Is prophecy real; can Arridia and Joss defeat a god?
Evil never sleeps, and neither can the fire spirits who have guarded Kesta and her family so faithfully for more than fourteen years. United in a desire for peace, the four lands beneath the sky have enjoyed relative stability, but under the surface stirs unrest. Greed, ambition, disquiet, rebellion; and the ever-present threat of Geladan’s crazed god discovering she has been fooled.
Quiet Arridia is a Raven Scout, dedicated to the principles and hopes of her parents. When an opportunity presents itself to come home, she grasps it, longing to settle and find the love she has patiently waited for.
Fun-loving Joss is drawn to the court of Elden with all its colour, noise, and intrigue; but has he taken on more than a young man can survive?
Raven Fire is the final part of the breath-taking Fire-Walker saga.
If you could, would you dare to change the world?
1.Did or do you like to read comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?
I did indeed! I absolutely loved Asterix, and Tin Tin. I used to get copies of those from the library every week as a kid. I also collected Garfield magazines for a while.
2.Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Both my parents. My mum is a veracious reader, my Dad a very slow one, but they would both read us stories.
- When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
No. I try not to let anyone who has done me a wrong live rent free in my head. And I wouldn’t give them so much importance that they’d deserve immortality in a book.
4.How do you come up with the names for your characters?
They can be just picked randomly from the air, or from putting together the names of objects around me. Football players have some great names that I’ve borrowed with a little tweak!
5.Do you write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?
Not for a long time, but I used to write poetry and songs.
- If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I wouldn’t mind a few little tweaks, but anything in the book is there for good reason, so missing anything out could be damaging to the story. I’d certainly want it to keep its integrity and not be turned into soft porn or something just to attract an audience. There are also a lot of important subjects in the books that I would want to be handled with sensitivity.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I would have loved a chat with Sir Terry Pratchett. I think he was a genius as a writer, and seemed like a wonderful person.
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I tend to do most of my research online or in my own little library where I have a collection of very useful books. My work colleagues are a useful source of information at times though, as many of them are ex army and navy. I’m quite often asking them odd questions, but they know I’m a writer! I often start conversation with them with, ‘This is going to seem really random, but…’ I’ve had recent discussions over the use of gunpowder, keelhauling, and how it feels to be in a ship in a huge storm.
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Yes. I go to different friends with different things, but two of my fellow writers who kindly beta read for me have become two of my closest friends, and they are often my first port of call.
- What is more important to you: a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
Both are very useful, but it can be really interesting reading reviews and how differently people see the same book. Some people love what other people hate. It’s fascinating. And of course, hearing how much someone loves your work makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me and include me in your blog.
Thank you, Emma Miles and Rachel’s Random Resouces
About the author
I often get asked when I knew I was a writer; the answer is always. A writer is what I am, it’s in my soul. There have been times in my life when I couldn’t write, and times when my writing has been the only thing that kept me going. I think I always longed for something deeper from life, something more meaningful, and I found it in my imagination and in the music of words.
It was poetry which first caught my attention, and whilst my younger cousins called for ghost stories it was animals I first wrote of. I think I gravitated toward fantasy because of the freedom it gives, I could create my own worlds and decide my own rules. My Wind’s Children trilogy was born from an image that came to me whilst daydreaming, of a young man sitting alone below a bridge. I didn’t know who he was; it turns out neither did he, but we found out together.
I’m now working on my seventh book and love writing more than ever, it’s an addiction, an obsession, but one I now share with my wonderful writing family. My beta readers, my editor, and you, my readers, having you with me on my journey means the world to me.
I write as much as I can around work, but I also try to squeeze in a ridiculous amount of hobbies! I’m a wildlife photographer and do a little archery. I paint, sculpt with clay, withies and driftwood, preferring to be outdoors if I can. I still have a love for the theatre, having started out in life studying backstage crafts, and a great love for language. I speak a little French, Romanian and Italian, ma non molto bene!
Thanks for reading this. If you read any of my books and love them, please come say hello and tell me, you’d be surprised at how much that means to an author.
Take care of yourself.