Where are my Christian fantasy readers?!
If you’re the one dancing around with your hands up saying “Pick me, pick me!”, SQUEALS!
Today’s special guest is author Morgan L. Busse and she writes just that! (And it is amazingggggg.)
If you haven’t read her latest series, The Ravenwood Saga, I’m thrilled to share it with you in my conversation with Morgan (who is super sweet) and introduce you to #TeamDalene!
Though warning! If you haven’t read the series, possible spoilers when reading “About the Book.” (Definitely be mindful!)
And for my readers who have reader Morgan’s series, shall we start flailing because we know the awesomeness of this trilogy? 😉
Come dive in to this great interview!
About the Book
Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker just as the war with the Dominia Empire begins. Working with the other Great Houses, Selene and Damien use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by the war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses, destroying their unity as the empire burns a path across their lands. At the same time, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire’s attacks.
The only one who can unite the houses and restore her husband’s power is Selene Ravenwood. But it will require that she open her heart to those who have hurt her and let go of her past, despite the one who hunts her and will do anything to stop her power.
Will Selene survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?
– Hi Morgan! I am SO excited to have you back on Unicorn Quester! Welcome back! How has it been finishing The Ravenwood Saga? Were you surprised how it ended? Or did you know from the beginning how it would end?
Well, the writing was hard. I was in the middle of selling our house and getting ready to move to another state while being a single parent (my husband had already moved to start his new job). Let’s just say it was stressful! But I made it. 🙂 I always had a different ending in mind, but as I drew closer to the end of Cry of the Raven, my characters showed me a different ending and I loved it! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but the ending was perfect for this series.
– Wow! That does sound very stressful! Despite all that you had going on, you did amazing concluding this series! In fact, I had two new “firsts” for me when reading Cry of the Raven (which was super exciting)! One being, I heard internal epic music for the last quarter of the book, and two, I put a sticky note in your book. Have you had something like that happen when reading? (It doesn’t have to be your book!)
Yeah! How fun that Cry of the Raven inspired it’s own music. 🙂 Sometimes a music score I’ve heard before will start to play in my head when I read something that has the same feeling that music piece inspired in me. As far as sticky notes, I think I’ve only done that in non-fiction. I’m usually too immersed in a fiction story.
– Ahh! That’s really cool! I’m so glad it’s not just me! 😀 There was much epicness in this story! I mean, like I said, I created my own music when reading. 😉 Are you a writer who listens to music when writing or editing? If so, do you have a playlist you could share?
Yes! Usually with no lyrics. The piece that really inspired the Ravenwood Saga is Russia by Magna Canta. An absolute amazing epic piece of music you must hear.
– I am SO going to go listen to it after this interview!! Thank you for sharing! Time for a “fun” question! 😀 You’ve been “gifted” with the opportunity to visit your storyworld! YAY! What would you want to see or do? Any certain characters you want to meet?
Ooo! I would love to visit both Rook Castle and Northwind Castle (I love both the mountains and the ocean, so both appeal to me). I’d also love to meet Selene, Damien, and the other members of the great houses. Oh, and I’d also like to meet the wyverns of the Southern Isles.
– Yes, yes, and yes! I’m pretty sure my answer would be the same! LOL! Though if I met the wyverns, I don’t know if I would be brave enough to ride them. *hides* This story resonated SO much with me for multiple reasons (and ones I can’t wait to share tomorrow)! <3 What is one thing you learned or understood better after writing this series, specifically Cry of the Raven?
I loved bringing the idea of partnership and marriage into Cry of the Raven. And as I wrote the scenes between Damien and Selene, it reminded me to love, cherish, and work on my own marriage. That even though we are different, my husband and I are stronger together, and when one is down, the other is there to help them back up.
– It has been very inspiring to see Selene and Damien’s marriage in fiction! It has encouraged and inspired me to do the same in one of my new WIPs. <3 Though I have to admit I am having withdrawals of “This was a great ending, BUT! I want more!” since finishing your saga. LOL! Would you every consider writing a spin-off in the future of this series? Desperate readers want to know. 😉
I left a backdoor for a potential spinoff that I would love to explore someday. I’m committed to the contracts I already have, so I’m not sure when that would happen. However, as a tidbit, it would be Riven’s story, and how he continues the gift of his family. And the daughter of a certain gifted earth and fire user.
– SQUEALS!! I hope the doors open for that to happen! That would be very cool! For my last question, do Selene and Damien have a ship name? If so, what is it?
Yes, one of my readers came up with it. Dalene. I love it!
– Ah! I am glad to have this little bit of info! 😉 Thanks so much for chatting with me Morgan! Looking forward to seeing what you share with us readers next!
About the Author
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She’s the author of the epic fantasy Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. Mark of the Raven, a new fantasy series, releases Fall of 2018 from Bethany House. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.