Published by Createspace Independent Pub on February 16, 2015
Series: The Sanyare Universe #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
When friends become enemies and enemies become friends, who’s left to trust?
Trained as an elite fighter and educated in the ways of the elves, Nuriel “Rie” Lhethannien has worked decades to be accepted into the High Court messenger service. It’s a simple enough occupation, but in a realm where humans are treated as little better than slaves, it’s a position she’ll do anything to protect.
On a routine delivery in the Human Realm, Rie is attacked by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm and framed as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful king, she evades capture and crosses the portal into enemy lands to prove her innocence.
Surprising allies arise from the shadows, assisting her search and uncovering secrets she didn’t know she kept. With the risk of discovery lurking at every turn, Rie must use every weapon in her arsenal — and some she didn’t know she possessed — to uncover the truth behind the attack. Along the way, she discovers she might not be as human as she was led to believe, and her heritage could be more dangerous than she ever imagined.
1. Describe your book in a tweet. (140 characters or less)
Choice: make friends with the enemy dark elves or be executed for treason. She’s innocent, but Rie must break the law to prove it.
2. Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure you’d call it a style, so much as a philosophy. In Sanyare, I tried to create a fantasy world where real people could live, work, and breathe. My protagonist is grounded in the daily life of the realms, and I’ve tried to incorporate some of the economic realities of the different worlds. But with all of that, I think my writing is tight and concise. I don’t waste words and I keep the story moving.
3. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
The short answer is time.
I’m a stay at home mom, so writing Sanyare took a long time. You’ll often hear advice from indie authors who say you should write fast and publish often to be a success. Well, that’s just not possible for me. I started writing Sanyare when my oldest daughter was about six months old. I began with a character, then spent two or three months researching, world-building, and outlining before I wrote a single word toward the first draft. I learned how to write in spare moments, how to think about the novel while taking a shower or doing the dishes. When sleep was problematic, I couldn’t write, so there were gaps of days, even weeks, where I barely wrote a word. I spent a year on the first draft, another year on editing, and a couple months for publishing.
At times, it was hard to keep slogging forward. There were days I was ecstatic just to get 500 words on the page or edit one chapter. But eventually we found a rhythm and I was able to make writing a priority.
I’m getting ready to have my second baby in April, and it will start all over again. This time, I hope I’m a little more prepared.
4. While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? If so, which one?
Several of the characters have aspects of my personality, or what I wish I was really like. I can have a bit of a temper, particularly when I’m short on sleep or low on food, so Daenor picked up some of his self-control issues from me. And I’ve always wanted to learn a martial art, especially knife fighting, but I’ve never had the opportunity. So, in a way, I lived vicariously through Rie in the fight scenes. I’d like to think there’s some alternate universe where I’m as kick-butt as she is.
5. What is Nuriel’s fighting style?
I’d call it MMA with knives. When I envisioned the fight scenes, I pulled moves from capoeira, muay thai, and traditional Nepalese Kukri (or Khukuri) training.
6. If we looked under your bed right now, what would we find?
Dog hair, toddler socks, and bits of wrapping paper leftover from Christmas.
7. If we had an author talent show what would your amazing talent be?
I can play “Let It Go” on the piano. I can also pick things up with my toes.
I think I was born a reader. When I was a kid, my mom would ground me from reading in order to get me to do my chores. To this day, I can readily ignore the real world in favor of the imaginary one lurking between the pages of my current addiction.
Despite my voracious book appetite, I didn’t start creative writing until I was working as a number cruncher in a big accounting firm. With an hour plus commute by train every day, and a demanding left-brain occupation, I needed a mobile creative outlet. A pen and paper are about as mobile as it gets! As the pages began to fill, I quickly moved onto a tiny laptop, and a writer was born. Now I get to create my own fantasies!
I currently live in Southern California with my wonderfully supportive husband, precocious three-year-old daughter, number 2 daughter on the way, and a ridiculously energetic dog. Find out more about Megan at http://www.meganhaskell.com
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What do you usually do when you have to write but the ideas are not coming?
Thank you for your question! You’ll be first up for an answer, posting shortly after 4pm Pacific! Looking forward to seeing you there!
I can only imagine how much time must go into research for any book. Great interview!
Thanks KindleMom1! I loved doing the research, but I’ll talk more about that during the party tonight! I hope you’ll join me there!
Thanks Michelle, for hosting me! I’m so happy to be here with all of you today! I’ll be sure to answer your questions on my Facebook page, so check for updates at http://www.facebook.com/meganhaskellauthor after 4 pm Pacific! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Hi Megan. Congrats on your book! Fantasy romance is my fav genre but I have a such a hard time finding them. I’m thrilled to have come across this post. The cover is quite an eye catcher too.
Thanks Linda! Sanyare has some romance in it, but it’s not a traditional romance. That said, I hope you’ll give it a try!
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
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