This is a new section on my blog that I wanted to try out. For the first day of the week all this week, I will be interviewing some indie authors and give them a chance to showcase their work. Here the authors will answer some fun questions - such as how they got into writing, what inspires them and what superpowers they would like? XD
Not only that, but we also have some giveaways with these interviews that will last all week.
My first guest is Jessica Catherine - a Fantasy author who is also a fellow Canterburian! Er, that means she lives in Canterbury BTW. XD. I got talking to Jessica on Goodreads and was quite surprised to find out that she was inspired by 80's cartoons as well! We got on like a house on fire! So please welcome Jessica and make her feel at home!
Being a writer
1. What first inspired you to get into writing?
Came as more of a surprise to me than anything. I had always loved writing from a young age, and was fascinated by fairy tales, but my early attempts tended to be long winded with no visible end. Clearly I wanted my stories to go on forever! As I got older writing just fell by the wayside, though I still appreciated a good plot line in books I’d read or games I’d played or films I’d seen. It might sound cliché but one day there were these characters in my head. Just a couple of them at first, almost knocking on my brain wanting to tell me about their lives. I suddenly became interested and wrote down everything I could hear and see about them. Then more characters joined them over time and a story based around them formed in my head. From that day I was hooked, I’ve been writing, what I’d call seriously, ever since.
2. Who are your favourite authors?
Currently I would have to go for either Brandson Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss who both write in my genre. The former manages to side-step that common fantasy problem of originality – the things he comes up with intrigue me and tend to be ideas I’ve never seen or heard of ever before and that’s no mean feat. The latter’s writing I believe is second to none, he has a lyrical quality to his work I find enchanting. However, for sheer nostalgic favouritism, look no further than the brothers Grimm.
1. What is the title of your most recent/soon to be released novel?
“The Lies that Bind” – the first novel in a series entitled “The Hand of Fate”.
2. Can you tell us a little about it?
It’s a young adult high-fantasy novel that I had been working on for many years.
A brief summary would go something like this: When the Oracle’s daughter, Alaria, discovers an unconscious boy with a golden sword fitting the description of the warrior catalyst in her mother’s most ancient and troubling prophecy, a series of events are set in motion on the island of Indyria that provide the tyrant Amazon leader with the power to take vengeance upon the Faerie Queen – the sorceress supposedly responsible for her husband’s murder. I self-published the novel on Amazon Kindle in September 2013.
3. Have you worked/are you working on anything else?
Aside from working on the second novel in this series entitled “Intervention”, I spend most of my writing time on a new stand-alone dark fantasy novel with the working title “The Revenant Mage”.
4. Do you have any favourite characters in the story?
I think asking that question to any author would provide them with a difficult decision. They are all a favourite in one way or another, and with my novel’s main plot revolving quite specifically around eight of them it’s hard to choose. However, I think I’d have to say ‘Destiny’. She is a thoroughly unlikable, arrogant young princess, with a dominating and cruel parent to influence her at the start of the series. There appears very little to redeem her and therein lies the challenge. I have loved working on turning her from one extreme to the other over four books, into a quick-witted, sharp-tongued, selfless, but most importantly believable heroine.
5. If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?
Oh it would definitely have to be unknown actors for the most part, so that their name would become synonymous with the role. However I think Catherine Zeta Jones would do a wonderful job as the villain. The aging, warrior queen ‘Alexis’; she would provide a cold beauty to her methodical and manipulative manner.
Just for fun
1. What hobbies do you have other than writing?