Saturday, April 25, 2015

To celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, Inkspelled Faery is hosting ten days of visiting your favorite authors as they talk about their very first novels, topped off by an all-day Facebook party with fun, games, and giveaways. Check out the full line up of authors and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on the 25th!

Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.
At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.

Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.

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To start us off, can you sum up your first novel in a tweet, 140 characters or less?
Defiance is a journey into Irish myth & legend filled with the warring of two clans, betrayals, & a love that could be considered forbidden.

What are you most proud of in this title?
The strength and bravery that the main character, Shiovra, expresses. When I first created her, she was wishy-washy and always worried about one thing or another, not very likeable. Upon switching publishers, I took the opportunity to strengthen her as a character. I must have done well because feedback from readers was wonderful!

Do you think your writing has changed since your debut? In what way?
Yes, very much so. I started going into further depth with how characters feel so that the reader could understand them better. I think that originally my characters were a bit bland, perhaps bordering on almost similar personalities with each other. I also take into consideration all constructive criticism offered so that I can further better my writing.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were writing your first book, what would it be?
Don't be afraid. You can't please everyone. Each person has their own taste in books and sure, some people might hate the story, but others will love it. Write for them.

What was the first thing you did after finishing that very first draft?
I played video games for a straight week. [laughs] I needed a break from writing, a nice week long break playing video games to take my mind off it. After that week I began re-reading it and editing while also starting working on my current book series, The Chronicles of Midgard.

If you thought this was fun, drop by the Facebook party going down on the 25th for more interviews with your favorite Fantasy authors as well as games and goodies galore!

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