October is a great month for reading a bit of mythology, a traditional fairytale or a fantasy … and “The Watchers” fantasy series is aimed at readers aged 10 upwards. The books have been described as “Lord Of The Rings” meets the supernatural – I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the first book in the series to review…
The story is set in England in 1270AD. A young girl, Auriella, flees from her village after being accused of being a witch. She flees into the deep dark woods and like all good fairytales, she gets chased by wolves and just when she thinks she will be eaten by them, she is rescued by an old woman. But her rescuer is no ordinary old lady and, as the story unravels, Auriella discovers she is actually no ordinary young girl. Auriella finds friendship, she learns to fight, she discovers her dreams, she falls in love, and she tries to avoid being pursued by nightmare creatures. And she wants to be a knight. A proper knight. Then there are “The Watchers” …. supernatural beings in human form, charged with protecting mankind from the armies of darkness. They are looking for The Lady Of Neviah. This is a tale filled with fairies, pixies, dwarves, dragons, princes, dresses, queens, wolves, witches and knights. This is the sort of book I devoured eagerly as a young girl … and I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed reading the book as an adult. It was pure fantasy and a joy to read. Ideal bedtime reading whether you have a child to read to or not. Each book could be read as a stand-alone but once you are on a roll …. !
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DEIRDRA EDEN
Hi Deirdra. Welcome to the blog…
Hello, I’m Deirdra. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a temperate rainforest. This place is magical and I am inspired by the beauty around me every day. I love adventures, education, animals, exploring, being with my family, and creating beautiful things.
Your fantasy series of books “The Watchers” – is an engaging traditional fairytale story based in England during 1270AD that features witches, wolves, dwarves, knights, pixies, princes, supernatural beings and just a little bit of fairy dust! The series has been described as “Lord of the Rings” &. “Braveheart” meets the supernatural world. What inspired you to write books of this nature?
History tends to repeat itself, which is why so many ancient books have stories that are relatable to us today. Just like many other fantasy writers, this is a fun way to tell a story with an inspiring message of always having hope and fighting for your dreams.
I really enjoyed reading the book – I liked the mix of characters. I adored Auriella. What character did you enjoy writing about the most? Who was the hardest?
I really enjoyed writing about all of the characters. They all came to life on their own. The hardest characters were the ones that were actual historical figures. They required a lot of research before I could develop and implement them into the story.
The stories start in England in 1270AD, when Auriella flees from her village after being accused of witchcraft. Why did you pick medieval England specifically? Were there any other places you considered?
This time and place was chosen after searching through some geological records. I discovered an ancestor of mine who was a “dame”, basically a female knight. I was so inspired by this and it came at the perfect moment in my life when I needed to know that this kind of blood ran through my veins too.
You have also recently published “Time Management For Creative People” – which is a bit different from your fairytales – can you please give us a summary?
People and the way our minds work fascinate me which is one of the reasons why I got my degree in Social and Behavioral Studies. After years of observing creative people, as well as self observation, I realized that right-brained people work, think, and organize differently. The traditional corporate linear time management planners and spreadsheets rarely work for a creative person. In fact, it often leads to frustration. Time Management For Creative People teaches creators how to balance, organize, and prioritize all they need to get done. This is done completely organically in ways that are natural to them by living life in creative cycles and seasons and maximizing high and low energy times.
Have you always wanted to be a writer or did your career aspirations lie elsewhere?
For me I have a pretty long ‘AND’ factor. I’m a writer, and I am also an activist. I’m a artist, and I also like construction projects. However, writing for me is more of a calling than a career.
When it comes to your personal reading delights – what genre/authors do you read? Kindle or book?
I love reading history, self improvement, geography, and anything travel.
Are there any other book ideas in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond?
Yes, I have a top secret book that will be ready soon, but I’m thinking it will be published under a pseudonym. There is also The Watchers, Night of Light Book #7. But it is going to be a while before that one is ready.
Are your books available to purchase worldwide?
Yes, they are. The best place to get them is on Amazon.
What hobbies or past times do you pursue when you are not writing?
Exploring nature, hiking, taking pictures, rescuing animals, gardening, recording soundscapes, and hanging out with my family.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
Something comfortable that I can move in. I love things that are fun and flowing while being strong yet feminine.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
Amazon. I can get all I need without leaving the house. Etsy is way fun too.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
I already have everything I need and I am grateful for that.
Boots or Shoes?
Both! Since I am from the Pacific Northwest I also do flip-flops and occasionally no shoes. =)
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc
Thank you very much for chatting with me today Deirdra and thanks also for the copy of your book.
All photographs have been published with kind permission of Deirdra Eden