If you are a fantasy fan, you may (or may not) have heard of the up-and-coming authoress, Marion Sipe, whose newly released epic novel, A Sign in Blood, is geared to make a splash. As it were.
We sat down (figuratively speaking) with Marion to discuss her new book, her approach to constructing her massive fantasy universe, and thoughts on publishing… and came back with something really quite interesting and thought-provoking.
Not to mention a chance to win a FREE copy of A Sign in Blood!
Enjoy the interview, and keep reading for contest details below…
CQ: Tell about who you are as a writer? What inspired you to take up the pen (or keyboard), and start creating – and especially, step up from short stories to a full-fledged novel?
CQ: What is the story behind “A Sign In Blood?” What type of readers are you hoping will pick up a copy?
Here’s a brief synopsis: “While investigating her father’s murder, Chadri never meant to get involved in politics. She arrives in Mesaceal with her mentor Nathias and a wild talent for blood magic, but soon finds it won’t be enough to stop a brutal attack on her family home. After befriending a queen who is forced to fight to win her crown, and learning of rumors about the theft of a sleeping god, Chadri is caught up in a web of conflict spanning two nations. Trapped within the tightening threads, she must unravel the secrets surrounding her father’s death, or die the same way he did. “
CQ: You are a self-proclaimed lover of dialogue in all of its forms. Is great dialogue what drives your best work? What would you say is your favorite exchange of late, regardless of medium?
Hmm… My favorite exchange… Right now, I think that would be from the BBC’s show Sherlock. It’s an interpretation of Sherlock Holmes in modern day London, and while the show does certainly have issues, the dialogue and character interaction are often brilliant. There’s this one scene in which Sherlock and Watson are having dinner. Watson’s trying to get a handle on who Holmes is because he’s trying to decide whether or not he wants him as a roommate. It’s awkward and funny, and the actors pull it off beautifully.
CQ: You are also a meticulous researcher in your writing, applying it even to the creation of fantasy worlds. Can you tell us a little bit about the research that went into “A Sign In Blood”?
CQ: Who is your favorite, most memorable character in your book? You mentioned you’re not big on Hollywood adaptations, but have you at all toyed with the idea of who you’d like to cast for the role?
CQ: You blogged about extraordinary women going above and beyond in their challenges. How do you reflect this in your writing, including within “A Sign In Blood”?
CQ: You are fond of cultures and their linguistic roots. What parts of the world and/or historical periods do you prefer to draw from?
CQ: How did you go about writing “A Sign In Blood”? Were there many revisions? What was the most and exciting fun part of the process? How about the lowest point?
CQ: You are going the self-publishing route with your new novel. What made you decide to do this instead of legacy publishing? Do you see yourself experimenting with other options for your upcoming works?
CQ: You once said: “And now I wake up every day and get down to business, and I feel like a writer. It’s the momentum, I think, the forward progress.” Where is this momentum taking you now? What’s next on your ToDo list?
Where can we find your books?
How can I win a FREE copy of A Sign In Blood?
We here at Curiosity Quills have received a very special copy of A Sign In Blood to give away for FREE. Here’s how it will work:
- We will do it as a random drawing on August 1, 2011.
- Everyone gets 3 chances: one for leaving a comment below, one for Tweeting about this interview (see below), and one for liking our Facebook page.
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On August 1, 2011, we will combine our list of Facebook follower, Tweeps, and commenters, and randomly pick a winner, to be announced on that day. We hope you’ll participate and win!