I’d like to welcome Realm Lovejoy to my blog. She’s the author of “Henge”, a YA fantasy novel focusing on Morgan Le Fay, and the Camelot/Arthur legend.
Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
Ever since I can remember, I was always writing and drawing stories that I imagined. To me, it was fun and gave me a sense of bliss. Once I honed my craft, I wanted to share my stories with the world. I made a serious attempt when I was 22 and finished my first book.
Is Henge your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
Clan is my first book. It’s a YA sci-fi about an all-male society cloned from one human. The protagonist, Twain, however, is a little different from everyone else even though he’s supposed to be the same.
Here is the Amazon link for Clan: http://www.amazon.com/Clan-Realm-Lovejoy/dp/1493639544
Here’s the official description:
Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
Why did you choose YA fantasy as genre for your book?
I love writing from a teen’s perspective because they are discovering so many new emotions and experiences for the first time. I chose fantasy for my Arthurian spinoff Henge because I love world building, mythology, and magic.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Accept that you’re in it for the long haul and do your best for every little aspect. Think of it like you’re building a house—the house representing the entirety of your career. Focus on one task at a time, and do it the best way you know how to so that it’s on a strong foundation and when you stand back to look at the whole thing, it’s what you envisioned the first day you started dreaming. It represents you.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I’m revising the second book in the Le Fay Series after Henge. 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 later this year (2015)!
For side projects, I am in the progress of adapting my novels into screenplays and graphic novels.
About The Book
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.
Buy the book on Amazon.
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