For our second author feature, I am delighted to welcome Robin Lythgoe, author of As the Crow Flies. Read onwards, learn a bit more about Robin, As the Crow Flies, and upcoming works! (And then, if you have decided that it has been too long since you’ve read an awesome epic fantasy story with thievery and plenty of twists and turns, I encourage you to snap up As the Crow Flies today, while it’s on sale!)
Can you tell us a little bit about where this story began for you? An image, a story fragment, or something else?
AS THE CROW FLIES started with the image of a man on a ledge—literally. He’s looking down from an upper story window into an icy, turbulent river, and he’s GOT to move. Now. Someone is coming after him! It’s windy and cold. His choices are few; which way does he go?
Tell us a little bit about your next work!
THE SHARPNESS OF THE KNIFE is the first in a series set in the world of Tairenth. It is more serious than Crow’s story, more emotional. Sherakai, the protagonist, is captured by a powerful mage with an ax to grind. Or maybe we should call it a blade? His goal is to make Sherakai over into a weapon that will earn him a prize he’s been denied. Sherakai is, understandably, disinclined to cooperate. I don’t want to call it a “coming of age” story because it is more than that, and covers a considerable period of time in Sherakai’s life, but I can say that there will be a good slice of the typical fantasy fare with my own twists and interpretations.
What is the book you buy extra copies of to give away to friends?
I have two at the moment (though that’s always subject to change!): The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams and Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling.
Who do you see as influences on your writing?
Tad Williams and A.E. Marling? Hehehe … I’m also a fan of Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, and is it possible for a fantasy reader and writer to be unaffected by J.R.R. Tolkien?
What do you do to unwind and relax, aside from writing?
I like to read and eat chocolate! I also like to take a break from the computer or e-reader screen, so hubby and I watch a little television together, and a new season with fun new fantasy and sci-fi shows has me geeking out. The real treat, though, is when my kids come over for dinner and games; our favorite is a version of Solitaire Frenzy, and it can be a little competitive!
What’s one thing about you that people might not guess from your writing?
Maybe … that I’m a fan of popera? (Operatic pop music)
What was the last book you bought?
Torrent (Rust & Relics, Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker. She got me hooked with her steampunk Emperor’s Edge books.
Which of your secondary characters has been your favorite to write?
Havoc Sadani. He will appear in the Tairenth books and, like his name suggests, he can be a little unpredictable and moody! He has a capricious sense of humor, his own definition of loyalty, and a bit of a temper. I look forward to introducing him to the world, but unfortunately he doesn’t appear in book one, but and there’s no fixing that. No, really. It’s impossible. Sad, but true …
And that’s all I have to say about that! Thanks so much for inviting me over, Moira!
You can find Robin on her website, on facebook, and on twitter, and you can find her books, including As the Crow Flies, over at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords!
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