Monday, November 26, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with Terah Edun, Young adult fantasy author

Hello there! Today I have an interview with author Terah Edun. Welcome to the blog, Terah!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the book you’ve written?

Red Madrassa, YA epic fantasy, is my debut novel. The novel features five main characters, each with unique gifts tied to their talents. They enroll at the Madrassa, a magical academy for powerful young mages.

I’m a young American living abroad in East Africa. Most of my time and energy is spent saving the world. I’m kidding. But I do love my job. I’m a daydreamer who loves to read and at the moment I’m shaking my head at the crazy storm that has hit the Northeast, sending well wishes to all those affected and basking in the dry heat of my adoptive country.

What age bracket do you write for?

My book is intended for all ages but suitable for those 12 and older. There’s been a fascinating explosion of interest in the young adult market from individuals much older than the young teens who’d you think this market targets. I believe, because I’m one of them, adults at any age can enjoy a story written for young adults.

What kind of stories or topics to you like to write about in your book(s)?
What is the first line?

I love to write about teens finding their way against all odds and overcoming challenges.

First Line for Red Madrassa:
The sun was bright and the wind brisk as she walked along the beach, kicking up tufts of sand in her wake. She felt guilty – but not enough to turn back and apologize.

What was the hardest part about writing [your book]?

The hardest part was writing the Madrassa entrance exams. The characters have to go through several tests to achieve admission into the fabled school for mages.

It was incredibly difficult to get the scenes for each of their individual tests locked down. For instance, Sitara was dragged under water and she had to use her skills with Air to fight it. Describing a fight against living water is tricky – add in another element and it can get chaotic.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’ve always enjoyed reading young adult fantasy – in particular the sub-genres of coming of age and epic. It just made sense in my mind to write what I loved to read.

Do you use visual aids while writing and/or brainstorming?

I love to watch Youtube clips from my favourite movies. The beautiful fantasy scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia, for example, inspire me to write and the soundtracks usually put me in my writing zone.

What is the editing process like for you?

I like to edit as I go. As I write a new chapter I’ll first re-read and edit the proceeding five chapters before it. With this method I can be sure I’ve read over each chapter multiple times. As I’m working I also hand off the manuscript to my best friend and beta reader for review. After the manuscript is completely drafted I send it to my Editor who goes through it with a chainsaw and then it goes to the Copyeditor.

What are some things that distract you while writing?

Friends! Friends who call, friends who text, friends who knock on my door and say let’s go out. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

I never really saw the point. I love how a neatly made bed looks when I come back to my room, but I’m not a morning person. Taking the extra ten minutes to make it, yes TEN – there’s a bed net involved, would be a crucial drain out of my beauty rest.

What book are you reading right now?

Cinda Williams Chima’s The Crimson Crown – the last book in her Seven Realms series.

Do you ever spend the day in your pajamas?

All the time! It’s so loose and comfortable.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Yes! I’m doing a giveaway, (in addition to the eBook copy to you lovely readers), of a $60 Amazon Gift Card on my blog.

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Book Summary:

Allorna thought being a guardian trainee meant catching bad guys, occasional duty in the city docks and, if she was lucky, a posting with the imperial family. Instead, she was stuck on an assignment to petty larceny, caught breaking into prison and went on the run from her fellow guardians.

The only reason she went to the prison in the first place was for Maride – a young mage practitioner accused of murder. With Sidimo, a close friend and healer in tow, she now has to clear her name. Easier said than done when she and her friends accidentally enroll at the Madrassa, a legendary school of magic.

Alongside Vedaris, a sarcastic dragon and Sitara, a storm-caller, they work to get through the endless classes. The road they choose is not an easy one and each must come to decide whether the Madrassa is worth the work that is cut out for them.

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Author Bio:

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.

Find her on her Website and Goodreads

Ebook Giveaway:

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