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mark appears on her face – the father instantly rejects her. Scorned
and isolated by those at court, she grows up in the shadows, unaware
of the tragic events that caused the defect in the first place.
identity, removes her from court and banishes her to the wilderness forever.
forges a new life, learning new skills, gathering knowledge and
finding love. No one can harm her again this far north. No one knows
who she is.
this enemy and seek the truth.
of Ataxata and all the colonies of the southern most territories.
believed he knew every horror, and was beyond surprise. He was wrong.
Durundal, he slaughters everyone inside, including the king and queen.
tunnel – knowing that he can never go back to his ancestral home, and
fearful of what lies ahead. In the wake of this tragedy, he has to
adapt to a new life and face challenges beyond his wildest dreams …
and the wrath of the General is always a heartbeat away.
set of skills, he faces the ultimate decision –embrace
the future as the man he has become, or return to his birthright to
avenge a past he can’t forget …
birthright and take back control of the empire. Offering a peace
treaty with the clans, he approaches Namir, an adversary from old,
with whom he seeks to make amends.
suspicious of Cornelius. Concerned that his intentions are not
entirely honourable. Worried that his agenda is the same as the
emperor before him; steeped with motives in a lust for power to bring
down the Kingdom of Durundal forever.
from his wife and the rest of the clan, Namir accepts the proposal
and ventures to Ataxata to sign the agreement. Though when he doesn’t
return – suspicions are heightened and they fear the worst. Now the
clans will risk everything in a race against time to find the
chieftain and save the future of his kingdom.
WORLD OF AVARICE, CORRUPTION AND SURVIVAL.’
hummed with peace, and the future of the kingdom brimmed with
she finds herself imprisoned in a tower awaiting a fate worse than
death, her father has been taken to the dark labyrinths of the mine
to dig for gold, and her people are forced to work in the adjoining
grounds. The only person with the power to help is locked up in the
mines alongside her father, and anyone who disobeys the king, or
tries to escape, is targeted and killed.
SMOULDERING IN THE SHADOWS.’
Interview with the Author
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to promote the role of women as something more than the vulnerable and weak gender that many would like to believe, and certainly more than something for the ‘male gaze’. I wanted to offer a more realistic and refreshing view, showing women as active rather than passive, as heroes not victims.
The female heroes in my books subverts the stereotypical representations of women. All my female protagonists are survivors, are skilled in weapons and fighting, they are self reliant and self sufficient. They are fearless.
I also wanted to take the reader back to a more simple time, a place without technology and distractions. Though I had to keep it real, because life evolves, people always want more, and there is always retribution with progression.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’d like to write a thriller or a crime novel – with a woman solving the case.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Hare in the Wilderness.
Ajeya represents a child suppressed and victimised by those at court, eventually cast out in to the wilderness for nothing more than a mysterious mark on her face – this symbolises the way some people react when they don’t understand something. Her survival and metamorphism into a warrior and leader is characterised by her totem – the hare. Now she is able to take on her destined role as Empress of Ataxata. Also if you write Ajeya in a certain way and transpose it, it reads A hare. It also is a homophone for heir.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I have a fascination with anything ancient and tribal, how our ancestors lived and survived, how mankind has progressed and grown. I sometimes yearn for a more peaceful and simple life. Everything now is fast paced, and I fear we have somehow lost sight of who we really are. Though wherever you go in history there is always someone who wants more and will go to any lengths to achieve it. Thus the Kingdom of Durundal was born.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Ancient manuscripts and medieval names.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Creating a world that is really no different to what we have now.
Who designed your book covers?
How did you come up with name of this book?
A Hare in the Wilderness, A Wolf in the Dark, A Leopard in the Mist, A Stag in the Shadows, are all spirit animals that reflect the main protagonist in some way. The elements of the wilderness, the dark, the mist and the shadows, reflect the challenges we all face in our own lives.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?
I actually love Cornelius from A Leopard in the Mist.
the believable. With an abundance of historical research weaved
through the pages, this promises to be an engaging and immersive
fantasy. Rather, it blends into a prestigious crossroads where
fantasy meets reality, and the surreal meets the sublime. I wanted to
write a series that everyone could read, and I’m happy to provide an
exciting, epic story that a wide variety of ages will enjoy.’
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