Author Interview: Raymond E. Feist

Today I am interviewing Raymond E. Feist, author of the new epic fantasy novel, Master of Furies, final book in the Firemane saga!

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DJ: Hi Raymond! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Raymond E. Feist:  My official bio has all the usual stuff, born in L.A., moved to San Diego fifty odd years ago, traveled a lot, got fired from many jobs before discovering writing.  Educated at UC San Diego, and the rest of that sort of data. At my age, wanderlust, romance, and adventures are mostly fond memories and (slightly exaggerated) stories.  Writing is the toughest and best job I’ve ever had.  I write to entertain, nothing more, but occasionally good fiction touches on a truth or two that readers take seriously,  My kids are grown and moved away.  My current vices include sports (San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Rams), really good whisky, great films (and a few guilty pleasures), and reading history and biographies.

DJ: What is Master of Furies and then the Firemane saga about?

Raymond:  There really is no twenty-five word or less answer to that one. The smart aleck answer is, “About four hundred and eighty pages, and three novels, respectively.”  Summing up novels is tricky, because of spoilers, so let’s start with the Firemane Saga.  My novels are all pretty much find a character and stick him or her into a world of hurt then see how they cope.  The three novel chart the journey of three main characters, Hatushaly, the scion to a fallen kingdom, raised in secret by a hidden nation of criminals and assassins.  He has known Hava, a young woman who was also raised by the same people.  Third is Declan, a smith’s apprentice who becomes a master swordmaker.  Destiny brings them together, with their stories intertwined by fate.  Revenge becomes a factor in all their lives and drives them along paths none could anticipate.

Master of Furies is the third volume in that story, resolving horrific events and conflict detailed in the previous two books, bringing our main characters and others to life changing choices and irreversible consequences. Mysterious enemies are revealed and massive challenges manifest.  Lives are forever changed and new confrontations arise that span worlds.

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Author Interview: Jennifer Estep

Today I am interviewing Jennifer Estep, author of the new fantasy novel, Tear Down the Throne, second book in the Gargoyle Queen series

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DJ: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jennifer Estep: Thanks for hosting me! I appreciate it.

I am a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author. I have written more than 40 fantasy books, along with several novellas and short stories. 

In addition to the Gargoyle Queen series, I am also the author of the Crown of Shards, Elemental Assassin, Section 47, and other series.

Basically, I write all kinds of fantasy books – epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and young adult fantasy. 

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. I also watch way too much TV and love all things related to superheroes.

DJ: What is Tear Down the Throne and then the Gargoyle Queen series about?

Jennifer: TEAR DOWN THE THRONE is book #2 in my Gargoyle Queen adult epic fantasy series, which focuses on Gemma Ripley, a princess who secretly moonlights as a spy.

In TEAR DOWN THE THRONE, Gemma is trying to get to the bottom of a dangerous plot, so she goes to a Summit between the various kingdoms. While there, snhe encounters far more problems than she expects, and she has to figure out how she really feels about Leonidas Morricone, a handsome, charming prince from an enemy kingdom. 

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Gargoyle Queen series

Jennifer: I’ve always loved stories with a little bit of everything in them – action, adventure, danger, magic, and romance. So writing epic fantasy lets me put all those elements into my books and tell the stories that I want to tell. 

TEAR DOWN THE THRONE features a strong heroine, enemies-to-lovers, epic battles, an evil queen you love to hate, and gargoyles (obviously!).

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers sympathize with them?

Jennifer: Gemma Ripley is a bit of a Robin Hood-type character. Everyone thinks she is a spoiled, pampered princess, but she is really using that persona to hide how strong she truly is. Gemma witnessed a royal massacre as a child, and she is still dealing with that trauma as an adult, as well as trying to figure out who she wants to be as a person and how she can make her own mark on her kingdom. 

Leonidas Morricone is also trying to make his own mark and step out of the shadow of his other family members, many of whom have done horrible things. So in some ways, Gemma and Leo are a lot alike, and in other ways, they are completely different and have very different goals. 

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