Today I am interviewing Tessa Gratton, author of the new fantasy novel, The Queens of Innis Lear.
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DJ: Hi Tessa! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Tessa Gratton: Thanks for having me! This is my adult fantasy debut, but I’ve been writing young adult fantasy since 2009–I have two series, The Blood Journals and The United States of Asgard, as well as two books for teen writers about writing fantasy. I have my degree in Gender Studies, and thanks to growing up in a Navy family I’ve lived on several continents and traveled all over the world.
DJ: What is The Queens of Innis Lear about?
Tessa: It’s a feminist fantasy re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear, and is about the different ways love and family can be poisoned by toxic patriarchy, about different forms of strength and how we make terrible choices thinking they’re for the best. There’s war, romance, international politics, violent magic and talking trees.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Queens of Innis Lear?
Tessa: Besides Shakespeare? LOL. I wanted QUEENS to feel both epic and intimate, where dynasties and family histories weave and tangle in tragic ways, which is something that I admire in writers like Juliet Marillier, especially her Daughter of the Forest series, everything N.K. Jemisin has done, but for this her Dreamblood series in particular, Anne Rice in The Witching Hour, and Melina Marchetta’s The Lumatere Chronicles. Continue reading