Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My name is Daccari Buchelli. I’m 23 and currently reside in the East of England, where the rain is plentiful and the sun occasionally peeks its head out in greeting. I’m a big lover of literature, my favourite genre of books being Fantasy.
The stories I read as I grew made me want to be like their authors. I saw myself growing older to be like my writing heroes, Garth Nix, Terry Goodkind, and J. K. Rowling. My biggest inspiration is the genuine love and passion that I discovered upon first learning to read at aged 4.
Tell us about your books.
My main work is a Fantasy novel aimed at young adults ranging from ages 14 and up.
Phoenix is a tale fuelled by magical realism, where four realms are separated by the four elements; Earth, Fire, Air, and (in this instance) Frost. The story follows a conspiracy to bring down the eldest Prince of the Frost realm before he can assume the throne, but mainly follows the Flame Princess Violetta as she strives to free herself from her dark past and the duties that await her.
The sequel is currently being worked on, the cover and title reveal of which shall be made public within the following few months.
How did you go about getting published?
I originally launched Phoenix under a different name with a small Indie Publishing company. However, after being with them for six months, I did not feel that I was gaining much from the experience and so I decided to self-publish the novel under a new name, with a fresh and somewhat daring front cover. I prefer to have control over my beloved works. Now, if I require any help, be it regarding editing or graphic design, I turn to the people I have forged professional bonds with.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I tend to write throughout the day, but am able to work especially well during the evenings. There’s something about how quiet it gets outside that allows me to achieve a greater sense of focus. I jot down notes for my novels anywhere. I even end up writing numerous notes on my phone as I try to fall asleep at night.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not focusing on writing, I take care of my Long haired terrier cross puppy, Sam, as well as taking the time to review other titles by Indie Authors.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Yes. Think about your target audience and search for books within that same genre and audience. Study the covers of well-known authors and see what inspires you. There are plenty of freelance Graphic Artists out there who do beyond incredible work. If you’re stuck with trying to find someone, I would recommend a visit to Fiverr.com as a starting point.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Social Media Marketing is not as helpful as people let on. Facebook Ads tend to be fixed and followed by fake accounts. If you’re considering spending your hard earned money, then please spend it on more reliable ways of marketing. I have found Goodreads pay-per-click adverts to be quite good for my novel, so I would recommend them, as well as ensuring that your website and author blog are kept up to date. An emailing list or newsletter that people can subscribe to is a tool that every author should have. Personally, I’ve had a little trouble setting one up, but they will help you to keep in contact with those that show interest in your work.
What’s your favorite book?
My favourite book is the first Fantasy I got into as a child, Sabriel by Garth Nix.
What are you reading now?
At the moment I am reading Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind (Author of The Sword of Truth Series.)
What’s your next book project?
I am currently working on a few different projects, updates of which are kept on my website.
I am in the process of editing and publishing a Second Edition of Phoenix, where the action is larger and the world even more enchanting. I’m hoping to have Phoenix 2.0 (as I call it) out before summertime and am currently releasing one completed chapter a week (pre edit) on Wattpad.com.
The sequel to Phoenix is about to go into its third drafting stage. A cover and title reveal are planned for somewhere in the next few weeks to months, so please stay tuned for more information.
The final of the three projects I’m working on is called Bloodline, a Fantasy novel following young Maia Kendelson as the enemy clan of her world wages war on her homeland. Further details will be available as the work on this novel progresses.