Ask the Author: Lucy McLaren

What would you like readers to know about you?

Hi! I’m Lucy and I write fantasy stories. I’ve loved them since I was very young but it still feels a bit surreal that I have my own book coming out. A Child’s Awakening is my debut book and the first in a trilogy being published with SFWP in Spring 2021. I’m currently in the process of working with an editor to polish it in preparation for release. The book cover is going to be designed soon so keep an eye of my Twitter page (@lucyamclaren) and website (https://lucyamclarenauthor.wordpress.com/) for the reveal. You can also sign up to my newsletter to receive updates on my fantasy series as well as free short stories direct to your inbox! When I’m not writing, I love gaming (mainly RPGs), walking my dogs, reading and watching films/TV shows (superhero, period dramas, crime thrillers… all that good stuff). 

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

I’ll give you the short pitch, as that’s probably the best way to describe it without waffling on: In a kingdom oppressed by a ruthless cult, a young woman fights through trauma to protect two hunted children and reach the shelter promised by a power-wielding rebel, all the while pursued by a commander blinded by love and loyalty. 

What has been your inspiration for writing it?  

Good question! I think it’s a mix of loads of different fantasy stories I’ve enjoyed over the years in all different mediums, from books to films to video games. I love multi-POV stories, animal companions, connecting with the thoughts/feelings of characters, unrequited love. All of these things are, to some degree, included in my book. 

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

Hmmm that’s a tough one. But I think it’s got to be the climax scene between Evelyn, Commander Sulemon and Lord Torrant. No spoilers but it feels quite emotionally charged to me because of what happens and how it impacts the story going forward into the second book. 

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?  

My favourite book is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, which I’ve read countless times and will never get bored of. I also really enjoy the writing of Robin Hobb (especially the Rain Wild Chronicles series) George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire, of course) and J.V. Jones (whose series, Sword of Shadows, is one of my favourites despite being as yet uncompleted). 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?  

Try to write a little bit every day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 100 words or 10,000 words—what matters is getting some words onto paper. Also don’t get distracted by new story ideas. If you get any, make a note of them and store them away for later. If you have a story you want to see through, the only way to do that is to avoid distraction. Also don’t take rejections personally. Not everyone will like your writing or story and that’s okay. 

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