I want to give a warm welcome to Sharon Sant and thank her for stopping by. Sharon is one of the independent authors taking part in our great giveaway organised by Clare Davidson. You can win 11 ebooks, 3 signed paperbacks and a $20 Amazon voucher (open internationally) Just click here to see the great books and to enter.
Sharon has kindly answered some interview questions for us. Her book – Sky Song is available in our giveaway.
To tie in with the Indie Author Giveaway that’s going on right now, I’m delighted that Ruth has asked me to visit her blog to answer a few questions about Sky Song. Here goes…
If I had to be pinned down I’d say it’s YA urban fantasy. But I’m heavily influenced by magical realism and so I’d be tempted to say that there are aspects of that in the book too. In fact, one of my favourite quotes from Terry Pratchett (forgive me that I’ll have to paraphrase) is something along the lines of saying you write magical realism is just a polite way of saying you write fantasy. I agree to a certain extent, they’re really not that far apart.
Can you give us a one sentence synopsis?
With a hidden past and no knowledge of his true identity, seemingly ordinary teenager, Jacob, can have no idea of the glorious destiny, or the mortal danger that awaits him.
Are there characters that you love and found easy to write?
I adore the every one of the central trio. I love Jacob’s complexity – his vulnerability loyalty, sometimes selfishness, and his keen intelligence – I found this an absolute joy to write. Luca, his best friend, is funny and adorable but also really brave and loyal, a bit of a slacker at times but will do anything for his friends. Luca is probably the most like me, actually, someone who hides their insecurities behind humour, so from that point of view he was easy to write too; quite often I just had to dig deep! Ellen is courageous, grounded, tough and insightful. Because of the turn her story takes, I had to be careful that people understood her motives, so that took a lot of thinking through. I loved the challenge, and I hope that people get her when they read it.
Are there any characters that you hate?
I love Jacob’s parents, Ellen’s brothers, Luca’s Mum, I even love the baddie in this book! I especially love the baddie, actually, because you’re never quite sure that is really what he is. I feel like he’s quite a complex character with perfectly reasonable motives for what he does, so that makes him (I hope) more of a sympathetic character. So, no, I don’t hate any of them!
What else in your genre would you compare it to?
Somebody asked me this recently and I couldn’t think of anything. As I explained at the time, this wasn’t because I think I’m wildly original, but because, lately, my brain is fried. But, then a reader pointed out to me that it reminded them of The Dark is Rising series, which I absolutely love. Susan Cooper is one of my writing heroes, a yardstick for my own craft, so I’ll happily claim that association!
Can you tell us anything else that might pique our interest?
Cute boys and pretty girls. Probably not what you’re looking for me to say!
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Sharon graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing, and she currently divides her time between working as a freelance editor and writing herown stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with herhead in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles.
A strange-eyed boy with no memory of his true identity or real parents, Jacob could have no idea of the mortal danger he has been in every day of his fifteen years. Now that danger has found him and suddenly he doesn’t know who he can trust and what is real anymore. All he knows is that his new identity is almost as terrifying as the peril unleashing it has brought. Caught in the universal power struggle of an ancient race of beings and a destiny demanded of him that he does not want, he must fight to protect his own life and everyone he holds dear. But when the time comes, will he be strong enough to make the sacrifices that saving them will demand?
Thanks again to Sharon for stopping by! Her book – Sky Song, is part of our giveaway but also available on Amazon
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