Morning everyone. Today I’m on the blog tour for Raven Fire by Emma Miles and am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with the lovely Emma. First up, here’s all you need to know about the book though…..
about raven fire
Is prophecy real; can Arridia and Joss defeat a god?
Evil never sleeps, and neither can the fire spirits who have guarded Kesta and her family so faithfully for more than fourteen years. United in a desire for peace, the four lands beneath the sky have enjoyed relative stability, but under the surface stirs unrest. Greed, ambition, disquiet, rebellion; and the ever-present threat of Geladan’s crazed god discovering she has been fooled.
Quiet Arridia is a Raven Scout, dedicated to the principles and hopes of her parents. When an opportunity presents itself to come home, she grasps it, longing to settle and find the love she has patiently waited for.
Fun-loving Joss is drawn to the court of Elden with all its colour, noise, and intrigue; but has he taken on more than a young man can survive?
Raven Fire is the final part of the breath-taking Fire-Walker saga.
If you could, would you dare to change the world?
q&A with Emma
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a cat slave to my two boys, Wolfe and Piglitt. I love being outdoors in the open air, and spend as much time as I can in the quiet of nature. I work full time, as well as squeezing in my writing every chance I get, but also have a daft amount of hobbies. Painting, sculpting, weaving, gardening, archery and wildlife photography. As you can imagine, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, but I have learned how precious a commodity time is.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, I just love creating stories. I started with ghost stories and fairy stories when I was very young, then moved onto tales about animals. It’s always felt like my soul is filled with stories, and I have to write them down so they stop nagging and pestering me to be told!
How many books have you written and published?
Raven Fire will be my tenth published novel, and I’m currently about half way through the first draft of my next book.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
That would be like choosing between your children! I invested so much into each book they are all very dear to me.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Sometimes it’s just playing with sounds until something feels right for the character. One method I use is to type words into google translate and search through different languages. I seem to be following in some famous footsteps using that method; C.S Lewis. I discovered Aslan is Turkish for Lion! I learned a little bit of Turkish after watching a wonderful series called Filinta that I came across. It’s a beautiful language.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
At the moment I would say Temerran the Bard. As well as being a very charming companion *cough* he could stop you being bored with his songs and stories. He’s also very resourceful and knows the sea. With his ability to speak to sea spirits, he could summon help should I ever wish to leave the island!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
I have four favourites!
It would be impossible to pick out a particular book, they are all amazing at world-building and creating wonderfully rich, complex characters.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
A poem when I was six, but only because my Dad showed me it a few years later. I couldn’t write very well at the time so the spelling was hilarious! I still remember a couple of lines from it.
I fly about at night and give a boy and girl a fright.
I climb up a wall, I’m a big beastly ghoul.
It was signed as by Emma, 6 and a half, nearly 7.
Those halves are important when you’re little!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
During and after university I worked in retail. Unable to find a job in what I’d trained in, I ended up on the railway and have been there ever since!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Backwards, to stop my brother killing himself.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My brother, without a doubt.
What are your favourite things to do?
When not writing, I do a little wildlife photography. I also sculpt and paint, and am a fair-weather gardener.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
There have been a lot of odd occurrences in my life, but one that springs to mind was when I was 15 and working as a Saturday girl in a pet shop. We heard an ambulance siren and I looked up and said to the lady I worked for, my mum’s there.
Ten minutes later my mum came in the shop, slightly shaken, and said an elderly man had apparently had a heart attack at the wheel, and just missed her with his car as he came up onto the pavement. I don’t know how I’d known she was there, I just did.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Study English Language for A level instead of Political History!
One book you think everyone should read?!
Feel the fear but do it anyway by Susan Jeffers. It’s a wonderful book for giving you the tools and courage to push forward in life and take chances, and to cope with life’s obstacles.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Raven Fire is the last book in my Fire-Walker series, and my tenth novel. I’m really excited at its release and can’t wait to see what people think of it. It’s available through Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited.
It follows the main protagonist, Kesta, and her family, as they fight to survive against a powerful being that claims to be a god.
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Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Emma for wonderful and insightful interview. I hope you enjoyed it everyone!