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Diane Farrugia Author Interview

The World Between Us is a riveting sword and sorcery adventure with a compelling backstory and intriguing characters. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Well, to be honest, the backstory kind of developed on its own while I was writing my novel. I tend to pay more attention to my characters, first and foremost, then build my worlds around them. The one thing I knew I wanted to bring to this story was my fascination with magic. When I was little, my favourite book was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (I must have read that at least a dozen times) and I remember being so blown away by the magic in it. That book encouraged me to dream, and that’s a feeling that’s still with me to this day.

Kayla is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?

Kayla is a girl who’s been through a tragedy – finding herself alone at 18 after losing her parents so suddenly… She’s depressed and has lost herself, but she’s dealt this one amazing chance of a lifetime and she grabs it. That was my underlying goal in outlining her character – portraying someone who isn’t afraid to reach out and dream, even when the odds might be impossible.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Well, The World Between Us, is first and foremost, a romance, so obviously love plays a major role – that overwhelming rush of attraction and all the questions and self-doubts that come after it. Besides that, there’s the maternal love Kayla feels for her unborn daughter, which is a love that trumps everything, and for which no sacrifice is too much.

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

I’m currently working on the second book in the Worlds Apart trilogy, continuing Declan and Kayla’s story in their quest for that elusive happily ever after.

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The World Between Us

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The World Between Us by Diane Farrugia is a story where our world is not the only one. A dimension exists with the dreams we all have dreamt. Who doesn’t want a world where magic really exists? Magic, elves and unicorns! It is a dream come true. Diane takes readers on a fantastic journey to Encantraalm, the land of magic.

The story starts with our main character, Kayla, who has suffered the loss of her parents. Orphaned in her teens, she is determined to sort out her life. Her depression, and the emptiness in her life is evident, yet she has picked herself up and moved to London to pursue her dreams of writing, when she is suddenly transported into the realm of magic.

The beginning of this story is absolutely riveting. The contemporary life she lives is interesting in itself, but when she is transported to Encantraal, she goes through a massive change. Although I enjoyed watching her character evolve I would have enjoyed it if a bit more time was taken to make that transition because I would have loved to explore it more in-depth.

From the start of this fantasy novel we’re given a lot of information right away. This is a story with a detailed and well thought-out backstory. We learn about the realm and history of magic, and how the Humaynraalm was separated and void of magic. The story has a light tone, and I really enjoyed the introduction of mythical creatures.

Declan, our hero, is an interesting character and with him readers get to witness love at first sight. An elf prince, surrendered under the rule of his selfish father. I thought Declan was a good guy, until he invaded Kayla’s thoughts and made her reveal her grievances and trauma. After that I felt like he had a lot more layers to his character, but this subtle character twist makes him much more compelling and the conflict I feel for his character speaks to the fantastic writing ability of the author.

I loved the characters and the races, and how the story unfolds especially the connection with Camelot, Arthur and the infamous Merlin! I have always adored those myths and therefore, found the book very easy to read. The book reminded me of A Court of Thorns and Roses or even Shadow and Bone, the famous fantasy stories.

The World Between Us is a riveting fantasy adventure story that will appeal to sword and sorcery fans. I look forward to the next installment in the series.

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