I am so excited today to have Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner on Book Flame today! If you guys haven't checked out The Storyspinner go do so now it was one of my favorite fantasy reads this year.
What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy! I remember reading the Black Cauldron series by Lloyd Alexander in fourth grade and knowing that the kind of story I wanted to tell. Besides that, I would say that the greatest single influence on my writing has come from the late Robert Jordan and his WHEEL OF TIME series. The first ten books in that series were all published by the time I started reading them, and I read all ten in three weeks. I love his world building and character development.
Would you like to be friends with Johanna? What is something you can picture the two of you doing together?
I love Johanna! And I’d definitely want to be her friend, though I might find her a little intimidating. She’s sort of a big personality and she’s very talented. I think that we’re both busy, busy people, and maybe a day hunting through an old library or bookstore would be a great way for the two of us to share something we both love!
What other fictional world do you think would most appeal to Rafi?
Hmm…I think Rafi would probably love the Star Wars galaxy. Rafi has a very clear sense of right and wrong—the Jedis and their code of honor would really appeal to him. Also, I can totally imagine him piloting an X-Wing Starfighter. It takes a lot of confidence and athletic ability to be a fighter pilot, and he definitely has both of those. ;)
There were multiple points of views in The Storyspinner, who would you say was the hardest character for you to write?
Jacare was by far the hardest character to write. He’s a very closed person, and struggles to keep all of his emotions locked tightly away. It was hard to make him endearing, and only give glimpses of his internal turmoil. He’s totally stoic on the outside and seething underneath!
If you could ask one author one question, what would the question be and who would you ask?
I’d love to sit at JK Rowling’s feet and say, “Teach me.” There are so many layers and brilliant nuances in her books! Every time I read Harry Potter I catch something I missed the previous 45 times I read them. Seriously. The stories and backstories are some of the best ever written..
If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
I would love to learn to sing. I feel like it’s a talent that endures even when the rest of your body falls apart!
When you walk into a book store, where do you head to first?
Always, always, always to the YA New Releases section. I’ve gotta see what’s out and what I’ve missed!
About Becky Wallace
Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she’s been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own real-life Prince Charming. They have four munchkins and live in happy little town near Houston, Texas.
About The StorySpinner
Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
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