Interview with K.M. Warfield, author of fantasy novel Scales and Stingers
Thia Bransdottir is shunned for being half Fallen, a race feared by many. She tries to disguise her lineage, but her lilac eyes make it impossible. When her Father is killed, she is taken to the cloister to be a servant of her faith. Jinaari Althir is sworn to protect Thia from the disgraced half of her heritage. Under his holy vows, he must keep others from killing her for their prejudice and using her for her power. He must succeed, there is no room for failure. Trust for someone like Thia is difficult. Jinaari may say he is there to protect her, but can he truly do his best when he knows she is of the Fallen? Will Thia stay safe in order to fulfill her purpose or is she fated to die for her origins?
An Excerpt from Scales and Stingers
Thia let out a scream as an arm circled her waist, lifting her off the ground momentarily. Her hood fell back, her pale blonde hair blowing in the stiff wind. “Consorting with the Fallen now, Althir? I didn’t think you were this kind of ‘honorable’.” A male voice sounded in her ear.
She twisted her body, struggling to free herself. Whoever held her tightened his grip, forcing her closer to him.
“Let her go, Alesso. This is bigger than any grudge you have. The Gods are involved.” Thia snapped her head up at Jinaari’s voice. His sword was out, his eyes looking at her captor.
Thia’s heart hammered in her chest as fear set in. “Where were the Gods when my family was taken, Althir? Maybe this witch knows how to find them. I won’t know until I ask.” Alesso’s body shifted as he changed his stance.
“She’s part of my task, Alesso. You were there when it was given to me. Put revenge aside long enough to obey Garret’s will.”
What did Father Phillip teach me? After one of the acolytes tried to grab me that first week after Papa died? Pushing down her fear, Thia slammed her foot onto Alesso’s. He screamed in surprise; his arm relaxing. Breaking free, she ran toward the captain. The captain gestured toward her as the sound of swords meeting rang out. She stopped as she got to him, turning to see Jinaari and Alesso fighting.
An Interview with K.M. Warfield
-What inspired you to become a writer?
Initially, it was a Dungeons and Dragons game. Haha. Once the cage got unlocked, though….it was so many things. The feeling I get when I’m in the zone is addictive! Finally finding an avenue for all this creative energy I’ve bottled up that I’m good at…I can’t not write now.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Visit The Green Frog in Almair. Have some cider, listen to some music.
-It’s two in the morning. What does your protagonist reveal in confidence? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)
That she finally feels accepted for who she is, instead of shunned for what she is.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Pan and Caelynn would be the most fun as far as bar hopping. Sitting back at home and visiting? Jinaari, Thia, and Adam.
-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?
Ask them what kind of duel they have in mind. I play a mean game of cribbage and backgammon!
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Erotica or westerns. Neither one are genres I like to read, and any attempt at writing them would be painful to read.
About K.M. Warfield
Born in the late 1960’s, K. M. has lived most of her live in the Pacific NW. While she’s always been creative, she didn’t turn towards writing until 2008. Writing under the pen name of KateMarie Collins, she released several titles. In 2019, the decision was made to forge a new path with her books. The Heroes of Avoch series, along with a new pen name, is the end result.
When she’s not writing, she loves playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends, watching movies, and cuddling up with her cat. K. M. resides with her family in what she likes to refer to as ‘Seattle Suburbia’.
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