Welcome to Fiona Tarr,
author of the new release,
The Jericho Prophecy!
“A truly wonderful read with the plot very skillfully woven throughout the book.” Claire Simpson
“Great book by a great author!! Definitely a Must Read!!!” Ellen Engelbrecht
The battle for divine power rages within the Eternal Realm.
As the conflict escalates a prophecy is born that will set god against god amidst the mortal world below.
When the young priestess Rahab saves two foreigners from execution, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could see the death of everyone she knows and loves.
The future of humanity hangs in the balance as two bloodlines converge to battle over the city of Jericho. Now the Goddess Asherah must protect the prophecy and ensure both ancestral lines survive.
If either bloodline dies, the Host of Heaven will continue to battle for eternity…..
- Where do you get your ideas?
Up to and including my latest release, all my books have been very loosely based in Old Testament Bible stories. The history of this time is really intriguing and the parallels to our modern society are surprisingly clear; making the stories contemporary and relevant for today’s readers.
I also love the magic and myth that goes along with these times and the material is awesome for the style of heroic fantasy I write.
I am working on a mini-series of books; more like TV episode novellas that will be more historically and less biblically based but religion and politics always make for great fantasy writing topics, so this series won’t entirely lose that feel.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing absolutely engergises me (sorry UK/Australian spelling, I can’t help myself). I find my writing time offers a chance to leave the real world and immerse myself in my own little fantasy story where I can guide the outcome. Maybe I am a control freak deep down, but this is a very invigorating and refreshing feeling.
Marketing on the other hand can be draining, but it also offers a chance to get to know other authors and like-minded people.
- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It’s my hope my stories are both original and still meet the expectations of the readers. So far so good. Fantasy fans from all walks of life find my books are different but still enjoyable and at times thought provoking. This is exactly my aim.
- How did publishing your first piece change your process of writing?
I learnt that an editor was essential. I also discovered that one book was pretty much a pebble in a huge ocean of novels so after publishing my first book, I was inspired to keep writing, gaining style and skill and publishing even more quality books for discerning readers.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a piece?
I do a lot of research. When you write Old Testament Bible stories you had better get at least the core story down accurately or the ‘theological police’ with have you raked over the coals in no time.
I studied theology for a time, so I re-read the scripture containing the story I am focused on. I gather relevant historical information about other nations, the culture, the landscape and anything else that might be able to be woven into the story such as broader mythology or legends.
Once I have notes made, I start my story and as the characters’ help progress the story along, I do more research when it’s needed. For instance, in my latest book The Jericho Prophecy I have included the Goddess Asherah. Asherah features only in a few minor writings of the Bible, but through research on the Canaanite Goddess I was able to fine tune the worshipping rituals etc helping to flesh out the story even more.
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I wouldn’t say I hide features, but my plots can have deeper meaning and not everyone will see those hidden jewels. I love it when readers write to me to tell me they found the cultural or philosophical point that I was hoping they would.
Thank you for joining me!
More about Fiona Tarr:
I am a small business owner, wife, mum, advocate, mentor and entrepreneur. When I am not writing I am either kitesurfing, stand up paddle surfing, travelling or volunteering in some capacity. I love cheese, chocolate and living a creative life.
I always appreciate legitimate feedback so please don’t forget to review my work when you have read it.
It turns out writing is in the blood. My Great Uncle was George Johnston (My Brother Jack) and although I don’t claim to have his renowned literary style, I do write a mean fantasy novel.
My fantasy novels are fast paced, character driven historical stories with strong mystical, spiritual and theological themes mixed with elements of the classic heroic/epic fantasy genre. My writing was first inspired by the heroic fantasy style of David Gemmell, but I have most recently been compared to Traci Harding and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
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