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Q&A With the Author:
5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done?
By far the hardest thing I ever had to do was give up and rehome my first two dogs. All my life I’ve wanted a dog, but I had to wait until I had a job and home of my own before I could get one. I went to a rescue center and rehomed two Lurchers, which I loved dearly. Unfortunately, two years after I got them my first marriage broke down, and I could no longer keep the dogs. Having to give them up and rehome them was the worst and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It broke my heart and I’ve never got over it.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
Myself and a childhood friend, Karen, used to love creating little stories which we would often act out. One day, we were coming home from school on the bus when we decided to pretend we were two orphans on our way to meet our new families for the first time. My home stop was before Karen’s, so we concentrated on my story. I speculated about what my new ‘parents’ would look like, what my life would be like, and how different it would be from the orphanage. As my stop approached, we hugged and promised to keep in touch with each other and never forget how we’d met at the orphanage. I stood up to leave the bus, but a lady in the seat behind stopped me. She had tears in her eyes as she told me how brave I was, and how much she hoped I would have a happy, loving family and a good life from now on. I didn’t have the heart or the courage to admit we had made it up, so I accepted her good wishes and managed to leave the bus without laughing. I guess Karen and I must have been very convincing, despite the fact that no children’s organization would ever let a young child (I guess I was about 13) go to meet their adoptive parents alone. I never saw the lady again, and I often wonder whether she ever realized what had happened. This incident lent encouragement to my storytelling, so I’ve always been grateful to her.
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Three years have passed since Reen’s trial and exile and changes have occured at the Manor. Taran now resides in Loxton Castle as Elias’s Court Artesan, with Sullyan, General Blaine, and Colonel Vassa all making regular tours of guard duty there. Accused of corrupting her daughter Princess Seline, the disgraced former queen, Sofira, has been exiled to Bordenn, where she nurses a bitter heart. And a terrible scarecrow creature has taken roost in a dank cell below the palace of Lerric, Sofira’s father.
Word reaches Sullyan of Reen’s suicide. The lack of a body and a series of dreadful events in Port Loxton—a vicious murder, a brutal ambush, and a devastating fire—raise doubts in her mind. She launches an investigation, unsuspecting of the evil that’s about to be unleashed...
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Top Ten List:
1) Anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses. My favorite horse breed is the Friesian, which is why I put one in my novels. I also own two rescue dogs and support many animal charities.
2) Singing, especially folk-style songs. I have written and recorded songs to go with each of my Artesans novels. I also sing in my local church choir.
4) Dragons and (I have to admit!) unicorns. I have collected figurines and statues of dragons and unicorns since I was small and have a vast collection, some of which are quite large and live outdoors. But I don’t like “twee” ones, only those that look like they could be real.
5) Reading, especially fantasy and sci-fi, but also crime novels and mysteries.
6) Country walks.
7) All wildlife, especially butterflies. I used to breed and release UK varieties of butterfly, and belong to the Butterfly Conservation Society.
8) Playing my bodhran (Irish drum). I can’t read music so decided to take up drumming instead. It’s fun and very therapeutic.
9) Spending time with family members.
10) Hula-hooping! It’s something I’ve recently taken up to improve my fitness levels. I bought a sports hoop (something of a shock when you’ve never hooped in your life, even as a kid) and am working through various YouTube tutorials. I love it, even if I am getting through tubs and tubs of Arnica gel to soothe my bruises!
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