Thursday, December 8, 2011

Interview with Author Jane Kindred!

The Fallen Queen by
Jane Kindred

About the Book:
Heaven can go to hell.

Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.

Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves—fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda—who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue soon blurs, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter.

Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, she will have to return to fight for the throne—even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved.
 

Interview with Jane Kindred!

Welcome to Rex Robot Reviews, Jane! Can you tell us a little bit about THE FALLEN QUEEN?
Thanks so much for having me; I’m excited to be here!

The Fallen Queen is a blend of epic and urban fantasy with a touch of romance, inspired by the mythology surrounding Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. Instead of the ruling house of the Russian Empire, however, it’s the “supernal” house of Heaven. Angelic Grand Duchess Anazakia, the youngest daughter of the supernal family, barely escapes assassination when the rest of her family is killed. With no one else to trust, she flees Heaven with a pair of shady demons hired by her governess to hide her in the world of Man. And of course the demons turn out to be nothing like she expected.

Does THE FALLEN QUEEN have a theme song?
Not a theme song, per se, but Kate Bush’s Aerial served as the mental “score” as I was writing. Her voice is absolutely spellbinding. The lyrics don’t necessarily go with the story, but because the album came out when I first started to imagine these characters, the music always evokes them for me. It also reminds me of the magic of St. Petersburg’s White Nights, and of one night in the summer of 2006 when I sat listening to the album while waiting to catch the brief sunset through the veranda doors of a Lesnoy District flat. If my character Anazakia had a theme song, it would probably be Sara McLachlan’s “Fallen.” If my character Anazakia had a theme song, it would probably be Sara McLachlan’s “Fallen.”

Were there any books that inspired you to write THE FALLEN QUEEN?
Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair were major influences— not so much inspiration for writing the story, but they definitely shaped the story once I’d begun. As soon as I started working out who the antagonist should be, I saw a lost prince and an enchanting queen—and a girl who would go to great lengths to save her childhood friend from his fate.

If you could choose any characters from another story, who would you choose to hang out with Anazakia?
They’re not exactly from a story, but I’d love for her to get to meet the actual Romanov grand duchesses—Anastasia, Maria, Tatiana, and Olga—and Grand Duke Alexei.

Can you tell us three things about Anazakia that no one knows?
That’s a tough one. Well, when she was a young girl, she was something of a little devil and once rolled a rock into a snowball and hit her sister Tatia with it, knocking her to the ground; her favorite scent is Violette; and she suffers from coulrophobia—fear of clowns—which I can only applaud as highly sensible.

What is the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
In general, plotting is the most challenging for me, because I’m a “pantser” and usually don’t work from any kind of an outline, so I’ve written myself into quite a few corners that I’ve had to bend myself into a pretzel to get out of. I’ve tried it both ways, though, and I prefer finding out what happens as I go along, just as if I were reading the book. My characters seem to prefer that too, because they get awfully quiet when I tell them what to do.

Any other releases or works in progress that you're excited about?
Book Two in The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, The Midnight Court, is scheduled for release in March 2012, and Book Three, The Armies of Heaven, in June 2012. I also have a second Arkhangel’sk trilogy in the works that I’m really excited about.


1 comment :

  1. I went straight to Goodreads and put this on my TBR list.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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