Q: Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Realm Lovejoy. I currently reside in Seattle and work as an artist in the videogame industry. On the side, I write and illustrate my own novels such as Clan and Henge (Le Fay Series).
Q: Tell us about your book.
My latest YA fantasy novel Henge is the first book in the Le Fay Series. It’s a modern spin-off of the Arthurian legend featuring Morgan le Fay as the protagonist. (Morgan le Fay is often traditionally featured as a villain in the legends.)
Q: What inspired you to write Henge?
I've been itching to write a dark story about rivalry. Morgan le Fay is my favorite Arthurian character and I thought about how frustrated she must be that she's so powerful, yet Merlin gets all the awesome wizard credit. He's the famous one everybody knows. I adapted Merlin and Morgan into modern teenagers and as soon as I started writing about them, I couldn't stop.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
For the first draft, I often write everyday, even on weekdays. I’ll work on it at night after I get home from work. For revising and editing, I only work on weekends, usually after I get some drawing done in the morning. I’ll work from late morning until evening.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Two immediately come to mind. I’d love to meet Tezuka Osamu, a legendary graphic novelist from Japan, unfortunately deceased. I grew up reading his work and it inspired me to become a storyteller. I’d also be thrilled to meet Carl Sagan (also deceased). He was such an extraordinary person and so kind. I’m having a tough time choosing the third author… J.K. Rowling seems like a charming person to chat with.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
Aside from promoting Henge, I’m drafting the second book in the Le Fay Series. It’s a lot darker than the first book with a few twists. I’m especially excited about it because the second book is what drove me to write the series in the first place. It's the big bang that spun out the story in my mind and I can’t wait to share the next book with everyone. It’s coming out in 2015!
For side projects, I am in the progress of adapting my novels into screenplays and graphic novels.
Title: Henge (Le Fay Series)
Author: Realm Lovejoy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.
Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.
Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.
But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.
Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze.
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com
Links Website: http://www.realmlovejoy.com/index2.php
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