Can Ellen overcome abuse to take her rightful place as Si'Empra's leader?
Ellen's barely 18. She runs away from her abusive half-brother with only the giant bird, the glasaur Rosa, as her safety. Together with a group of refugees, she's hunted in the mountains. She's lost in herself but she doesn't forget she's the king's daughter and and when her brother's henchmen threaten those she cares for, she challenges them with all the confidence of her birthright.
It's the first step to control but she doesn't know if it's of herself or her destiny.
Nature watcher, lover of animals, bewitched by plants, and intrigued by people interactions; these are my writing inspirations. Readers describe my books as 'compelling', 'deeply emotional', 'packed with adventure', 'fantasy that's different', 'unexpected', 'your story describes a place I feel I could visit on my next holiday but I know it doesn't exist'. I love to read the works of others - especially when they are non-formulaic and I hope you do too.
In Australia, we get quite a bit of northern hemisphere news and social media, and my friends from the US tell me how cold it's getting and whether we're getting snow. This at the same time as they're being horrified at the fires we are experiencing. Today, I have closed up the house to try to keep cool while the temperature climbs to 130ºF outside (not winter!). Si'Empra, the Island I write about is cold almost all the time, with winters making life in the elements unbearable and summers experiencing periods of weather that most of us would associate with winter. The fun and challenging part of writing the Si'Empra series was imagining this form of climate and what sort of people and culture it would create.
THE SUN HAD NOT brightened the sky of Si’Empra for two weeks and would not do so for another two weeks. Outside the Cryptal caves, a blizzard had been raging for days, blowing snow and ice horizontally across the landscape. Inside the caves, insulated from the outer world though they were, the Crystalmakers knew instinctively that midwinter had arrived. They gathered in the Illiath audience chamber to participate in The Telling: the story of their creation.