Please welcome Suzy Turner, author of the Raven Saga, a YA urban fantasy series.
Thanks for inviting me to be a guest, Nicholas. It’s fantastic to be here and in such good company.
Nicholas was recently a guest on my blog and he described beautifully what inspired him to write his series Caulborn, and so we thought it would be nice for me to tell you what was behind the idea for The Raven Saga.
In 2009 my husband, our close friends and I went on a three week holiday to Canada (Alberta and British Columbia to be specific). The moment we arrived, we were blown away by its utter magnitude and beauty. Everywhere we turned we were faced with the most dramatic scenery, and the friendliest people we’ve probably ever met. Needless to say, it was totally inspiring.
However, it wasn’t until we were passing through a place called Powell River on the BC coast, that my mind began to go into overdrive and all these wild ideas started to form.
Stopping in a car park, we took out some food and drink and went to sit on a little beach just out of the town to have a picnic. It was there that the initial idea for The Raven Saga first came about.
Scattered all over that little bay were huge pieces of driftwood, where we sat and ate, taking in our surroundings. Every now and then, fish would hop in and out of the water. We tried to get photos of them, but it proved a little difficult. We still don’t know what kind of fish they were.
As we looked ahead to the Pacific ocean, there were a few little islands off into the distance and behind us were lots of tall trees. It had an air of mystery to it. It was also a little eerie… at least that’s how my mind saw it.
I’m a Twilight fan and I started to have all kinds of ‘Twilightesque’ ideas. I realised it would be the perfect spot for supernatural beings to hide. Not just vampires and werewolves but different kinds of creatures like changelings too. Those ideas continued to form in my head until I was made redundant from my job as magazine editor in early 2010. It was like fate was trying to tell me something. It was telling me to follow my dream. To be an author. Thus The Raven Saga was born!
Thanks for stopping by, Suzy!
You can learn more about Suzy and the Raven Saga from Suzy’s site, her blog, and you can follow her on Twitter. You can purchase Raven, the first book in the Raven Saga, from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.