Welcome, all, to The Rise of Aredor Relaunch Blog Tour.
I have a very special guest today, author Claire M. Banschbach, who has generously agreed to an interview with yours truly.
Claire M. Banschbach is the author of The Rise of Aredor and The Wildcat of Braeton (and a few other books, too!). The Rise of Aredor is currently on sale from Amazon for only $0.99! Go grab a copy now, the sale only lasts through tomorrow.
The Rise of Aredor
Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor’s shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin’s former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin’s path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.
The Wildcat of Braeton
His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.
A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.
As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain – war is coming to the North!
Interview with Claire M. Banschbach
Hi Claire, welcome. Why don’t you start by telling us where you got the idea for this series?
Claire: This series was driven by a love for The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis, an overactive imagination, and the realization that I could write my own story just how I wanted it.
The Lewis influence is definitely evident, I actually compared The Rise of Aredor to The Horse and His Boy in my review yesterday.
When did you first start writing, and why?
Claire: I guess when I first started writing as a kid it was little short stories, like no more than 100 words probably. My parents thought they were cute. Then LOTR came out and I was completely obsessed and I started some truly terrible fan fiction. I think I still have it somewhere in case I need to feel good about how far I’ve come. 😛
What’s on your writing playlist?
Claire: Typically I listen to my epic instrumental soundtrack playlist, but occasionally I’ll switch it up with Disney, or The Piano Guys, or some Peter Hollens.
Love, love, love The Piano Guys! What is your favorite time of day to write?
Claire: I’ve found I’m usually better/more productive in the evening. I blame school for that. I usually studied better in the evenings, so when I needed to procrastinate I would write. 😛 But no, usually the evening is when everything has calmed down, I’m awake for the most part, and I’ve been daydreaming all day about writing.
What is your medium? (Computer, Tablet, Notepad, Pen/Pencil)
Claire: Computer for the most part these days. I type a lot faster than I write. But the Aredor books were all handwritten. In fact I found the stack of notebooks recently when I was packing to move. You can see a pic on my Facebook page. And I finished up another project this year in a notebook. So I like switching between pen and computer.
What’s next for you? Any new projects in the works?
Claire: My recent finished work, The Wolf Prince, is with the editor right now, and that’s up next on the publishing list to hopefully be out by the end of this year. I’m working on a N/A fantasy right now with more brothers and snark, tentatively titled The Mountain Baron – Rhys MacDuffy turned his back on his clan and country when they turned on him. But when news reaches him that the man he called brother has been captured, he rides into the heart of enemy territory to find his brother and face his greatest fear – redemption.
Okay, now for the obligatory deserted island question: You get to take one book with you to a deserted island, what is it?
Claire: This is always a hard question. How about a giant notebook so I never run out of space to write?
You’ll have to write really small! Finally, what is the one thing you wish people knew about your book?
Claire: That underneath all the action and adventure, they’re just stories about men and women, blood relations or not, standing up for each other and being prepared to make any sacrifice for their family or country with a little humor along the way.
I think anyone who reads this series will definitely come away with that feeling, I certainly did.
Thanks, so much, to Claire M. Banschbach for joining me today! And for being my first official Author Interview! Check out yesterdays post for an in depth review of The Rise of Aredor series, see below for information on where to follow Claire, and how to enter the giveaway.
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Want to read a short story from the world of Aredor? Check this out!
About the Author
Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.
She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
Enter to win ebooks of The Rise of Aredor and The Wildcat of Braeton, a set of 4 notecards of the series artwork, and the grand prize is a paperback set of the books + 1 notecard of choice!
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