Memory's Wake

Selina Fenech on her IRDA Winning “Memory’s Wake”


What is the name of the book and when was it published?

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.

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