Welcome to our Author Spotlight, where we shine a light on writers, authors, and literary wonders worldwide.
Today our spotlight is shining on Jordan Wallace, enchanting fantasy author and writer of Heir of Shadows and Ice.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
I am incredibly excited about this year's project! It is a Fae Fantasy titled, Heir of Shadows and Ice. It is the first novel in the Claiming Elfhame series. We follow Kelera, a half fae/half mortal girl who has been trying to fit into the mortal realm. But when trouble comes calling, she is forced to venture into the Unseelie Court of Elfhame. The book is filled with magic, mythical creatures, and of course...romance! It's very much a coming of age tale focusing on real problems women have often faced: trying to fit in at the expense of your own happiness.
2. What kind of research did you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spent a lot of time reading Fae mythology. There is so much history there so it was really fun to explore legends and lore and then add my own personal twist and style to it.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
That it's never too late to go after what you want. Life takes twists and turns but that doesn't mean you have to give up on your dreams. I've wanted to publish a book since I was a kid and it wasn't until just before my 30th birthday that I took the plunge! Everything happens in good time.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
(*laughing) I actually do everything from my dining room table right now! I'm a mom of two so I can keep an eye on them while I work and that's been going well. Coffee is my favorite writing companion and there are piles of notebooks always within reach. I also love having a binder to organize my project notes (characters, worldbuilding, magic system, and a VERY rough plot outline).
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24hours, who would you be?
That's a tough one! I think the first that comes to mind would be Cordelia Carstairs from the Chain of Gold series by Cassandra Clare. She's adventurous and open to new experiences and the fact that she can wield one of the most powerful swords in their world's history is pretty badass. (also I love the Edwardian time period outfits!)
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