Thursday, January 24, 2008

Silk Palace by Colin Harvey

Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

1. What's her name?

2. Why did you pick that name?
It means a scholar, which is appropriate given her fearsome intellect.

3. Give us a brief description of how she looks.
About 5 foot 6 tall, slim, mouse-brown hair.

4. Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
She has a slight gap between her top teeth, but otherwise she’s very ordinary looking.

5. Who does she love? Why?
She always thought that she’d never fallen in love because she’d never met the right man. It turns out that she’s never met the right woman. When she met Kyr, a slave, it was love at first sight.

6. Does this person love her?
Yes – but Kyr is much more capricious, and being a slave, is much more conscious of how vulnerable her position is, so is not so bold about showing her feelings.

7. Tell us about her family.
Mother died in childbirth; father was a drunkard who sold her to The Sisters of Beatitude when she was seven. They quickly realized how clever she was, and drilled her relentlessly so that her intellect would reflect the Glory of the Gods.

8. Where is she from?
Vurunkatta, a small village in the far East of the Karnacki Empire. It’s a small market town just like a thousand other such towns in the Empire, where the main harvest is cabbages and they still talk about when a minor Prince visited forty years ago, and the time when someone ran to a nearby rock in less than ten minutes.

9. Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Most of her attitudes are in contrast to her upbringing; when she moved to an urban environment she felt much, much happier straight away.

10. What does she want out of life?
She’s actually getting a lot of what she wants out of life. She works with translations of scrolls which is her great passion. Now she’s met Kyr, she seems to have found love. Life should be perfect. BUT…

11. What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
Her secret is core to the novel, and it would blow the plot. So, sorry – but you’re going to have to read the book!

12. Did you write more than one story about her?
No – The Silk Palace is entirely self-contained.

13. How would she describe you?
I’ve no idea – a contemporary man from our un-mystical world would be so far out of her frame of reference as to be all but alien.

Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?

Novels from Swimming Kangaroo Books:
Lightning Days -- SF, Finalist for the USA Book News Awards
The Silk Palace -- "compelling" Library Journal
"Intrigues, betrayals, murders, love affairs, transformations, and
revelations," Bruce Boston, author of The Guardener's Tale

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