An Interview with author of Heart of Mist, Helen Scheuerer

Hello my lovelies!! I recently had the opportunity to chat with the author of a small press book, Heart of Mist's Helen Scheuerer!

Here's some information on the book if you haven't heard of it!



ABOUT

Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer 
Series: The Oremere Chronicles 
Publisher: Talem Press
Release Date: August 31st 2017
Goodreads Page
Purchase: Amazon 

Synopsis:
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.

Doesn't this book sound interesting? The goodreads rating is pretty high for this book at a 4.12! I asked Helen a couple questions and here are her answers:


Ri: Describe Heart of Mist in 6 words.

Helen: Magical. Intriguing. Dangerous. Action-packed. Adventurous.

Ri: What inspired Heart of Mist

Helen: Heart of Mist was born as a form of escape from another book I was working on. I just wanted to get away and creating a fantasy realm offered the opportunity to be creative and have fun with my writing.

There wasn’t a big ‘light bulb’ moment where the plot or the characters came to me, they simply developed as I wrote, rewrote and edited.

Ri: Bleak is an unusual name for a character. Is there a story behind her name and for choosing that name for your character? 

Helen: Bleak is the name of the main protagonist in Heart of Mist, and it’s a name she chose for herself, a shortened version of her guardian’s name (Jeramyah Bleaker or as he becomes known, Bleaker Senior).

Ri: Was there anything strange or unusual you learned in the process of researching for this novel? 

Helen: Heart of Mist was the first book I’ve written that’s been part of a series, so it was a very different process to writing a standalone novel. It’s a challenge trying to decide what to include and what to leave for future books.

I did a fair bit of research on writing a series, and how to weave plot points throughout multiple books. I suppose you could say it’s a strange thing to learn about because you don’t really know how things are going to wrap up until two books later. It was a weird thing to get my head around.

Ri: What are some of your favourite fantasy novels?

Helen: So many! Harry Potter of course, and then there are some more recent titles: Throne of Glass, Emily R King’s The Hundredth Queen series, A Kingdom of Exiles, and Outlander.

Ri: What are you currently reading?

Helen: I’ve just finished reading A Court of Frost and Starlight, which didn’t totally blow me out of the water. But I really loved Emily R. King’s The Hundredth Queen series, the fourth and final book is out later this year and I can’t wait!

Ri: Do you have any advice for other fantasy writers?

Helen: I write a lot of advice over on my website Writer’s Edit, and just recently wrote a whole article on the benefits of writing a fantasy series. That’s a great place to start if you’re looking for some insight into writing novels, particularly fantasy.

However, I would also just say this: write what you love. It’s a long slog from idea to finished product, so you need to be passionate about your story and your characters.



Thank you so much to Helen for spending the time in answering my questions! You can find Heart of Mist on Amazon and the sequel, REIGN OF MIST releases on September 13th, 2018!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Heart of Mist is the first book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

Helen is now a full-time author living by the beach.




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