Friday, April 7, 2017
The Ghost In Exile Book Tour, Interview + Giveaway
by Jamie Marchant
GENRE: High Fantasy
The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.
His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to questions why he really ran from his daughter.
“I think you’ve done enough, you rutting swine,” a harsh voice commanded. “Stand up and turn around. Slowly.” Certain he was about to die, Ahearn eased himself out of the queen and stood.
He turned to find Lord Caedmon holding the sword on him. Behind Caedmon, Duke Connor, the king’s chancellor, approached, accompanied by two vicious dogs. “You should have let him finish, son,” Duke Connor said. “It isn’t good for a man’s health to be left in that condition.”
“His health is of little concern now that he’s completed his service to his country,” Caedmon grunted.
Ahearn didn’t understand what they were talking about. He wanted to fall to his knees and beg for mercy. But why humiliate himself when he had no hope for leniency? He licked his lips and looked at Fenella, who’d wrapped the blanket around herself. She looked far more angry than frightened. Maybe she didn’t understand the consequences of what they’d just been caught doing. “Don’t hurt her, please,” he whispered.
Duke Connor laughed. “Hurt Her Majesty? I wouldn’t think of it. She is carrying Korthlundia’s future—His Majesty’s long-awaited heir.”
“Like hell I am.” Fenella jumped to her feet. “Solar is a wrinkled old man. He hasn’t been able to do it in months. This baby,”—she touched her stomach, still smooth and flat—“isn’t his.”
What inspired you to write this story?
The Ghost is a minor character in my first novel, The Goddess’s Choice. When I finished that novel, he let me know in no certain terms that he had a story of his own that needed to be told. When your character had once been the world’s most notorious assassin and has just broken his vow never to kill again, you do what he tells you. Fortunately, he’s happy with me now his book is done, and I can sleep at night again. (Note: While The Ghost is introduced in The Goddess’s Choice, it isn’t necessary to have read that novel to understand and enjoy The Ghost in Exile.)
What was your favorite part to write?
The scenes with the minor character Phelix always made me happy, particularly the scene in which he tries to teach Ahearn (the simple stable groom who will become The Ghost) what he calls the “Saloynan way.” Ahearn has been exiled to Saloyna because of an affair with the queen of his homeland and has recently been drafted into the Saloynan army. When Phelix asks Ahearn why he left Korthlundia, he snaps, “That’s my business.” But Phelix lets him know that in Saloyna, “If you won’t or can’t tell the truth, you must at least tell a good story.” Phelix and his friend then concoct a farfetched narrative of Ahearn’s life that involves gladiators, betrayal, and true love.
When Ahearn is later faced with the same question and tries to tell the gladiator story, Phelix rolls his eyes. “You still don’t understand the Saloynan way. You can’t tell the same story twice. You have to come up with a new one.”
What was the hardest part to write?
As always, it’s the fight scenes. My writing group frequently mocks me because they’ll be reading an intense scene only to come to the direction: “Insert fight scene here.” I do eventually get them written, but they don’t come easily for me.
How did you come up with your characters?
I wish I could tell you, but most of the time, I have no idea where my characters come from. They simply show up in my head and demand to be included. They can be extremely pushy.
Do you have anything coming up and can you tell us about it?
I’ve recently finished a new novel that’s quite a departure from my previously published books. The Bull Riding Witch is urban rather than epic fantasy and has a much lighter tone. The crown princess Daulphina awakes to find herself trapped in the body of a rodeo bull rider with no idea where she is, how she got there, or how to get home. As the tag line says, “Walking up in a man’s body would ruin any princess’s morning.” The only person who will believe her is local crackpot and alien abduction enthusiast, Uncle Gilly. He tells her that if she asks the aliens nicely they might put her back where she belongs. The novel is going through editing now and will be released in May.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jamie Marchant is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Kronicles of Korthlundia. Her novels include The Goddess's Choice, The Soul Stone, and The Ghost in Exile. Her short fiction has been published in the anthologies--Urban Fantasy and Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds—and in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Short-story.me. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.
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