Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 422 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release date: January 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 +M: There is a scene where our main character is held at knife point and her attacker grabs her breasts without consent. The word ‘nipple’ is used in this situation. This is the reason for the added “M” in the rating.
The remnants of the United Kingdom of Garth, once ruled by the legendary Dynasty of Evamores are in the throes of conflict. Ten years ago, King Wren of the West discovered Raelle washed up on the shores of the Balour Sea, with no memory of the first nine years of her life. She was brought back to the castle and dutifully cared for and cherished by the king and his three older sons. On her nineteenth birthday, the Western Kingdom’s adoptive princess is secretly sent away by her stepmother to marry King Veras as a token of peace between the kingdoms. But, the Northern King has other plans.
As Raelle’s amnesia melts away with the help of a northern storyteller, she discovers more about the Kingdom of Garth, magic, the lovetie connection of the Evamores, and her role in the grand scheme of things. She is confused, angry, and curiously comfortable in the North.
A dark shadow overcasts all of the kingdoms, and the threatening influence of the fallen god Kellar seems to spread among the people, inciting disorder and violence. While the fate of the kingdoms may rest on Raelle’s shoulders, she can’t help but feel kingdomless. Betrayal is everywhere, from her own adoptive family to her newfound friends. Fearless, observant, witty, and determined, she is town between her attraction to King Veras’ good nature and the unexplained pull to the Tracker Calak. The challenge that she faces is not simple. As the old gods, laws and magic awaken, so does her own sense of self. There is a choice to be made, step into the role expected of her, or dive into the unknown and make her own destiny.
This YA fantasy novel asks the readers important coming of age questions, captures the attention with witty dialogue, relatable characters, and a world that is reawakening its forgotten magic. The readers will be entranced and hungry for more (and perhaps a piece of chocolate cake).
When you wrote Kingdomless did you follow an outline?
At first, I did. I had a vision for where I wanted the book to go and started working in that direction. But after a great conversation with a good friend, I was challenged to deviate from my “plan” and start letting the characters surprise me as I write. It was the best advice and completely changed not only Kingdomless, but the entire Evamore Series. However, writing fantasy does include lots of details and magic rules that you have to keep consistent, so although my character development and dialogue is mostly spontaneous, I do keep a jot note of all of the “irons in the fire” I have burning and need to address before the book ends.
Do you ever get writer’s block? And if so, what do you do to help with that?
Absolutely. I don’t have any profound advice. The one thing that worked for me was to walk away. Sometimes the words are there and sometimes they are not. I love writing and anytime I’ve tried to “force” myself to create parts of my story, I end up deleting whatever I had written. The other side of that is sometimes an idea or solution to your writer’s block may appear out of nowhere. So I use the note app on my phone to record those ideas and then reference them when I have time to sit back down and write again.
Where do you write?
I have an office in our home that has a turret, which is basically five windows side by side like the spire of a castle. It gives me a great view of our property, but it also faces our wrap-around porch. I’ve often been in the middle of a written session and our kids and dogs have raced around, pounding on the windows for my attention. I’m hoping to one day have a writing shed where I can tuck myself away to write out more stories.
What was the easiest character to write in Kingdomless?
Bree. She was exactly what Raelle needed in the moment that they met and I loved using her voice and character to bring about that growth in our main character.
What character(s) do you wish had more of a role in Kingdomless?
Raelle’s brothers in the West. I am the oldest child in my family so I basically came up with the ideal big brother that I would want and divided that into these three characters. I’ve encouraged readers who are anxious for more of the Western princes to read Forging Hope, book 2 in The Evamore Series which is set to be released on June 21st, 2022.
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