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Kesta had left her heart across the sea. They were at peace, her people saved from slavery, and yet… her soul was uneasy.
Chem lies in chaos, its people suffering as a result of the death of the ruling sorcerers. Refugees flee the cursed Borrows, begging for help from those they had made their enemy. A Queen unknowingly makes a dark, deadly pact, and new powers rise to fill the seats left empty by the Dunham necromancers.
Q and A with Emma Miles
What inspired your novel, The Raven Coven?
Death threats from my readers if I didn’t hurry up and write it! 😂 It’s the second part of a series so the characters and storyline were already firmly in place. It grew from an idea about a woman being forced to marry a seemingly evil and powerful sorcerer in a dark tower with forbidden rooms. Perhaps the inspiration came from old tales of Bluebeard!
What inspired you to write fantasy fiction?
It’s my favourite genre so I naturally gravitated toward it when it came to writing. I absolutely love world building, from the geography of map drawing, the ecology and theology, to languages, cultures and magic systems. I love the absolute freedom you have in fantasy, as long as you stick to your own rules.
Which authors do you admire and why?
Stephen King. I love his characters, they are so real and come in all sorts of ages, shapes and sizes. And he isn’t afraid to upset his readers by killing off the best characters!
Terry Pratchett, he combines humour with dark subjects and has relatable characters who are inspirational. Sam Vimes and Granny Weatherwax are two of my favourite characters ever.
Do you have a writing process? How do you move from the formation of an idea into a fully developed novel?
When I come up with a basic idea, I’ll then create the world for the book, starting with a map. I’ll create the magic system with its laws and rules, then go through the geology, theology, ecology and history to build a firm foundation. I’ll have a basic plot idea and a set of characters, then I let them loose in the new world and see what happens to them. There will be a few plot points I aim for but I mostly let my stories happen organically with the characters taking the lead.
If The Raven Coven was made into a film, who would you chose to play Kesta?
The actress Aishwarya Rai would be perfect, though she’s older than Kesta. I loved her in the film The Last Legion where she played a formidable warrior.
What theme song would suit a film version of The Raven Coven?
I have a playlist for The Raven Coven, but none of the words would be quite right. I would love to have something composed for it by Hans Zimmer. I’ll pop the playlist here in case anyone is interested.
Teardrop – Massive attack.
Into Dust – Mazzy Star.
Leave a light on – Tom Walker
No time for Caution – Hans Zimmer
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
You’re not alone – Astraea
Mama – Genesis
Dream On – Aerosmith
When they come for Me, and Wretches and Kings – Linkin Park
What can we find you doing when not writing?
I’m currently sitting on the platform at Waterloo! Unfortunately, I have a full-time job that takes up a lot of my time, but when I’m not writing or working, I love wandering in the countryside with my camera doing wildlife photography.
Author Bio – Emma Miles
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt. I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.
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