Monday, December 30, 2019

Blogtour: Wren and Oak (Rowan Harbor #9) by Sam Burns

The Eternal Interview Question

Almost every creative who’s ever been interviewed has gotten the same dreaded question:

Where do you get your ideas?

It’s usually asked with a sheepish chuckle, as though the interviewer is sure it’s a silly question, but it still seems like the thing to ask.

And isn’t it? I mean, aren’t the ideas what put the artist in that interview in the first place? If I hadn’t written nine books in a series, I sure wouldn’t be writing posts about where my ideas came from.

The problem is that when a writer gets the question, they go blank. Not because they don’t want to share, or because they don’t know where the ideas came from, but that every story comes from at least a hundred places, and the interviewer doesn’t want—doesn’t have time for—a hundred stories.

Where did my series come from? There’s a plot bunny that came from inverting the trope at the heart of a popular TV series. There’s the mythology of my ancestors, and their tendency to write the same kind of story over and over again—so clearly it was my turn. I made a main character partially inspired by my own difficulty putting down roots, and a town that’s vaguely reminiscent of a few I lived in as a kid. Every plot is based on real life problems I’ve overcome, or seen other people overcome. No, my town has never been besieged by an evil fae king, but I also can’t say the Summer king isn’t based on someone I know. And on a legend. And on thousands of books I’ve read over the years.

Like every idea I’ve ever made into a book, it came from everywhere.

So sure, “where do you get your ideas?” is a valid and reasonable question. But when you ask it, don’t be surprised when your average artist has to stop and think. They’re not confused, they’re just deciding which of their hundred stories to tell today.

About the book:

Rowan Harbor has been peaceful for a now unprecedented two months, but everyone knows it’s the calm before the storm. The Summer king is coming for the thorn—a weapon destined to bring his end—and Fletcher has never felt so helpless.
When the disturbing dreams start and his mentor, Oak, is hesitant to discuss them, Fletcher doesn’t know where to turn. He and his boyfriend Conner are in the process of moving in together, and he doesn’t want to add anything else to Conner’s list of concerns.
With a vengeful fae waiting for his chance to raze Rowan Harbor to the ground, Fletcher has to find a way to protect everything he loves and survive the coming storm.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link 

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 45,000 words 

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause and Effect

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 - Blackbird in the Reeds - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 - Wolf and the Holly - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Fox and Birch - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Hawk In The Rowan - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 - Stag and the Ashe - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 - Adder and Willow - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6.5 - In Any Light - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #7 - Eagle In The Hawthorn - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #8 - Salmon and the Hazel - Amazon US | Amazon UK

About the author:

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


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