The Minstrel’s Daughter
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From a story I really, really loved, but one particular aspect of it–one seriously unlikable character–pissed me off to no end, to the point of making me lose respect for the hero. Then I thought it would be awesome sauce if the premise were somehow affixed to a different genre/setting, and poof! +7 to Inspiration.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Skeet Ulrich for the Hero, Amanda Righetti for the Heroine, and Stellan Skarsgard as the Big Bad.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A fallen knight returns home from exile, only to have his past mistakes follow him and threaten everything he means to protect.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
HOPEFULLY by an agency, but only time will tell.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Still drafting, in between writing my novella series, Keepers of the Flame.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would say it’s a strange clash of something Melanie Rawn or Kate Elliot would write, and David Eddings mucked about with. If I ever find a good, true comparison I’ll have to make note for the next time I get asked.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The idea of a broken hero finding redemption–and love–where and when he least expected to find it. Also, my deeply ingrained passion for music melding with the need to write a love interest who actually helps said broken hero, instead of hindering/arguing with him every step of the way. The minstrel thing actually became a significant part of the world-building and mythos for the story.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Small town politics reacting to big world intrigues, fighting for survival, music, and finding romance and redemption out of the ashes of past mistakes.
What about you, fellow writer and reader monkeys? Ever find a story you loved, only to lose respect for the main character in some way? Ever hated a supporting character so much, despite loving everything else about the tale, that you wanted to smack them upside the head or give up entirely?