Feeling Like an Outsider
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Monsters & Mist is a thrilling fantasy novel that I thought was very entertaining. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
Thank you! Initially I wanted to write a story about a girl whose nephew went missing who goes on a journey to find him and ends up learning about herself along the way. As the world and story unfolded it became about a group of characters that had been raised to see things one way who had to put aside those beliefs to work together.
Your characters were intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
I always see a little bit of myself in at least one of my characters. Monsters & Mist was initially intended to be told solely in Andromeda’s perspective. She starts off the book feeling like an outsider – in her village, in her family even, because she looks different and acts differently, wants different things than everyone else. I often feel like I don’t quite belong, even among friends or with my family and I wanted to show that you shouldn’t feel bad because your differences are what make you who you are. All of my main characters had to go through a transformation throughout the book. Cygni, for example, didn’t think he was ready to follow in his father’s shoes but by having everything ripped away from him he became the leader he was always meant to be.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I think, especially now, it was important for me to get across that despite where someone comes from, what their background is, or how they were raised deep down people all really feel things the same way. We all have hopes, dreams, insecurities, and fears. There are five kingdoms in Monsters & Mist, and for generations the people from three of those kingdoms had spent so much energy hating the people of the fourth kingdom all because the god they worshipped willed them to, when if they had gotten to know those people the world could have been an equal, peaceful place.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have a few different projects I’m working on at the moment, all of which are outside my usual comfort zone. My primary project is a horror novel set in an almost forgotten hotel in the Great Smoky Mountains and I aim to have it out in the first half of 2022.
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Posted on April 15, 2021, in Interviews and tagged adventure, author, author interview, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, childrens fantasy, coming of age, ebook, fantasy, fiction, goodreads, kindle, kobo, literature, magic, Monsters & Mist, nook, novel, read, reader, reading, story, sword and sorcery, Taylor Fenner, writer, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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