To celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, Inkspelled Faery is hosting ten days of visiting your favorite authors as they talk about their very first novels, topped off by an all-day Facebook party with fun, games, and giveaways. Check out the full line up of authors and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on the 25th!
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
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To start us off, can you sum up your first novel in a tweet, 140 characters or less?
Serena lives in a world where only men have magic and women are sold off for how much magic is in their blood.
What are you most proud of in this title?
I love the development of Serena. Of how strong she becomes through the story.
Do you think your writing has changed since your debut? In what way?
I feel like, and hope it’s gotten better, stronger. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about writing and have tried to implement it in my newer books.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were writing your first book, what would it be?
I’d tell myself not to stress so much. I worried a lot about different things related to publishing, and I think it would have been good to calm down and take a breath.
Anything you would do different if you could do it over again?
I would write faster! I would have started writing book #2 sooner. I didn’t start it until about six months after I finished You Are Mine, and I’d have started it right away.
If you thought this was fun, drop by the Facebook party going down on the 25th for more interviews with your favorite Fantasy authors as well as games and goodies galore!