Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Charlotte Ashe, author of The Sidhe, the first book in The Heart of All Worlds trilogy.
Hi Charlotte, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me! My current book, The Sidhe, is my first novel. Seeing it published is absolutely a dream come true. I’ve always been a writer; I majored in creative writing and literature back in college, but I ended up in the social work field instead, and in doing so put writing on the backburner for quite a few years. It’s exhilarating to finally write not only that book I always wanted to write, but a trilogy. The Heart of All Worlds is LGBTQ romance set in a fantasy world, and I’m very excited that the first book is finally out.
Do you have pictures that you use for your characters? Can you share them with us?
Sehrys and Brieden’s appearances mostly came from my mind. I didn’t use pictures as direct references for those two, but I did use a few pictures as references for some of their particular features. But I can confidently say that Brissa looks an awful lot like Lupita Nyong’o, Cliope looks quite a bit like Samira Wiley, and Firae definitely resembles Adam Lambert.
What kind of book would you like to write that people would see as a huge departure for you?
I’d love to write a series of YA novels at some point. I don’t think I’d depart entirely from my preferred genres–I’d still want to write sci fi or fantasy with LGBTQ protagonists, just geared toward a younger audience.
Have you ever killed a character? Was it traumatic for you? If you haven’t killed one, would you ever consider it?
I absolutely have killed characters before and I will do it again. It hurts a lot. The worst is when you realize you really do have to kill a particular character in a particular way to best serve the story, and to do otherwise would be a total cop-out, but you just want so, so badly for them to live. Those are the moments when being in charge of the story actually kind of sucks a little bit.
Favorite location you’ve ever written about?
The baths of Alovur Drovuru. I won’t say too much about it here, but it’s a location in The Sidhe. There are a lot of locations I enjoy writing about in this trilogy; creating landscapes is one of my favorite things about writing high fantasy.
What’s your favorite season and favorite activity for that season?
Autumn is my favorite season, and early autumn in particular, when the temperature is barely skirting the line between t-shirt and sweater weather. I love going for walks in the woods, apple picking, or any somewhat leisurely outdoor activity in the fall. I live in Maine, and it’s a really spectacular time of year here.
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Release Date: July 21, 2015
Goodreads Link: goodreads.com/user/show/32040943-charlotte-ashe#_=_
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Sarah Sanderson
Since his childhood, Brieden Lethiscir has admired The Sidhe, the beautiful and magical beings native to the Faerie world outside his homeland of Villalu. Though he grew up in a culture accepting of Sidhe enslavement by Villalu’s elite, Brieden finds that he can no longer tolerate the practice when he becomes a steward to Prince Dronyen, who is viciously abusive of his sidhe slave Sehrys. Captivated by the handsome and mysterious sidhe slave, Brieden vows to free and return Sehrys to his homeland.
As they escape the capital and navigate a treacherous path to the border, Breiden and Sehrys grow close. Breiden soon learns both the true power of The Sidhe, and that the world that he thought he knew is not what it once seemed. If they survive to reach the border, he will have to make a choice: the love of his life, or the fate of his world.
Pages or Words: 442 pages
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
The sidhe was tall, supple and lithe, as all sidhe tended to be, with milk-pale skin that glowed like moonlight over lean, taut muscles. Like all the others before him, he was naked, giving potential buyers a full picture of what they were bidding on.
And he was extraordinary, head to toe.
His chin-length hair was violet-red and it gleamed in the afternoon sun. His lips were pink and delicate with a pronounced bow, his nose had a narrow, smooth slope and his eyes…
It wasn’t that they were the most incredible color imaginable: a storm of deep, contrasting, impossible greens unlike any Brieden had ever seen. And it wasn’t that they were large and almond- shaped beneath a fan of plum-colored lashes.
It was that they were full to the brim with life.
Never before had Brieden seen a sidhe slave with such lively and expressive eyes, even as he stood for auction. Those eyes were not dull or defeated in the slightest. Wary, yes, and utterly devoid of trust, but also blazing.
Blazing like the eyes of that sidhe Brieden had seen at the riverbank when he was twelve years old— the only free sidhe Brieden had ever had the chance to behold.
The elf stood on that platform as if he owned it. As if he were judging every human man before him, and not the other way around.
He tucked a lock of hair behind a delicately pointed elfin ear, then jutted his chin to reveal a chiseled jaw that contrasted beautifully against his tender features.
And though he knew it was insane, Brieden was quite sure that he was in love.
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Charlotte Ashe is a social worker by day and a writer of romantic fantasy by night. A long-time fan of speculative fiction that skews feminist and features LGBTQ characters, Charlotte loves writing stories that are sexy, heartfelt, and full of magic and adventure. She has put her B.A. in literature and creative writing to use over the years as a writer of online fan-based fiction, and her most popular work has drawn more than one million readers worldwide, been translated into several languages, and been featured in online publications including The Backlot.
Charlotte lives in Portland, Maine and can be found sleeping at the beach all summer and clomping along the cobblestones in her Bean boots all winter, writing fairytales in her head to distract from the cold.
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I would like to give a big Thank You to Charlotte Ash and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour