Week 25 | Illustrations of three of your characters

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Week 25

I have waited so long to be able to share the illustrations of my main three characters with you. This is mainly because I kept getting distracted and commissioning side or minor characters instead. My go-to illustrator is BrettArts because I feel he perfectly captures what I’m aiming for. So, with the greatest pride and pleasure, I would like to share with you… Priya Dhawan, Spindle Larkspur and Anna Squires. Continue reading

Week 24 | A minor character is now your protagonist. How do they fare?

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Week 24

Not very well.

The story that centres around Anna is a story that only she can navigate because of who she is and where she is at certain times. She alone overheard a piece of vital information that is key to discovering the mystery she solves, so if I were to stay true to the plot, then any minor character would be clueless about what’s happening until it happens.

However, if a minor character were to have exactly the same knowledge that Anna has… hmmm… Continue reading

Week 23 | Top 5 quotes from your book

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Week 23

I didn’t really write The Elder Throne with “quotables” in mind, so I had to ask a few of my beta readers for any stand-out snippets. I’ve presented them without much context (and out of order) so I can avoid major spoilers. Enjoy!

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Week 22 | What you find easiest / hardest about the writing process

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Week 22

Every writer is different, which is a fact I often think of whenever I talk to my writing partner S.E. Berrow about the process and each other’s progress. For some people, the act of writing is free-flowing, as easy as breathing, but for some it is like pulling teeth. For others, editing is the best part about the writing process – getting to whittle down those words into something streamlined and clean; whereas some might liken it to crawling through a scorching, barren desert without any clothes or water – hard to do, with a reasonable expectation that it might be the last thing you ever do. Continue reading

Week 21 | An interview with your villain

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Week 21

So, this week’s question focuses on my story’s villain. The thing about The Elder Throne, though, is that it actually has two villains – although one is certainly worse than the other. However, today I want to shake things up in this challenge, so I’m choosing to look at my secondary villain instead of my main one (who you will find out about in subsequent weeks).

This man is a type of every-day villain. There’s nothing dramatic about him, but his views on the world are poisonous, and he makes life very difficult for everyone around him. I used the basic questions suggested in a previous post of mine – Hot Seating – which is a theatrical method of getting into character. Everyone, meet the ‘noble’ and ever-pompous… Lord Leander Goodfellow. Continue reading

Week 20 | Tell us about… religion in your book

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Week 20

There is no One True Religion in The Elder Throne. In fact, the opposite is true. The Fae, as a race, accept all religions as equally viable because, as Myrtle Yarrow (Madam of the Binding Circle) explains, “they are all just different ways of seeing the world.”

Of course, individual faeries don’t believe all religions at once, so there is some separation. Typically, the faeries of the Seelie Court – being largely from the British Isles – worship two main deities: the Dagda and the Morrigan.

The Dagda is an old Celtic god, known as “The Good God” and is associated with fertility, agriculture, manliness and strength, as well as magic, druidry and wisdom. Those who follow the Dagda are called Dagdites and they are typically faeries belonging to the Grower Circle, the Knowledge Circle and the Law Circle, although some Seelie Warriors pay homage to him too.

The Morrigan, who is a triple goddess, comprising of Badb, Macha and the Phantom Queen, is both more complicated and slightly more controversial. The faeries who follow her, named Morrignas, believe she is the guardian of territory, the protector of land and its people, as well as of livestock, crops and prosperity. However, the ‘flip-side’ of the Morrigan is warcraft. Being a ‘guardian of territory’, she is also known as a war goddess.

Both Dagdites and Morrignas are peaceful by nature. They are more about worshipping and protecting the ways of nature instead of following any specific dogma. However, as mentioned in The Elder Throne, there is an extreme faction of Morrignas called ‘Red Manes’, who specifically celebrate the more violent side of the Morrigan and delight in warfare and bloodshed. They do not feature heavily in The Elder Throne but may crop up again in later books (**gasp** spoilers!). Continue reading

Week 19 | Which character is most likely to survive an apocalypse?

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Week 19

Initially, the answer to this was incredibly easy. Commander Knightshade Valerian would survive an apocalypse, of course. He is the most skilled warrior in the Seelie army, and his strategies are top-notch. Who else but him?

Who else indeed…

I then started to think about what kind of apocalypse might happen. An attack of zombies? A nuclear bomb? A bloodthirsty goddess or three? Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that Knightshade could survive all of those… if he were on his own. But in a group? I doubt it. Continue reading