Something Different! An adult fantasy novella set in Medieval England!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Rython Kingdom by Mandy Eve Barnett and I wanted to ask her a few questions and take a behind-the-scenes look at the process and inspiration for this adult fantasy novella.

- How would you describe this work, in terms of genre?

This narrative is an adult fantasy set in Medieval England so it has an historical element as well.

- How long did it take you to write?

From initial idea to final completion the novella took approximately 8 months.

- What inspired you?

The story formed from several writing prompts that happened to form into a plot one after the other. I enjoyed weaving them into a story format.

- There is a lot of wonderful cyan and turquoise imagery in the book. Why blue?

The blue theme came from the first prompt, which was about blue beads. From there I incorporated the color into the narrative to give significance to the hue.

- Are there any books out there akin to this one?

Although I have tried to find similar stories, there only seems to be partial similarities in other fantasy novels. Some have the medieval background, others witchcraft while others concentrate on romance and knights of the realm. If anyone can find one I’d be more than pleased to know about it.

- What are you currently working on?

As is my usual process, I’m working on multiple projects. I have a children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue in final edit and awaiting illustrations. It is a story of woodland sprites helping the forest animals and will be released in the fall.

My work-in-progress is a cowgirl romance, Willow Tree Tears, which is a new genre for me. I am thoroughly enjoying writing it and have learnt a lot about barrel racing in the process.

- What is the dream novel you'd love to write?

As I have delved into multiple genres already, it is hard to say what my ultimate novel would be. I have loved the ones I have written, whether published, in revision or bouncing around in my mind. My ‘free flow’ writing style gives me the ability to expand an idea exponentially. So all I can say is ‘watch this space!’

- How much time do you spend on your writing every day/do you have a daily writing routine?

Given that I have to work full time, I slot in writing time whenever the opportunity presents itself. That can be in my lunch break, prior to the many meetings I attend, as I’m an early bird or on weekend mornings when everyone else is asleep.

About the author – Mandy is a fairly new Canadian resident, who has a wealth of experiences to draw from for her writing.

She has lived in South Africa, England and Canada and the uniqueness of each continent has left its essence within her. An avid reader her whole life, it wasn’t until she joined a local writing group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, that the writing ‘bug’ gripped her.

Now Mandy Eve-Barnett writes with an all-encompassing passion and is deeply involved with the foundation and its members. Writing in various genres, Mandy is published in anthologies, on numerous web sites and in the local newspaper as well as regularly blogging about her writing journey.

She has successfully completed two National Novel Writing Month challenges in 2009 and 2010 and the subsequent volume of work has resulted in two novels. In September 2011, she released her first kid's book "Rumble's First Scare."

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