I would like to thank Annabelle Jacobs for taking the time to talk to us about her Fantasy novels set in Torsere. Check out my review for Capture here. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
I wonder if I can ask you first about the fantasy world you have created in ‘Capture’ and next in ‘Union’…Do you prefer to write in the Fantasy sub-genre and why?
Can I just say, thanks for having me. And yes, to begin with fantasy was my preferred sub-genre. I love the freedom to create your own worlds, and everything in them. It’s great fun to come up with the names, the rituals, the lands and the creatures in them. But it did turn out to be a lot harder than I was expecting. There’s awful lot of planning involved when you have to build the world around your story, and I think if you don’t do right to begin with, it takes a lot of work to fix it later.
I have dipped my toes other sub-genres since writing Union. I wrote a short contemporary story for the Not Quite Shakespeare anthology and I really enjoyed it. I plan to try and write a contemporary novella now that I’m finished with my trilogy.
Where did you get your ideas from for Fimor and your other wonderful dragons?
Hmm…I have to say I loved the dragon in the television series, Merlin, but I wanted Fimor to act sort of like Nykin’s ‘familiar’—helping and guiding him, because Nykin is his main concern.
I always picture dragons as being really intelligent, so it didn’t seem a stretch for them to be able to telepathically link to the dragon riders, and other dragons. I also imagine them to be snarky, and opinionated and kind of vain. I think Fimor was one of the characters I most enjoyed writing.
When I reviewed ‘Capture’ for PBA, I mentioned the map you have included and how it reminded me of Tolkien, did any Fantasy authors influence you particularly?
I hadn’t actually considered adding a map until Capture entered the editing stage at Dreamspinner. They asked if I wanted to add any front material such as a glossary or map, and I thought it sounded like a great idea. A lot of the books I read have maps in them, and I did look through them all to get an idea, but the credit for my map has to go to the wonderful map artist who drew it. I gave her a rough drawing of the sort of thing I was after, and she did the rest. I think it turned out perfectly—I love the font she chose, it’s fits really well with the rest of the book.
Is the coming sequel, ‘Union’, the end of Nykin and King Ryneq’s journey or are there more adventures to come?
The ‘Torsere’ series is a trilogy, with ‘Union’ being the second book, and Alliance being the last. I just finished writing ‘Alliance’ this week, and sent it off to my publisher. I’m hoping for a November release date.
Can I ask about your gorgeous covers, are they Paul Richmond’s artwork? When he does original artwork for books, such as yours, do you get signed prints for example?
Yes, Paul Richmond did the artwork for Capture and Union, and I absolutely love them. I don’t have signed prints, but I am thinking about maybe getting some prints done of them. It seems a shame not to.
There are a few questions I ask all my authors, I hope you don’t mind…Do you enjoy conventions such as GRL or UKMeet and are you attending any this year?
I haven’t been to any conventions before, but I am going to the UKMeet and I’m really excited about it. It’s close to where I live too, so it’s perfect.
Do you wish that novels with m/m characters could be judged and on sale with mainstream Fantasy / Romance / Crime / Paranormal etc. books?
Yes, definitely. A good book is a good book, regardless of the main characters’ sexual orientation. There are so many fabulous authors out there writing m/m characters, it’s such a shame their stories don’t get the same recognition as the mainstream equivalent.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors hoping to be published?
I still consider myself a new author, my first novel was only published in Oct 2013 so I am by no means an expert. I still find the whole experience daunting and submitting a manuscript is still as nerve wracking as ever. But I would say that planning is key. Personally, I find it so much easier to write my stories if I have at least the main plot points figured out. I know it’s not the same for everyone, that’s just my preference.
Can I ask how you come up with the names for your Fantasy characters?
I did have a play around with a fantasy name generator for my first book, The Choosing’, but for ‘Capture’ I didn’t find any that I liked, so I tweaked them to fit. By the time I got around to writing ‘Union’, and ‘Alliance’, I just made them up. I kind of knew how I wanted them to sound, especially the elves’ names, so it was a lot easier.
Can you tell us anything about any works in progress you might have currently?
Since I only finished ‘Alliance’ on April 7th, I haven’t had chance to start anything knew yet. It was the longest book I’ve written so far at 97k, so I might have a little rest before starting something new. I have lots of notes for fantasy, paranormal and contemporary stories, I just need to decide on what to write next.
Thanks again for having me on your site today, I really enjoyed answering your questions.
From the Publisher:
Torsere: Book Two
After the defeat of the Lowland Army at Torsere and with King Seran on the run, King Ryneq and his sister, Cerylea, continue their journey to the Elven City of Alel to proceed with the union of the two realms. Fully recovered from his injuries and newly announced as King Ryneq’s Consort, Nykin returns to his duty as a Dragon Rider in the King’s army. He and Ryneq have little opportunity to celebrate their union, but make the most of their time together before leaving for Alel. Since the ambush at Neest River destroyed the main bridge, traveling by ship is the only option. An unusual storm threatens their crossing, making Ryneq wonder if some new magic is rising against them.
As the wedding between Cerylea and the Elven prince Morkryn approaches, the dragons sense a malevolent presence. To protect the young couple’s fragile bond, Nykin and his dragon, Fimor, take to the skies, setting up a patrol along the border of the magical city. But as the evil grows more potent, the enchanted boundary grows weaker. Ryneq and Nykin must combine their strength to protect their people from Seran’s extreme plot for revenge.
About the Author
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
Annabelle Jacobs has kindly offered an ebook of Capture or Union to 1 lucky commenter.
Contest ends 19 April 2014 @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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