Wednesday, September 19, 2018

1 Laurie Forest, author of THE IRON FLOWER, on letting go

THE IRON FLOWER is the second book in the The Black Witch Chronicles, and we're happy to have Laurie Forest swing by to share more about it.

Laurie, what was your inspiration for writing THE IRON FLOWER?

The fight for civil unions here in Vermont (which was the spearhead to the fight for marriage equality nationwide). I got involved in the pro civil-union/pro marriage equality side and hatred I never knew existed came out of the woodwork. It was frightening and got me thinking about prejudice of all types. Around that time I was getting into fantasy fiction, because my kids were urging me to read it. The idea for a story with anti-prejudice themes lit inside of me and refused to let go.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

To just let go and throw my heart and soul into it. To completely let go of my pride and be open to multiple sensitivity readers, no matter how harsh the criticism. To open myself up to learning from others how to be better and how to write better.

What do you hope readers will take away from THE IRON FLOWER?

That belief systems, whether political or religious, that target entire groups of people as "evil" or "other" are dangerous. And that diversity and tolerance are their own type of magic.


The Iron Flower
by Laurie Forest
Harlequin Teen
Released 9/18/2018

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.

While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles – OUT NOW) & Wandfasted (Book 0.5, The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) are her first published novels. Coming in 2018 are Light Mage (Book 1.5, The Black Witch Chronicles) & The Iron Flower (Book 2.0, The Black Witch Chronicles). She is currently ensconced in the woods, hard at work on The Shadow Dryad (Book 3.0, The Black Witch Chronicles).


Have you had a chance to read THE IRON FLOWER yet? Do you throw your heart and soul into your writing? Are you open to learning from others? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

1 comment:

  1. I love this book. Lukas Grey has become even more intriguing. I want to read much more about him. I think he is on his own beliefs journey. I wonder what his secret anti-Vogel plan is--he certainly has one. I originally borrowed TBW from my library. I borrowed it again, and again, and eventually bought a copy. My copy of TBW and TIF are both now bookmarked throughout so I can keep going back and revisiting favorite passages. The writing is captivating. If it wasn't such a dangerous place, I would book my next trip to Erthia--thank you Laurie Forest--and please, more Lukas Grey in book 3 as he sharpens his sword on all worthy comers and then piano broods over his clueless romance-addicted fast-mate! Hate and love, how twinned are they?


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