Interview With Gail Z. Martin

22 Jun

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Gail Z. Martin, author of The Fallen Kings Cycle series (The Sworn and The Dread), unveils her sneak peek of Ice Forged, Book One in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, coming from Orbit Books in 2013. 

Gail’s giving everyone a first look at the cover art for Ice Forged, as well as book excerpts, author Q&A and more as part of her Hawthorn Moon Online Sneak Peek Event.  She’s got exclusive goodies spread out across more than a dozen partner sites, and you can find out about it all on Gail’s site, www.AscendantKingdoms.com.

Here’s what we as!
ked Gail….

Q:  You’ve written six books in your world of the Winter Kingdoms, between the four books in your Chronicles of the Necromancer series and the two books in your Fallen Kings Cycle.  Now you’re launching a brand new series, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, in a totally new world with all-new characters and settings.  What are the challenges of creating a new series when you’ve already created a well-established world?

A:  It’s like moving to a new city!  You know how, when you’ve lived someplace for a while, you know where everything is. You’ve got your favorite grocery store and pharmacy and movie theater, you know the best routes to take when there’s traffic, you’ve got a comfort zone.  Then you move to a new city, and you have to figure it all out again.  You make wrong turns.  You find out that you can’t get to where you’re going easily from where you started out.  If you move to a different part of the country or to a different country, the customs and expectations are different.  People act differently.  It takes a while to get the new place all mapped out in your head.

I had become very much at home in my world of the Winter Kingdoms.  I was very comfortable with the geography, the history of the seven main kingdoms, the magic system, t!
he Cult of the Sacred Lady.  And I knew the characters very well.  It fit like a second skin.

When you create a new world and new characters, you start all over.  You have to build it from the bones up.  You have to keep asking “why” and keep saying to yourself, “and then what?”  Why does magic work a certain way?  Why would a character do or say something and not do or say something else?  Why make the choices a character makes?  Why have the ramifications of those choices be one thing and not another?  What if something goes wrong?  What if the things they take for granted as certain suddenly fall apart?  What if everything they rely on to frame their society went away? 

I start with an intriguing character idea (what if you had a young man who gave up his title, lands and freedom to save his sister) and an intriguing problem (what if the magic that underpinned every level of society suddenly failed) and an interesting solution (what if that disgraced, exiled lord was the only one who could set it right, but it would require him to return to the place that cast him out).  And from there, I thought long and hard about what that world would look like (or at least the parts of it we’ll see in the book), what the characters would be like having been shaped by their world and their experiences, and what the challenges and dangers to trying to solve the problem.  I get to explore and imagine, and then introduce my readers to the world I’m building.  It’s really a lot of fun!

 

Q: What is the Hawthorn Moon Sneak Peek Event?

A:  It’s an online event I started doing it back in 2008, and it’s become something my readers have come to expect.  The solstice (aka the Hawthorn Moon) was an important event in my first book, The Summoner, and the name and timing just stuck.  It’s my online unveiling of the cover art for the new book, along with excerpts, interviews, all-new guest blog posts and lots of fun stuff spread out over a dozen or so sites.  To find out all the goodies and all the partner sites, please visit www.AscendantKingdoms.com.

Q: Can you give us a hint about what to expect in Ice Forged?

A:  Here’s the story in a nutshell:

Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine “Mick” McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands of Edgeland. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic of the g!
overnor’s mages keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists.

Now, McFadden and the people of Velant decide their fate. They can remain in their icy prison, removed from the devastation of the outside world, but facing a subsistence-level existence, or they can return to the ruins of the kingdom that they once called home. Either way, destruction lies ahead…

 

Ice Forged, Book One in Gail’s brand new Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, will be available in stores and online world-wide in January 2013.   

 

 

 

In addition to Ice Forged: Book One of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Gail Z. Martin is the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven and Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle from Orbit Books (Book One: The Sworn and Book !
Two: The Dread).  For book updates, tour information and contact details, visit www.AscendantKingdoms.com

Gail is the host of the Ghost in the Machine Fantasy Podcast , and you can find her on Facebook, GoodReads, BookMarketing.ning, Shelfari and Twitter @GailZMartin. She blogs at www.DisquietingVisions.com.  Gail’s short fiction has been featured in four anthologies: Rum and Runestones and Spells and Swashbucklers from Dragon Moon Press, The Bitten Word from New Con Press (UK) and the upcoming Women’s Mammoth Book of Ghost Stores (UK).

You can find Gail’s books in bookstores worldwide, as well as on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Indigo.ca, Waterstones.com and everywhere books are sold.

 

Book Blurb:

Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine “Mick” McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands of Edgeland. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic of the governor’s mages keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that ba!
nished the colonists.

Now, McFadden and the people of Velant decide their fate. They can remain in their icy prison, removed from the devastation of the outside world, but facing a subsistence-level existence, or they can return to the ruins of the kingdom that they once called home. Either way, destruction lies ahead…

 

Ice Forged, Book One in Gail’s brand new Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, will be available in stores and online world-wide in January 2013. 

 

 

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Want a sneak peek at Ice Forged, the new epic fantasy by @GailZMartin? Excerpts, interviews at www.AscendantKingdoms.com

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