I was nominated by one of the most prodigious bloggers on the net, the fantastic Jo Robinson. Not only does she produce highly original work, she very generously shares and re-blogs others that catch her eye. I’m looking forward to welcoming here to the Bingergread cottage so that you can all meet her and I am honoured that she included me in such great company today.
- What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?I was in a quandry here. My books are told from the points of view of several people which gives a different slant on events. In the end I chose Riga, my female lead because she is closest to my heart, probably because she is a version of my younger self. She is fictional but like many writers I find that my characters are often a mixture of people I know. Either physically or in quirks and habits they are drawn from real life.
- When and where is the story set?This is the third part of the Alchemy Trilogy and is set in the near future. In some ways life has changed dramatically. A cheap, easily-produced and limitless alternative to fossil fuels has been found but in exchange the major religions of the world have been banned to stop war and terrorism. This world is still recognisable as our own although most people’s preoccupation is with their energy input and use. Given that the vast majority only paid lip-service to a religion, they are happy to exchange it for free transport and heating etc. The use of magic is widespread and tolerated under the control of the Council of the Wise, paganism in all its forms having slipped through the net when religions were banned. This means that it is seen as just another profession discreetly practised..
3. What should we know about him/her?
Riga is a feisty, independent woman who had a career as a magical assassin in an enclosed order of Black Shaman. During her adventures in Alchemy she fell in love with a priest of the Goddess and in Shaman’s Drum, they finally won the right to be married.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
At the end of Shaman’s Drum Riga found that she was pregnant, her husband Iamo having made a deal with the Council that they could produce a child, even though magic-users at their high level were forbidden to do so. In exchange they would agree to never use their magic again.
At the beginning of the third book, her entire life has been turned upside down. Never having expected to be a wife or mother, that is the situation in which she finds herself. Most women I know have gone through the “possibility of pregnancy” at some time in their life, either with fear or joy but it had not figured in Riga’s calculations at all. Also, as a magic user she could not use modern technology because her energies interfered with the systems. Now she has to learn to use something as basic as a mobile phone, drive or do any of the things that we take for granted. She is in her mid -twenties but a mere child in the ways of the outside world.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
I think, given all of the above, never having envisaged motherhood, her goal is to learn to live as a non-magic user and above all, prepare to be responsible for another life. The upheavals in her own life could be likened to winning the lottery but even more stressful.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
At the moment the working title is “Reunion”. This is party because characters who figured in Alchemy but weren’t present in Shaman’s Drum will be returning. There is another reason but I’d prefer to keep that secret. There will be a great many surprises in this final book in the trilogy.
Given the unexpected turn of events, I will be keeping it firmly under wraps but reading Alchemy and Shaman’s Drum will be very helpful to anyone wanting to fully enjoy Reunion. I can say that some of the readers’ favourite characters will be returning and playing a major role in the adventures. Obviously with their new role as parents, Iamo and Riga themselves will change somewhat. Nearer to publication I will, of course, be revealing extracts on this blog.
7 When can we expect the book to be published?
Unfortunately, due to health problems, I have not been able to work on this book as much as I would have liked so I would be very surprised if it were published this year. I think early 2015 would be a more realistic goal.
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