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Empire’s Reckoning: Book I of Empire’s Reprise
How many secrets does your family have?

For 13 years, Sorley has taught music alongside the man he loves, war and betrayal nearly forgotten. But behind their calm and ordered life, there are hidden truths. When a young girl’s question demands an answer, does he break the most important oath he has ever sworn by lying – or tell the truth, risking the destruction of both his family and a fragile political alliance?

Empire’s Reckoning asks if love – of country, of an individual, of family – can be enough to leave behind the expectations of history and culture, and to chart a way to peace.

Author Q&A
 1.       If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Rejection doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. Rejection is part of the process of learning your art, your readership, and your market. Be persistent and resilient.

2.       Favorite childhood memory involving books?
When I was 11, I read The Lord of the Rings, and my life changed forever. Because it drew on so many myths and legends – and settings – I already knew, it read to me like a real history. Now I write books set in an alternate world, but one that feels real, or so my readers tell me.

3.       If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Aragorn. I want to know about all the lost years spend as a Ranger, wandering the wild lands.

4.       Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Yes. I’ve wanted to be a writer since earliest childhood.

5.       What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
The Quiet Earth, a 1985 New Zealand post-apocalyptic film with one of the most amazing endings I’ve ever seen.

6.       What is the first book that made you cry?Probably Anne of Green Gables, at Matthew’s death.
7.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?Well, I’ve written four books and a novella. From beginning to publication, Empire’s Daughter took 15 years, because I was working in a demanding job; Empire’s Hostage about 18 months (I’d retired); Empire’s Exile 11 months, and Empire’s Reckoning 22 months. (The novella was excised from the far-to-long manuscript of Reckoning.) So, removing my first book as an outlier, I’d say about 18 months is average.
8.       How do you select the names of your characters?|Some are based on their parents – Lena, for example, is named for her father Galen. But generally, I use names from the countries that my lands are based on – so Sorley (Somhairle), who is from far northern Linrathe, which is more-or-less northern Scotland, has a Norse-Gaelic name.
9.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?Read. Read a lot, in different genres, including poetry; learn about the feel and rhythm and cadence of words; absorb – and then analyze – what the writers who speak to you have done. Then, use what you’ve learned, but don’t copy it; find your own voice.
10.   If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?This one. For medical science, computer technology, and the ability to travel, if for no other reasons.
11.   What is your favorite genre to read?Historical fiction. I am part way through Hilary Mantel’s latest book, The Mirror & the Light, and I’m loving it. I also read a lot of nature writing.

Author Bio –
Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what she’d always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the medieval trilogy Empire's Legacy and the companion novella Oraiáphon, described as ‘historical fiction of another world’, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while her avocations of landscape archaeology and birding provide background to her settings. Empire’s Reckoning is the first of a planned trilogy, Empire’s Reprise.

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