Nature watcher, lover of animals, bewitched by plants, and intrigued by people interactions; these are my inspirations – I love it when I read works that are sensitive to these inspirations and they totally infuse my writing. Worlds, imagined worlds that are nevertheless 'could be true' have always fascinated me. It's what my readers tell me: "your story describes a place I feel I could visit on my next holiday but I know it doesn't exist".
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.