Hello everyone! What horrid weather we have in the UK today- unlike the past few hot days!!!
Here on the blog is an interview with Isra! 🙂
Isra: Hi there, my book “Her Blackened Soul” is a fairytale retelling about Lady Isra, a witch who has gone from light to dark. She now shuns the world from her is isolated from humans. It all goes well until she learns of another human that can spot her but this is knocked off course when she meets Astrid. (Later in the book)
What would say is the genre for your book?
Isra: It is fantasy/ fairytale and I’ve been told very much a YA fairytale as well by readers.
Where did the inspiration come from?
Isra: The inspiration came from my own experience with darkness. I was a full fledged witch and I strayed from light to dark at one point, it is kind of loosely based on that but I’ve focused more on the positive elements of facing your darkness rather than the isolation and negative of it.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
Isra: it just came to me, no hard work required, I saw it in my head and it was the right one.
How long did it take you to finish writing the book before the first edit? How many drafts were there in total?
Isra: I spent two years writing it.
Are there any characters in the book based on people you know?
Isra: There are characters based on people I know, yes. I like to base characters on real people because then it is more realistic but just change aspects.
How did you celebrate being published? Did you have a launch party?
Isra: I’m not a drinker so I didn’t celebrate it as such. I was very happy though.
Would you care to give us an extract?
Here’s something from Chapter 20 where she meets Astrid.
She pushed open the window. A huge raven perched on a tree outside. She had seen one before but never up close. In a flutter of black wings, it flew in and landed on her arm, beady eyes staring up at her.
“Hello, I am a messenger from another land. I have heard of your power and wish to assist you in any way possible. My name is Astrid. I am at your service.”
Lady Isra smiled. “Why, you are a pretty thing. I am honored to have a friend such as you. Tell me, do you share my power? Some are afraid of me and what I do.”
Astrid shifted his weight, careful not to pinch Lady Isra’s arm. “I do not fear you. I know you do dark things for it is in your nature to be dark, like it is my nature to soar the skies. If others do not accept it, that is their problem not yours. I am merely here to assist and guide you as you grow even stronger.”
How do you beat writers block? Any tips?
Isra: This could be controversial but I don’t believe that writers block exists. I believe you either motivate yourself or you don’t. Sometimes when you are burned out, you need to take a rest and so it’s natural to wonder if you are blocked but my advice is don’t focus on it, step away and come back at another time. I personally like going out for a walk.
Do you have any hobbies apart from writing?
Isra: For sure, I love colouring and photography. I also enjoy watching films and reading books in the fantasy, thriller, paranormal, ya genre.
When you write, do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
Isra; I do plan things as I go along so I’m a plotter. There are times when I just go with the flow not knowing how it will end.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers?
Isra; Just continue writing, use your mistakes as learning curves and keep going. Don’t fall into the trap of vanity publishing, go by your gut and what feels right. Keep your wits about you in terms of all offers made by publishers, agents alike. It;s a big world out there.
If your book became a film- who would you pick to play the main characters?
Isra: Ooh that;s a hard one. I’d be kind of set on Johnny Depp for Astrid. Or James Franco. Not sure on the others!
I see you have new work in progress- care to tell us about it?
Isra: It’s a top secret project for the Once Upon a Rebel Fairytale Anthology so I can’t reveal too much just yet. I can say it is YA fantasy and will be something readers won’t expect me to do.
Lastly, where can readers find you and your book on the internet?
I have a tonne of links including my reader group and street teams on Facebook which people are welcome to join.
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1899566080071556/
Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2128469410715527/
Mailing List: https://www.subscribepage.com/p5r3a8
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Isra-Sravenheart/e/B00VKRF6Q0
And finally my book link is just available on Amazon for time being but will go wide around July onto Kobo, Apple Ibooks and Barnes and Noble, Nook etc
Thankyou so much for taking time to pop over on my blog! Love to hear more about the anthology!! Deadline? 🙂
Isra Sravenheart, USA Today bestselling lives in a fantasy world while writing elements of life and love into her books. Digging in the dark fantasy realm, her preferred area is creating villians that have hearts but she loves a good hero/ heroine. Dragons, witches and ravens are her forte!
She resides in the UK and loves spending time with her cats! You can stalk Isra on social media and find out what her next magical concoction will be!