I’m hosting a guest post today by Annette Gisby, the author of “The Chosen”, a fantasy romance novel. I’ll leave the stage to Annette now.
What was the Idea?
One question writers get asked time and time again is where do you get your ideas from, so I thought I’d share how The Chosen came about.
I started writing The Chosen for National Novel Writing Month a few years ago. In my mind I wanted to write a fairy tale for adults set in a fantasy setting. Severin, the prince, came to me rather easily. I could picture what he looked like, what sort of person he was and how he would react to things around him. I had the prince, now all I needed was a princess for him to rescue.
But there was a problem, I couldn’t picture this princess no matter how hard I tried. What was wrong? Why couldn’t I picture this character? As usual, it was my characters who saved me. Severin was insistent that he wasn’t interested in princesses, to rescue or otherwise. Now, if it was princes, that was another matter! In all my character development, I’d failed to realise the fact that my prince was gay!
Well, that certainly put another spin on things and over the next few days, another character came to me: Havyn, who’d been a slave all his life and was certainly in need of rescue. Severin nodded wholeheartedly, for Havyn was a very handsome slave.
Of course, there wouldn’t have been much conflict if all they did was meet and fall in love. But of course, even in a fantasy world being a gay prince wasn’t easy. The kingdom needed heirs, that was Severin’s duty, not to love where he wished. And as for Havyn, he was apprenticed to an old-fashioned wizard after his rescue. A wizard who was of the opinion that remaining chaste was the only way for a wizard to keep his powers. Not to mention the fact that Severin’s father betrothed him to a princess without his knowledge and his future bride has disappeared…
I loved writing this story, I felt so strongly about all of my characters, even the not so nice ones. When I finished it was as if the friends who had been visiting me had gone home. But they weren’t gone, for I could read about them anytime I wanted. Yes, I do read and re-read my own work, for I write the stories I want to read too.
I hope my readers will find some friends between the pages as well.
Author: Annette Gisby
Genre: M/M fantasy romance
The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.