Friday, September 8, 2017

Interview with Miriam Newman, THE CHRONICLES OF ALCINIA


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series? 
The Chronicles of Alcinia is a book bundle including my three historical fantasy novels.  In Book I, The King’s Daughter, Tarabenthia of Alcinia should grow to inherit her father’s throne by the rocky cliffs of the sea.  When invaders seize her land, what will she sacrifice in the name of love?  In Book II, Heart of the Earth, the Northern Prince who has always wanted Tia saves her life.  But will the price of his protection be too high?  And finally in Book III, Ice Maiden, readers who wondered about the fate of Tia’s oldest son have their answer. 

Do you have a favorite character? 
The King’s Daughter introduces General Sergius Magistri, my favorite character.  My background in psychiatric social work was very helpful in creating a character who may be mad, a genius, or both.  It is up to the reader to decide.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel? 
It took three months and actually my first contract was for another book, Confessions of the Cleaning Lady.  That was written as a “lighter” novel in between Books I and II of The Chronicles.  But, interestingly, it got the first offer.  Many people had told me that would probably be the case.  They advised going first with a “fluffier” book before unleashing my Muse on an unsuspecting public.  I had to laugh…but it worked.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both? 
Actually, I am doing both.  Most of my books remain with my first publisher (there have been two others).  And I self published a science fiction novella.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover? 
My publisher’s cover artists created all the covers for the three books of The Chronicles.  But I was thrilled to discover the photo that became the cover for bundle.  I think it totally captures the essence of the books.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you? 
I am totally a seat-of-the-pants writer.  I have long since discovered the Muse is in control and will write the book if I just get out of her way.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions? 
I am very much involved in animal rescue and am fortunate enough to live on a small farm where there is room for the dogs, cats and horses that invariably make their way into my life.

What’s next for you? 
My next novella, Dark Child, is being released even as we speak.  It is a Bardic-style retelling of the ancient Irish story of Deirdre of the Sorrows, as told to me by my grandmother many years ago.  I think I would very much enjoy expanding it into a full-length novel at some time in the future if my Muse is willing to put up with the necessary research.  She tends to be a bit impatient.


BLURB:

Available for the first time as an e-book bundle, the award-winning historical fantasy series The Chronicles of Alcinia weaves a tale of war, history, passion and romance.   In Book I, The King’s Daughter, Tarabenthia of Alcinia should grow to inherit her father’s throne by the rocky cliffs of the sea.  When invaders seize her land, what will she sacrifice in the name of love?  In Book II, Heart of the Earth, the Northern Prince who has always wanted Tia saves her life.  But will the price of his protection be too high?  And finally in Book III, Ice Maiden, readers who wondered about the fate of Tia’s oldest son have their answer.  Sometimes heart-wrenching, always powerful, this is a tale of heroes and the women who loved them.

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Beginning a prize-winning career in poetry, Miriam carried her love of the written word into seventeen novels to date.  Her offerings range from contemporary and historical fantasy to science fiction and historical fiction, always with a romantic flavoring.  Her original novel The King’s Daughter—now part of The Chronicles of Alcinia—was written in Ireland, her second home.  When in the U.S., she resides on a small horse farm in Pennsylvania with a collection of rescue animals.









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