We hear an intriguing excerpt from the book Ashael Rising and learn all about her fantasy series “The Vessel of KalaDene” and the wonderful people and species that populate this world. We discuss the discovery writing technique (AKA pantsing), challenging your default assumptions in a fantasy setting, the Unbound Books model of publishing and how to accidentally get your book accepted. We get tips on online critiquing groups and how your work can actually be protected by this, then we have an all female round of Werewolf versus Shark!
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This Episode’s Guest
Shona Kinsella is an author of speculative fiction who lives in the west of Scotland near picturesque Loch Lomond. She has a degree in law and has worked in several jobs from acting to the civil service. Shona is an avid reader with a love for language who is most often to be found with her nose in a book. She lives with her husband and three children. When she’s not writing, doing the laundry, or wrangling her children, she enjoys cooking, geocaching and nature walks with her family. She is the author of the Vessel of KalaDene series and Petra MacDonald and the Queen of the Fae.
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Buy her first book in the Vessel of KalaDene series here: unbound.co.uk/books/ashael-rising
Pledge for her second book to receive rewards: unbound.com/books/ashael-falling
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