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Tuesday 26 February 2013

Author Interview Part 2 ~ Rhiannon Hart

Today we have the second part of Rhiannon Hart's Interview, focusing on her debuting series The Lharmellin Trilogy. Click here to view the first part of the Interview and click here to read her response to the Australia Day Feature Fun Quiz.

Who/What inspired the story of the Lharmell Trilogy?

I was at work (naughty) and daydreaming, and I had this idea that someone was going somewhere with someone, and it was going to turn out to be far more important a destination for them than the other person. As vague as that. Stories never arrive fully formed. They're the slimmest of ideas and then you tack other things onto them. 

How long did it take from the ideas conception to the first publishing of Blood Song?  

From March 2009 to September 2011 

From the beginning did you know it was going to be a trilogy? Or did you write Blood Song first and then the rest followed once you got Blood Song published

It was always going to be a trilogy. I love series.

Did anyone reject you for publishing? 

Oh gosh yes. Dozens of agents. Plenty of publishers.

I don't really know much about covers and how much input the authors have in the cover-making process, did you get any input? Do you need to approve the covers of your books?

Not a huge deal, but my publisher did ask my opinion about the covers and I had some input. It was a fun process.

Are there any plans for a box set once the trilogy is complete?

Oooh I really hope so. They have been various ideas floated along those lines.

Can you please explain how/why you called your books what you did?

Blood Song was originally called Lharmell, but that wasn't going to fly. So I created a huge list of alternative names and sent them to my publisher. Blood Song was at the top and she loved that. The 'song' is for the eerie song the Lharmellins sing. Blood Storm came naturally from that and is based on Zeraphina's powers that she gains in the book. Blood Queen ... well, that would be telling *evil grin*

Can you give us any sneak-peek for Blood Queen? What to expect?

I can tell you that it will definitely be the last book. I can tell you that the setting will be in Amentia, Pergamia and Lharmell. I can tell you that there will be several surprises ... and I can tell you that no one knows what really happens but me (and my publisher and agent). Not even my family!

Is there a release date? 
Not yet. But I hope to be able to announce one really soon. I can say that if you're in Malaysia and Singapore, the book should be out there now (or really soon). I'm meeting with the distributor there tomorrow. And of course, the electronic copy is available everywhere now.

Any future projects we should keep an eye out for? 
Yes indeedy! I'm working on two standalone novels. One historical with supernatural overtones, and one fantasy. The historical one is short and sweet, and the fantasy could become quite epic in its scope.

Do you think you will continue to write for the Young Adult genre or will you try your hand in Adult Fiction?

For the moment YA.

What's your favourite genre to read?

It's so hard to choose. I love to read widely. I'm interested in everything.

In hind-sight, would there be anything that you would change in the Lharmell Trilogy? If so, what?

Nope, I love it just how it is :)

You're to be stranded on a deserted island; which one character from your books would you take and why? 

I would take a brant, and get the hell outta there.
Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you Rhiannon for participating in my Australia Day Feature albeit late LOL and looking forward to reading the third book in the Lharmellin Trilogy. 

Please also keep an eye out for my review post of Blood Song and Blood Storm which is coming very shortly. 



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