NEW Fantasy by Author Kristen Walker
NEW BOOK RELEASE:
My featured guest today is fantasy writer Kristen Walker. Her new book A Flight of Marewings is now available in print from Amazon , also available digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Links at end of interview.
Wyld Magic, Book 1: Korinna’s Story
Korinna’s life gets turned upside down when the ghost of her father suddenly appears. Her father was duke of Kyratia City and he wanted Korinna to marry his warlord, the foreign mercenary Galenos, and inherit his title–but the city’s Council has other plans. When the Council denies Korinna’s right to rule, she decides to join Galenos’s mercenary company and tame a wild marewing in order to take the city by force. But people whisper that the late duke’s untimely death was murder, an induced madness that forced him to dance himself to death–and now that madness is spreading. Can Korinna become a marewing rider and conquer Kyratia in time to save everyone?
Kristen Walker’s Character Interview with Korinna
Today I’m interviewing Korinna, a young woman living in Seirenia. In A Flight of Marewings, her life changes from running a small farming estate to becoming a marewing rider when she decides to help conquer the city of Kyratia. What led her to risk everything? We’ll chat about her story.
So, Korinna, the story starts when your father dies. How did you feel about that?
I didn’t have a close relationship with my father. He provided for me and my mother, but he rarely visited us on the farm. He kept promising to marry my mother and bring us to the city with him, but that never happened. After my mother died, he didn’t have a reason to visit any longer. So when he died, I was a little sad to lose my childhood memory of him, but mostly I was worried because I didn’t know what would happen now that I didn’t have him watching out for me. I knew that people would want to marry me hoping to get my father’s inheritance, but who knows what it would be like to marry a stranger? I was afraid of losing control of my own life.
When you were asking the Kyratian Council to let you and Galenos rule the city, why did you say that the most important thing you wanted to do for the city was help single mothers?
My mother raised me on her own. Fortunately, she did receive financial support from my father, but he could have chosen to ignore us at any time, and we would have been out in the cold. For many single mothers, their only option is to give up their children to a temple or to be fostered by another family. I think that we can find a way to help these mothers out so they can raise their children themselves. Maybe it’s not the most important issue that the city faces, but it’s very important to me.
Unfortunately, the Council denied you and Galenos the rulership of Kyratia. You had the option to go back to your normal life on the farm, but instead you chose to give that up to become a mercenary. Why risk your life by fighting?
All that I have in life was given to me by my father. Now that he’s gone, someone else could take it away from me at any time. I wanted to have something of my own that no one else could take from me. If I learn how to fight, then I can take the city with the other mercenaries. And then Galenos will never be able to say that he took the city on his own, or take sole credit for any other victories that our mercenary company has, whatever we end up doing. I may be taking orders but I’m still doing something.
Later in the book, you mention that you’ve had a lover before. Why don’t we get any details about your first love?
Yes, I’ve loved before when I was younger. I was caught up in it like the foolish idealist that I was back then, but since then I’ve grown up a little and I don’t want to dwell on the past.
Now for a fun question! What’s your favorite kind of food?
I’ve never thought about it before. I guess I like fresh artichokes when they’re in season. I also like to cook honeyed chicken with this recipe that my mother taught me—even as leftovers, it’s really good, because I can bake it into little pies. I enjoy familiar foods that I grew up with. When I came to the city the first time, I tasted a lot of new things, and it was really overwhelming. I don’t know how some people can eat such spicy food!
While you were training as a mercenary, you missed a lot of festivals and holidays. What’s your favorite holiday?
I really love the start of the Rains, when the priest comes and blesses the fields before planting. Then we have a feast and a bonfire, and everyone pulls out whatever instruments they have to play, and we all sing. The planting season is the start of a lot of hard work on the farm again, but for one night we celebrate. I miss the community of everyone working together and the promise of new life.
Thanks for answering our questions, Korinna! If you have another question for her, you can post it in the comments or on my site. To follow her adventures, check out A Flight of Marewings!
Fantasy author Kristen S. Walker dreams of being a pirate mermaid who can talk to sharks, but she settles for writing stories for teens and adults. Her new novel, A Flight of Marewings, tells the adventure of a duke’s illegitimate daughter who must stop her father’s murderers–by taming a dangerous monster. A Flight of Marewings is now available in print from Amazon and digitally from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. To read a sample chapter or check out Kristen’s pirate pictures, please visit kristenwalker.net. You can talk good books, cats, or medieval cooking with Kristen anytime on Twitter (@KristenSWalker) or Facebook.