To Hide Their True Purpose

Rowan Staeffler
Rowan Staeffler Author Interview

Swords Of Deception follows a woman on a mission to track down a rogue council member but her journey reveals dark secrets about the Council of Witches. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

To show at what length people go to hide their true purpose and misuse of power.

Ellemar is a character that was fun to follow and well developed. What were some challenges you felt were important to defining her character in the story?

To find the right timing when Ellemar loses herself in her anger and how she learned throughout the story to be more reasonable. Then finding the right moments how Ason patiently tries to help her, making it as believable as possible. Because Ellemar mostly relies on him but he wants her to think for herself. Stepping only in if she loses herself in her anger again.

With beta readers and my editor, it took us a while until everyone was happy with the outcome. So lots of changes had to be made, leading to some frustrating moments.

What were some sources that informed the development of the world and lore in your book?

The world I have created in my Black Eyed Witch series was still fresh. So it made it easy to write it with a different story, powers and characters.

This is book one in your Sword of Deception series. What can readers expect in book two?

That Ellemar will be mentally challenged. That’s all I will say as otherwise it will spoil a big moment betas and my editor didn’t see coming. One beta said she cried during that scene.

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If a witch so much as harms anyone, they become mindless killers. These words were pummelled into Ellemar Vancel’s head and every other witch by the council of witches. A council who is sworn to protect the entire country run by the eldest of the witches.

All of it is a lie as Ellemar quickly found out when ordered by the council to assassinate Celeana Maar, a rogue former member of the council.

When the plot to overthrow the council goes wrong, Ellemar and her allies are being tortured to submit to the council’s demands that their methods are true to protect their race. Before she submitted to their demands, Ellemar was rescued but lost her lover in the process.

Together with her former enemy and rogue council member, Celeana, they plot to eliminate the council leader and free the kingdom. But to do this, they need an army. An army which is controlled by the council.

If Ellemar doesn’t fight back, not only she will be hunted down for the rest of her life, but the kingdom will never be set free from the corruption.

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