I have Canadian author Clare Marshall here answering a few questions for her blog tour for her book The Violet Fox. She just recently revealed the cover for the second book in the series, Silver Spear.
If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say?
The Violet Fox: Cinderella meets Robin Hood in an epic fantasy land.
What books have influenced your writing?
Specifically for The Violet Fox, George R. R. Martin gave me a lot to think about with his detailed world building. After reading A Song of Ice and Fire I definitely went over my world building document and fleshed out all the major families in the world, what they do, and what they have done that has influenced the course of history in the world.
In general, I enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s style and how she uses words to make you feel–specifically her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I grew up reading the Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate so that helped give me a taste for the epic and the weird, which comes out more in my science fiction series.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
When it’s done! Haha. I enjoy the world building. I enjoy when two different plots weave together or come together in unexpected ways. I enjoy coming up with ways to torture my main character, developing unexpected betrayals, and planting red herrings everywhere to mislead the reader.
Do you have a writing routine?
Yes and no. I try to write every day, no matter what. I open the document and tell myself, “Get to the next 500 word mark.” Because once I accomplish that one little goal, the next few thousand words are easier.
For longer writing sessions, I will listen to a specific playlist or just one song on repeat that encapsulates the scene I’m writing. Sometimes I’ll drink an energy drink for focus. I have no trouble sitting down and having energy to do something, but having that little caffeine boost can mean the difference between 2,000 words and 5,000 words on some days!
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
From The Violet Fox: Preconceptions are poison, never make assumptions, and sometimes people are not who they seem–in a good way!
From The Silver Spear (sequel): You must believe in yourself for others to be inspired to follow you, don’t doubt your instincts, and sometimes love and duty end up being the same thing.
(I’m also doing an indiegogo campaign for The Silver Spear, and you can check that out here: http://igg.me/at/silverspear)The Violet Fox (The Violet Fox #1) by Clare Marshall
Published by Faery Ink Press on Oct 13, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
That’s what instinct told me.
But in order to save the secrets of my people
and to protect my brother
I have to become the enemy.
There are two kinds of people in the land of Marlenia.
The Marlenians, who live on the surface,
and the Freetors, who are forced to live underground.
The war between them ended two hundred years ago, but the Freetors still fight for the right to live under the sun. Fifteen-year-old Kiera Driscoll embodies the Freetors’ hopes as the Violet Fox. In a violet cape and mask, she sneaks around Marlenia City stealing food and freeing her people from slavery.
Then the Elders task her with a secret mission: retrieve a stolen tome that contains the secrets of Freetor magic, something the Marlenians both fear and covet. Kiera must disguise herself as a noblewoman and infiltrate the Marlenian castle before the Freetor-hating Advisor finds out her real identity, before her brother is imprisoned because of the secrets he hides, and before she falls any more in love with the prince she’s supposed to hate.
More is happening in the castle than she realizes, and Kiera is faced with a difficult choice. Will she be loyal to her people and their fight for freedom, or will she be loyal to her heart?