This time I want to present you all a lovely interview with Latimer and Ridley, two wonderful friends who are the authors of Legend Unleashed. If you want to find more about their book and about them, please read the interview below! Hope that you like it!
1. Hi Latimer and Ridley! Thank you very much for wanting to take part of this interview! Please make a little description of yourselves so readers can know you better! You can let them know anything you would like.
We’re two Irish girls, slightly eccentric, who have been friends for many years and we’ve been co-writers for almost as long. We’ve so many similar interests and hobbies; sometimes it’s a wonder that we’re actually two different people. When we were younger we’d often go on long meandering walks and dream up stories, as we strolled down the street the tales would bounce back and forth between us until our arms were waving as we made up at the latest outrageous event and we were both laughing. It was all just for fun, until one day we realised we should start to jot them down, and so we did. We’d always written separately, but it was (and is) so much more enjoyable to have someone to share it all with and together the work we create is better than the sum of the parts.
2. Your book “Legend Unleashed” has already been published by Cranmer Publishing. Did everything go according to your initial plan?
At times in the initial stages things got a little diverted, but more or less it went according to the plan. Although it took longer than we expected, but it was worth the wait! It was all a learning curve and we’re now more prepared for the future books! J
3. Your book sounds really interesting! What is it about? I am sure that the readers are curious!
Thank you so much Simona! We’re really glad you think so! The story is about a girl called Temperance Levinthal, who lives a very ordinary life in a little town called Carwick, which may not be all that ordinary J We’ll stop there though, as we may give too much away, here’s the blurb instead!
Temperance is satisfied with her ordinary life. Dealing with her eccentric, childlike parents is all the excitement she needs. That changes when Alastair Byron returns home.
After a failed matchmaking attempt by her father, sparks fly between her and Alastair-just not the good kind.
They are forced together though, when they are implicated in a grisly murder. Their search for the truth leads them to a secret world beneath Carwick, filled with werewolves, wizards and other magical faey.
However, uncovering the truth is far more dangerous than they’d ever imagined.
There are secrets within secrets.
Even Alastair may be more than he seems…
4. When did the plot of this book come to your minds?
As with most of our ideas, this one came to us when we were writing another book! Mostly the idea starts as a very small one, maybe just a sentence… ‘what if there was a clock ticking underground’ and it grows from that, with both of us wondering, ‘why is it there? what’s going on?’ And we bounce ideas around (a very fun process) and come up with a story by weaving together our thoughts J
5. The cover of the book looks really awesome! So simple yet meaningful! Was this the first choice or have you been changing your mind about it?
We were very lucky to be surrounded by very talented people. The cover art was done by the sister (Collette Quinlan) of a very dear friend of ours. She listened to our thoughts, read some chapters and came up with a cover that we just loved when we saw it. We love silhouettes and Collette did a fantastic job that summed up the story.
6. What is your favourite character from your book? Or maybe you have more than one favourite.
Latimer: I do have a few I think, I love Temperance’s parents, Adora and Pratchett, they were such fun to be around J I also really love Temperance. It was great watching her grow as a character, which sounds weird, because we wrote her, but really I felt like we were getting to know her bit by bit as the story went on and I really enjoyed that!
Ridley: A favourite…in a way I don’t think I have one as such; I really enjoy writing about everyone, for different reasons. In particular, however, I do love writing about the world that the book is set in, I wonder, can you call a place a character? We’ve many plans ahead of us for our little town, Carwick, so it feels almost like it’s a real place. If I ever had a chance, I’d love to ask a cartographer to draw up an old style map of the town. I’d frame it, hang it on my wall and stare at it every day with a cup of tea and a big smile! I love the notion that long after we’ve walked away from these particular characters, they’re still wandering around Carwick going about their business and living their lives. When we aren’t writing about them, it just means that the spot light is no longer on them, not that they’ve ceased to exist or disappeared into the ether.
7. What songs do you feel that fit the story? Anything special that you had been listening to while writing the book?
Latimer: Although the song wasn’t out at the time of writing the book, I think the Mumford and Sons song, ‘Awake my Soul’.
I think it sums up both Temperance and Alastair, individually; they are both closed off but incredibly vulnerable people at the same time.
Ridley: If I’m absolutely honest, I don’t often put music on when I’m writing. Sometimes I do listen to a sad song or an upbeat one just to get me into the right frame of mind for a particular scene as music really has a direct line to your emotions, well I think so anyway! After a while though, I’ll find it too distracting and turn it off. I think Latimer’s choice is a good one though. So I’ll jump on that bandwagon and vote for it too! 😀
8. What is your top 5 books/ book series that you love? You can make it a top 10 if you can’t decide.
Latimer: I really love Lord of the Rings, the ending of that story really made me cry, it was very beautiful. Harry Potter will always have a hold on me. I love reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels and Juliet Marillier’s books, particularly Wildwood Dancing and Cybele’s Secret (both of which are set in Romania actually!). Pride and Prejudice, that’s got to be king of romances J And then, I really love reading books about history and science.
Ridley: Oh, there are just so many books I could list here. There are numerous great stories and talented authors out there. I love the Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings too, then there’s books written by Tamora Pierce, Jane Austen, Kristen Britain, Susan Cooper, Cassandra Clare, Kazuo Ishiguro, Juliet Marillier, Neil Gaiman, Malcom Gladwell, Susan Ee….just to name a few!! 🙂
9. What do you think about Romania, the country I live in? Would you like to visit it one day?
Latimer: I would love to visit! I feel like there would be lots of inspiration to find there. Ever since reading Wildwood Dancing, I’ve wondered what it would be like to visit; Juliet Marillier spent some time in Romania sourcing locations for her story and she had such cool photos from various spots! It seemed so beautiful and the history is so rich and different from our own, I feel like it would be wonderful to learn more about Romanian history!
Ridley: I’d definitely love to visit Romania one day. The country’s history seems so vibrant (as you might of guessed, we both love history, it’s a subject that’s always fascinated us). Though perhaps I could be bias as I’ve met many lovely people from there and one friend of mine is originally from Bistrita! 😀
9. Thank you very much for taking the time and answer all the questions! Would you like to tell something to the readers of this blog? Anything that comes to your mind!
Just an absolutely massive thank you to Simona for having us! We really enjoyed stopping by and having a chat J