Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Eden Forest interview

Title: Eden Forest
Author: Aoife Marie Sheridan
Publisher: The Universal Publishing Group
Published: September 28, 2012


Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession.She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Firstly reading was something I always did and I started off with mills and boon's books, they were given to by my grandmother, so my love for romances grew, by the age of 14 I had read hundreds of them.

I always had a passion for writing poetry (in my eyes my journal entries). It was something I did throughout my teens and into my twenties. I won first place for two of my poems and had them published. I studied accountancy and qualified working in that field for many years, until my passion for reading returned and I found Maria V Snyder. Poison study is one of my favourite books and I have read and re-read countless times.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I read, I have about twenty books to read at the moment as I am behind on them. I have a review site called www.reviewoffantasy.com where I post all my reviews. I always appreciate the support from indie authors and they have been fab, so I love to give back, and reviews I feel are the best way to support authors.

Do you have a day job as well?

Yes unfortunately I do, so it really doesn't give me much to write, but every free second I have is dedicated to my first love writing.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing about two years ago now, and it took me nearly a year to write my first book. I feel this was because I didn’t write to publish so I was doing it for myself. Now that I know people are awaiting the next instalment I try to complete it sooner.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I just love fantasy and the impossible. I have never read a book that is based in reality, I Don’t see the point we live in reality (well most of the time). So it’s so much more fun to be able to write about magic, immortality and my favourite creating worlds.

Where do you get your ideas?

My first book Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy) came to me after a dream of a man and woman on a black horse jumping through a wall of fire and the idea of Saskia was born.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

No. I don’t have much time to write, so when I do sit down I am practically busting at the seams.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

It’s a bit of both, I wrote Eden Forest to help me deal with two deaths I experienced in the same year. So I took a lot of my emotions and placed them in the book, replicated some of the things I seen that surround death. So it is fantasy but my life and experiences are entwined in it also.

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

Yes City of Secrets should be released soon; I am just going through the final edits before it’s published.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

O the toughest was a review that I got, it was my first and I really hope only one star review. I re-read it so many times, and still walk away screaming, but it’s something I have to learn to deal with as all writers do. The best compliment, well I am blessed I really am, I’ve had a few amazing readers love my work, two in particular were from Ireland and they got my first book Eden Forest off friends, one contacted me and wrote a piece about my book, to show me how much he loved it, that is still on my blog, the other was a young girl who told me my book was un-put down- able and arrived into my work so she could meet me in person. I am still smiling from both encounters. What more does a writer want.

Author's Info:

Aoife Maire Sheridan is twenty eight years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan. Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel. 
Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant. 
Aoife Marie Sheridan now works in retail as well as spending endless hours reading and writing.

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