The pubsliher was kind enough to provide one (1) free copy of The Bloodbound (Bloodhound #1), that the first book in the Bloodbound trilogy, to go along with this interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview
Today I am interviewing Erin Lindsey, author of the new fantasy novel, The Bloodsworn, final book in the Bloodbound trilogy!
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Q: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Erin Lindsey: When I’m not reading or writing, chances are I’m doing something else creative, like playing music or painting. Or I’m in the mountains. I have a deep love of the outdoors that I think probably comes through pretty strongly in my writing.
Q: What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Alix? Were you inspired by any historical figures when developing her character?
Erin: Alix stubbornly refused to be the noblewoman I thought I wanted her to be. Those refined manners just wouldn’t stick. I’d start a scene with the idea that Alix would behave in a manner appropriate to her station, but it never seemed to work out that way; she was constantly putting her foot in her mouth and messing it up. The result was a lot more awkward moments of Alix fighting her own nature than I’d ever planned. It’s kind of a cliché for authors to say that their characters have minds of their own, but they kinda do sometimes.
Q: What appeals to you about writing Fantasy? What is your process for world-building?
Erin: One of the things I like best about writing fantasy is the chance to dabble in what ifs. Starting off with a premise and then going through all the implications of that premise in order to build your cultures, history, etc. For example, what if winter lasted years instead of months? It seems like a pretty small twist at first, but when you start to think through the implications – how these different circumstances would affect familiar societies and institutions – the ramifications are actually huge. I really like to play around with questions like these, starting out with a world that’s very like our own, and then giving it a twist. Altered geography, say, or a fork in the road of history. It’s a creative exercise, but also an intellectual one. And it makes for some really rich, believable settings.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
Erin: For me, it’s all about the characters. It doesn’t matter how many dragons you have, or exotic races, or explosions or cavalry charges or sex scenes – if I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the story. And if I do care about them, even small events can have huge emotional impact.
Q: What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
Erin: I spent a little over a decade working with the United Nations, and that took me all over the world, including some very challenging places and situations. When you know what to look for, there are echoes of those experiences in all of my books, from cultural details to political
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The bonds of family, love, and loyalty are pushed to their limits in this thrilling conclusion to the epic saga started in The Bloodbound…
As the war between Alden and Oridia draws to its conclusion, the fates of both kingdoms rest on the actions of a select group of individuals—and, of course, the unbreakable bonds of blood…
Unbeknownst to most of Alden, King Erik, in thrall to a cruel bloodbinder, is locked away in his own palace, plotting revenge. To save her king, Lady Alix must journey behind enemy lines to destroy the bloodbinder. But her quest will demand sacrifices that may be more than she can bear.
Meanwhile, as the Warlord of Oridia tightens his grip on Alden, the men Alix loves face equally deadly tasks: her husband, Liam, must run a country at war while her brother, Rig, fights a losing battle on the front lines. If any one of them fails, Alden could be lost—and, even if they succeed, their efforts may be too late to save everyone Alix holds dear…
Erin Lindsey is on a quest to write the perfect summer vacation novel, with just the right blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph. The Bloodbound series is her first effort. She divides her time between Brookyn, NY and Calgary, Alberta. She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor.