Wednesday, June 27, 2018

If You Love Dragons: Arwen Chandler Interview

 The Clans of Arcadia: Remnant

Here Be Dragons!

If you're like me and love to read books about dragons, check out Arwen Chandler's book, Remnant: The Clans of Arcadia. Arwen Chandler is one of my favorite authors, but she's still new enough that many people don't know about her, yet.

Book Blurb:

With one dark spell, life in Arcadia changes in the blink of an eye.

Yesterday, Karn had it all. Today he has nothing.

No longer able to watch from the sidelines, the goddess Lorna reclaims her champion, Karn Elohite, as her chosen warrior. The second son of a battle-hardened chieftain, Karn Elohite, was content to lead a life away from his clan until he met her. She changed his entire world, and now his world is crashing at his feet.

The Viper of the Maekel clan has unleashed his mage Magnus upon all of Arcadia leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Now, Karn must find the strength to stop them, and choose between honoring the woman he loved or finding solace in the arms of the enemy – a woman, who finds herself struggling at her own crossroads.

The goddess has called for the reign of dragon riders to begin again, but will Karn accept his fate, or stay trapped in the past?

Remnant is a story set in a world as dangerous as George R.R. Martin's Westeros, and as magical as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Not since the dawning of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight, has a story hatched from the world of dragons like Remnant. Do you dare come inside?

Fans of A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Dragonflight will love Remnant!
Remnant is the first book in The Clans of Arcadia series.

Why did you write Remnant?

After doing some research into family genealogy, I came up with this idea. My husband’s clan and my clan were at war around 400 years ago, and that led me to the question, “what if?” You know, what if grandpa so and so found out that we had actually united the clans through marriage. What trouble would it cause? What would happen? I just played with the idea and that’s where Remnant came from. It really blossomed from there. It’s kind of a Romeo and Juliet thing, but it is so much more.

Tell us about the major characters in Remnant:

There’s Karn Elohite. He’s the star of the show, so to speak. He’s strong, honest, and completely flawed, but he is one of my favorites. The story really centers around him and how he reacts to the situation forced upon him, and how he overcomes.

Then, there’s Ian Elohite. He is Karn’s cousin and a complete ladies man. He is probably my favorite character because I like his personality.

Also, Lilia Maekel. She’s the daughter of King Anwell, and fierce, educated and opinionated.
Annielie Maekel is really a side character right now, but she will become crucial through-out the series. She is a follower and is always in the shadow of Lilia.

Tiernan Maekel is Lilia’s brother and commander of the Maekel troops.

Fridtjof Maekel, known as the Viper, is the main antagonist and a ruthless guy. He’s Lilia and Tiernan’s uncle.

And lastly, Magnus Maekel is the Maekel mage and right-hand man of Fridtjof. He aspires for greatness and will try to attain it at any cost.

Do you identify with any of your characters?

Yes, a little bit with all of them. I’d like to think Lilia and I have a lot in common, or at the very least she’s somehow an alter ego. I also feel like I identify with Karn, because I try really hard to be the best person I can, but sometimes my flaws are obvious. 😊

Will there be sequels following Remnant?

Yes, Quest is the sequel and will be out July 17, 2018. It's on pre-order now. After that, I hope to release the third book before Christmas. I’m not sure how long this series is going to be, but I love it and as long as I do, I’ll keep writing.

Is Remnant complete or does it end on a cliffhanger?

I think all good books in a series should end on a cliffhanger. 

For instance, Paolini’s books do, and I love them. Also, consider some recent movies like LOTR, I finished The Fellowship of the Ring, and what like, what I need more NOW! That’s the feeling I wanted to give the reader when they finished this book. I wanted the plot to resolve, but still have some unresolved issues, and I think I did that pretty well. I know I want to read more. 😊

How can your readers contact you?

Twitter: @arwenchandler


Thank you for the interview, Arwen! I loved Remnant and can't wait for Quest!


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