After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.
But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.
Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?
Not everyone is who they appear to be
And time is running out …
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I always write outside, which does mean I’m more productive in the summer! Eternal Seas and Wild Sky were largely written on boats, but I also write in the garden, in the park, or at the beach. If I won the lottery, my dream would be to buy a beach hut so I could write all year, snuggled up in a blanket when it’s a bit chilly.
I don’t have a set time to write, it just fits in around life. I’m a morning person though so I’d never write after dinner.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really – grab coffee, grab laptop. That’s about it!
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee – any way at all, but my default options are espresso or iced.
– What is your favourite book?
Oooh that’s impossible! Can I narrow it down? How about my favourite book of 2019? I read a lot of middle grade fiction and adored Storm Hound by Claire Fayers. I think it has a brilliant opening …
He was Storm of Odin, last-born hound of the Wild Hunt that runs across the plains of the sky on stormy nights. He was barely four months old, but almost as tall as the crimson-tailed horses that raced before him. His coat was the black of the deepest midnight, his eyes shone golden-bright, alive with excitement.
He was Storm of Odin and this was his first hunt. He opened his mouth and howled, his voice joining the cries of the pack around him. The scream of hunting horns echoed between the wide horizons, and moonlight glanced off the hunters’ helmets and the tips of their spears. Sky and earth trembled together.
He was Storm of Odin, and . . .
. . . he was having a little trouble keeping up.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
To date, all my published books have been for children, but I do enjoy writing in other genres too. I’ve had several grown-up short stories published and I’ve got a couple of non-fiction books in the pipeline.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, but there are always elements that I change so they are not literal. I often pinch names from people though!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have a list on my phone – does that count as a notebook? I often dig it out when I’m talking to classes about idea generation – it’s a great opportunity for me to sneak in some market research, plus they get to see a real part of the creative process.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I read pretty much anything, well, anything except erotica! I haven’t even read 50 Shades of Grey!
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I am actually co-writing a book at the moment but it’s top secret so I can’t say more – sorry! It’s at a very early stage so who knows where it will go, but it’s an interesting project and something I’m passionate about.
– If you could travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve travelled a lot over the years from backpacking to working overseas so there aren’t many countries still on my bucket list. I love horses though, so a ranch in Montana or Wyoming would be fabulous “research”. I should admit, there are no cowboy romances on my ideas list at the moment and I may get distracted by the riding!
Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog, it’s been great fun!
Thank you, Lexi Rees and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.