Favourite genre to write in?
Fantasy. I love creating my own worlds and rules for magic systems and the like. I also like blending historical fiction with fantasy elements.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
I think Petunia would be inspired by The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She finds herself in much the same position as Frodo in that she has to carry out a dangerous mission. Like Aragorn, she eventually leads the people of her world in a fight to save the peoples of the world. I think she would especially be inspired by Aragorn’s speech at the Black Gate in Return of the King.
Favourite piece of dialogue you’ve written?
That’s hard. I love writing dialogue. Here’s one of my favorite bits from AGWAB Book #3, spoken by a character named Sophia Sterling: “If there’s one thing I share with you, Petunia, it’s know your worth. You are intelligent and brave and kind and lovely. And you have become a household name. People will begin seeking you out for what you are and not who you are. But you deserve one who will value the woman you are, your heart and your spirit. Wait for that. And if you never find it, don’t settle. It is better to be alone than with one who does not value you.”
What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
Petunia didn’t really have a plan for her life. She assumed she would either stay in her caravan and continue making and selling handmade goods or get married and be a housewife. Instead, she becomes a folk hero, adventurer, and one of the wealthiest women in the world.
Favourite character name(s)?
Petunia, Garith, Grogan, Arathen
What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
She feels most loved when she is encouraged and supported. The last person to make her feel loved were her mentor and boyfriend. They were trying to help her through a particularly rough time reliving the death of two people very close to her.
Favourite character you’ve ever written?
Petunia from A Girl with a Bow series. She grows tremendously over the course of seven books. By the last book, she’s confident, she’s assertive, and she’s a leader. But she never loses her compassion. I didn’t create Petunia. She just developed naturally, and I’ve had a blast getting to know her.
If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
Petunia has very few belongings, but she does love pretty things. However, she could let go of things without sentimental value. She would never part with her holy text or the necklace Garith made for her.
Favourite tropes to write!
The classic chosen one – but I like it to be a superversive story. I’m tired of the hero who doesn’t want to except the call.
Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
Little Women. I first read it when I was ten, and it became (and has remained) one of my top three books. It’s comfortable, and when I read it, I feel like I’ve come home.
Favourite relationship between characters you’ve written?
Petunia and her love interest. It’s a will they/won’t they kind of relationship for half the series. Petunia and Grogan, her advisor and mentor. They warm my heart and inspire me. Arathen and Sophia. Their friendship was a bit slow to get going, but their constant teasing (or, Arathen’s constant teasing) is always fun.
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
Heroes with mental illness.
Favourite pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?
Favourite time periods & settings to work with?
Medieval or Victorian
When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
A feeling of inspiration, a feeling that their lives are purposeful, that they’re not just here to exist but to accomplish something of value.