About The Book:
Author: Zara Quentin
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Zara Quentin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim…
Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods…
To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate?
Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.
Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight!
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Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.
After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.
Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
Q&A with Zara
When did you decide to become a writer?
I think I’ve always loved writing. However, in high school, I convinced myself that I was ‘academic’ and not ‘creative’ and so I would never succeed in writing a book. So I messed around with writing scenes and ideas, but I didn’t really take it seriously for a long time. About a decade after that, when I was living in the UK, I remember one day realizing that it didn’t really matter if I was objectively ‘creative’ or not. It didn’t matter if no one ever read what I wrote. If I wanted to write–if I enjoyed doing it–then I could do it. That moment was liberating and, though for a long time, I still did little more than mess around with scenes and ideas, without ever really finishing anything. But I had given myself permission to practice, which, looking back, was a really important step.
Later, after my second child was born, I got post-natal depression. When I saw a psychologist to talk through my feelings, she suggested that, since I loved writing, a daily writing practice might be something that helped me with the issues I was facing. This was a real turning point for me, because it gave me permission to do something that was just for me–not tied to my identity as a mother or wife or employee or anything else–but was something inherent to me as an individual. It was at this point, that I became serious about exploring storytelling craft–or the key to writing stories that people want to read. This was another important milestone in my journey as a writer and an author.
Do you try to set a number of words per day?
It depends on what phase of a project I’m in. If I’m writing a first draft, then I’ll usually aim for 500 words per day. It doesn’t sound like much, but I learned this from a writing motivation guru. It’s such a small amount that you can do it in a short amount of time–around 15-20 minutes. Usually if I’ve written 500 words, I’m in a groove and I’ll write much more. If I have written 500 words and every one of them has been hard and it’s been like poking myself in the eye, then I give myself permission to stop. I find it’s a good amount to aim for because it’s not so daunting that I won’t even attempt it if I’m not really in the mood.
The exception to this is if I’m doing NaNoWriMo , then I push myself to write 2000 words per day.
If I’m in a revising, editing or brainstorming stage, then I use a time limit instead. I might challenge myself to edit or brainstorm for at least 30 minutes a day. Again, if I’m in the groove, then I’ll keep going, but if it’s like pulling teeth, then I’ll give myself permission to stop.
What struggles have you overcome as a writer?
One of the biggest struggles I’ve had to overcome as a writer is allowing other people to read my work. For years (probably decades), I never let anyone read anything I wrote. I would sit on the couch next to my husband, Mr Q, and draft books, but when he asked to read them, I’d always tell him that it wasn’t finished yet.
It wasn’t until I was writing Airwoman–for which I actually used a writing coach who gave me feedback on the story as I was writing it–that I ever showed my writing to anyone. However, during the year I wrote Airwoman, the feedback that I got from my coach, my beta readers and my editor was the time I grew and improved most as a writer. Having someone else’s eyes on my work–and receiving constructive criticism–helped me to understand where I needed to improve. It also helped me to see where my strengths lay, and it wasn’t always in the place I thought.
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
William Shakespeare. Though he might be the bane of a high school English student’s life, the Bard has been an incredibly influential storyteller–arguably the most influential storyteller of all time–and his plays are still used as a basis for so many stories. He wrote his plays for ordinary people, to entertain them. So I’d like to meet him, pick his brains and find out where he got his ideas. Centuries later, his plays are still performed all over the world. That’s pretty amazing.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I think the most important advice is to read and practice the craft of storytelling. Most writers can string a pretty sentence together, but not so many know how to hook a reader and keep them reading to the end. Once you’ve got a novel written down (and done some of your own revising to hone the story), hire a developmental editor to point out where you can improve in the nuts and bolts of the story to make it a better experience for readers. Seriously–you will improve your storytelling ability much more quickly this way.
Also, enjoy the journey. Writing a novel should be fun (mostly), so enjoy the process of bringing it to the world. Then be proud of yourself.
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