Monday, 9 April 2018

#MondayMeet - Cynthia Brandel

This Monday we’re thrilled to have Cynthia Brandel joining us on the Pict blog to talk about her novel Forbidden, which is Book 1 in the Sanctorian Series.

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So Cynthia, what inspired you to write Forbidden?
My love of reading young adult fantasy lead me to want to try and write one of my own.

Writing in a genre you know well is a good place to star. So where is Forbidden set?
The reader will be introduced to the world of Sanctoria. The war between the three races of Sanctorians spills over into Terra.

Who is your protagonist and how did you create them as a character?
Forbidden is written using different characters' points of view. I did this so that the reader could connect with each character.

First-person multi-narrative fiction is quite popular at the moment. So how long did the process take from start to finish – from idea right through to publication?
It took more than a year to write Forbidden and then another year before it was published. I wouldn't say that I ran into any major speed bumps along the way other than my impatience to hold my first novel in my hands.

I think we can all relate to that! Have you learned anything about yourself or your writing during this process?
I need to work on my grammar. I am great at developing scenes and portraying my feelings through them. I admit though that I am not the best at being grammatically correct.

That's what editors are for! So do you have any writing routines?
I love to write when the house is quiet and BTS is playing in the background. I find that I write the best in the morning. I find that I cannot write if the house is not "clean" or my standard of clean. Before I sit at the kitchen table I make sure all the dishes are washed and the floor is vacuumed, otherwise I won't focus on my work.

Thank you for talking to us today, and we look forward to hearing all about the rest of the series!

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