If you follow my blog, you would have seen my review for The Last Namsara and know how much I really liked this book. So, I’m really excited to have Kristen here today.
A warm welcome, Kristen. First up for those who are unfamiliar with your book, can you tell us in your own words what The Last Namsara is about?
The Last Namsara is about a dragon slayer who must hunt down a deadly dragon and bring her father its head, or she’ll be forced into a political marriage.
Where did you your inspiration for the book?
Like Asha (the main character) I’ve spent most of my life being ashamed of the things I love most, namely: creativity, imagination, and stories. So I wanted to explore a world where those things really ARE shameful. I wanted to write a book where stories are inherently dangerous things that, when used, get people hurt. And I wanted my main character to a) be particularly good at wielding these dangerous stories, and b) be deeply ashamed of herself as a result.
Which character is your favourite to write for and which is your least favourite?
My favourite character to write was probably Asha, because she’s so fierce and brave. My least favourite character to write was Jarek, because he’s such a gross jerk. 🙁 (I completely agree about the fact that Jarek is a big, fat, gross jerk)
Was this always planned as a series?
I always wanted to write three books, yes. But I also wanted each of them to (hopefully) stand alone too.
When writing, do you plan out your book in advance or do you write organically?
I used to be a pantser and would sit down with no plan and just write. Now I’m definitely a plotter. I like to know (as best as I can) where my character begins and ends and how she changes. With that said, I don’t let an outline control me—if I find myself writing outside of the outline, I just let myself go. And even though I outline, I still tend to rewrite entire drafts (I usually do 2 big rewrites from scratch per novel).
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up book two, which will go to copy edits next month, and then I’ll start drafting book three!
When you are writing, do you have a specially place or a specific ritual?
Not really. I can pretty much write anywhere: in my bed, on the couch, at my desk, in a café. If I have a ritual, it would probably be procrastinating. 😉
When not writing, what do you like to do? Are there any tv shows you like to watch or authors you read?
I like to bake bread and make pottery and go for walks with my dog. And my favourite tv show is probably a tie between Firefly and Poldark. A few of the authors I love to read are: Martine Leavitt, Patricia McKillip, Garth Nix, Philip Pullman, and Heather T. Smith.
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.
These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.
Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her. (Goodreads).
ABOUT KRISTEN CICCARELLI
Kristen Ciccarelli hails from Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula where she grew up on her grandfather’s grape farm. She spent her childhood running wild with her cousins, adventuring in the woods, building forts in the barn, and obsessing over books, dragons, and girls wielding really cool weapons..