A Kingdom’s Possession blends ancient magic, love and intrigue in a romantic fantasy told in a fresh new voice.
wayward prince, his twin brother, a mystical woman of fire, and an
escaped slave band together, to free an outcast goddess – if they can
elude a powerful rogue kingdom intent on their destruction.
young woman who has just escaped a life of slavery, finds herself at
the heart of a heated rebellion and a complicated legend. As the kingdom
of Alice seeks power among the realms, a flawed goddess is thrown from
the heavens and forced to reside inside Max’s body. The king of Alice,
lusting for the rewards the goddess will grant upon the kingdom that
releases her from her human cage, sends spies to capture Max and release
the goddess in the most ruthless way: through death. Will Max and her
friends solve the magical riddle before her pursuers? And what of her
budding love for the prince? A captivating tale of love, freedom, and
On your nightstand now:
Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke and A Place Called Armageddon by C.C. Humphreys
Favorite book when you were a child:
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Your top five authors:
Such a hard question! It changes often, but at the moment, I’d say:
1. Lily Tuck – Her novel, I Married You For Happiness was the best book I’ve read all year
Terry Persun – Not because he’s my father, but because his fantasy
novel (which comes out later this year) made me cry and laugh out loud
3. C.C. Humphreys – His character development in Vlad: The Last Confession was phenomenal
Sharon Shinn – I have a weakness for her Twelve Houses series. Good
stories paired with solid writing make her romantic fantasy novels a
5. George R.R. Martin – His world building is amazing yet
he doesn’t bog the reader down with detail. A little dense at times,
but I’m definitely hooked on his A Song of Ice and Fire series.
course, if you get me talking about the big guys, I’d mention people
like Tolkien, Hemingway, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Steinbeck… Again, it’s a
Book you've faked reading:
Why would I want to
fake reading a book? If it’s worth reading, I’ll read it. If not, then
it’s not even worth faking.
Book you're an evangelist for:
I Married You For Happiness, by Lily Tuck and The Writer’s Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long
you've bought for the cover:
The Memorist by M.J. Rose. It was the
pretty blue and metallic peacock that attracted me. As far as covers go,
it doesn’t really portray what the book is about, but it did the trick
as far as getting me to pick it up! The story was good, too. The way she
interwove the different past lives was amazing.
changed your life:
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. It inspired me to dream
big when I was writing my (now unpublished) third novel, and let me just
say, my third novel remains a great love of mine.
from a book:
On page 269 of A Game of Thrones when Martin writes
something like, “his private face and his public mask were one.” In
context, it’s an amazing description that is spot on and puts the reader
right in the scene.
Book you most want to read again for the
I Married You For Happiness, by Lily Tuck. Did I mention
that it’s the best book I’ve read all year? And if not that one, I’d
like to read one of my novels for the first time, just out of curiosity.
I wonder what I’d think?
Why any human should plunk down cash
money for your book:
I think the number one reason anyone should pick up
a novel is for its prowess in plot, writing, and character development.
The best books are a solid combination of the three. I’d like to think
mine is one of them.
What made you
decide to write this book in the first place?
There was no avoiding it. I
had no choice but to write it, because the characters wouldn’t leave me
What is your writing style?
I work best in
the morning, when it’s quiet and my mind is fresh. I sit at my desk,
which is in a loft, so it’s high up and there’s a huge set of windows to
look out. Beside me is an old Royal Typewriter, and typically a vase of
fresh flowers. I also have a corkboard nearby for each of my novels,
where I tack up 3x5 cards with ideas, notes, and other thoughts that
keep me organized throughout the process.
Are you a full-time
writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
college full time, but I still write every day, no matter what, for at
least two hours. My father always said, “You are not a writer unless you
write.” It’s as simple as that.
What do you hope readers will
take from your writing?
As a reader myself, I always hope to learn
something from a novel. It doesn’t have to be profound or factual, just
something that changes me. I wish that on my readers as well. That they
feel as though they learned something about themselves throughout the
journey, and as though the book was worth reading.
In the point of view of any of your characters, Answer these three questions:
Avaline, from my novel A Kingdom’s Possession:
is your darkest secret?
How I came into existence is my darkest secret.
My story is a long one, where I begin as a phoenix, and end as a woman.
What is your heart’s desire?
To be in my natural form again. To feel at home in my own skin.
A dragon has just appeared in front of you, ready to attack. What do you do? Fight fire with fire.
can people learn more about you and your work?
I am a mentor, and have
been alive for hundreds of years. My knowledge of this land and its
history is extensive, but I’ve kept to myself fairly well. The wizard
Storret Airet could tell you a lot about me. The rest who’d know are
long gone. There is information in the Vault beneath the Castle in Valta
that holds some of my secrets, but the best way to learn about me and
my work is to ask me yourself.