Thursday, 15 September 2011

Interview with an Author: Rhiannon Paille

It is with great pleasure to introduce Rhiannon Paille and to share her passion and excitement in debuting the first book in her YA fantasy series, FLAME OF SURRENDER. To share her passion, inspiration, and get a special sneak peek of the book, read on!

About the Author:

Rhi was never a normal girl. She tried, but she couldn’t get rid of the visions, the voices in her head, and the hallucinations. When she was on the edge of crazy someone pulled her back and explained it all. She wasn’t insane. She was psychic, really psychic, too psychic. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site:  


Coming November 1, 2011
The boy who follows death meets the girl who could destroy the world. 
Krishani thinks he’s doomed until he meets Kaliel, the one girl on the island of Avristar who isn’t afraid of him. She’s unlike the other girls, she swims with merfolk, talks to trees and blooms flowers with her touch. What he doesn’t know is that she’s a flame, one of nine individually hand crafted weapons, hidden in the body of a seemingly harmless girl.

Nobody has fallen in love with a flame until now. She becomes Krishani’s refuge from the dreams of death and the weather abilities he can’t control. Striking down thousand year old trees with lightning isn’t something he tries to do, it just happens. When the Ferryman dies, Krishani knows that he’s the next and that a lifetime of following death is his destiny.

And Kaliel can’t come with him. The Valtanyana are hunting the flames, the safest place for her is Avristar. Krishani can’t bear to leave her, and one innocent mistake grants the Valtanyana access to their mystical island. They’re coming for Kaliel, and they won’t stop until every last living creature on Avristar is dead. She has to choose, hide, face them, or awaken the flame and potentially destroy herself.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Flame of Surrender is the first book in The Ferryman and The Flame Series. It’s a tragic love story about a boy who is destined to follow death, meeting a girl who could cause the apocalypse.
There’s a lot more to the story than just the characters although they are your ultimate misfits. They don’t fit in even on Avristar, this beautiful hidden island off the coast of Scotland. They’re both pretty deadly, but they’re in love, and that love is their downfall.
I can’t say more without spoiling it, but I did write something on goodreads for those people who care about knowing what they’re getting into before reading the book. 

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

The Ferryman and The Flame has always felt like a story that everyone should already know but for some reason they don’t. It’s awkward because I don’t want to be all pompous and be like, “this book should be as well known as Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings or Romeo and Juliet” but I’ve always had that feeling that this was like one of the lost myths. A lot of people don’t remember stories like “The Coming of Lugh” or “Tristan and Isolde” or “Iduna’s Apples” A lot of people don’t even remember Rhiannon from the Welsh Mabinogian, they know her from a Fleetwood Mac song. (Disappointing really since the Rhiannon in the Mab is rather enchanting.) There’s a lot of rich stories that existed a long time ago that for some reason or another were lost, changed, erased, or simply forgotten. The Ferryman and The Flame for me, is one of those stories. 

What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
I think more in scenes than chapters and in the third book, there is a scene between Kaliel and Pux that I think is probably the best scene I’ve ever written. I can’t tell you what happens because it’s one of those spoiler scenes, but it’s just amazing. 

Why do you feel you had to tell this story?

This story is important to me. I read a lot of books and I wonder why they were written. Some books like Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, The Hunger Games, Shiver, I understand the reasons why those books were written. It was more about the relationships, the character development, and the world issues than it was about just writing a book. For me, The Ferryman and The Flame is a series that’s about loss, tragedy, sadness, darkness, change, and love. It’s not an inconsequential story, this is a story that’s pressed on my chest for years, it’s lived in my dreams and it’s lingered in the mind. I had to write it because I think people need to know what happened between Kaliel and Krishani. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

What what you want to read. I know it’s been said before but it’s true. If you can’t find it on the shelves and it’s something you think would be awesome and interesting to you, then sit down and write it. 

Who designed the cover?

The lovely and ever amazing Rachel at Parajunkee. I was squeezing when I saw it!

If you could have a paranormal power or be a creature, what would it be?

I’m already like Sookie Stackhouse so while I wouldn’t want that girl’s life I’m quite happy with my own paranormal / metaphysical lifestyle. It amuses me when I’m in the throes of some metaphysical situation because of work and I’m like, “Damn this would make great fiction.”

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater. Those two ladies taught me more about writing than any course, online blog post or book on writing ever did. All I had to do was read their books and love them for what they were.  

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, I recently picked up on this series and I need to get into it. So far it’s interesting, but nothing seems to hold my attention at the moment. I blame the whole getting the book deal and can’t stop pinching myself thing. ;)

Thank you for joining us! Can't wait until the release of Flame of Surrender!

To Connect with Rhiannon:

Follow her on: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Blog, Website

Look for Flame of Surrender November 1st, 2011! 

For a special sneak peek, check out her Goodreads page.

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