Today's Darklight On is .. Bernadette Rowley,
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
I was always going to write speculative fiction. I was introduced to the genre when I was a young teen in the form of The Sword of Shannara. I fell in love with epic fantasy and the quest and have been hooked ever since. Apart from The Quest, I love the growing into power themes often found in fantasy. Also the stories are generally in series and as far as I’m concerned, if I love the characters, I want the story to never end.
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
When I began writing, I was definitely a pantser but now I would say I’m in between. I do a loose outline based on story structure and have a sense of how the story will flow and broadly what will happen, before I start. However, the scenes don’t usually flow as I expect them to and sometimes the characters surprise me. Occasionally, as with my last book, a dragon pops up from nowhere and inserts himself in the story.
Do you have a favourite of your characters?
One of my favourite characters is Vard Anton from Princess Avenger and Princess in Exile. He’s a shape shifter and can transform into bear, wolf and hawk. He’s such an interesting man and so sexy and capable but flawed as well.
Then there’s sorceress Katrine from The Master and the Sorceress. She’s flamboyant and reckless but has so much integrity and is a super strong woman. I love her too.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a spin off from The Elf King’s Lady called Elf Princess Warrior. This continues the story of the elven conflict with the humans which was explored in Elf King. The heroine is elf Gwaethe Arenil whose people are embroiled in a civil war. She wants peace with the humans of the kingdom but there is an elven faction that wants to take back kingdom lands at all costs. Gwaethe has developed feelings for army captain, Jacques Vorasava, so you can imagine that is a tricky romance to conduct.
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
I love editing. Writing the first draft is sometimes like pulling teeth, although some scenes write themselves—I find these contain my best prose. However, I enjoy the whole editing process—love taking my words and adding polish and sparkle to them.
What can we expect from Bernadette Rowley in the future?
In future you can expect more fantasy romance from the world of Thorius. I have a lot of loose ends to tie up there. Also, I would dearly love to keep working on my space opera series. It’s quite unique and I have two out of nine books completed. I believe it would find a keen audience—so look out for a genre change!
Who are your favourite authors?
The authors who have influenced my writing most are Raymond Feist, David Eddings and Robert Jordan- they are all fabulous authors who write/wrote epic fantasy sagas.
Current favourite authors are Marie Force, who writes contemporary romance/romantic suspense and CJ Archer who writes historical fantasy.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading CJ Archer’s ‘Evermore’ which is book 3 in her Emily Chambers Spirit Medium trilogy. CJ is an Australian Indie author who has several brilliant series. I can highly recommend them.
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
Funny you should ask. Dr Who is my all time favourite spec fic series, especially the series with David Tennant and Matt Smith. I also love Game of Thrones and am eagerly awaiting Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series adaptation to television.
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Write, write, write. Also write what you know and love- it helps you create more vibrant worlds.
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Her latest book is The Master and the Sorceress
Desperate sorceress, Katrine Aranati, no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control. James Tomel, master jeweler, is outwardly a pillar of society but he hides more than one dangerous secret.
When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them but even more dangerous are the feelings swirling between them. When their hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an accounting. Can they find common ground where their love will flourish or will secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together?
Find out if love and chaos can defeat order and control in the fourth exciting instalment of the Wildecoast Saga.