So many people dismiss Twitter, but I am so glad I didn’t. I have met some awesome people there, and Clare Davidson is one of them. Monday, I shared about Skaric from her young adult fantasy novel, Trinity, on the Tortured Hero Blog Hop. If you haven’t read it, go check it out, and enter to win a $65 gift card to a bookstore of your choice or swag. So, today I invited her to share a little about her and her book.
Thanks so much for joining us, Clare! Please tell us a little about yourself. Favorite hobbies, T.V. shows, foods, drinks? Do you have any pets? Kids?
Thanks for having me and for including Skaric in the Tortured Hero Blog Hop.
A little bit about me… I’m a high school teacher. I’ve been married for almost ten years and have a wonderful little girl. Apart from writing, I enjoy knitting and spinning. I love watching White Collar, Castle, Glee and my latest addiction is Once Upon A Time. I hate coffee and tea, but love hot chocolate. I have two cats: Ash, a cranky old grey and white cat and a slightly mad white cat, called Pirate.
Who are your favorite authors, books, style, genre?
I enjoy Holly Lisle’s fantasy novels, especially the Secret Text’s, trilogy (especially Ry!). Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy is a brilliant, heartrending historical fiction series.
My favourite books as a child/young teen were the Chronicles of Prydain by the late Lloyd Alexander and the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.
Tell us a little bit about Trinity. Where did the idea come from?
The initial spark came from watching Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, an anime series by Clamp. I liked the concept of a young man doing anything within his power (and outside it) to protect the girl he loves, even though she didn’t even remember who he was. It was that strength of desire that I carried through into the concept behind the Guardians in Trinity.
Who is your favorite character and why?
Skaric, hands down. He has the biggest change to go through. Not only does he not start out as a hero (neither does Kiana), but he also has to get past the things he’s done in his past in order to become one.
What was your favorite and least favorite part of writing Trinity?
My favourite part was writing the interactions between the three main characters. My least favourite part was writing the opening. I always hate writing openings. Trinity’s opening went through about twenty drafts and three point of view changes!
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading the book?
That it’s never too late to set things right and that you should concentrate on the things you can change, rather than the things you can’t.
Will we be revisiting the world of Trinity anytime soon?
I’m in the process of writing a prequel, so stand by for more updates in the near future.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
I’m preparing to release a young adult urban fantasy novel, Reaper’s Rhythm in the summer. It’s the first in a trilogy, so I’m working on the next book, alongside Trinity’s prequel.
And just for fun, if you could go back to experience any place in history, where and when would it be, and why?
The marriage of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. I love the fact that there was an English king who actually cared about his wife. Cared for her so much that, when she died, he had a series of crosses built to mark the sites where her body rested on her journey to be buried. As an aside, my daughter is named after Eleanor of Castile.
That’s cool! Thank you so much for being here today!
‘Trinity’, released July 2012, is Clare Davidson’s debut novel. It is an epic fantasy, targeted at young adult readers, with strong crossover appeal into the adult market.
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.
Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.
Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.
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