Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing? What do you do when you are not writing? Etc.)
When I was eight or so, my parents signed me up for painting lessons because I was always drawing these hugely elaborate scenes. On the first day, the teacher asked what I was painting, and I told her the whole story I had in mind, princesses and revenge plots and dragons… She noted it all down for me and said: perhaps you should start writing instead.
I’ve never stopped writing since then! I still draw a little, although I’m really not a great artist at all… Apart from that, I play the violin, and I love cooking and baking. Or perhaps the point is rather that I love eating, but all that food has to come from somewhere.
Where does your inspiration come from in your books?
Everywhere! I have a little notebook that I carry around to jot down ideas as they come to me. Just small things, like “a book with glowing letters” or “someone builds a house around a tree to hide the tree”. I have no idea anymore what I was thinking when I wrote down that last one, but it’s fun to browse through all those old ideas.
A lot of my inspiration also comes from reading, both fiction and non-fiction. I read a lot of fantasy and fantasy romance, obviously, but I’m also a sucker for smutty historical romances, and I love old school detectives like Agatha Christie’s books. And I’m a huge history and language nerd, so I read a lot of non-fiction in those fields. Especially weird little historical details often show up as inspiration for my fantasy world.
For instance, did you know that the noble ladies at medieval tournaments often matched their outfits? So for example, all ladies would wear the same emerald green, with the same accessories and everything, except the queen, who’d be dressed in scarlet against that green background. I’m very much planning to use that little fun fact in one of my stories soon!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written around 25 books. But some are really old, written when I was 14 or so, so those are not really in a publishable state. In the series I’m currently publishing, I have finished 5 books, and I’m working on the 6th. I think Velvet will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s my first full published novel, and it’s also the story that introduces Jaghar and Viviette, who are both very dear to me. Jaghar is a spy, and a character I’ve been shaping for years before I started writing about him. Viviette is a princess with a knack for solving mysteries – a lot of my old love for murder mysteries is coming back in her cleverness.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? What makes them so special?
Jaghar and Viviette, as I said, but honestly, I have few characters I’m not in love with. My next trilogy features a feared queen and an assassin who refuses to take anyone or anything too seriously – which doesn’t match at all, and ends up creating all this explosive chemistry. The more I write about them, the more I start liking those two.
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What can we expect from you in the future?
In the coming months I’ll be publishing all three books of The Princess & The Spy. But I’m far from done with the world in which it takes place – as of now, I have vague ideas for three, perhaps four more trilogies in the Five Kingdoms. By the time I’m done with those… I think it will always be fantasy romance for me, but I might try to work with some less common cultures. I would love to write a Sumerian-inspired world one day!
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