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We’re taking a break from posting news and short stories to bring you a brief interview with author Penelope Wallace.

Q. What is your name?
A. Penelope Wallace.

Q. What is your date of birth?
A. 28th June 1962.

Q. Where were you born?
A. St Andrews, Scotland.

Q. Where did you grow up?
A. St Andrews, Scotland.

Q. What is your favourite sport?
A. “Sport” is an interesting concept. I’ve never come to grips with it as a participant, but I like watching tennis.

Q. Where did you go to primary school?
A. St Andrews, Scotland.

Q. Where did you go to secondary school?
A. St Andrews, Scotland.

Q. Where did you go to university?
A. Finally leaving St Andrews… Oxford and Aberdeen.

Q. What is your favourite colour?
A. The colours of the sunset.

Q. What is your favourite film?
A. I usually say “Some Like It Hot”.

Q. Last film you saw at the cinema?
A. “Dr Strange.”

Q. Who is your favourite author?
A. People choose just one?

Q. What is your favourite book?
A. As above.

Q. What is the last book you read?
A. “Magnum Bonum” by Charlotte M Yonge, and “The Gospel of Dot” by Humphrey Clucas.

Q. Who is your favourite band?
A. What is a band?

Q. Have you ever seen them live?
A. No.

Q. Do you have a favourite song?
A. Whatever I can’t get out of my head, unless I hate the words.

Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I have been writing on and off since I was six, when I wrote a shortened version of “The Jungle Book”.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration from?
A. Speculation about a world without gender prejudice, miscellaneous ideas… and a man who walked into my head.

Q. So your friends and family are supportive?
A. They are, on the whole.

Q. Are you an animal lover?
A. I will take the Fifth Amendment on this one.

Q. Do you have other creative outlets besides writing?
A. I answer questions stupidly and recite poetry.

Q. What is your favourite flower?
A. Forget-me-not.

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Well Christmas is well and truly done, so we shall be moving on into the New Year, but before we do, we have one more festive offering for you in the form of a Christmas interview with lovely Penelope Wallace.

If you haven’t read her debut novel, We Do Not Kill Children, we highly recommend that you check it out.

Penelope Wallace Christmas Interview

Your favourite day of Christmas from the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”?

A: The lords a-leaping and ladies dancing would make for a good ceilidh or barn dance.

If you had to be Scrooge or the Grinch, which would you be?

A: I am always Scrooge-ish about Christmas beginning too early.

Tell us about this book. Who did you write this book for?

A: “We Do Not Kill Children” is a not-too-dark story of murder and intrigue, in a pseudo-medieval setting with gender equality. I wrote it for people like me, who find swords and honour enthralling, don’t understand technology, like women to have roles other than love interest, and don’t want to read about rape.

What is your favourite part about preparing for Christmas?

A: Possibly opening cards and guessing who they’re from. Also seeing family.

Is there a central message in the book?

A: There are two: heroism is the daily trudge as well as the dramatic leap; and every criminal justice system needs a Court of Appeal.

What is your favourite Christmas Tradition?

A: Carols, and presents.

What is the most important idea you share in your book that will add value to the reader’s life?

A: Possibly to treat people as individuals, and not stereotype them, eg by gender or appearance.

Who is in charge of cooking Christmas dinner in your house?

A: Definitely not me. Normally my husband.

If you could compare this book with any book out there we might already be familiar with, which book would it be and why?

A: Fold “Brother Cadfael” into “Song of Ice and Fire” and add feminism.

If you could spend Christmas anywhere, where would it be?

A: At home is good.

Why did you start writing?

A: It is the obvious way to preserve and develop the strange images and story-lines in my head. Maybe.

Do your characters celebrate Christmas?

A: They certainly do, and you can watch them doing it in the epilogue of “We Do Not Kill Children”.

Will it be a White Christmas?

A: Probably not.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

A: “God rest ye merry” and “Hark the herald angels sing” are excellent carols. If you mean secular song… how about “There’s only one more sleep till Christmas”?

When do you decorate your tree?

A: As late as possible, before Christmas Eve.

Which movie do you watch every Christmas?

A: The classic “Muppet Christmas Carol” (see above under “Song”) but “Love Actually” is also frequently watched.

Do you have a favourite book that you always read over the festive period?

A: No, but I sometimes read Milton’s “Ode on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”.

We Do Not Kill Children

front“We do not kill children; we do not commit rape; we do not take pleasure in torment.”

Dorac Kingsbrother was one of the King’s Thirty in the kingdom of Marod. That was before he was found guilty of the murder of Lord Gahran’s three children. Though Gahran was a traitor, his children were innocent. The code of the King’s Thirty leaves no room for such a barbaric act, and for this heinous crime Dorac faces a life in exile.

The shame of such a sentence is something that Dorac can’t brook, and so he sets off on a journey to the Old Stones, the place where those that seek death meet their end. Followed by Gormad, a child in search of adventure, Dorac is not alone on his final journey.

But not everyone believes that Dorac is guilty. Gemara Kingsister, head of the Six, investigates the murder of Gahran’s children; though there is more at stake than the life of a lone warrior in this, the first of the Tales from Ragaris.

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Rising Empire: Part 3 is the final instalment in the Rising Empire trilogy and marks the end of the reign of Queen Kasnata. Rising Empire: Part 3 is the third book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, but it is the sixth book to be written in the series.

“Because some of the events in Rising Empire: Part 3 directly effect what happens in End of Days, I had to make a decision about which book I would write first. In the end, it made more sense for me to write End of Days first and work out how everything turned out before I went back and wrote the causes. I had a rough idea about how everything would string together, but I have always found it much easier to start at the end and work backwards. This is going to make the rest of the series quite interesting as I have faithfully promised to write the rest of the series in the right order.”

Because this is the final book in the trilogy there are some new characters that are introduced, but equally there are a lot of characters that readers also say goodbye to.

“With everything that is going on with the blood moon, the madness in Grashindorph, the brewing rebellion, the strange goings on in Delma and the war, there is an awful lot of danger facing most of the characters. If you have read the Shroud of Darkness trilogy, you’ll know there are a handful of characters that survive to later in the series, but there is no guarantee that anyone else will reach the end of the book alive.”

Rising Empire: Part 3 is currently available on pre-order and is set for release on 19th May 2016. This has been pushed back by 5 months from the originally intended publishing date.

“There is so much that is going on in Rising Empire: Part 3, it’s just going to be a rollercoaster ride for most readers. In writing this book, I created one of my favourite characters in the series, so I hope that people like them as much as I enjoyed creating them. There is also a few direct messages that are woven into this book that focus on elements of life that I have been affected by, so there were some moments in this book that were particularly important to me whilst I was writing.”

Indie Sci-fi and Fantasy did an interview with C.S. Woolley about Rising Empire: Part 2 and Part 3.

  • What would say has been your biggest challenge and achievement in writing Rising Empire: Part 2 and Part 3?

Actually finishing them. I had two things happen that really made me want to give up writing altogether, the first was one of my books was plagiarised – copied word for word and published with someone else claiming they wrote it and then about a week after having to deal with lawyers getting it all sorted, I got a really nasty review that just made what little motivation I had left disappear completely. If it weren’t for a group of people that work at my local game store (yes, I go into this game store so often I am now friends with all the staff) I wouldn’t have written either of these books; so some of the characters were named after the four of them and Rising Empire: Part 2 is dedicated to them.

  • What have you learned about yourself as a writer through writing Rising Empire: Part 2 and Part 3?

I’ve learned that my way of working has changed since I first started writing and that it’s probably a very good thing. Every book I write, I become more organised and when I get to the point when I think I’ve had enough of a series, I find I really haven’t and can’t wait to start writing the next one.

To read more from the interview please visit http://indiescififantasy.com/

Did you know?

Rising Empire: Part 3 was nearly split into two books to allow C.S. Woolley a bit more space to explore the lives of the characters. Instead, she opted to keep the trilogy format of the story instalments in tact and put plans to write some shorter stories that explore some the characters you see less of in this book.

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You can pre-order your copy of Rising Empire: Part 3 on amazon for £1.99

If you already own a copy of Rising Empire: Part 3, then the fun doesn’t have to stop there! A line of Chronicles of Celadmore merchandise has been created and some of it is already available for purchase!

Rising Empire: Part 3 Mug – coming soon

Rising Empire: Part 3 Poster – coming soon

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A range of notecards and other posters featuring the character faces and quotes (some of which you can see further up in this blog post) are due to be released along with a range of bookmarks and postcards** slightly later this year. The notecards and posters featuring the characters are being released to raising money for charity. 50% of the profits from every sale of the notecards and posters featuring the characters are to be split between two charities – 25% of the profits going to the Broad Appeal and 25% of the profits going to the British Heart Foundation. Though we don’t have an official release date for these yet, we do know you will be able to order them for collection at the UK Indie Lit Fest (that C.S. Woolley and Steven M. Caddy are attending) and you will be able to purchase them for delivery through this site as well as through Etsy.

** the designs for the bookmarks and postcards have yet to be released.
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Steven M CaddyQ. What is your name?
A. Steven M. Caddy – but most people call me Steve.

Q. What is your date of birth?
A. April 1978.

Q. Where were you born?
A. Stoke-on-Trent.

Q. Where did you grow up?
A. Mostly in and around Grantham

Q. What is your favourite sport?
A. Ice hockey. I’m an avid fan of the Nottingham Panthers.

Q. Where did you go to primary school?
A. Partly in Essex and partly in Lincolnshire. I had quite a change of pace of life.

Q. Where did you go to secondary school?
A. The King’s School, Grantham.

Q. Where did you go to university?
A. Aberystwyth.

Q. What is your favourite colour?
A. I like dark blues and purples.

Q. What is your favourite film?
A. Stand By Me.

Q. Last film you saw at the cinema?
A. Risen.

Q. Who is your favourite author?
A. Ugh, I admire many, and can’t name one – John Green, Philip Pullman, Susan Collins… they’ve all taught me different things about writing.

Q. What is your favourite book?
A. The Amber Spyglass.

Q. What is the last book you read?
A. Susan Kaye Quinn – Open Minds.

Q. Who is your favourite band?
A. The Beautiful South.

Q. Have you ever seen them live?
A. Yes.

Q. Do you have a favourite song?
A. Your Father and I. Only real TBS fans seem to know it though.

Q. How long have you been writing?
A. Just over four years.

Q. Where do you get your inspiration from?
A. Things I’ve done, situations I’ve been in. Life is so crazy, you can’t make it up.

Q. So your friends and family are supportive?
A. Yes.

Q. Are you an animal lover?
A. Yes, but I don’t have any pets, and I’m not vegetarian.

Q. Do you have other creative outlets besides writing?
A. I play keyboards and church organ. Sometimes I get the two mixed up. Let It Go and the theme tune from Howards Way both sound awesome on pipe organ.

Q. What is your favourite flower?
A. Lavender, for both the colour and the smell.

 

In Exchange is currently available for pre-order for Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Kindle readers, priced at $2.99, and will be officially launched on 12th April 2016.