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The kingdom of Caledan is thrown into turmoil by the queen’s murder. Her heir, Soren, flees with a price on his head after being framed for the killing by his uncle Zaki, who seizes the legendary throne of the Dragon Kings and rules with an iron fist to crush dissent. However, suspicion is rife following Zaki’s ill-omened coronation and a crime ill-fitting the beloved Prince Soren.Now a fugitive roaming the wild, Soren has lost everything. He tries to reconcile his grief and determine how he can reclaim his throne when fate has left him with just one old man, but the odds are greatly against him. If no-one follows him, or believes his innocence, is he worthy to rule?
Across the kingdom, Soren’s cousin Eve takes matters into her own hands and journeys to the ethereal Eldarkind on his behalf, however this reveals her own inescapable fate. As she comes to terms with the gift and the curse of magic, Eve risks her life to help Soren.
- Describe your perfect day.
- It’s sunny and mild… I spring out of bed, filled with energy and write a ton of good words for my latest story. I create some beautiful illustration work. I get out for a walk to blow away the cobwebs. I spend quality time with my family. I soak in a bubble bath with a really great read. And then I sink into bed! Ah, bliss.
- Coffee or Tea?
- Tea. Earl Grey; nothing more, nothing less!
- Describe your writing routine.
- I do my best creative work in the morning. On a typical day, I spend my morning working on writing or editing projects. I run my own design business too, so in the afternoons I switch to design work (book covers and suchlike). In the couple hours before I finish for the day, I focus on marketing & admin tasks (yawn!). Then, it’s time to clock off, cook tea, and spend time with my family. I rarely write in the evenings anymore; I can’t keep my eyes open, and my brain says no!
- How many books do you try and read a year?
- About 50.
- What genre do you write in?
- Fantasy – epic/high mainly, but I have some urban fantasy too.
- What genre would you like to write in one day?
- I’m pretty happy where I am, in my epic/high fantasy niche! Write what you love, right?
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
- Yes, always. The good ones give me the warm fuzzies (and the will to go on on those inevitable dark days when the little voice inside tells me I’m rubbish at this!). The rubbish ones are usually trolls, so I ignore them. The genuinely constructively critical ones are always disappointing (because we all want everyone to like our writing!), but I try to glean what use I can from them to better inform my writing next time round.
- Does your family support your career as a writer?
- That’s an ongoing battle! It’s taken years to convince folks I’m not absolutely crazy. I find that earning money helps convince people this is a viable career, because the stereotypes around authors/creatives are so ingrained. My husband is now, thankfully, my greatest champion. He gave me the confidence to go full time earlier than I thought possible, which as it turned out, was the best design I’ve ever made for my career! The rest of my family are incredibly proud, but it is difficult to convince them that I’m deadly serious about making this a full time career. Especially working from home, they sometimes don’t understand that I am still working, and to respect those sacred working hours. I’m getting there slowly but surely, in teaching them to understand and respect my commitment to my craft and my business.
- What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
- Zoe Stark, kickass witch and guardian of magical relics!
- How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
- All my life! A couple of years, I suppose.
- What does literary success look like to you?
- My books enjoyed by readers all over the world – to leave a legacy that is beyond myself.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
- I’m pretty streamlined now! I don’t waste ideas or words if I can help it. So just the two books I am working on, which will be published this year.
- What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
- Gryffindor, and most likely a cat!
- Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
- Make a genuine and meaningful connection with your readers.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
- Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
- Indie publish. When I evaluated both business models, it was an easy choice. As an indie, I’m my own publishing house. Sure, I have to pay all the bills, but it means I get full creative control. I get to choose which amazing editor I get to work with. Proofreader. Cover designer. Etc. I decide on marketing strategy – and I get to test the most cutting edge methods. I reap all the rewards too; no one else gets a cut of my earnings from my intellectual property. As an indie, I can afford to write full time; which is my life’s dream! As an unknown trad pub author, I wouldn’t be able to do that due to low advances and royalties. I wouldn’t object to being hybrid in future, but as a minimum, I’d be looking at a £50k print only English rights deal – which I’d be unlikely to get! – because I understand the value of my intellectual property rights. I am more than happy waving the indie flag!