Hey Everyone! I’m really excited to have for you today, fantasy author, Elisabeth Wheatley! I’ve just finished reading her novel, The Key of the Amatahns. Despite the fact that Ms. Wheatley is only 20, she is quite a talented author! What a great imagination! And boy does she create a nasty villain, you will love to hate. 🙂 Check out the interview she did just for me.
Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
I like writing about dangerous girls and the boys who love them. That’s what happens when you’re a romantic who watched too many action flicks as a kid. Other than that, I am Elisabeth Wheatley, Shieldmaiden of Texas and Daughter of the King that Conquered Death.
When did you know that writing was for you?
Gosh, I don’t know. I guess when I realized veterinary medicine wasn’t for me. (Kind of hard to go to vet school when you spontaneously develop a fear of needles.)
Tell us about your debut.
The Key of Amatahns was my debut novel and was just re-released after a facelift and some reediting. I published the first version when I was fifteen, but Janir has been my constant companion for nearly ten years now.
Where did the idea for your story come from?
The main source of the story idea was a girl who couldn’t be hurt by magic. I was greatly influenced by the concept of Terry Goodkind’s Mord’Sith and Pristinely Ungifted. It took me a long time to work out the details of Janir’s powers and abilities, but that’s the one thing that’s always been the same.
What are you reading right now?
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I always get depressed by his books because it seems humanly impossible to write this well. (That and he keeps murdering characters I love.)
What is your favorite movie?
TROY. <3 Yes, I’m 20 and there are still parts I fast-forward, but this is by far my favorite movie. Action, honor, romance, bromance, and general awesome for the win.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what artists inspire you most?
I have the attention span of a chipmunk, so no, I do not listen to music while writing. However, I do draw a great deal of inspiration from Imagine Dragons and Florence + The Machine. Recently, I discovered Blackmore’s Night and you could say these three now form my “Writerly Trinity.”
Who is your favorite villain? (TV, Movie, or Book)
Um…I am torn three ways. For TV, it’s Morgana Pendragon. For movies, it’s Loki Laufeyson. If I have to explain, go watch Merlin and The Avengers right now. As for books, I’m going to go with Sulepis from Tad Williams’ Shadowmarch series, just because he’s just so fricking evil.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
“Just do it.”
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
“Just do it.”
Please tell us where we can get your book and where we can find you online.
As for me, I can be found lurking in a number of places.
Please tell us about any future releases or projects in the works.
Okay…I have no social life, so I’m currently editing the next Argetallam Saga book (2016), another series opener about an assassin who falls for the prince she’s hired to kill (2017), and the third novella in the Fanged Princess series (early 2016). Hopefully, the next Argetallam Saga book will be getting a cover reveal next month and I’m so excited!
Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or hot guys in armor, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.