Wow, the second instalment is over and what a whirlwind it was. Who was your favourite 'new' character in this book and why?
A: I really liked Sergeant Odd - most of the story is about soldiers preparing for war and it's serious since their opponents are almost impossible to kill. Odd is a break - he's a bit of a comic relief and has an easy going personality, but is quite capable with a sword!
The split narrative in the book was brilliant, what made you decide to split up out hero and heroine?
A: I did it for two reasons - one my readers. I have this tendency to split up my heros and heroines, sending them on different missions and I've gotten many requests from readers asking to know what the other character is doing, while the heroine is neck deep in trouble. Two - after writing 10 books, I wanted a new challenge - something different and I had a blast writing Kerrick's POV - he was more fun than Avry's.
In the last interview you stated Belen was your favourite character but he didn't feature too much in this book. Has he been replaced as your favourite?
A: No. I still love Poppa Bear. He just wasn't a big part of the story this time and I don't like to force a character into a scene where he/she doesn't belong.
The idea of the Peace and Death lilies are brilliant what inspired you to use these?
A: The spark might go as far back as when I was young and watching Batman and Robin on TV (the one with Adam West as Batman). There was this episode with Louie the Lilac and Batman and Robin were trapped in this giant lilac bush, being slowly eaten. Or it could be from watching a zillion hours of my son play Super Mario Bros. And seeing those flowers come out of the pipes trying to eat Mario :) Plus I liked the idea of having giant man-eating flowers -so pretty yet so deadly!
The Army of the dead seems unstoppable...(no spoilers lol) but how can the villain in the next novel become even more intense?
A: Well the dead army is still around, but I'm hoping to bring in another player in the power struggle for the Fifteen Realms. He's called the Skeleton King and he has a Taste for Death (hint, hint ;).
Avry changes in this novel, she is more settled about where she needs to be in the world. Can we expect this to all fall apart again in the next book?
A: In my stories, I try to show the character growing and changing throughout. With a series it is harder to show this and there can be little "set-backs" from time to time. Avry is finding her place in this world and it's not what she'd expected at all - she just can't be a healer. I don't expect her to run away from her responsibilities, but be a little more stubborn in what she sees is the right thing to do. Problem is Prince Ryne doesn't agree.
What can we look forward to in the next instalment, Taste of Death!!
A: I did mention a few hints in my other answers. Avry and Ryne are definitely going to go head to head over a few issues. The Skeleton King is going to be a problem and we haven't heard the last from Tohon or Jael.
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