Let me introduce to you a fellow Egyptology lover Adaire. She has based her novel on ancient Egypt and I can't wait to read it one day when it comes out. I love historical novels and I wanted to explore this with her and share in our mutual passion of ancient civilisations and writing. I hope that you will share in her story and support her by downloading the first chapter sample of her book Speculus.
Why don’t you first tell us a little about yourself?
In three words, I’m a caffeine-addled eccentric writer: you know, just the regulars.
Besides that; a NaNoWriMo 2014 winner, and run a Literary blog called ‘Ink on Pixels’.
Did you always possess a passion for writing? When did you have the epiphany that you actually wanted to publish your work?
Well, I thought that I recently got into writing…until my grandmother dug out a box of my “poetry” and “prose” from when I was three and a half years old! I’ve probably been writing since quite a while…I don’t know though, just a totally wild guess.
It was a rainy evening. I was sitting by the window and secretly writing (I did that for two years) My mum crept up behind me: she had been trying to get a hold of me for the “No more writing” talk and said that I can’t get published, and how all the odds are stacked up against me, and I’ll die cold and hungry. I laughed softly. And right then and there, I was sure that this is what I wanted to do.
Your pen name is Adaire, why have you decided to go by this alias and where did it come from?
I decided to use a pen name because if you knew me, you wouldn’t recognise my thoughts. I’m a different person while writing. As writers, we are so many people in one. I will put on a pretty dress and go out. I’m extroverted. I’ll sing on streets at the top of my voice and dance endlessly in the rain. But Adaire? She’s quiet, complex, deep, moody, philosophical and extremely private. Different identities need their own names.
Fading gods, and dying civilizations. This is the story of wilted glory in Egyptian history.
With the reign of the Royal family ending, and the onset of the era of Alexander the Great, the political state screams ‘change’. Conspiracies, secret battles, all of it.
‘Speculus’, the first part of the trilogy ‘Hymns of the Nile’ revolves around a twenty year old woman, Ryence Acenith. She has nothing to do with anything at all…until she discovers she has earth shattering secrets, and the power to sculpt a few hundred years of the world.
‘Speculus’ is an Ancient Egyptian historical, mythical fiction novel.
Where did this idea come from?
I got one line: “Cool ancient Egypt mythology. Stuff happens.”
What kind of research did you do for your book?
I’ve divided it into seventeen departments: Theories, counter theories and debates, everyday life, dressings, diction, myths, history, politics; you get the idea.
It’s around four thousand printed pages, and I cannot know enough so of course, majority of it is online or bookmarked or saved in several computer files.
Who are your favourite characters and why?
Etahad. He will be so misunderstood
What is your favourite scene and why?
*aggressively tries to not give spoilers*
What overarching themes have you explored?
With the main theme as Fantasy Fiction, the sub themes are History, Mythology, Drama, War, Romance, Epic, Philosophy, Change, Self discovery. Culture.
‘Speculus’ was originally an entry for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2014. I started planning it a week before November 1st. I thought of a story and started writing it. After 20 days of dedicated writing, I saw a major loophole. I had to restart it and wrote my novel in 7 days.
Yes, my planning was extremely detailed and included character files and graphs, time lines, background stories, research, etc.
Who do you think would like your story and what kind of readership are you aiming for?
Anyone interested in mythology, history, or even Ancient Egypt.
Are you using an editor and beta readers? How did you find them and how have they helped you?
I am using a beta reader. She is a friend and she helped me by being a constructive critic as well as answer my extensive 13 page long questionnaires.
What avenue of publishing are you going to go through?
I am going through Traditional Publishing.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! Your book is right up my alley and I want to read it so I can experience ancient Egypt! I wish you the best of luck with your novel and you will have to let me know when it is to be published so we can talk about it more!
If you want to watch Adaire on her writing journey you can follow her on her other accounts:
- Instagram: @psychedelic.myth