An Emotional Writer

M. Ainihi
M. Ainihi Author Interview

Rise follows Amanda as she is sucked into a fantastical world where she’s orphaned, kidnapped, and forced to work for a powerful wizard. What was the inspiration for the setup to this riveting story?

I have loved to write for as long as I can remember and although I can’t recall what exactly inspired the blood Inheritance quartet. It was probably about seven or eight years ago after I received a paperback of Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar by Robert Lebling. Shortly after that, I began developing stories around the fictitious world of Sumir, in which the Blood inheritance quartet takes place.

I should note that I am no expert in real world Jinn. However, like many legends, I find the mythology pertaining to Jinn and Genies fascinating and when creating the unique mythology for the world of Sumir, the Jinn were the main focus to start with. From there the idea continued to grow and before I knew it, I had planned a quartet. I worked on “Rise” and the second book “Lost” for years, lengthening them, then shortening them, then doing it all again before I finally hired an editor to help advise me. The third book in the series “Endow” was published in July.

Amanda is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

Mainly, I wanted Amanda’s reactions to remain believable throughout the story. When she questions her own actions, especially after she learns certain details about herself, I want the reader to remember that Amanda does the best she can with the information she is given.

One of the editors that I have worked with on the first three books in the quartet has called me an emotional writer on more than one occasion. I take it as a great compliment. I think that it is important to tap into the emotions of your characters, especially in the case of Amanda, in order to make the situation believable and their individual reactions understandable. If you can’t get to know your characters on an emotional level, they could end up seeming flat and boring.

One major difference between “Rise” and the forth coming books that I should note is that the remaining volumes in the quartet are told through three POV characters.

Amanda, Emily, and Kiami, are all equally important throughout the series… and Lost, in the most basic of explanations, is the story of their separate paths converging while Amanda, haunted by her past, sets out to gain some direction and peace by attempting to uncover the mysteries of her world.

In Lost and throughout the remainder of the series, I really wanted strong believable female heroines, that held different ideas and beliefs. I think it’s important to maintain these differences and show the distinct ways each young woman thinks.

I enjoyed the rich world you’ve created in this book. What were some themes you wanted to capture while creating your world?

Themes that I wanted to capture in “Rise” include: Isolation, Acceptance, Identity, Moral Dilemma, Betrayal, Loss, Fear, Survival, Courage, Heroism, Discovery, Power, and Magic. Many of these themes reoccur in the remaining books as our heroines are thrust into unpredictable situations and discover that small decisions can have a resounding effect on each of them.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Right now, I am working on two projects simultaneously. I am currently editing some short stories which I am planning to publish together as a dark fantasy/horror collection to be titled “The Warning Signs” and I am writing the next draft of “Resist”, which is the fourth fantasy book in the blood inheritance quartet.

I am aspiring to have the short story collection available by the end of the year, and I plan to have “Resist” published late next year.

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When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death.
Amanda’s life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying reality. Her captor is convinced that Erol knows the whereabouts of a powerful relic which has been hidden from him and he wants the pair to retrieve it. Still reeling from her loss, and hoping to be spared further pain, Amanda agrees.
As the pair set off on their journey and Amanda learns more about the existence of the realms and the magical beings which reside within them, the clearer it becomes that nothing is quite as it seems.
After Amanda discovers the power of the relic that her captor seeks, the only thing she knows for certain is that her true suffering has only just begun, because no matter how great the sacrifice, she can never allow the relic to fall into her captor’s hands.
Rise is a fast-paced introductory novel to an alternate world where mundane humans are oblivious to the existence of the realms that separate them from other magical races.
When she feels, the darkness closing in around her, Amanda is not sure if she can hold onto a single speck of light, and soon she comes to understand that some secrets are better left buried.

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