the last straw, forcing her to ask for his help. Being freed forces her to face even deeper struggles as everything she's ever done and been through presses down on her. Her fear of death and what others would think if they knew push her to withhold her powers until the lives of her friends hang in the balance, but will she be too late? Even those she's closest to she hides just how bad her past truly was, sometimes even going so far as to hide it from herself, but it always has a way of sneaking up on her in one way or another.

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?

As far as start to finish, without lightning frying my computer, one, though book two of the series is already in the editing phase.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

Zelia the Phoenix of Hope: Free of Asenten is the first book in what I hope will become a fairly long series with some offshoots from other characters’ points of view if they cooperate with me. Overall it is mainly inspired by my love of myths and folklores, with the main focus being Norse and Greek mythology. While I love the original myths, I do have a little brother so I’ve been sure to write in a way that my work is age appropriate for children of young ages while also being deep enough to be an engaging read for the older generations.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Unusual writing habits, would you count listening to Celtic and Scottish music while writing? If so, then I guess I do, though I mainly do that to drown out the noise from the rest of the house.

What authors or books have influenced you?

None in particular, rather it’s a mixture of all.

What are you working on now?

At this particular moment I’m working on the Zelia the Phoenix of Hope series, some ideas for offshoot novella/novels are rolling around, and a strange dream inspired book idea is weaving a web in my window. Yes, that last bit was a hint.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

I’m too new to promoting to say what promotion site works best, but I’m quite fond of my author/book websites and if I can ever get myself to talk about my book in person, word of mouth is sure to be helpful.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Yeah, don’t be afraid to ask others for help, particularly other authors. And learn to talk about your book in person! Guilty as charged on that last one as I’m still fumbling over actually speaking of my own book in person.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Don’t worry about getting your book right the first time, that’s what editing is for. Your first draft is more than likely going to be rubbish, but that’s okay, it’s there to get the story out of your head and onto paper. It’s all those passes of edits that truly shape your story.

What are you reading now?

Soul Survivor by Susan Faw.

What's next for you as a writer?

The next thing on my to-do list is to get books two and three of the Zelia the Phoenix of Hope series out, then I plan to side step and really connect with my readers while still working on the rest of the series.

What is your favourite book of all time?

Good question, I wish I knew! No, seriously, I like too many to name a favourite or even just a few favourites.

So what did you see as the main theme of your latest book or series? Did you consciously write a theme, or did one evolve as you wrote? Or do you feel the only 'theme' is entertainment? Have you ever been surprised by someone reading into your work something you had never consciously intended?

My writing, though not particularly on purpose, highlights issues I have and do face along with the struggles I've seen many others face.

Think of the universe a book/series of yours is set in. What would be the best and the worst things about living there rather than in this world? Would you want to live there yourself?

One must think long and hard about this... so many evil and beautiful things to be had in my universe. There are actually several realms. If I had to choose one I'd live on Alfheimr, but who wouldn't want to live with the elves?

If I were to narrow it down to places on Midgard I'd have to pick The Elven Kingdom of The East as my favorite. Now just because I chose to live with the elves doesn't mean I have something against the other places, I love many of them just as much as The Elven Kingdom of The East. The Elven Kingdom of the East just happens to have a hot shower and happens to be one of the strongest Kingdoms of The Forgotten lands so there's not much worry about being attacked, you know, it's the little things in life.

As for the worse place to live, 'the cave' takes it hands down. As for why, well you'll just have to read the book and see for yourself.

What gave you the idea for your story?

Many things gave me ideas, but one character, in particular, has been the driving force. As you may have guessed, that would be Zelia. She rolled around in my head picking up pieces of me and my surroundings for quite some time before she demanded her story be told. It has been a challenge to tell her story as it akin to my own in many ways, though my past is not nearly as dark as hers.

As for the Norse and Greek influences, those come from my deep love for the truth and insight behind the ancient myths. I'm also now an art major and I'm looking at an art history minor, so what I learn while digging through ancient Greek art and architecture will most certainly reflect in my writing when Zelia finally makes the leap to face the Greek Gods.

Interested in doing a character interview?

Start at the link below to decide who you want to interview and if I happen to already have a page up for them then you can get a feel of what you should ask them. Once you have your questions lined out, send me an email and I’ll try to get them to reply to you in a timely manner. ;)