Sometimes the cover art of a book catches the eye and it was certainly the case with me when I first saw Rose’s novel. After we chatted for a time on twitter, I invited her here to No Wasted Ink for an interview.
Hi my name is Rosemary Lynch (Rose). I was born on 14th August 1970 in Merton, England. I am married to Paul, have three lovely children. Charlotte, Melissa and Jake. Two dogs, Max and Arweyn, one cat Maggie, three chickens Bluebell, Lavender and Meadow. I write epic fantasy. My first book Kainan, is a magical romantic adventure. The first book in the Deragan Sword Trilogy. The second book, ‘Meladrom’ is out on the 14th August this year and the conclusion book three, ‘Annalise’ is due out Decemer 2012. I love to write and I love art, especially painting in acrylic. I love to paint dragons!
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in May 2009, whilst off work due to an injury.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Kainan was read for the first time last year. Up to then it had been my private hobby. I was nagged by colleagues at work to let them read it, so I had ten proof books printed. I was overwhelmed by the response so I decided I would have Kainan published.
Can you share a little about your current book with us?
Kainan is a magical romantic adventure fantasy. It is the story of a young man whose life is dramatically changed overnight when his village is attacked by the evil Gozars. He is forced into stealing a magical crystal from the world of Malgar, which unbenown to him, is the lifeforce of their world. Left for dead by the Gorzars, his life is saved by a young groundling woman, Arweyn. Together they discover the truth about his heritage and set in play an ancient prophecy. They head out on a quest to return the Ardor Crystal to the world of Malgar and stop the return of the Gorzar Empire. Along the way they face treachery, many mystical creatures, and fall in love.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had a dream and that dream was my first book ‘Kainan’. It all started from there and I haven’t stopped since.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to write quite fast paced with lots of action.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
This book had many titles before I settled on Kainan, as did the hero’s name. I wanted a strong, stand alone title. I discovered the name Kainan and as soon as I heard it, I knew immediately that it fitted his character perfectly.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never to give up hope. Even when life is at rock bottom.
Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think there is probably some of my husband within Kainan’s character! His querky sense of humour and practical jokes for a start!
What authors have most influenced your life?
When I was young it was Enid Blyton, I spent hours in one of her books, sat up a tree in the garden. Now I love Terry Brooks, and Terry Goodkind.
If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor?
Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?
Aidana Willow Raven. I sent out a tweet saying I was looking for an illustrator. She contacted me and the minute I saw her work I new she was the one to produce my cover. Her work is amazing.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just follow your heart and enjoy what you do. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Firstly I want to thank them for buying my book! I love Kainan, even though I have written it, I still enjoy reading it! It is an easy book to read, and it takes you right into their world. You feel their pain, their passion, their drive. You find yourself wanting to turn the next page to see what happens to them.
Wiltshire, England. UK
Illustrator: Aidana Willow Raven