Realm of Knights
Jennifer Anne Davis
Publication date: September 10th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.
In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington is born, the fifth daughter to one of the wealthiest landholders in the kingdom, it’s announced that Reid is a boy.
Eighteen years later, Reid struggles to conceal the fact she’s actually a young woman. Every day, her secret becomes harder to keep. When one of Marsden’s princes sees her sparring with a sword, she is forced to accept his offer and lead her father’s soldiers to the border. Along the way, she discovers a covert organization within the army known as the Knights of the Realm. If Reid wants to save her family from being arrested for treason and robbed of their inheritance, she will have to join the Knights and become a weapon for the crown.
To protect her family, Reid must fight like a man. To do that, she’ll need the courage of a woman.
Let's welcome Jennifer for an interview today!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? No, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I originally went to law school. However, I ended up deciding to get my teaching credential. I taught a year of high school English before having my first child. Once I had kids, I started writing. Now that my kids are older, I considered going back into teaching. However, I love writing, creating words, and developing characters so much, that I plan to continue writing.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? From concept to completion, four months. However, that is writing and revising five days a week, 8-10 hours a day.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories? Once I create my characters and the world in which they live, the themes naturally develop naturally.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write? Yes. The second my three kids are at school, I sit and write until I pick them up from school. Then I usually try and get in another hour or two at night once everyone is in bed.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing? It’s hard to balance everything. I treat writing as my full-time job (because it is). It allows me the freedom to be there for my kids when they need me. However, when I’m on a deadline, it can be rough revising when I need everything to be quiet around me. Thankfully, my family is very supportive and we make it work.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line? Interesting characters that the reader can connect with, an obstacle the main character has to overcome, a fantastic villain, and a unique love interest.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book? Revising. Writing the first draft is the fun part. Revising—which is basically rewriting the entire story—is difficult for me. I want to make sure that everything I’m thinking and feeling in my head is exposed on the page. It usually takes me about 25 min to revise one page.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? I’ve written 15 books. I don’t know that I have a favorite. Maybe The Key simply because that book is what solidified my love for writing. It was the first book I wrote for me instead of for the market or to get published.
9. Do you have a favorite character? In Realm of Knights, I adore Reid. However, I have a soft spot for Ackley.
10. Where do you write? At home, I write either in my writing room (aka the writing cave), on the couch, or sitting at the kitchen counter. Oh, and in bed. But I also write sitting at the soccer field during my kids’ practices or at the pool during swim meets.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? I originally went the traditional route. Working with three different publishers, I learned a lot about revising, marketing, and the book world in general. Now, I publish everything I write myself under my own publishing company.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think? I usually don’t let family members read my books until they’re published. My oldest son enjoys my books the most, but he’s an avid reader.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing? I love to go to the beach, read, and take hikes.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? Read. Read everything you can in the genre you want to write.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? I don’t have a favorite book or author. There are too many that I love. A lot of times it depends on my mood as to what book I want to read. Some of my favorites include: Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Julianne Donaldson’s Edenbrooke, and Sarah J. Maas’s Heir of Fire.
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? Yes. I have two people that read everything I write. They’ve both been with me for years, and I couldn’t write without them. One started out as my biggest critic and now is my biggest cheerleader. The other is a pro at finding plot holes and inconsistencies.
17. Are you working on anything now? I am currently writing the third and final book in the Knights of the Realm series. After this book is done, I’m going to take a month long bread to decide what to write next.
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile. My adorable Weimarainer, the warm sun on my face, watching my middle son surf, seeing my daughter have an amazing soccer game, and watching my oldest son achieve his goals.
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad. How about 4 things. A bad review, when one of my kids gets hurt, watching one of my kids work so hard for something but fail, and not being able to spend the holidays with extended family.
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be? England. I want to go and stay in a castle in England.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jennifer. It was great having you!
Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer.
Cage of Deceit: Winner 2018 Kindle Book Awards
The Key: Finalist 2014 USA Book Awards
The Voice: Finalist 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
The Voice: Winner 2013 San Diego Book Awards
For more information, visit www.JenniferAnneDavis.com.
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