In this authors spotlight, I meet up with Liz Riley Jones, to discuss Hiraeth a Mark - Marc, book one of her contemporary Celtic-fantasy noir trilogy.
What is your book about?
The Hiraeth trilogy is a contemporary and brutal love story/adventure fantasy.
Set in modern day Wales and Ireland, the Hiraeth story explores Celtic myth, legend, identity, and language through the adventures of Mona Jones - a young woman who finds herself on the wrong side of a Druidic civil war.
What inspired you to write this book?
An interest in all things Celtic, in particular the continuing struggle of the Welsh language to survive. Together with an urge to create a powerful but realistic and relatable female protagonist.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
Favourite character in series - Mona Jones
Least favourite series - Nuala
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
The willing suspension of disbelief implicit in all Fantasy, allows great freedom of ideas and has enabled me to carry the themes and characters into a contemporary adventure.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
The Hiraeth trilogy is now complete and available from Amazon
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (at the moment!)
Have you written other books we should know about?
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?Seek as much advice as possible. Be brave enough to accept it and brutal enough to make necessary changes.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?