Interview with The Dark Phantom

5 Questions with The Dark Phantom

Hi everybody! I just did this interview for The Dark Phantom at

Q: Tell us why readers should buy The Curse Giver.

A: If you like fast-paced, plot-twisting, epic, dark, and yes—why not?—romantic fantasy, The Curse Giver is for you. In a world teetering on the brink of war and destruction, three lives collide, bound together by a powerful, terrifying, undefeatable curse: an embittered lord at the brink of death, doomed by a curse he doesn’t understand and tormented by a terrible secret; an innocent healer on the run, accused of a crime she didn’t commit, bearing a mysterious birthmark that commands her murder; and the evil curse giver who has already conjured their ends. The stakes are high—peace, healing and freedom or war, madness and horrible death. Somewhere between love and hate and justice or revenge, redemption awaits those who dare to challenge the tenuous boundaries of good and evil.

Q: What makes a good fantasy novel?

A: Fast-paced action, thrilling adventures and rich imagination perfectly balanced by deep, complex and engaging characters, intricate plots, and transcendental relationships that matter.

Q: What is a regular writing day like for you?
A: I sit down to write sometime between eight or nine in the evening and write through the night. I go to bed anywhere between three and six and sleep the morning away. I get up around ten or eleven and spend the afternoon editing what I did the night before and taking care of the business aspects of writing. The best part: It’s my schedule and I get to choose my office’s dress code, which, by the way, is a notch below casual, super comfy. The biggest challenge: Talk about not being a morning person!

Q: What do you find most rewarding about being an author?

A: The amazing readers who come along in my adventures.

Q: What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to pass to other authors?

A: Write like the wind, write often, diligently and continuously, write for yourself and, my favorite, write all the way to The End.


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4 Responses to “Interview with The Dark Phantom”

  1. Shannon says:

    Love your answer to what makes a good fantasy novel! So, have you given any more thought to touring???
    I forgot to ask, is Curse Giver a stand alone novel, or will it be a series?
    And if it isn’t a series, then do you already have ideas churning for future novels?
    All the Best!

  2. Myriam Alvarez says:

    IT IS AWSOME I’m reading it and I am having SO MUCH FUN!

  3. Dora Machado says:

    Hi Shannon,

    I think I love reading fantasy as much as I love writing it. The Curse Giver is a stand alone at the moment. I’m not planning a series proper, but rather two or three interrelated stand alone books connected through characters. But don’t quote me on that. I might change my mind. :) No physical touring at the moment, but lots of virtual touring coming up. Check out for the first wave. And I haven’t forgotten. I’m waiting for the print copies to come in. You get the first.


  4. Dora Machado says:

    I’m delighted that you are enjoying the book. I had lots of fun writing it. D.

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