Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.
Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.
I hope you enjoy this.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m a shift worker and work long hours so I fit my writing in whenever I can, sometimes a quick email to myself on my phone, or a few words hastily scribbled down on paper. With shift work I don’t have a favourite time to write, but my favourite place to write is in my back garden with the birds coming and going from my apple tree.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
No, I sadly have so little time for writing I just snatch a few minutes whenever I can. I do make a playlist for each book I write though to help me get into the right frame of mind.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Generally, just water, but I do love a glass of red wine when I write in the garden on a day off. I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t drink tea or coffee.
– What is your favourite book?
It’s hard to pick just one. If I went by the book I’ve reread the most out of my favourites, that would be Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I have several more books I want to write and of those one is Sci Fi and the another is a supernatural thriller.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
No, all my characters are totally fictional.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have a notebook for every book I write but I don’t carry it with me. Random ideas are emailed to myself or jotted down on a scrap of paper. I used to carry a small dicta-phone with me years ago to record bits to write down later.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not sure if there’s one I don’t like at all. I prefer fantasy and sci fi but love to diversify and try other things, especially if it’s a book that’s recommended or written by an indie author I know who needs support. I’ll read horror, historical, romance, dystopian, biographies… I’ll try anything. I haven’t read many thrillers, but that’s more a case of not having time to get around to everything.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I would have loved to write with Terry Pratchett. I have ideas for humorous fantasy but I’m not sure if I could pull off the humour part! Of living authors, Robin Hobb, her books are amazing.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve already been to Scotland, Norway, Sicily and Transylvania for inspiration. If I could go anywhere else for research it would have to be somewhere with desert as that’s something I haven’t experienced before. Maybe Morocco.
Thank you, Emma Miles and Rachel’s Random Resources
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 Kesta Silene; 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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