Interview with Amelia Shaw, Author of Ava’s Coven
08 Dec 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Ava’s Coven?
Ava’s Coven is the first boxset in my 9 book paranormal fantasy series- The Daughters of the Warlock. The 9 books are about three sisters- Ava, Bell and Courtney. And each daughter of the warlock gets her own trilogy. This is Ava’s trilogy. She is the oldest of the three girls.
The daughters of the warlock have grown up with only their mother, having never met their father, in a secret, private realm. Their mother hid them because their father is the High Warlock of all the realms, and the ‘Council’ control him, right down to his arranged marriage and how many children he should have.
The book opens with their mother’s death, and is a roller coaster of a ride as Ava searches out her father, falls in love with a Fae, and tries to stay alive as the Council try to execute her for treason.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
When I first started writing, I was reading contemporary romance mills and boon. But over the years I’ve changed genres and have been influenced by countless authors.
But some of the most notable are Eloisa James, Diana Gabaldon, Sabrina Jeffries, Eva Chase and CN Crawford.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
The Outlander series- Diana Gabaldon
Royal Villains Academy series- Eva Chase
Shadow Fae series -CN Crawford
The Royal Brotherhood – by Sabrina Jeffries
When Beauty tamed the Beast- By Eloisa James
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
(I know that’s 6- hope you don’t mind!)
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The cover art 😊 I went into writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy purely for the incredible covers 😊
What is a typical day like for you?
Well, I’m a mother of 4, so I get up with my baby- who’s 3.5 months old around 6am. Get on my computer and get onto emails, newsletters, checking ads and sales etc. Then when the school-aged kids get up I start running. Breakfast, lunches, yelling at kids to get dressed and pack their bags, while I get the 3 year old ready for child care or whatever we’re doing.
Do school run, come home, feed or settle bubs, then its 4-6 hours on the computer for editing, writing, promoting, etc. Being a self-published author means there is a lot more to do than just write.
Then it’s school pick up, lots of kids stuff, and after they go to bed, I either relax with my partner, or do some more edits, check on a cover I ordered, etc.
I publish twice a month between my multiple pen names so I have a lot of things going all at once.
What scene from Ava’s Coven was your favorite to write?
I loved a lot of scenes in Ava’s trilogy. The action scenes were fun. When she was magically fighting with her Fae lover in the College hall, or anytime she’s with her sisters. Their banter is heaps of fun to write.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Never say never, is a good one.
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
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