So, I am a part of the blog tour for The Rise Of The Dawnstar: The Avalonia Chronicles book 2 by Farah Oomerbhoy! This post will be an interview with the author, and the next will be my review of the novel!
Interview with Farah Oomerbhoy:
Q1. What is your favorite or least favorite word or phrase?
Favorite phrase – “Nothing is impossible.”
Q2. Considering you live in India, was any of your book inspired by the local culture or fables?
When I was young, I read a lot of books on Indian mythology in English. But I also read everything else I could get my hands on as well.
There have been many influences on my writing; from Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree series and C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, to T. H. White’s A Once and Future King and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
JK. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Diana Wynne Jones’ magical worlds, Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books, and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, have all in some way contributed towards my love for magical adventures and fantasy worlds and inspired me to write fantasy for young people.
There was a point when I only read high fantasy books for a few years from David Eddings’ The Belgariad series and Ursula le Guin’s The Earthsea Quartet to Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara and Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet which made me realize the true extent and scope of epic fantasy.
All these books and more were instrumental in the creation of my main character Aurora and the world of Avalonia.
Middle-Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, Neverland, Camelot and the worlds on the top of the Faraway Tree influenced my understanding of concepts within children’s fantasy literature as well as helped shape the creation of the world of Avalonia. It is an amalgamation of everything I have read and imbibed over the years, which stirred my imagination and lead me to create The Avalonia Chronicles.
Q3. What was the first book that made you cry?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. 🙂
Q4. What Hogwarts house are you in?
Gryffindor of course 🙂
Q5. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien founded a writing club called The Inklings. Have you ever/are you a part of a writing group and how has it helped your writing.
Yes! I do have a wonderful writing club called the Wattpadres. We are a group of like-minded authors who met on Wattpad and bonded over our love for literature. We have supported each other from the very beginning and it is a wonderful tight knit group.
Q6. Favorite historical figure?
Q7. What was an early experience when you learned that language had power?
I was reading The Magic Faraway Tree when I realised that books made words come alive. From then on I was hooked and never stopped.
Huge thanks to Farah for answering my questions!
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
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About the Author:
Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
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