Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! Can we talk about your new book, Only for a Knight? Who are Derron and Elyne?
Derron is a knight who is also the Protector of the Realm and future Guardian of the Sword of Light. He likes to hang out in the human realm at jousting tournaments because he’s bored by the Otherworld.
Elyne is a princess and future ruler of the Otherworld. She’s desperately in love with Derron but too stubborn to admit it. When her world starts to fall apart, it brings the two of them closer together.
Would you mind telling us a little about Derron and Elyne’s world?
Not at all! Their home is the Otherworld, the Faery realm that exists behind a veil and is hidden from humans. It’s separated into two courts – the Light, or Seelie, and the Dark, or Unseelie. The Unseelie realm is where the thieves, robbers, murders are banished from the Seelie. They are condemned to live in exile there ruled by the Dark King who is content with his realm. Until the Dark Elf, Lord Kieran, decides he can do better.
The first novel in the series, One Knight Only, takes place in Scotland, but this sequel takes place in the faery Otherworld—how was it to move your characters from the historical setting to a fantasy setting? Did it change the way you approached this story?
For me, it was a lot more fun to move into the fantasy setting. I’m a fantasy lover at heart, so writing about the Fae, Elves and dragons was awesome. It took me a while to really get going on the story because I had some world building to do. I needed to figure out exactly what the Otherworld was and how it was mapped out. So even though I started writing, and even though I knew what the conflict was up front, I still had to go back and figure out why the Elves and Fae hated each other. It was great fun.
What kind of research did you do when you were creating the Otherworld?
I already knew a lot about Celtic mythology and how the “Otherworld” was. I drew on that as I wrote the story. I also wanted to incorporate the four Fae treasures, though, so I did a lot of research on what those were and then sort of made it for what I needed and wanted for the story. Two of the treasures – the Sword of Light and the Stone of Destiny – are the most famous. For the other two – the Club of Dagda and the Spear of Lugh – I used what I found in text to make it more than it actually was. One of the treasures was a cauldron, which does make an appearance in the story as well.
What’s your favorite place in the Otherworld?
The home of the Elves, high in the trees.
You chose to split the Otherworld community into two factions, Fae and Elves—can you tell us about that decision, and how it plays into the story?
You know I’m a Pantser (grin), so when I sent Elyne to get help from the Elves and the king wasn’t so willing to give it I had to think about why. I started asking myself some “what if” questions about the Elves and the Fae to answer the why question. Why are they divided? Why do they dislike each other so much? The more I wrote, the more I realized there was some bad blood between the two races and the root of is was Queen Maeve’s fault.
How about a blurb?
After saving her love, Princess Elyne returns to the Otherworld by order of her mother. But it’s not the homecoming she expects. Furious Elyne has meddled with humans the queen imprisons her and strips away her magic. The only way Elyne can get it back is to perform one selfless act.
When Queen Maeve sends Derron to find the Guardian of the Sword of Light, he can’t leave without releasing Elyne. After all, she altered time to save his life. But freeing the princess comes with a steep price—he must take her with him on this dangerous quest. And the two must deal with feelings of past hurt and the love growing between them.
Their search becomes more than a pursuit for the missing Guardian as Lord Kieran rises to dominate the Unseelie court. He will stop at nothing to gain control of both the Otherworld and the human realm. Even with the help of Elves, dragons and their human friends, the odds are stacked against Derron and Elyne.
Actually, yes. When I realized they had unfinished business with each other. It was closer to the end of the book when Elyne realized Derron might have died and she truly loved him. That was the moment where I knew I couldn’t allow their betrothal to remain broken. I had to get these two together!
Was there any point in Only For A Knight where one of the characters surprised you?
Maeve did. She’s always so hard on her daughter than toward the end, during the big battle scene, I had no idea what she intended to do until I wrote it. That’s what I love about writing!
What’s your favorite thing about writing Fae characters?
They’re just fun. Plus, I’ve always had a fascination with Celtic myths and legends. This book finally gave me the opportunity to write that story!
My first encounter with faeries was probably Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. I remember, as a very small child, daydreaming about how cool it would be to fly anywhere. What’s the first faery you remember encountering?
Tinkerbell for sure. Who hasn’t seen Peter Pan as a kid? I’ve always loved them, though. I have a few I’ve purchased in various places – Scarborough Faire and Medieval Times. Plus I love fantasy art that features fairies. There are some wonderful artists out there.
What’s your favorite book or movie featuring the Fae?
Great question! I’d have to say book and by far Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER series. It’s so dark and delightful! I love those books.
Will there be a third book in this series?
Yes! I’m currently working on the third, A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER which will feature Queen Maeve and her love interest.
What are you working on right now?
Too many things! I have all those voices in my head. I’m currently working on the third Knights book, a new erotic novella featuring hunky Atlantis guys and an urban fantasy with angels and demons. Plus, in the New Year, I will be re-releasing my contemporary novellas with brand new covers and new titles.
Thanks for having me here! I enjoyed it!
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Website and blog home: http://www.michellemiles.net
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Michelle Miles found her love of writing buried in the fantasy books of Patricia A. McKillip and the beautiful romances of Victoria Holt. It wasn’t until her high school years she decided to take up the pen and try her hand at writing. She created faraway lands, space adventures, and even princesses who just wanted to be saved. Never learning to plot, she always believed that jumping in feet first was the way to go and has since become a self-proclaimed Pantser, writing sexy contemporaries and sizzling paranormal and sweeping fantasy.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, football, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching, and shopping for shoes and Coach handbags. You can read her daily antics at her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. Michelle is also a regular contributor to Pop Culture Divas and Plotting Princesses.