Friday, 25 May 2012

Guest Post with author Marie Bilodeau

I knew this blog tour was worthwhile when it made me discover this blog. Seriously. I *love* caffeine.  I *love* writing.  And now, I *love* this blog.

So, to make it fitting, I thought I would disclaim, nay, confess, how caffeine supported me in writing Destiny’s Fall.

Destiny’s Fall is the second in a series.  Its prequel did well and won some awards (yay!) and got nice reviews (double yay!), and I hadn’t intended to write a sequel (um, yay?)  But I was glad to do so, and find all of my old friends again, even though they hated me for what I put them through in book one.  Whatever – they don’t get a vote.

I started writing Destiny’s Fall in the not-yet-decent hours of morning, enjoying a lovely cup of hazelnut coffee as I collapsed spaceports, tore families apart and collided galaxies.  The coffee did its best, but winter set in.  I live in Canada’s capital city, which is nested in a valley.  It gets cold, and it gets so humid ice forms in your marrow.  I’d sit at my little coffee shop in the mornings and shiver as I drank my coffee, but it was no longer enough.

About half way through my book, I realized the caffeine was failing me.  My characters were suddenly enjoying some down time, chatting it up instead of madly dashing for their lives. My antagonists, rebels intent on destroying my protagonist Layela in order to reclaim the former glory of their homeworld, were, well, ineffective.  I think they went off drinking somewhere (not caffeine, might I add).  Nothing had blown up in at least two chapters (gasp!)

Drastic action was necessary, and so I upgraded.  To a latte.  A double shot latte. Oh ya.  Suddenly my characters were running again, and my heart was racing with them (that’s when I downgraded again).

In the end, I locked myself in a convent for a few days, chugging back coffee and writing way more words than my teetering sanity could handle.  Which led to the completion of Destiny’s Fall, and this over caffeinated video:

Thanks for having me!  Enjoy a cuppa latte and have a great day!

About the Author:

Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based science-fiction and fantasy author. Her space fantasy novel, Destiny’s Blood, was a finalist in the Aurora Awards and won the Bronze Medal for Science-Fiction in the Foreword Book Awards. She is also the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land, a fantasy trilogy described as “fresh and exciting” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of WAKE. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including the recent When the Hero Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy. 

Marie is also a professional storyteller who’s told adaptations of fairy tales and myths, as well as original stories, in venues across Canada. More at

Marie will give away a signed eBook copy of Destiny's Blood (the first book in the series) to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and an autographed set of Destiny's Blood and Destiny's Fall in print (US and Canada only) or eBook (International) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. She'll also give an autographed set of books to the host with the most comments (excluding hers and the host's).The tour dates can be found here:


  1. Marie...Your post is prefectly themed for the Coffee Addicted Writer blog!

  2. Thanks! I have to admit that I was thrilled to be on this blog!

  3. That was a great sequel story! I can't wait to read it!


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