Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Help us get to know you better! What do you write, and how do you describe yourself as an author?
I write fantasy, mainly dark fantasy with a shamanic twist. I have studied shamanism and have a fascination for it, so I like to include element of it in my stories. As an author, I’d say I’m very focused and driven.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you wish you could hang out with in real life and why?
Kado, no question about it. He’s the first and only character who came to me fully formed in my head in an instant. Right from the beginning he was like a real person to me. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with him since. He’s very reserved, mysterious, and deadly, but at the same time compassionate and very down to earth (I bet you’re wondering how someone can be deadly and compassionate at the same time now, right? 😉 ).
What innermost passion drives your writing, and what do you hope your readers feel or experience when they read your work?
Wow, hmmm…hard question. At least hard to put it into words. What really drives me is I’ve always loved to tell stories, but I’ve always wanted to tell stories that would really move people. Not just in emotional ways, but intellectual and psychological as well. I want to make people question reality, and consider the possibility that there is so much more to the universe than what we see in front of us.
Shadow Stalker is an ongoing monthly serial about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who, according to the emperor of the Galvadi Empire, will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles if she is not stopped. It’s a story about how she comes to learn the truth of who she is and what she will have to do to put a stop to the emperor’s tyranny.
So far there have been nine episodes published. Each episode is generally released on the last Saturday of each month.
The sun had begun to set, and his plan was to leave as soon as it was dark. If things went as planned, Cali, Cathnor, Kado and I would be leaving the Dark Isle in Kado’s hydrocar as soon as they returned. If he was captured, I’d be on my own.
“One more thing, Auren. When you leave—”
“If I leave.”
“If you have to leave, you should use a different name.” Kado glanced outside. “It’s time. Remember what I told you.”
I nodded and followed him out of the grotto. As he strolled away from me, towards the village on the other side of the lake, it occurred to me it might be the last time I saw him. My mother said he wouldn’t die, but she also said he would not be there to guide me.
My chest constricted, and suddenly I couldn’t bear to let him go. “Kado, wait!”
He turned, and I ran to him, wiping my eyes to clear my vision. When I caught up, I wrapped my arms around him. He surprised me by returning the embrace and kissing the top of my head.
“Please be careful, Kado. I need you.”
“You be careful,” he said, releasing himself from my grasp. Then he turned away from me without another word.
I watched him go until I could no longer see him, and trudged back to the grotto, hoping he would return.
“This was an emotional episode, one which hooked me so deeply I felt part of the story itself. I was anxious to discover Auren’s fate since we were left on a cliff hanger and in the middle of a storm no less. Like any series, where the characters are familiar, I couldn’t wait to spend time with them again.”
~ Melissa Barker-Simpson on Episode 4, Forbidden Love
“Shadow Stalker (Episode 5), by Renee Scattergood, simply blew me away. It is an awesome episode that is full of action, betrayal, emotion, love, pain, punishment, and regret. Author, Renee Scattergood, has a way of pulling the reader into the story where he/she feels what the characters are going through.”
~ Debra Mauldin
“Renee Scattergood, once again, orchestrates her engaging story-telling skills with the continuation of her series in Episode 7, Bound by Fate. Renee has enlisted the venerable 19th Century custom of serial novels such as Dickens employed to great effect except now it is the digital eBook format that tantalizes her audience.”
~ RJ Mirabal
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series, Savior of the Serpent Isles. The first book, The Galvadi Invasion, is due to be released later this year. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Find out more about her, and sign up for her newsletter for a free copy of her latest episode of Shadow Stalker: http://reneescattergood.com
Download Shadow Stalker: The Hidden Truth (Episode 1) free: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470837
Demon Hunt (A Shadow Stalker Prequel Novella)
Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.
One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.
With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.
Shadow stalkers, a shamanic-like race of humans, are believed to be extinct. Their power was so feared by the people of the Serpent Isles, an island chain in the otherwise barren north that some people prefer to pretend that they never existed.
The Galvadi, a society of religious zealots, wages war on the Coalition, who oppose the empire’s immoral practices. The Galvadi believe the Coalition is hiding a young shadow stalker who is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles. But only one man knows of this shadow stalkers current location, and he is sworn to protect this child of prophecy.
Auren Trask always knew there was a secret about her past, but she was content to live a normal life. Then a camping trip with her friends turns to disaster when they find themselves on the run from a Galvadi invasion. With the help of Auren’s foster father, Kado, they manage to escape, but then he reveals, to Auren, the secret of her past. A truth that will change her life forever.
Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)
The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?
Shadow Stalker: Bound by Fate (Episode 7)
While attempting a rescue, Auren is captured and faces abuse and torture at the hands of her enemies. She knows as long as she can hide her true identity, she might succeed in helping the Coalition, but one of the Galvadi knows she is the delohi-saqu. For his silence, she is forced to pay the ultimate price.
Shadow Stalker: Broken (Episode 8)
Auren finds a way to escape the pain of her torture, but when Makari realizes it’s preventing him from “cleansing” her, he finds ways of randomizing the pain to keep her present. Still, she does not succumb to the torment.
When Makari can’t get through to her, he decides Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, is right. Auren is the delohi-saqu. Now Makari is no longer concerned with cleansing her because the delohi-saqu cannot be cleansed. He resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information about the Coalition. If Auren can’t resist, her friends and hundreds of innocent people will die.
Renee Writes: http://reneescattergood.com/ – my personal website and blog.
Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2
Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts
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