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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Mapmaker's Daughter by Caroline Dunford - Book Tour

 



Book Blurb
Sharra's world is a terrifying place. 


Violent seismic 'Shifts' and outbreaks of an all-consuming black fire radically alter landscapes on an increasingly frequent basis. Only the Map Makers can predict where the Shift will fall, and Sharra, daughter to one of the most famous Map Makers, yearns to join their ranks and break a cultural taboo that forbids female cartographers.

Sharra's father, Lord Milton, is one of the few to challenge the current order, but his shadowy past limits his political reach and his second wife, Lady Ivory, is determined to manipulate him to ensure a privileged future for herself and her daughter, Jayne. 

The main obstacle standing in Ivory's way is Sharra.



Author Interview

1.     What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Good conversation. I love exchanging ideas and chatting with interesting people. It’s the only thing that comes close to bringing me as much enjoyment as writing, but I can engage in it for lengthy periods and it can all too easily eat into my writing time.

2.    If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Focus more on your writing and you’ll get their sooner!

3.    Favorite childhood memory involving books?|
 We had a book club at primary school. We picked books out of a catalogue, paid for them and then waited. They all arrived in one enormous box and the teacher opened it in the middle of the class. Waiting for my new books to arrive was so exciting.

4.    If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels. Gotta love a bad boy.

5.    What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
         I would like to live in Gail Carriger’s steampunk world. Probably a female assassin with a truly preposterous name.

6.    Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
      Yes. Always. I loved making up stories as a child but it wasn’t until I reached adulthood that I really believed that I could do it for a living.

7.    If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Creative, inquisitive, difficult.

8.    What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I can spend years thinking about a book and then write in just a few months.

9. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Cowboys and Aliens. It’s such an outlandish premise that you would think it simply couldn’t  work, but it’s delivered with aplomb and it really does. The fact it had Daniel Craig in it didn’t hurt either. ;)

10.  If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I love shoebills. A very unusual bird which looks like Jim Henson created it.

11. Have you ever met anyone famous?
     I used to be a journalist, so I’ve met a few TV stars (Colin Baker, Una Stubbs, Johnny Morris), and as an ex-chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, I’ve also met loads of authors (William Gibson, Alan Campbell, Charles Stross, etc.)

12.     What is the first book that made you cry?
I’m not sure, but I think it might have been Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

13. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Between two months and two years – length makes little difference!

14. How do you select the names of your characters?
With much pain and consideration. I often end up asking my partner because he’s got a vivid imagination and comes up with excellent and appropriate names.

15. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
A snow leopard. They love the cold and I do live in Scotland. 

16. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
In no particular order - Casablanca / Harvey / Cowboys & Aliens / Kingsman: The Secret Service / Grosse Pointe Blank

17. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Attempt to make an interplanetary communicator and find some aliens.

18. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
John Constantine. I know that a lot of his friends die, but I hope I’d be one of the other group.

19. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write for as long as it gives you pleasure.

20. What book do you wish you had written?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt

21. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
I can hypnotize people / I’m good with a blow torch /I also write plays / I love cooking – currently exploring Middle Eastern recipes / I’m mostly vegan (haven’t given up eggs yet) / I nearly always win when playing Splendor (I love the gems) / I’m an avid Star Trek fan (and have been from childhood) / I have a two-inch scar that I got from broken glass / I was a frequent test subject for Edinburgh University’s Parapsychology Department / I’m listed on IMDb

22. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
|All time periods have their drawbacks – rather fond of Edwardian times. I’d love being a grand hostess and gathering the minds of the moment around a dinner table. Except, being female, I would be at a disadvantage in such a strongly patriarchal time.

23.What is your favorite genre to read?
I read everything. It’s the characters and story that I look to love. I’m open to all genres.


24.     When did you write your first book?
I must have been about eight. Sadly, I didn’t keep the manuscript.

25.    What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Dreams – all my most successful books have come from dreams that I’ve had.

26.    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I teach part-time at University, creative writing and journalism. I love encouraging students and seeing them grow. I also spend a lot of time reading, cooking and playing games. Yoga has become a bit of thing for me during lockdown.

27.    What’s a typical writing day like for you?
Thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking – WRITE!

28.    Do you listen to music when writing?
No. I find it distracting.

29.    If you could have a dinner party with 3 other authors, who would they be?
Dorothy L. Sayers, Robertson Davies and Conan Doyle.

30.    If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
Darci Shaw (who played Jessie in Netflix’s The Irregulars)

31.    If you could travel anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
  Petra in Jordan. I would love to sit in that environment and be inspired by all the history that had happened there.

32.    Would you ever write under a pseudonym?
I do. I could tell you, but then they’d have to kill you. ;)

33.  Do you have a favorite food/snack/drink when writing (or anytime)?
Coffee – made with freshly ground beans

34.  How do you choose your book covers?
I normally describe how I see the cover and then the publisher offers suggestions. They’ve always been excellent.

35. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for buying and reading my work. The more stories are read, the more they and the characters in them come alive.

 

 

 Caroline lives for stories. Reading them. Telling them, Watching them. She can't get enough of them. She can hypnotise people and she sings well in the shower. She enjoys cooking, but hates housework, and has managed to convince everyone who knows her that she doesn't understand washing up. So much so that when friends visit some of them do it for her. Fortunately she also has a dishwasher. She always feels she didn't make enough of her teenage years, and hopes that at least the teenagers in her books do!


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