This Sunday I am appearing at a panel on 'Fantastical Tales' at the Sydney Writers Festival with fellow fantastical authors K. B. Hoyle and Sulari Gentill.
To celebrate, I interviewed Karin (K.B.) yesterday, and today I'm pleased to introduce Sulari Gentill, who under the name S.D. Gentill, has published a YA fantasy adventure series called The Hero Trilogy.
The event is on Sunday at 10am, in the Philharmonia Studio. Details here
Award-winning author Sulari Gentill writes the Rowland Sinclair Series, historical crime fiction mysteries set in the 1930’s. The fourth book in the series Paving the New Road has just been released. The second book in the series A Decline in Prophets was recently announced winner of the Davitt Award for best crime fiction 2012. Under the name S.D. Gentill, Sulari also writes a fantasy adventure series called The Hero Trilogy. The third and final book in the series, The Blood of Wolves, has just been released.
What is your latest novel all about?
The Blood of Wolves if the final installment of the Hero Trilogy. The series as whole is Mythic Fiction - a retelling of ancient epics. I have on occasion been accused of writing Homeric Fanfic. To be honest, that's probably not unjustified... though this third book is based on Virgil's Aeneid. In it, the Herdsmen of Ida, allies of now the now defeated Troy, join Aeneas and his fugitive fleet of Trojan survivors in their search for a new homeland.
How did you get the first idea for it?
That's a bit embarrassing really. I was meeting with Pantera Press, to sign a contract for A Few Right Thinking Men - the first book in my Historical Fiction series. Pantera had come across Chasing Odysseus (or at least a review of it) on the internet - it had been placed in a manuscript award a few months earlier. I hadn't actually sent the manuscript to them so I was caught by surprise when they expressed an interest in signing it too. Of course I was ecstatic. They'd assumed that it was the first book of a series and asked me what I'd planned to do with the sequels. I hadn't actually thought about Chasing Odysseus in a while let alone contemplated sequels, but being a new author and desperate to please, I didn't want to tell them that. So I made up plots for the next two books on the spot...I really just said the first things that came into my head. And then I had to write it!
What do you love most about writing?
The people in my head. It's certainly never lonely in there!
What are the best 5 books you've read recently?
A Beautiful Place to Die - Malla Nunn
The Will Power series - Robert Gott
The Half Child - Angela Savage
The Trusted - John M. Green
The Raven's Heart - Jesse Blackadder
What lies ahead of you in the next year?
I'm due to start writing the next Rowland Sinclair Novel (#6) in about October. Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (Rowland Sinclair #5) will be released in time for Christmas and I've just finished Escaping Judgement, the first manuscript of a new series which will come out in 2014. But between now and October, I am in the glorious position of being able to experiment... to try another genre, something completely new...or I might write nothing at all and just paint instead....or I could do both...