Tarot so important to you?
I could stand up for anyone else, but for me? Oh, no. Over the past few years,
I’ve really grown a lot through my characters, their lives and their mistakes.
I’ve learned to deal with a lot, but I still hadn’t mastered the art of
Take the election. There are a lot of people with opinions that aren’t heard
because they don’t feel their voice matters, or because others disagree very loudly. We’re in a day and age
where everyone has an opinion and everyone has a voice and no one is being heard. We’ve lost the
respect of listening because it’s more important to be heard. In so doing, a
lot of voices are shushed. They don’t want to speak up.
really not a bunch of whiners. We don’t necessarily sit around and complain
without taking charge, but we’re not as active as the generations before us.
me about the generation of the 20th century was that they were
fearless! They were undaunted as they changed the world we now live in.
them, the courage and the fear they had to have lived through. They did so much
with so little!
planet. Yes, things are different. The planet shaped the people differently,
for one thing. But by doing so, it was lot less for me to remember, and a lot
less for the reader to remember.
taking while writing, a lot of re-reading, and a lot of head scratching.
out. Now, I did try to keep the geek off of every single page. That would just
be overwhelming and ridiculous, but if you pay attention, there will be little
tid-bit #SuperGeek nuggets that will be fun to unravel. I’ve been informed that
it’s almost more fun to read the second time through because that’s when a lot
of the #SuperGeek nuggets come out.
almost pure action, which is the hardest thing for me to write. I typically
write character driven stories. There’s usually a lot of interaction, puzzle
unraveling, and usually a little romance. Action is at a minimum unless there’s
there’s just so much more! The action is off the charts for me. We’re jumping
from airships, climbing through jellyfish cities (letharan cities), shooting down bi-planes, blowing up sphynctor bug
heads with a lightning lava pistol. Just—wow! Lots and lots of stuff! It was a
hoot, but INTENSE!
exploding with ideas! I was playing around with different plot lines. I mean,
the plot itself isn’t unique, but I said to myself, “Self, let’s not go the
really traditional route and have a monotheistic society try and decimate the
world. What’s the safest ‘religion’ we have here? Well, there’s Buddhism, but
can you really see Buddhists up in arms trying to take over the world? No. Who
Hands of Tarot was created, with the same hierarchy as the tarot deck. I love
tarot. It’s amazing and beautiful. There are a lot of intricacies there that
are just amazing, yet simple.
adult a lot sooner than we would, which is a quandary. Young people don’t have
a lot of experience. So, it was interesting for me to watch him. He has all the
confidence of a teenager, but no knowledge of how the world really operates.
He’s just starting to grasp the concept of true responsibility and it’s
He grew up in the sky, on the airships. They are these gloriously beautiful
ships that float in the sky by way of an air jellyfish who resides in the nets
above the sails. He knows next to nothing about how the letharan (picture a Medusa jellyfish the size of…a sprawling
suburb) cities work, and has no clue how the land dwellers survive. He’s pretty
clueless for someone who’s as cocky as he is.
other three siblings grew up with his mother’s Family. His mother is the
matriarch of the Ino Family and they reside in a lethara (the sea jellyfish) city. Man, she’s tough and demands a
lot! She’s also very hard to read. Thankfully, his siblings aren’t anything
like her. They’re all very likable and loveable.
early in the book. That shows that he is of the El’Asim Family, or tribe, and
not one of her own. It’s a very strong statement, and something that you’ll see
change as the other books come out. I’m very excited to bust through that line.
his strengths and what are his weaknesses?
think that anything can or will stop him.
too self-confident, and doesn’t always listen. He has great friends, though,
and they’re quick to remind him of his failings.
Nix? Can you tell us more about her?
Mark is storm (wind, rain, lightning). The Ino is fire. Well, the Shankara Mark
is air. Nix was born with the rogue Mark of fire, and was cast out. No one’s
really sure who her parents were or if they’re still among the living.
into the House of Wands, whose Mark is also fire. There, she excelled in
everything and eventually rose to the rank of Queen.
Family. When she was done, she discovered what it felt to be so supremely
powerful, so she decided to control the world. That’s always fun. She destroys
anyone who stands in her way, which includes the major Families. She decimates
them, and takes their children to be raised in her city under her influence.
self-importance, and no one has been able to stand up to her yet. She’s
manipulative, gorgeous, sexy, conniving, vindictive, and unafraid of a little
blood on her hands. She welcomes collateral damage.
everything happens with Nix. He’s of the Umira Family, who are land dwellers.
Think of the best friend who has the key to your house so he doesn’t have to
climb through the window. Yeah, that’s Haji. He’s probably spent half of his
life on an airship, but you can’t tell it! He’s a born and bred land lover.
books. He’s snarky, has a great sense of humor and knows exactly how to defuse
Synn. His Family was destroyed when he was pretty young. He’s spent most of his
life with the Hands, in Sky City. He’s got a lot to learn about the world, but
he’s learned a great deal as a prisoner of the Hands, developing their
Joshua’s younger sister. She doesn’t remember anything, really, before the
Hands. She’s sweet, is a lover, not a fighter, and is so hesitant. She can be a
bit frustrating only because I know she could do so much more if she just believed in herself a little.
destroyed by the Hands, too, but she’s influenced by Queen Dyna who took her
into the House of Swords. Yvie (pronounced Ee-vee) has a sharp intellect and a
fierceness that is refreshing. However, all of my readers so far find her to be
mean and blonde (think Mean Girls).
She’s not. She’s just blunt and knows how to hide well behind the “I’m a girl”
Tarot has been published, what’s your next project?
Nightmare, which is Book 2 of the Dreamland Stories. I’m writing it now,
and, boy! Is it fun! It’s a completely different world than Hands, a totally different voice. I’m
having so much fun! It should be ready to launch around Christmas.
Knight of Wands because that book is SCREAMING at me to be written! There’s
a lot of research I need to do before I start writing it, but OMW! I’m
Title: The Hands of Tarot
Author: SM Blooding
She killed his father.
She imprisoned and beat him.
And now she thinks he’s her trophy.
Synn El’Asim will do almost anything to prove her wrong. But he’s only proving her right.
Queen Nix awakened his Mark of power and inducted him into the House of Wands. She knew what she was doing. The son of the two most powerful Families standing against her is the ultimate prize.
What she didn’t take into consideration was that maybe he was too strong for her.
But the Families aren’t. They’ve been weakened and it’ll take a lot more than one young man with a powerful Mark to take on the Hands of Tarot
As soon as my eyes adjusted to the brightness, the air escaped from my lungs. Before us was carnage. There were two wooden pyres burned to smoking ruin with the charred remains of people on top of them. The air reeked with the smell of burned flesh. Several more pyres stood, two currently burning, three more untouched, all of them in a circle surrounding a large cage.
SM Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet
rock, Rockie, and Ms. Jack, who’s a real bird. She’s still learning to play the
piano and guitar, which is going marginally better, and for those of you
looking for an Arabic update, she has successfully learned one word, “Yalla,
She’s dated vampires,
werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She
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