I am so pleased to be hosting #LoveOzYA fantasy indie author Helen Scheuerer today.
If you haven't got your hands on her excellent debut novel, Heart of Mist, it's truly worth a look. It was one of my top reads of 2017! The next novel in The Oremere Chronicles trilogy, Reign of Mist, is due out on the 13th of September 2018.
I had the opportunity to ask Helen some questions about her work, so read on for our interview:
I have always been a massive fan of fairytales, and all the old and creepy ones have fascinated me for years.
I recently came across an article that I found very interesting, which was talking about the first recorded instance of the earliest form of a wedding dress. Wedding dresses and wedding ceremonies are so embedded in the world's culture these days that I had to stop and realise that of course it hasn't always been that way.
In fact, the wedding dress is a fairly new invention, as this article points out.
But the thing that interested me, was the earliest recorded text of a wedding dress (acording to this article) was a Chinese fairytale... which I have outlined below the break if you are interested.
I love the idea of a story having elements that may be real or not real, a blend of reality that is left entirely to the watcher or reader to choose their own version of events. It is both a clever form of storytelling and an avenue to get watchers / readers really mulling over a story when it's over, a way to make them question the version of events provided and make up their own mind and opinion on the outcome.
And anything that leaves a watcher / reader thinking about a story long after it is over, is definitely a really good thing.
I'm a bit obsessed with this real or not real idea, and have been thinking about it a lot due to a current manuscript I've been working on, so read on for some extra waffling on this fun topic!
Major Spoilers for:
Pan's Labyrinth (Film) and In the Skin of a Monster (Book)
Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go — anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won't get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She's set herself rules to live by, but she's starting to break them.
Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother. Does this make her a drug runner?
Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, the boy she sent Valentines to for years, why is he now suddenly a creep?
How come there's a huge gap between her and her best friend, Tahnee? And who is the mysterious girl next door who moans at night? Over the nine days before her seventeenth birthday, Mim's life turns upside down. She has problems, and she's determined to solve them herself. But in the end, she works out who her people are, and the same things look entirely different.