HELEN SCHEUERER Interview:
Questions asked by Poppy Nwosu.
Helen Scheuerer is the Australian author of the excellent Young Adult fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.
The first two books in the series are a heart-stopping and intricate tale of magic and complex characters, with world building on a massive scale (Heart of Mist and Reign of Mist) and now the final instalment, War of Mist, is due to be released in July 2019.
I can’t wait!
Helen is also the founder of Sydney based independent fantasy publishing house, Talem Press.
I’ve actually been asked that quite a lot lately and the truth is, I don’t really know how I feel! On one hand, it’s a huge relief to see this series complete. It’s spanned about four years of my life and I’m definitely feeling restless. The creative in me is dying to work on something new.
However, it’s a bittersweet moment too. I’m saying goodbye to characters and a world have been a massive part of my life! There are a lot of conflicting emotions flying about!
I’m at a stage where I’m finding the marketing and business side of things incredibly draining. As a full-time author, you’d think that the majority of my time is spent writing… It’s not. At least not right now.
Bringing this series to life has really tested my ability to juggle multiple projects at different stages. That’s what’s probably been most challenging. Trying to find the right headspace to write one book, edit another and promote another. It can get exhausting switching hats so often, if that makes sense!
Sure! I’d always loved the idea of starting a small press, and essentially, after the initial success of my first two books, I knew it would be possible to do the same for other authors. I see Talem Press as a bit of an industry disruptor - we support new authors in ways that the bigger publishing houses can’t and our processes are more modernised and streamlined than those of our traditional counterparts.
Basically, I loved the idea of helping other like-minded authors launch their careers.
We’ve got two authors currently signed other than myself and our production/publishing schedule is full for next year, so our submissions have closed for the time being.
We’re hoping to publish at least three titles a year, but I can tell you, next year is a tad special - we’ve already got five titles planned for 2020.
Ohhh I love this question. I’d have to say Kingdom of Exiles, by fellow indie author SB Nova.
Ahhhh I love this question too. I’m absolutely dying to share my plans with everyone, but as is the nature of publishing: things need to be kept hush hush.
I can however, tell you that I have no plans on slowing down. There will definitely be at least one Helen Scheuerer title out per year :)
Thanks so much for your time Helen and good luck with your upcoming release!
Thank you so much for having me!