Friday, May 10, 2013

FRIDAY FIRSTS with Joanna Fay

First Five Sentences of... 
Reunion: The Siaris
Quartet Book Two

Riana ran hard, folds of velvet whipping around her ankles. The fortress’s black walls pressed in close, dank and smothering. Her footsteps were muffled, all sounds eaten in the gloom. Her bare feet stung where they met the fierce cold of the floor. She veered around a twist in the corridor and rocked back on her heels.

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Fun First Facts About Joanna

What was the first romance you ever read?
I suspect the first romance I read was a Mills&Boon, at the encouragement of school friends. The first romance I read that made a big enough impression to stay permanently in my memory was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I would not be the first to say that! In fact, I read it several times over, followed by her other novels, my favourite being Persuasion. After Austen came the Brontes, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins…you get the picture. 

Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote. Whatever happened to it?
The first novel I ever wrote has become the last three books of my epic fantasy sequence, The Siaris Quartet. I wrote a prequel novel, Daughter of Hope, which became Book One of the quartet, a couple of years ago (published last year by Musa Publishing). The rest of the material I ran past a critiquing group, who all told me it had to be at least three books. I started writing the Siaris story-world in my teens, some three decades ago, so it really is a lifelong passion, and I’m having a fantastic time now finishing the last novel in the quartet, and dreaming up sequels. 

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up in the morning?
Actually, I sit up in bed and do a meditation practice, using beautiful visualizations. Even if it’s only for five minutes (on weekdays), it always makes a difference to the whole day if I begin from that peaceful, settled space. I totally love it!

More about Joanna: Joanna Fay is a writer of fantasy novels, short stories and poetry. The first two novels of her epic fantasy sequence The Siaris Quartet, Daughter of Hope and Reunion, have been published by Musa Publishing. Six of her short stories have been published, three of which are set in the Siaris ‘story-world’, with two shortlisted in the International Aeon Award. Her poems have been much awarded and published. Joanna lives in the Perth hills, Western Australia, with her teenage son and a menagerie of small pets, including a magical white rabbit. She writes and works as a therapist by day, and keeps an eye on the sky for low-flying unidentified objects by night.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, was fun! :)

  2. And I thought my series had been in the process of cogitation for a long time! The best things take time to come to maturity. Good luck with Siaris, Joanna.

    1. Thanks very much, Jane! I know...this is long-term Big Love :)xx

  3. Sounds like you have everythin planned out, Joanna! Best wishes with ALL your publishing endeavors! Love the fact that you meditate! Cheers!

    1. Thanks for all your support and encouragement along the way, Sharon. I really appreciate it! Bests to you too :) xx

  4. Joanna, thanks for coming on. You're welcome back any time. :)

    I also love that you meditate every morning. I write in a journal and write out a gratitude list. On the days that I don't, it just doesn't feel quite right.

    1. Oh, thanks, Rebecca! :)

      Gratitude lists are another great way to start (and indeed end) a day too...cumulatively, these 'positives' can be profoundly life-changing...and I'm grateful for realizing this somewhere along the way.

      All the best to you. :)