Diomere’s Exile by Sabrina Fish
Nadia de Quinones was exiled when her nephew, the crown-prince was abducted on her watch. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of her redemption, not even discovering her heartbonded and a connection to an ancient magical gate. In this Tuesday Treat Q&A session, Sabrina Fish talks about her fantasy-romance novel, Diomere’s Exile.
What can readers expect when they pick up a copy of Diomere’s Exile?
Mermaids!…Well, actually Nadia would probably gut anyone who dared call her that. This IS her story. It’s a fast-paced, fantasy romance with a kickass heroine and a stubborn hero. And though the sex is HOT, and definitely for the 18+ reader, it isn’t just about the steam factor. Nadia and Gregor’s bond is the key to a magical gate between two worlds. But you’ll have to read the story to find out how and why.
What got you interested in writing stories?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but it wasn’t until I met my friend, Ang, who was writing her first book, that I began to consider how fun it would be to make up my own stories. Then I read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy and thought, “I want to make someone feel the way I do right now. That was the moment the idea went from something I thought would be fun to something I knew I had to try.
What was the greatest challenge you overcame in writing Diomere’s Exile?
[pullquote-right]”I was afraid of being labeled “a romance writer” and not taken seriously as an author. Then I discovered Nalini Singh’s books. That lady is just as good, if not better, than most straight Fantasy authors.”[/pullquote-right]Making it a romance. The first draft started out as a straight epic fantasy tale about Nadia’s abducted nephew, Reis. However, Nadia was just so much more interesting and the plot seemed to work out way better when I made her romance with Gregor the key to the gates. There’s a stigma that many people give Romance books. I was afraid of being labeled “a romance writer” and not taken seriously as an author. Then I discovered Nalini Singh’s books. That lady is just as good, if not better, than most straight Fantasy authors. She helped me see that writing romance doesn’t mean you’re second rate.
What inspired the book?
My love of Mermaids! I was a huge Little Mermaid fan as a kid. But my Ariel doesn’t just sing about her problems, she goes out and finds a way to fix them. And my Prince isn’t her love interest, he’s her nephew, a young Merboy who has been abducted and he no idea of his heritage.
Has your last name helped sell the book?
Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt!! Who better to write about Mer people than someone with the last name Fish?!
What are some of the biggest takeaways you wish readers would learn from the book?
That just because it’s a fantasy romance, doesn’t mean it’s not a good, well-written story. There are SO many fantasy romance stories that are amazing and shouldn’t be overlooked just because they center around a romance and have sexual content. Their worlds and magic systems are just as complex and well developed as any straight Fantasy story.
What does the future of the series hold?
The series is called The Gate Keeper Chronicles and will consist of 5 full novels, each about one of the 5 Quinones sisters destined to be the next 5 Gate Keepers between the two worlds of the series. I also have several novellas planned for some of my favorite supporting characters. Book 1 is available now, Book 2 is currently with my editor, and I’m writing book 3.
Where are some of your favorite places for swimming in Oklahoma?
I love Lake Murray in the south-central part of the state, I can’t believe how clear the water is there! But my fave swimming spot is the lake near where I grew up, Lugert Lake/Lake Altus in southwest Oklahoma. The amenities, Beach 3 with its real sand beach, water slide, putt-putt, canoe/paddle boat rentals, cabins, tent/RV sites, and the Lodge, are all in close proximity creating a fun, unique experience you can’t find at the bigger lakes in Oklahoma.
Anything else you want to say or let people know?
I’m excited to announce that Diomere’s Exile WON the 2017 National Reader’s Choice Award Paranormal Category, and the as yet unpublished 2nd Book, Diomere’s Healer, took 3rd place in the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. 2018 Writing contest. *happy dance*
I hope you’ve all enjoyed learning a little about my book. If you’re intrigued enough to check it out, come find me on my website, www.SabrinaAFish.com, or most social media platforms, and tell me what you think!