Good morning my lovelies! Today I’m Meet the Author we’re talking to the lovely Jackie Marchant
YA/Adult Fantasy, Mid-grade humour
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I grew up in Nottingham, Ayr, Zambia and South Wales. After university, I settled in London and have been there ever since. I live right on the edge now, with the woods behind me – perfect for longs walks with the dog, where much of my inspiration for the Forest in The Sword of Red series comes from.
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I can pin-point the exact moment I started writing. It was the day I was rushing into the station, late for work as usual, when I went crashing into a fellow commuter. I apologized humbly, but didn’t tell him that I was in fact riding into battle on a beautiful white horse, sending arrows ping, ping, ping into the enemy, miles away from reality. But I did tell myself that it was time to stop daydreaming. I really did try to stop, but it was impossible, so I decided to legitimize my daydreams by writing them down and calling myself a writer.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written many more than have been published – becoming an author involves a lot of practice! My published books include The Sword of Red, which is the first of a four-part fantasy saga, plus a series of mid-grade humour titles about a boy called Dougal Daley. I have the first of a new mid-grade series, about a girl who tries to sell her grandmother on eBay, due out this autumn.
What is your favourite of all the books you have written and why?
The Swordmaker. This came out of the fantasy world I was living in when I bumped into the angry commuter. This was the daydreaming that came to life on the page for me. It took a long time to write and was agony at times, but I relished every moment. Then I realised that The Swordmaker had such a huge back-story, it needed a prequel, which became The White Yuke. Then I realised that one needed a prequel, Rulers and Rebels. Then I realised that the story really began in what has now become The Sword of Red, which is the first of the series.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’ve been everything from a bean-picker, shoe-shop assistant, assistant to a theatrical agent, PA to the director of a stockbroker, full-time mum and volunteer puppy walker for Guide Dogs.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not at all. Which is interesting, as it happens as a matter of course in The Sword of Red series. And it lasts. But then, The Sword of Red is a fantasy . . .
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
All three are vital, in equal measure, especially when writing a fantasy.
What is something you can’t live without?
A book. I can’t go anywhere without something to read. Thank goodness for the kindle! Closely followed by notebook and pen, as you never know when an idea might strike.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
First thing in the morning, before I get out of bed, I reach for my laptop and begin. If it’s going well I sometimes spend most of the day in my pyjamas, fluffy dressing-gown and furry slippers – the standard uniform of the author!
What is your favourite word and why?
Discombobulated. It’s the most wonderful word and often describes exactly how I feel!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
The Sword of Red
A land of plenty where everyone was happy? Pool couldn’t think of anything worse. What this place needed was a famine. Or a war.
For generations Rebels have been risking their lives over treacherous seas, razor sharp rocks and fierce currents to flee from the tyranny of Kamoria and seek refuge in the land they call Langrinia. For generations the descendants of the surviving Rebels have done all they can for those who still struggle over. For generations they have lived in peace with the Forest and its elusive people.
But now a new survivor has washed up, battered and bleeding to death, insisting that he be tended by no one but the apprentice healer, Neekra. But when Neekra discovers that he is none other than Pool, bastard son of Supreme Lawmaker Daner of Kamoria, the most feared High Ruler of all, she needs more than her healer skills to help him lose his violent past and accept their peaceful ways. And why is he so interested in her?
Now a war with Kamoria is brewing and Pool their only hope – but whose side is he really on?
Teach him to love, my Neekra. Do not let him burn us.
Where to buy: Amazon
where to find jackie online
final words from chelle…
Thanks Jackie for your exciting interview! I especially love how The Swordmaker came to life! I do love a fantasy novel and the series sounds fab! I also love the sound of your book where the girl tries to sell her grandmother on eBay!!! I’ll look out for that one!
If you have any questions/comments for Jackie, then give her a shout!
Enjoy your day my lovelies