Good morning, book friends! Today, author Helen Scheuerer is stopping by NovelKnight to answer a few questions and talk about her series, The Oremere Chronicles! Book 2, Reign of Mist, releases mid-September so make sure to get it on your TBR list!
All About Helen
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Heart of Mist & Reign of Mist?
Haha, thank you! As for what inspired them… Heart of Mist and Reign of Mist weren’t the result of an epic lightbulb moment on my part.
I’d been reading a lot of YA fantasy books as a form of escape, and was enjoying them so much that I decided that was the genre I wanted to write. I’d been writing literary fiction (or trying to) before, so it was a big change! Slowly, the overarching plot for my trilogy The Oremere Chronicles came together and I haven’t looked back since!
Walk us through a day in the life of Helen Scheuerer.
I’d love to! Basically I’ve realised over the years I’m most productive in the mornings, so I try to get up at about 6am every day and jump straight into writing. I try to do my more creative work until about lunchtime, and then I take myself for a walk or run along the beach where I live to hit refresh.
After lunch I focus on the other aspects of being an author – replying to emails, marketing tasks, book production, replying to social media comments and scheduling book promotion.
Sometimes if I’m really swamped, I’ll work through til about 9pm, possibly watching some trashy TV while replying to emails…
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
The best piece of advice I can give is: write what you love reading. You learn so much while you’re reading, and if you’re writing something that you yourself would read, you’ll be far more passionate about it, and far more familiar with the aspects of the genre and your target audience.Just quietly, I also run an entire publication dedicated to writing advice: Writer’s Edit. We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of in-depth articles about writing and publishing, many of which I’ve written myself.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
You’re absolutely right about that being a loaded question! Right now I’ve just finished Breath by Australian author Tim Winton. It’s very much outside of my usual reads these days (mainly YA fantasy) but it was amazing. It’s so beautifully written that I found myself having to stop and re-read sections to fully appreciate them.
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
Well, if you’re a fan of fast-paced YA fantasy with deeply flawed characters and a tonne of action, Heart of Mist and the entire Oremere Chronicles are for you!
The books have been compared to the likes of Throne of Glass, Wonder Woman and Queen of the Tearling, so if you enjoyed those titles, you’ll love my books too 🙂
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Driven, disciplined and… Silly?
What is your Hogwarts house?
Gryffindor through and through. But my besties are a Slytherin and a Hufflepuff! We just need to make friends with a Ravenclaw to have a rep from every house!
Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?
Henri, the warrior queen of Valia. Hands down. In Heart of Mist, the Valians are a race of people who are trained to be fighters from a very young age, so that’s an easy one!
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
The 1920s I think. I’d make a great flapper 😉
Coffee or tea?
Tea all the way. I drink wayyyyyy too much of it.
Your theme song/personal anthem?
I create playlists for when I’m writing books and right now, my go-to song is from one of the X-men soundtracks, called ‘First Class’.
Though one of my favourite party go-to’s is Just Like A Prayer by Madonna 😉
A big thank you to Helen Scheuerer for stopping by the blog to answer my questions! You can snag a copy of the first book in the Oremere Chronicles, Heart of Mist, today and make sure to add it to Goodreads!
Reign of Mist releases September 13! Check it out below and add it to your GR shelf!
About the Book
Reign of Mist by Helen ScheuererThe Oremere Chronicles #2
Published on September 13, 2018 by Talem Press
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The realm’s darkest secret is out.
The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.
On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.
But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.
Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.