Welcome to my Q & A. Today I’m happy to be featuring my friend and Fey Sister, Adele Marie Park and her new release, Sea Dragons, Book II in her Wisp series, a dark, magical fantasy with murder and magic!
Adele Marie Park was born in the north-east of Scotland, and at the age of six months, she moved to live with family on the Orcadian island of Rousay. Her childhood was surrounded by the tales and legends of old, and these became the themes and beliefs she’s carried with her through life as they now emerge and live within the pages of her books.
Adele’s first published book is Wisp. A tale of murder, passion and intrigue set in the mythical world of Edra. Wisp II Sea Dragons is now available on Amazon. She has won awards for her short stories and many have been published in successful anthologies.
Her writing crosses genres between fantasy and horror but is always character driven. Transforming the pictures and characters in her head as if by magic onto the pages of her books. Her belief in magic, faeries and the paranormal has never wavered.
The malevolent and ruthless mage, Dante Asano is defeated but victory came at a horrific price.
Before Wisp and his companions could intervene, Dante possessed Pendra Thorn’s body. In order to stop Dante without killing Pendra, a magic sleep spell was cast.
A glass coffin warded with powerful spells encased her body while her mind fled to a favourite memory; unfortunately, Dante is also trapped with her.
The magical coffin will only keep her alive, and Dante contained for a short time.
A desperate plan to undertake a treacherous journey across an unknown sea means Wisp and his companions must disband. Some journey with Wisp to find an ancient spell to release Pendra and banish Dante’s spirit.
Those left behind must guard Pendra in a city under threat.
An ancient evil casts a shadow over Edra causing burgeoning unrest and setting the inhabitants against one another.
Wisp’s journey must be successful not only for Pendra’s sake but also for Edra itself.
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
“Sea Dragons” begins with Wisp, a Marsh Faerie Law Enforcer, as he waits inside the office of the new Senior, Nether Green, an elf with considerable law enforcement experience to show for a planned meeting.
He reminisces about the events of the last six months, and recalls the death of his Senior officer Bartholomew at the hands of Dante Asano, and how Lady Pendra Thorne’s childhood home was now her mausoleum, where she lays sealed inside a glass coffin warded with spells. Wisp, Finn, and Arutha watch over the princess in the glass coffin day and night.
After an hour there is a knock at the door. Wisp learns there’s been a murder, and the new Senior is the victim! Even stranger, the new Senior is found hanging from a rope, made to look like a suicide.
After a visit to the scene of the murder, Wisp quickly picks up on a few prominent details and comes to the assumption that the new Senior was indeed murdered. Now, Wisp must solve the murder of another dead elf!
Meanwhile, at home, Finn discovers Pendra convulsing within her glass coffin. Finn summons his mother to help him deal with this new situation.
Inside the glass coffin, Pendra’s mind retreats into a favorite memory of childhood comfort, where she tries to maintain her sanity; unfortunately, the evil Dante is also trapped inside her body. In this state of flux within her mind, Pendra learns the horrible truth of the ancient evil that controls Dante Asano and his plan to rule Edra.
The magical coffin will only keep Pendra alive, and Dante contained for a brief time. To save her, Wisp and Finn and his family have to remove the evil Dante without harming Pendra.
When it’s decided that there might be a spell which will separate Dante from Pendra, Wisp and the others set off for Samoyer, a land across the Great Sea. The only problem is, Finn’s father, Slait, has a price on his head if he returns to his homeland. Yet, without this spell, Pendra will die and Edra could cease to exist.
Park has woven an atmospheric dark fantasy filled with suspense, murder, and magic! Through thoughtful detail, we’re introduced to a world filled with dragons, elves, goblins, faeries, and many other creatures where the laws of magic govern the land.
Park’s portrayal of the evil Farloaeth, the ancient harbinger of doom, reminded me of the Norse’s “Wild Hunt,” which added sensory details to the story in unexpected ways. She filled the book with plenty of twists and turns, which kept me reading long into the night.
The end was a total surprise, which stops on a bit of a cliffhanger. My mouth literally dropped open when I read the last pages. I never saw it coming.
I’ve been a fan of this author’s novels, since I stumbled upon some of her short- stories in several anthologies published within the writing community. Read “Wisp” and then delve into “Sea Dragons” as the books are not standalone novels. If you love fantasy, you will love these characters.
Seriously, I can’t wait to find out what happens in the third book. With Park’s creativity, the sky is the limit!
Let’s get to know more about Adele and about how her childhood has aided in leading her to fantasy writing!
What hobbies do you enjoy when not writing?
My second love is painting, watercolour. I can paint from an image, but I prefer to work with the subject directly. Especially when painting the flowers in the garden or a beach scene. I also adore drawing, pencil, or ink, but I haven’t used ink for a long time and having said it here, I want to buy some and give it a go. I read as if it’s the last book on earth, devouring and living each book that I read. Crocheting is something I love to do in the winter when the weather gets cold. Blankets, hats, scarfs, and little dolls. The garden is another love of mine and I enjoy sitting out as I weed, plant, or play with the dog. I have always loved cooking and have a few favourite dishes that turn out well each time. Vegetable lasagne, my macaroni and my veggie stew and dumplings. I do wish I could bake, my aunt Adeline, who brought me up, was a fantastic baker. Walking along the beach, I am definitely a beach girl. Searching for sea glass and looking in rock pools.
D.G. – Sounds like never a dull moment for you Adele with all your crafting and hobbies, besides writing, lol
What are your writing goals for this year?
An e-book which is to be published by Black Wolf Publishing. It’s just at the finishing stage to be sent back to them. Finish writing the third instalment in the Wisp series then get it edited before finally publishing with amazon. I have two other books in the pipeline, and I hope to get the time to finish them as well. Ideas pop into my head all the time and through dreams as well. Once these projects are finished, I hope to work on a companion book for Wisp which will have maps of Edra, the country in which Wisp is based and character drawings which I want to do. It will give the readers the chance to see Edra and the characters and pick up knowledge of the different races on Edra, their magical skills and where they live. It’s going to be a huge project but I’m looking forward to it. I don’t know if I can publish it through amazon as I want a specific look, an antique finish as if you’ve just found the book in a dusty attic.
D.G. – Wow, that sounds fabulous Adele. And I wish you luck with these abundant amount of exciting projects.
What is the worst part of publishing and why?
For me it is the editing. The first, second and third self-edit can drive me bonkers as I tend to want to re-write a lot which takes time. Then it is off to the editors who depending on their lifestyle can have other jobs before their editing. The wait is torture, so I usually begin writing something else to take my mind off it. When the first edits come back to me it can take a long time to read through and make the corrections. It’s just so frustrating because I’m a “yes let’s get this done” type of person but I temper my enthusiasm as I want to produce the best possible work I can and that involves other people as well as me. A novel is not a solo project and I am so incredibly grateful to my editors who go above and beyond the call of duty at times. By the time, the novel is ready to publish it can sometimes be nerve racking to finally put it out there as it has been so long in the evolving process.
D.G. – I’m with you on all you said, lol. The first return from the editor holds us writers in great anticipation, and then the gruel of revising again from edits. Isn’t writing fun?
If you weren’t a writer what else do you think you would do?
I wanted to be an art teacher, preferably for younger children as it can be so much fun to explore colours and types of using paints and crayons with them. The other thing I would like to do is to be completely off grid. This would mean building our own house, I love cob houses, solar and wind power to provide electricity and warmth in winter. Growing my own veg and herbs and I have always wanted a goat. Yes, a goat. It would provide milk for making cheese which is something I don’t think I can live without. Cheese and my love for it means that I stay vegetarian and not vegan, although there are good vegan cheeses around these days. No television, no internet, and a happy peaceful life. Ideally this vision would happen on the coast beside a favourite beach. Now, if I make enough money writing, ahem, that just might happen.
D.G. – That sounds heavenly, be right over, lol!
Where do you think your passion for storytelling originated from?
I grew up on the small island of Rousay which is part of the Orkney Isles. I was lucky that the old traditions and stories were still prevalent at the time I was a child. My aunt Adeline and Uncle Tommy raised me, and they had all the time in the world for me and my questions, even though Tommy had the farm to run and Adeline was the district nurse. My uncle Willie lived just up the road from our house, and I would wander up to his to hear stories about Trows, (trolls), witches, faeries, mermaids and selkies. I would also have my tea up at his house a few times a week. Usually a boiled egg, toast, and a wee glass of stout. Another great influence was Willie o Hammerfield. In Orkney you are usually known by the name of your house rather than your surname. Willie lived with his wife Mabel at the edge of a cliff which sheared downward to the wild sea. He told me tales about selkies, grey seals who change into humans on land, leaving their skins and dancing in the moonlight. He also told me about the Finn Folk who lived in these islands many years ago and fought a great war with a race he called the wizards. Finn Folk are still talked about now and a few have said they encountered them. Dark of hair and dark of eye, the Finn Folk tell a glorious tale.
D.G. – What a fascinating childhood that sounds. It’s no surprise the environment you grew up in has enhanced your creativity and talent for fantasy writing!
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