Good morning people! Today we have Selina Fenech, author of Memory's Wake, for our YA Indie Author Interview Spotlight!
Summery: In a culture of cravats and corsets, a troubled sixteen-year-old stands out in her t-shirt and torn jeans. She takes the name “Memory” because hers are stolen, and she’ll do anything to get them back. Lost in a world not her own, where magic and monstrous fairies are real, Memory has enough to handle just trying to stay alive.
Chased by wizard hunters and their dragon, stalked by a strange, handsome savage, and wanted by the king himself – everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will change everything.
Memory will fight to get back to a family and home she can’t remember but desperately desires, even at the cost of new friendships and romances. On the run with no name and no memories, she thinks she has nothing left to lose. She couldn’t be more mistaken.
The first sentence of the novel: I’m falling, she thought.
Memory's Wake can be purchased on Amazon and you can also get yourself a SIGNED copy HERE.
1)What inspired you to write this story? I’ve worked on this story on and off for almost ten years, and it’s changed a lot during that time. It started as a more generic sword and sorcery fantasy. I had always been in love with the idea of travelling and adventuring a fantasy land with a tight group of friends (who were also kick-ass warriors, wizards and thieves!). I think that’s where the concept first began, but then I started to learn more about what actually made a good story, like having a beginning, middle and end, and characters who were actually real people with goals, not just cookie cutter fantasy personas. Before that everything I wrote was all middle! I took some time to really think about my characters and what they wanted, and what I wanted the world to be like, and a greatly improved story with real characters emerged from that.
2)Do you resemble your main character? If so, how much? Not much at all. If anything we share a little wry humour, but my main character has had a hard life while my own has been fortunately good. Because of her rough background, Memory can be a bit wild and selfish, liable to think the worst of others and look out for her own self preservation first. Luckily she makes some good friends who help her grow and learn how to trust. Also, Memory has way better hair than I do ;)
3)What is your writing process? I’m definitely a plotter. I like to know exactly where a story is going, in detail, before I get stuck into writing. My Memory’s Wake trilogy has some complex twists and plots, and I really needed a firm plan of where it was heading so I could fill in every little plot hole and make the story work. I find that even with thorough planning, you still have some great inspiration while doing the actual writing as well, so you get benefits both ways.
4)Is there a genre you'd like to write in someday? When I’m finished with my fantasy trilogy, I’ve got a great idea for a paranormal romance pushing more towards the horror genre (think Lovecraftian style).
5)What were the last five books you read?
The Overtaking by Victorine Lieske
The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (three books, but we’ll count them as one)
Solstice by PJ Hoover
Hush Money by Susan Bischoff
Virtue by Amanda Hocking
Author Bio: Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts and eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her. And now, she’s also written and published a novel.
You can learn more about Selina Fenech and Memory's Wake on her WEBSITE.
Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend! =)