Memory’s Wake, published June 2011
What’s the book’s first line?
I’m falling, she thought.
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
“Lost in a world full of monstrous fairies, a troubled sixteen year old has to find out who she is and why her memories were stolen before she is found by those who want her dead.”
Memory’s Wake is a genre mash up of fantasy (magic, dragons, and fairy creatures), a modern main character, Arthurian mythology, and a pre-industrial revolution semi-Victorian era world. The main character is thrown into this world, Avall, with no memories, but with a very important role in the lives of the other characters in Avall, the politics and ruling of Avall, and the very existence of it. It’s a story full of action, angst, and twists.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
This is a story that I wanted to write since I was a teenager, and the kind of story teenage me would have wanted to read. Back when I was teenager, really into comic books, I started playing with the idea of a series with characters similar to these. It was a more typical “portal fantasy” (nothing to do with GLaDOS), just a modern girl in a standard fantasy world. When I decided to turn the idea into a full length novel, I spent a long time developing a stronger story for the characters, combining all my favourite fantasy things such as fairies, wildlings, and Victorian era culture.
What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?
Memory is a great contrast to the semi-Victorian culture she is thrown into. She’s this sarcastic, tough, street kid with the humour of a fourteen year old boy, wrapped around an intensely vulnerable interior.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
I wrote Memory’s Wake to be an exciting read, full of gripping action and conflict. It’s also about finding your place in the world and what family and love really mean.