Fear walks with those in power.
Divided, the land of Chem hangs in the balance. In the west the Ravens seek to bring safety to women, and an end to slavery. In the east the remaining covens cling to their power, refusing to give up their way of life to foreign invaders. Across both lands the priests whisper and plot, their gods a shadowy threat hanging over them all.
To protect their young family, Kesta and Jorrun have made their home in the Raven Tower of Elden. Unable to abandon their responsibility or friends, they remain embroiled in the fight to the north. Whilst peace and friendship blossom between the Fulmers, Borrows and Elden, the arrival of strangers turns the court of Taurmaline upside down.
The history of the Fire-walkers is about to catch up with them, and the Fire-spirit’s truth will be revealed.
1. Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
I did. As a kid I absolutely loved Astrix books as well as Tin Tin. I also collected Garfield magazines.
2. Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Both my parents love books and both would read to me as a child, although a slow reader my dad in particular encouraged my first attempts at poetry and himself wrote a few short stories. My sister is also a writer, and my brother wrote poetry and song lyrics before he sadly died.
3. 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?
Ha ha, on the whole no. In the first series I wrote there is a nasty character who gets their comeuppance who is based on a childhood bully. These days though I feel writing them into my books would give them a status and credit they don’t deserve; I prefer to let such people go and forget about them.
4. How do you come up with the names for your characters?
This is going to sound really bad, but sometimes I just look around the room and pick a few letters from objects I see and shape them into a name!
5. Do you write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?
I haven’t for a while, but I used to write poetry and song lyrics. Being a union rep as a part of my ‘day job’ I do sometimes have to write powerful, inspirational and moving emails to try and persuade people to do the right thing.
6. 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?
Having worked in the theatre industry I understand that a book and a script, for a lot of reasons, can’t be the same. I’d be reluctant for any big changes, but as long as they kept the integrity of the story and didn’t ruin it, I’d be happy enough.
7. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Sir Terry Pratchett, an absolute genius of a writer and a lovely man. He actually used to live not far from me but I never got to meet him. I was devastated when he died.
8. Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
On the whole I use Google or my small library of research books, but I did recently get advice on explosives and gunpowder from two colleagues who are ex-military!
9. Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Several someones. I’m a very solitary soul, but I have a few dear friends I know I can always go to when I need them. For writing issues I’ve become close to two of my beta readers who always help me if they can.
10. 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)
Like a lot of writers, I often suffer from terrible self-doubt, so a review that reveals how much my work affected and touched someone will bring me to tears in a good way, and inspire me to keep going. Conversely, a bad review can sting, but my writing won’t suit everyone so I know it isn’t personal, and some feedback can be really helpful. I’m dreadful for writing long chapters (I tend to write each chapter as a complete scene, like an episode, rather than dwell on word count) but feedback has taught me to try and cut them down. For a lot of writers, a random low star rating with no explanation can be frustrating. We do like to know on the whole if it’s something we can improve, or if it just didn’t happen to be that person’s cup of tea.
Thanks for taking the time to interview me x
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.