All this weekend I’m participating in the Brains to Books Cyber Convention. This is your chance not only to get to know me and my work better but to get acquainted with some other wonderful authors.
Meet A. F. Stewart. A steadfast sci-fi and fantasy geek, A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada and still calls it home. She favors the dark and deadly when writing—her genres of choice being dark fantasy and horror—but she has been known to venture into the light on occasion. As an indie author she’s published novellas and story collections, with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction.
She is fond of good books, action movies, sword collecting, geeky things, comic books, and oil painting as a hobby. She also loves history and mythology.
She has two dozen titles to her name—novels, short stories, and poems in a variety of genres—including Ruined City, an epic fantasy. You’ll see as you read on that if you like my epic fantasy series, The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, you might also like Ruined City.
In the Northern Pass stands the city of Elowen, the glittering guardian between the Empire of Aloquis and the Kingdoms of Immra. It exists proud and prosperous, never dreaming its dark past was coming to call…
On a bright winter’s day a stranger arrives in Elowen, bearing a secret. From this man a dark blight of ruin descends over the great city and henceforth the day becomes known as Winter’s Bane.
The day the world changed for the people of Elowen.
The day their existence turned into a recurring nightmare.
Read of the aftermath of revenge through the eyes of a shopkeeper, a child, ghosts, a blacksmith, a guardsman, an innkeeper, and even a King.
Twelve Stories, One Evil.
Interview with Mordren the innkeeper (from the story Winter’s Bane in Ruined City)
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from, your race, your homeland. Your heritage.
I’m Mordren, an innkeeper in the city of Elowen, and a citizen of Immra, land of the Nine Kingdoms. I am not native to the city though, as I was born in the kingdom of Lovikt. I did not follow the path of most men in Lovikt to join the ranks of warriors or craftsmen; I was a misfit in my homeland. In my youth I developed a restless quality and took to wandering. This is how I came to settle in Elowen. Well before the curse of course, when the city was prosperous and beautiful.
Tell us about your parents.
My father was a raider, and a great warrior. He led many famous raids on neighbouring tribes and into the Wastelands. My mother was a herbalist and healer, skilled and well-respected. I was a disappointment to them both.
What would you say is your greatest fear?
Before the curse I would have said being shunned. The people of Lovikt are not a forgiving sort. In many ways they are hard, with certain laws you do not transgress. I did not suit their rules or their ways, and my early life was lived in dread of shunning. Those days seem quite far away now, for the true horrors to fear are the Night Wraith.
Tell me about your nemesis.
The nemesis of every citizen of Elowen are the creatures that come on Winter’s Bane, the Night Wraith. And you do not wish to know of them, nor what they do to people. You will sleep better in your ignorance.
Tell us about your greatest desire.
That I live to see the end of this curse, and Elowen thrive once more. The empty streets of today belie the splendour this city knew. We thrived before the coming of Winter’s Bane. The streets were happy then, we laughed, we lived. I hope I shall see that again.
Describe your ideal partner/mate.
He would have a sense of wry humour, and a kind heart. He would be strong, and like a rousing song. And he would love an ale by the fire to end a cold winter night. A full set of teeth, and a good head of hair would be nice as well.
Here’s the million dollar question… How do you feel about your author?
She scares me. She scares all of us. I mean, she has a body count in the hundreds from this book alone. What she did to those poor souls in the palace, I shudder at the thought of it. She’s a ruthless one. Anybody could end up dead, so as one of her characters, I stay on her good side.
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