[Interview] A Chat with The Clever Reader

Since before Heart of Mist was released in 2017, I’ve been in contact with Sarah, who runs the blog, The Clever Reader. Every year, we talk about my new release and my author journey.

This year was no different. As the release of War of Mist draws nearer, I reached out to Sarah to see if she’d be interested in chatting with me about the final instalment of The Oremere Chronicles.

And that’s exactly what we did.

Read on for a snippet of our interview! Click the link at the bottom to read the whole article 🙂

1. We usually see mental health addressed in a more contemporary setting, what drew you to writing about it in a fantasy?

For me, mental health is part of the universal human experience, and so the setting in which it’s explored isn’t a critical factor in my eyes.

Characters in fantasy should be just as well-rounded as in contemporary fiction, so delving into issues of mental health came naturally to me as I refined my characters more and more.

2. What do you love most about the YA fantasy community?

How passionate everyone is about their favourite books and how rich the discussion threads are about themes and characters. I’ve discovered so many incredible reads through this community.

Not to mention, as a new(ish) author, the support from the YA fantasy community has been wonderful. There’s a level of acceptance and loyalty that’s hard to come by in this industry.

Click here to read the full interview.

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