You know that moment when an idea grabs you and just won't go away? Well, that is how this series began. I'd created a character for a RPG and she wouldn't leave me alone right from the start. As the game progressed, her extensive back-story hovered at my shoulder like an impatient child waiting for sweets, occasionally giving me a nudge, until it had developed into something that I couldn't really ignore any longer.
Thus was born The Fire-Eyes Chronicles, the story of Aamena Hinnorwen, an ordinary elf who does extraordinary things. Yet, initially, it is not her story. When I started plotting the first book, The Battle for Dragonheart, I realised that, in order to tell Aamena's tale, I would need to go further back and tell her mother's. So I put Aamena to one side for a while and started thinking about Zilyana Yllayra.
To my surprise, Dragonheart isn't her story either, not entirely. It wasn't long before a new character made herself known - the troubled Dhussena Lorafiel. As I explored Dhussena's story, I realised why Zilyana behaves as she does and uncovered a tragic secret that could destroy reputations...and lives.
The Battle for Dragonheart follows Dhussena and Zilyana as they struggle to survive - socially, politically and literally. A natural disaster devastates lives and the environment, throwing the women's Clans together in the most violent of ways. The Imperial Forces are at their heels, a Treaty is violated and everything hinges on whether they can secure control of the perfect place to appease their goddess - the mighty temple of Dragonheart, deep in the Forest of the North.
The book will be coming out later this year, so I will be spending the next few months sharing lots of background information about Aamena, Zilyana and Dhussena and the world in which they live. Check out my Twitter feed @fireeyeschron for updates and make sure you bookmark this site!
Who is Blogging Today?
Sometimes it will be me. At other times, you may well be treated to one of Dhussena Lorafiel's herbal remedies, or perhaps Zilyana Yllayra's etiquette tips. Aamena Hinnorwen may pop in to talk about a new skill she has learned. There is always a chance that we may be graced by the presence of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor, who likes nothing better than to discuss the many benefits of the land he rules. There will be maps, sketches, photos, news, character information, guest blogs from other authors... all sorts of different ways for you to delve into the world of the Chronicles.