Hello there! Today I have an interview with author Terah Edun. Welcome to the blog, Terah!
Madrassa, YA epic fantasy, is my debut novel. The novel features five
main characters, each with unique gifts tied to their talents. They
enroll at the Madrassa, a magical academy for powerful young mages.
a young American living abroad in East Africa. Most of my time and
energy is spent saving the world. I’m kidding. But I do love my job. I’m
a daydreamer who loves to read and at the moment I’m shaking my head at
the crazy storm that has hit the Northeast, sending well wishes to all
those affected and basking in the dry heat of my adoptive country.
What age bracket do you write for?
book is intended for all ages but suitable for those 12 and older.
There’s been a fascinating explosion of interest in the young adult
market from individuals much older than the young teens who’d you think
this market targets. I believe, because I’m one of them, adults at any
age can enjoy a story written for young adults.
What kind of stories or topics to you like to write about in your book(s)?
What is the first line?
I love to write about teens finding their way against all odds and overcoming challenges.
First Line for Red Madrassa:
sun was bright and the wind brisk as she walked along the beach,
kicking up tufts of sand in her wake. She felt guilty – but not enough
to turn back and apologize.
What was the hardest part about writing [your book]?
hardest part was writing the Madrassa entrance exams. The characters
have to go through several tests to achieve admission into the fabled
school for mages.
It was incredibly difficult to get the scenes
for each of their individual tests locked down. For instance, Sitara was
dragged under water and she had to use her skills with Air to fight it.
Describing a fight against living water is tricky – add in another
element and it can get chaotic.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
always enjoyed reading young adult fantasy – in particular the
sub-genres of coming of age and epic. It just made sense in my mind to
write what I loved to read.
Do you use visual aids while writing and/or brainstorming?
love to watch Youtube clips from my favourite movies. The beautiful
fantasy scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia, for example, inspire me to
write and the soundtracks usually put me in my writing zone.
What is the editing process like for you?
like to edit as I go. As I write a new chapter I’ll first re-read and
edit the proceeding five chapters before it. With this method I can be
sure I’ve read over each chapter multiple times. As I’m working I also
hand off the manuscript to my best friend and beta reader for review.
After the manuscript is completely drafted I send it to my Editor who
goes through it with a chainsaw and then it goes to the Copyeditor.
What are some things that distract you while writing?
Friends who call, friends who text, friends who knock on my door and
say let’s go out. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
never really saw the point. I love how a neatly made bed looks when I
come back to my room, but I’m not a morning person. Taking the extra ten
minutes to make it, yes TEN – there’s a bed net involved, would be a
crucial drain out of my beauty rest.
What book are you reading right now?
Cinda Williams Chima’s The Crimson Crown – the last book in her Seven Realms series.
Do you ever spend the day in your pajamas?
All the time! It’s so loose and comfortable.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Yes! I’m doing a giveaway, (in addition to the eBook copy to you lovely readers), of a $60 Amazon Gift Card on my blog.
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thought being a guardian trainee meant catching bad guys, occasional
duty in the city docks and, if she was lucky, a posting with the
imperial family. Instead, she was stuck on an assignment to petty
larceny, caught breaking into prison and went on the run from her fellow
The only reason she went to the prison in the first
place was for Maride – a young mage practitioner accused of murder. With
Sidimo, a close friend and healer in tow, she now has to clear her
name. Easier said than done when she and her friends accidentally enroll
at the Madrassa, a legendary school of magic.
Vedaris, a sarcastic dragon and Sitara, a storm-caller, they work to get
through the endless classes. The road they choose is not an easy one
and each must come to decide whether the Madrassa is worth the work that
is cut out for them.
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Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta
metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college,
and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always
loved to read as a young girl.
Find her on her Website and Goodreads
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