Monday, December 5, 2016

Interview with Sarah Remy, author of The Bone Cave

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Inside the Book:

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Title: The Bone Cave
Author: Sarah Remy
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Format: Ecopy /Paperback

Past Stonehill Downs, beyond unforgiving scrubland and perilous mountain peaks, militant tribes gather on white sand . . .

With the Red Worm plague vanquished, and Malachi and Liam safely returned from Roue, Avani expects life in Wilhaiim to return to normal. But Mal has been changed by his journey across the long sea, and now walks dangerously close to the edge of madness, while the horrors of war in a foreign land have transformed Liam from a naïve lad to a young man seeking his place as sidhe among mortals.

And the plague has left chaos in its wake: Wilhaiim’s priests are rising against King Renault, a serial killer is taking vengeance on His Majesty's unwary subjects, and someone is using forbidden bone magic to kindle the Automata—mechanized monsters born of ancient necromancy.

As Avani works to contain unrest and expose a murderer, she is unaware that a far greater threat is rolling in from the east: a bloodthirsty desert army intent on destruction. Magic will be tested and friendship tried as Avani and Mal battle new peril and old temptation in this stunning follow up to Across the Long Sea.

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Why did you choose to write novels in the fantasy genre?
I love fantasy worlds. I'm intrigued by magic systems, non-human races, medieval politics. The fantasy genre has always been my favorite to read and to write.
Where is your book set and why did you choose that location?
THE BONE CAVE is set in Wilhaiim, a pastoral city set in the 'flatland' between desert and coastal regions. Flatlanders are farmers; they rely on the land. Their old enemy, the sidhe, were also agrarian before they were forced underground by iron-wielding mortals. Necromancy is also a very earthy sort of magic. Stewardship of the flatland is very much in conflict throughout The Bone Magic series.
I’d like to know more about THE BONE CAVE. Can you give us a little background into why you wrote the novel?
THE BONE CAVE is book three of The Bone Magic series. In THE BONE CAVE the Red Worm plague is vanquished, and Malachi and Liam are safely returned from Roue, Avani expects life in Wilhaiim to return to normal. But Mal has been changed by his journey across the long sea, and now walks dangerously close to the edge of madness, while the horrors of war in a foreign land have transformed Liam from a naïve lad to a young man seeking his place as sidhe among mortals.

I’d like to know more about the main character. Can you tell us more about him/her?
Avani is a hedge-witch, and a survivor of cataclysm. In STONEHILL DOWNS she discovered her hedge-witchery might be closer to the lost art of necromancy. In ACROSS THE LONG SEA she took her place as King Renault's magus and advisor. In THE BONE CAVE she continues to find her place in the world.
Mal was born a necromancer and has lived most of his life with the king's favor. In STONEHILL DOWNS he began to see that power comes with a price. In ACROSS THE LONG SEA that price starts to take a toll. In THE BONE CAVE he's isolated himself from the people who might save him.
Can you tell us a little about the supporting characters?
There are a host of supporting characters. Liam, neither mortal nor sidhe. Everin, the king who never sat a throne. Faolan, the sidhe elder whose motives may be questionable. Baldebert, the pirate prince with a taste for adventure. And the lesser sidhe,  a host of dangerous, otherworldly predators who have their own role to play.
They say all fiction books have pivotal points in the book where the reader just can’t put the book down.  What’s one pivotal point in THE BONE CAVE?
When the straw men begin to walk.
What’s next on your agenda?
I'm finishing up book four. Next is a YA magical realism adventure set in NYC and featuring a trans tattoo artist. And after that is FALL, the conclusion to my Manhattan Exiles series.
What would you like to say to your readers/fans?

Don't ever stop smiling.

MEET THE AUTHOR

In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school.

When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending.

Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press.

Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002.

Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahremywrites, and on Tumblr at huntpeck.

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