Saturday, February 27, 2016

Interview with Fantasy Romance Author Serena Clarke


Serena Clarke is from sunny Southern Utah. She has loved writing since she was young and has taken several writing classes. She loves fantasy with a hint of romance. Serena has a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and is a member of the Red Mountain Shadows Publishing team. She is passionate about learning, reading, art, and design. She also enjoys designing book covers for many authors.

Fantastic read! Lots of adventure and a truly humble hero that is worth admiring! Prince Ander and Rimelda each have so much responsibility on their shoulders. They are determined to protect Camdia and free their people from the darkness. In the process, they learn about themselves and each other. I loved that both the hero and the heroine are both such very good people. They each are willing to sacrifice much to overcome the darkness that is destroying their lands. I love that it is their truly good qualities that helps them conquer their enemies!” --Cheryl Larson

Welcome back to my blog, Serena. The Isian Series is a trilogy. Each book has its own plot and can be read separately, although it’s best to begin at the beginning. The Secret of Isian is the third book in the series and is full of romance, intrigue, and mystery. Please tell us about your new book.

Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies. 

With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Prince Ander is introduced in the first book of the series, The Treasure of Isian.  I absolutely loved his character.  He is generous, genuine and courageous.  After finishing the first book, I knew he was going to return to the series.  He was worthy of being a main character and having his own story told.  When I thought about who he was and what kind of adventures he would have and what would help him grow as a character, I came up with the plot for The Secret of Isian. 

Since this is fantasy and almost anything goes, do you have to do any research?

Absolutely.  Though I get to bend the rules a lot because I write fantasy, there are still things that need to be researched.  Emotions that may be experienced by my characters; tools and weapons they might use and the techniques to wield them, for example.  One thing I had to put extensive research into was the practice of knife-fighting and knife-throwing, because Ander is an expert with knives.

Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.

Since I have already told a little about Ander, I will tell you about my other favorite character in The Secret of Isian, and that is Rimelda.  Rimelda is a seer.  She can see the future.  She is confident in her abilities.  She respects those who earn her respect.  She does not care about titles and does not seek praise. 

I read The Secret of Isian and loved it. You are absolutely right about Rimelda. She is a completely different character than any of your other heroines. Where can my readers find you and your books online?

You can visit my website: serenaclarke.wordpress.com
You can also find my books at redmountainshadowspublishing.wordpress.com

The books in this series are called: The Treasure of Isian, The Alliance of Isian, and The Secret of Isian. They are in paperback and ebook form. Since I have read this Romantic/Fantasy, my review is below:

The Secret of Isian is a fast moving tale. Not only does it have romance, but also lots of action, intrigue, and battles as the characters make their trek to save the kingdom. While Prince Ander learns to accept his destiny, he also realizes that his love for Rimelda is growing day by day. For the first time in his life, he has met his match! She is spunky, obstinate, and frustrating. But at the same time, she intrigues Ander because she demands respect. Even from the prince!” –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

9 comments:

Mai T. said...

A very interesting interview! QUestion to both the blogger and the writer: what books are you reading next?

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Debby said...

Thank you for sharing the interview! Interesting that you researched the weapons!

Deborah

Jeanna Massman said...

I, too, enjoy fantasy with romance. I think this is a wining combination.

Penny said...

Sounds like a great fantasy trilogy. Thanks for the post!

Dovilė Litvinavičiūtė said...

Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway!

Mary Preston said...

You would have become a knife expert too by the sounds of it. A great interview thank you & an interesting series.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Judy said...

Thanks for the interview!! I really enjoyed it, and I think I would really enjoy all three of these books.

Dovilė Litvinavičiūtė said...

Oh I didn't leave my e-mail. It's daidyte(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

I have emailed the winners of this wonderful ebook. I hope you enjoy this romantic fantasy.