I have had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful author recently. Her name is Kristen Walker.
Interview With Kristen….
What is your book about?
A Flight of Marewings is an epic fantasy with a number of characters, so there’s a lot going on. The main story follows Korinna, a young woman who is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Kyratia City. When the duke dies under mysterious circumstances, his warlord, Galenos, comes to marry Korinna in hopes of becoming the city’s new ruler. But other political factions don’t want to see Galenos and Korinna take over.
Korinna decides to take a risk and join the warlord’s mercenary company so she can help conquer her father’s city. But she doesn’t want to be just any regular soldier—she wants to become a marewing rider, which means catching and taming a dangerous monster. Her adventures involve military training, making new friends, and fighting both humans and monsters. Meanwhile, other characters are getting into troubles of their own, like the mage Ameyron who investigates the duke’s death and Galenos’s attempts to manage a peaceful takeover.
Why did you want to write this book?
This book was a culmination of a lot of different ideas and half-finished stories that I’ve had over the years. One thing that inspired me from a young age was the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. I loved the rich world and culture that she created around her dragon riders, not to mention the wide variety of characters that live in her stories, and I’ve wanted to make something like that of my own someday. I started creating the world of Seirenia when I was thirteen and it’s evolved ever since.
So I knew for years that I would write a series that follows many different characters, but I couldn’t find the entry point. Every time I started to write a story set in my world, I would think, “No, wait, something else important happened before this.” You could say that my ideas kept multiplying and I had trouble sticking to just one of them. Korinna’s story was the one that I finally settled on because she and Galenos want to create peace by working with other leaders instead of conquering them.
How long did it take you to write the book?
The total writing process took me almost exactly a year. I started working on the outline in last January. Most of the writing happened during the spring, including Camp NaNoWriMo in April. At the same time, I was finishing and releasing my first novel, so the first draft of A Flight of Marewings took me several months. I spent the summer and fall polishing that draft in revisions with help from a lot of different beta readers, including my husband. And most recently, the professional artist, Jennifer Cox, worked with me during back-and-forth conversations to make the cover art look absolutely beautiful, while I was also wrangling with formatting issues.
In contrast, it took me about eighteen months from start-to-finish for my first novel, so I was able to work faster this time. I hope that I can keep learning more about the full process of creating a book, from writing to publishing, and streamline it to be faster.
Here’s a rather interesting Book Blurb…
Korinna’s life gets turned upside down when the ghost of her father suddenly appears. Her father was duke of Kyratia City and he wanted Korinna to marry his warlord, the foreign mercenary Galenos, and inherit his title–but the city’s Council has other plans. When the Council denies Korinna’s right to rule, she decides to join Galenos’s mercenary company and tame a wild marewing in order to take the city by force. But people whisper that the late duke’s untimely death was murder, an induced madness that forced him to dance himself to death–and now that madness is spreading. Can Korinna become a marewing rider and conquer Kyratia in time to save everyone?
Get to know Kristen!
Fantasy author Kristen S. Walker dreams of being a pirate mermaid who can talk to sharks, but she settles for writing stories for teens and adults. Her new novel, A Flight of Marewings, tells the adventure of a duke’s illegitimate daughter who must stop her father’s murderers–by taming a dangerous monster. A Flight of Marewings is now available in print from Amazon and digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. To read a sample chapter or check out Kristen’s pirate pictures, please visit kristenwalker.net. You can talk good books, cats, or medieval cooking with Kristen anytime on Twitter (@KristenSWalker) or Facebook.
Links To grab a copy of this awesome book…
Tour Link: http://www.kristenwalker.net/marewings-book-tour/