What price will Kesta and the fire-walkershave to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.
MY INTERVIEWWITH THE AUTHOR!
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I was always a writer, a storyteller, it’s just something in my soul. My father has poems of mine that I was writing when I was six or seven and even before I could write I loved to tell stories and invent new games for my siblings and cousins. I think I knew I wanted to be an author though when I was ten. I read the Lord of the Rings and was blown away by it, but at the same time I was disappointed that there wasn’t a stronger female character throughout the book. I really wanted to write such a character.
What inspired you to write this book?
Once I had the basic idea and the characters came into being I couldn’t not write it, I became almost possessed by the story; certainly obsessed. I really, really wanted to know what was going to happen to the people in the book. I don’t have any political or moral agenda when I write, just an overwhelming need to tell a storyand get it down on paper to make room in my head for other things!
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
I’m really no good at selling myself! Let me just go find an agent …
Buy it or the moon will fall out of orbit and destroy the earth?
Seriously though, it’s a great story that you’ll lose yourself in with characters that you’ll fall in love with.
What are you up to next?
I’m presently writing the sequel to The Raven Tower. It was meant to be a standalone originally, but I fell in love with the characters and there was just so much more potential in the world they live in that I couldn’t leave. After that I’m thinking of doing a sequel to the Hall of Pillars which people have been asking me for, but I also have an epic fantasy in a whole new world taking up room in my head and wanting to be written.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest writing inspiration is probably JRR Tolkien, his world building and attention to detail are just amazing. But in life, my biggest inspiration was probably my friend Jill. She died of a brain tumour, but when she was diagnosed as being terminal she didn’t give up and stop living life. She was amazing, so brave and so much fun. The days of friendship I had with her are incredibly precious, I can only wish for her dignity and courage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with KestaSilene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.
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