I've got an interview today over at Laurie's Thoughts and Review, along with a chance to win a copy of Kindar's Cure. I'm discussing the influences that helped me create my story and trying not to sound like an idiot.
You can enter there or enter here. Though the magic of technology, all entries are linked into one giant giveaway.
Princess Kindar of Anost dreams of playing the hero and succeeding to her mother’s throne. But dreams are for fools. Reality involves two healthy sisters and a wasting disease of suffocating cough that’s killing her by inches. When her elder sister is murdered, the blame falls on Kindar, putting her head on the chopping block.
No one who survives eighteen years of choke lung lacks determination. A novice wizard, Maladonis Bin, approaches with a vision—a cure in a barren land of volcanic fumes. As choices go, a charming bootlicker that trips over his own feet isn’t the best option, but beggars can’t be choosers. Kindar escapes with Mal and several longtime attendants only to have her eyes opened that her country faces dark times.
Her mother’s decision to close the prosperous mines spurs poverty and joblessness, inciting rebellion and opening Anost to foreign invasion. As Mal urges her toward a cure that will prove his visions, suddenly, an ally turns traitor, delivering Kindar to a rebel army, who have their own plans for a sickly princess.
With the killer poised to strike again, the rebels bearing down, and the country falling apart, she must weigh her personal hunt for a cure against saving her people.
Here's a sample of one of the interview questions:
What books have most influenced this story?
Gone with the Wind was a big influence. My main hero, Henry, has a love of the land that comes directly from that book.
But the biggest influence came from the history books I read about Elizabeth the First and her parent, Henry the VIII. One often forgets that Henry the VIII had children, everyone tends to focus on him and his wives. But his children must have lived lives of fear what with constantly being in dread of losing their heads.
Instead of making my main character’s father a tyrant, I switched that around and gave Kindar a tyrannical mother, then decided to make the whole theme one of a matriarchal society.
The relationships of distrust and instability within the royal family I created for Kindar’s Cure all comes directly from the real royal family of Henry VIII. I just threw in a little murder and magic.
I really appreciate everyone stopping by to help make this giveaway a success.
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Great interview! I love hearing more about your book and your process. As for favorite fantasy, it's The Princess Bride. I loved the book as well as the movie.ReplyDelete
My all time favorite fantasy books have to be Harry Potter. I don't think I could ever re-read a series more than HP.ReplyDelete
I'm a huge fan of portal fantasies and my favorite series growing up (and I still reread every few years) is the Chronicles of Amber by Roger ZelaznyReplyDelete
I love the idea of a matriarchal society!ReplyDelete
I have to admit I'm fond of Stephen King and Robin Hobb, but CS Lewis has held my heart since childhood.
Getting so many great ideas for things to read from this post! Thanks everyone!ReplyDelete
Congrats on your novel, Michelle!!ReplyDelete
I'm waiting for my copy of Pygmy Hazards!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Fingers crossed on that one!Delete
The book sounds great. Can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
Oops, fave fantasy story...how do I pick between Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy) and Harry Potter? I'm not even sure which one I've read more.ReplyDelete
Hmmm, I don't really read fantasy much--yet--so I don't have a favorite fantasy novel. Though, I'm learning to enjoy it through all of my writerly friends who love it. Although, if we could count Jules Verne in there, I'd say Journey to the Center of the Earth.ReplyDelete