So i had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kathleen Farquhar, author of the book Ashabreek. I will be posting the review tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!
Q: Can you tell me a short summary about your book?
What would you do to save those you love?
Would you lie, cheat, steal… even kill?
What if the line between good and evil became so blurred in your pursuit to do what was right?
What if in the process of following your heart, you became the monster?
How far would you be willing to go?
Viron is under attack. The man on the other side of the sword is a man that King Promicees and his family had long presumed dead… a man who is as lethal as he is determined to take over Viron completely. His name? Ashabreek. Now the royal family of Cahya must run, taking with them a powerful medallion that is the key to Ashabreek’s success. Promicees and his sisters Genova and Babette have to find a way to kill Ashabreek before he can succeed in taking the throne and killing them all.
Q: What is the insight on the main character?
A: The title character Ashabreek has one goal to take down the royal families of Viron and take their place so that he can reform it to his own specifications. Ashabreek sees the current monarchy as unfit and knows that deep down words will do nothing. He must bring them a war. Ashabreek is one of those characters written and designed to get you thinking. He will make you question everything you thought you knew at the beginning of this book.
Q: Which character do you relate to the most?
A: Zezic! Zezic is snarky, sassy, tough and oddly likeable. She’s got this vulnerability deep down that she tries to hide in order to keep herself safe from the ultimate hurt… a broken heart. She was definitely the most fun to write next to Ashabreek.
Q: What genre is your book?
A: Young Adult (YA) Fiction/Fantasy. Leans more towards dark fantasy… Definitely not a children’s book.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Everywhere! The books I read, the movies I watch, art, long drives, Pinterest (Yes, even Pinterest)… To be more specific the biggest inspirations for Ashabreek were the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies. In terms of finding inspiration for a Fantasy series, those are some of the greatest resources.
Q: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to?
A: JK Rowling. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to write in the first place. After reading Harry Potter I couldn’t help but put pen to paper and Ashabreek was the first thing that came pouring out of me. It’s like he was trying to escape all along.
Q: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time?
A: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science fiction are my typical favorites. Things like Inkheart, The Bartimaus Trilogy, Dorothy Must Die… Anything thought provoking and entertaining. Though my favorite book right now is Hamlet.
Q: Where did your love of writing and books come from?
A: my mom used to work a lot of book fairs when I was in elementary school and she would bring books home hoping that it would help me with my reading (as I struggled with it as a kid). It worked. I began with the Dear America Diaries, which led to Lily’s Crossing which finally led to Harry Potter. Though Harry Potter definitely expanded my reading horizons.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote a few small poems in third grade but I really started writing in middle school (fan fiction), and high school where I began Ashabreek.
Q: What music helps you write?
A: if I had to choose I would say Hans Zimmer. Instrumentals are best because lyrics distract and throw me off. Ironically I can’t write in silence so I watch a lot of tv and movies when I write. Nothing new because that can distract too. I watch things that I’ve seen before and can use as background noise. Things like Sherlock, Clue, Coraline, Tim Burton movies and anything Disney.
Q: What is or was the hardest part of writing?
A: editing! It’s a long, tedious and repetitive process that just seems to suck the life right out of you. But it is so important and so it must be done over and over and over again.
Q: What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block?
A: Oh man! I’m still figuring that one out. In general I simply change gears. I don’t force myself to keep writing because what comes out is typically ‘bad writing’ and that is something I strive to avoid. I work on multiple projects at a time so I will move on to the next or scribble out some Fan Fictions… however if the block is bad and across the board I will typically take a break from writing all together. That’s when I turn to reading a lot and run to Disneyland…
Q: What are your current projects?
A: currently I am working on a few projects. Book Two of the Tales of Viron series (in which Ashabreek is the first installment) currently titled Renegade. The other is unrelated to the Viron series and it is called The Center.
Q: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses?
A: the Tales of Viron will continue beyond book two, and there are several more novels in the drafting and plotting stages unrelated to the Viron series. I also apply for the ABC writing program every year so I am hoping to make that a reality.
Q: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
A: thank you for your interest in Ashabreek. I spent a great deal of time and poured every scrap of love I possess into it. I hope you love Ashabreek every bit as much as I do.
Also, if you run a book club and decide to read Ashabreek, let me know when you finish and I would love to talk about making an appearance either in person, or for those who live further away via Skype or FaceTime for a Q and A.
Q: How can readers discover more about you and your book? Via Instagram, Facebook, website, blog?
A: you can read about my book on my website as well as view the book trailer with the link provided.
You can follow me on Instagram @AshabreekNovel
And on Twitter
Kathleen Farquhar @Ashabreek
If you would like to buy Ashabreek you can here-