Two Thousand Years
(The Empire Saga #1)
Publication date: December 11th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.
Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.
Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.
If you were to watch your favorite book (which hasn’t been turned into a real life motion picture) turn into a movie, which would you choose? Or would you rather keep it stayed as a book?
Rumor has it A Court of Thorns and Roses had its rights sold for a movie, and though it’s not my favorite book, its sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury is. Sometimes, I feel like there are certain things that shouldn’t be made into a movie or TV show, and this story is one of them. I like it exactly how it is- as a book.
Which genre of book do you think should be most adopted for kids in school?
I think there needs to be more fantasy books in schools. Right now most kids are taught the classics and Shakespeare and are left to their own devices when it comes to reading anything else. A broader range of genres introduced at a younger age, especially Fantasy and Sci-Fi where an imagination is necessary, could very well open a world to young people who never would have considered reading a lucrative pastime.
Is today’s generation more aware of the literary art or less?
I think it depends. I don’t think they’re as aware of the literary art like we were before computers and the internet became so popular. I doubt any of them are researching through a collection of encyclopedias in their school library. I think they know what they do from what they read more not on social media. Some I’m sure you could ask about their literary art and it’s their ability to convey a coherent and sassy through in 280 characters on Twitter.
If you’re writing about a city/country/culture you haven’t physically visited, how much research do you conduct before you start writing?
I would go a basic round of research to have a general idea of the area and culture I’m writing about, and if there’s anything specific I need to find out I’ll dig deeper in my research as needed. I’ll also see if I know someone who can answer the questions I have personally in my attempt to better submerge myself in their culture.
What are your views about elaborate synopsis of books at the back of the cover? Do you think they reveal too much?
I’m not a fan – I think it gives too much away. The blurb on a back of the book should be like an elevator pitch- it should leave the potential reader asking questions and wanted to know more, not putting the book away because they think they already know how to story ends.
Have you ever written a character with an actor in mind?
Maybe not written with an actor in mind, but I can say that as I’ve reworked and revised my stories, I definitely give my characters faceclaims that I sometimes vocalize, sometimes keep to myself. One I’ll admit is Reylor, the antagonist in TWO THOUSAND YEARS, has slowly morphed his way into Jamie Campbell Bower. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
How possessive are you about your work?
Maybe not possessive, but more like protective. I’ve grown comfortable sharing my work, but if I receive feedback I just don’t agree with that goes beyond a friendly review or a customary critique, I may speak up and attempt to justify myself and my reasonings for writing certain things as I did.
Did you have a lot of differences with your editors in the beginning while you were still becoming used to getting your work edited?
The editing process with TWO THOUSAND YEARS was my first experience with an editor and it was harrowing, but at no fault of their own- because of me. It was extremely eye opening the first time I received Round One of my content edits. It made me realize that I needed to take a step back and remember that my editor was on my side, and not going out of their way to point out things they hated with my work. Their job was to help me make my story stronger, not to note my flaws to make me feel bad. When I finally realized it wasn’t a personal attack but a gigantic step towards making things better, it got easier to handle. There weren’t any personal differences, though I had to go through a couple in the process because of scheduling purposes. But it all worked out in the end, and I love my editor now, and I can’t wait until I can get her feedback on my future work.
How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?
I think I’ve learned how to differentiate my vocabulary better, how to make dialogue flow better, and how to set a scene more descriptively than I had when I first start taking writing seriously. It was evident enough when I went through my content edits for TWO THOUSAND YEARS- the book was initially drafted in 2014, I submitted it to my publisher in 2017, and hadn’t looked at it again until last summer. It was as close to a rewrite it could have been without having it be a complete rewrite, and only because my style of writing had changed so much.
Do you wish your first novel hadn’t been the first to introduce you to the world?
Not at all- I stand behind my work, especially with the amount to time and effort and heart I’ve put into it. I’m happy to finally be able to share it with the world, this and the rest of its series in the years to come!
M. Dalto is a fiction author of adventurous romantic fantasy and her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards in 2016. She continues to volunteer her time as an Ambassador, where she hopes to engage and inspire new writers. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.
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