Today, I’m joined by guest blogger and author of Riddle of Fate, Tania Johansson
- Tris (Beatrice) – Divergent: Veronica Roth: gutsy, brave, doesn’t wait for the guy to save her. Stands up for what she believes in.
- Evie – Paranormalcy: Kiersten White: As the protagonist she is funny, cute and at the same time she kicks butt.
- Eila – Undertow: K Conway: Funny, sharp and relatable. Her voice makes the story enjoyable and draws you along.
- Kara – Lichgates: S M Boyce: She faces lots of dangers and is betrayed by people, but she keeps going and doesn’t lose her fighting spirit.
- Nighteyes! – Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy): I loved him for his loyalty and free spirit. One of the best parts of the entire book for me.
- Lyra – His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman: Who doesn’t love her? She was innocent, yet feisty and I loved her curious streak.
- Locke Lamora – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (29 people of goodreads agree with me that this is YA!): He is a fantastic character. He’s clever and has an irrepressible instinct for survival. Even so, he lives (mostly) by some moral compass and it’s compelling how he toes (and in the end oversteps) the line.
- Hermione – Harry Potter – J K Rowling: She is clever, a bit of a nerd, brave and kicked butt. In short, she rocked.
- Kvothe – Name of the Wind: Patrick Rothfuss: I love the clever ones. And Kvothe is definitively one of them. He still makes stupid mistakes, which makes him all the more real. He’s fascinating.
- Gemma – The Fallen Star: Jessica Sorensen: She is a really interesting character. To watch her go from feeling no emotions at all to having to deal with all these new feelings is intriguing.
I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.
In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.
In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.
Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!
I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.
Publication date: May 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.
Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.
The question that haunts her is this: What did she do that was terrible enough to elicit the wrath of angels? And can she trust the mysterious Derrin, or is he the cause of all her tribulations?