I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to spring weather here in Virginia. Luckily, we have fantasy author TP Keane with us today to beat those winter doldrums and send us off into her rich fantasy worlds. Wahoo!
So settle in with a good cuppa, or a donut, and if you have any chocolate, will you send it my way? Take it away, TP!
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by the world around me. There are no characters so bold or loud as the ones around us. They are the inspiration behind a lot of my characters and I need only a glance into their lives. From the way an eccentric woman tilts a pink over-feathered hat, to the way a child would glare at a cute puppy for stealing his ice-cream. All of these things offer me fodder for my vernacular fornication.
Name one interesting thing you learned in researching/writing your last book:
Being a fantasy novel, there are a lot of pre-determined expectations from fantasy readers. And as much as I wanted it to be “my” book, I was aware that if I ever wanted to write another book, one that would be appreciated by more than just me, I would have to concede certain things. Critical thinking and an understanding of the psychology of people, is a skill authors learn from the get-go. But writing in fantasy, I had to create a new world and that world had to make sense.
What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when first starting out?
Read more about how to write. Absorb everything you’re told, take criticism with a pinch of salt, but take it nonetheless.
And now, The Paladins of Naretia:
Olórin’s adopted son, Aramus, is a creature unlike any in the kingdom of Naretia. He is feared by all, and holds a darkness inside that is said will end all life by his eighteenth birthday. Olórin must scour the kingdom for godly ingredients to make a potion for Aramus that will save them all. He is hoping his son’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him, for long enough to outrun their enemies.
But Aramus’s real father, the dark God Dantet, desires his son’s powers so he might, once again, walk on mortal soil. His legion of dark creatures follow Olórin and Aramus at every turn, trying to kill them. Dantet’s army, however, is not the only one wanting Aramus dead. Something, or someone, changes fate’s hand. Neither Dantet, nor Olórin, can see the terrible future that threatens them all. Even the traitors within the wizard caste are blind to what is coming.
But it is coming.
Find the Paladins of Naretia on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paladins-Naretia-Book-one-ebook/dp/B01AYC44ZU/
TP Keane was born in Ireland, the middle child of seven. The Paladins of Naretia is TP Keane’s debut novel. An avid lover of science fiction and fantasy, she found herself drawn into a world that sprung to mind one night, in a dream. Naretia held many secrets and adventures, of which The Paladins is only the first.
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Thanks so much for joining us, TP! It’s been a pleasure!