Friday, April 26, 2013

Eden Forest and City of Scecrets (Saskia Trilogy, bk1&2) by Aoife Marie Sheridan: Interview and Excerpt



How did you start your writing career?

 My dreams are how my writing actually started, that is where Saskia was born. I dreamt about a man and women on a black horse going through a wall of fire. The dream lingered so I wrote it down, I had never tried to write a book before, but every time I revisited that page, I thought to myself, I wonder where they were going. And it started from there. 

Tell us about your current release.

Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)
Four Banished Angels,
A world created by the hands of god,
A kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries.
And one mortal can save them all.

Step into Saskia.

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty one year old. With family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a world parallel to earth.

When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world she steps into, a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession.

She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief. A guardian who captures her heart, and a darkness that wants to take it.

On this journey Sarajane discovers her magical abilities and realizes they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested, as her loved ones are put at risk. The question she must ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Sometimes, depending where I am writing. In work yes – (work in a clothes store), at home not so much. If my boss ever seen this, I would be fired. I wrote nearly all of Eden Forest in work listening to Titanium by David Guetta on repeat, the customers weren’t too happy, but I was. LOL

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?

I do a layout of what way I want the story to go, it doesn’t always end up the way, but I look at it as guidelines. If I was to plan everything it would take too long. As a character develops I find they take control, (hope that doesn’t sound too weird) but like if I put them in a situation where they have a choice, it depends on which one they choose, and it can change everything about the story. I don’t want the good guy to be always good or the bad guy to be really evil; everyone has a bit of both in them, and so does my characters.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Egypt.  I have said I would since I was a little girl. I want to see the pyramids. I don’t know why, they just seem so magical and I’ve always been fascinated with them.

Tell us about your next release.

My second book, which is part of the Saskia Trilogy is called city of secrets and we follow Sarajane from Aquaterra to Hummus, to where she will be trained to use her magic and learn how to fight in order to banish Lucian the dark angel. She has her guardian Alana, Mirium the Oracle and Tristan her lover and future king beside her, but her journey is far from smooth. We get to meet Carew he is more darkness then light, but his role is vital in protecting Sarajane in order for Saskia to survive.


What is your favorite meal?

Lasagna without fail, and half a block of cheese on the top. Calories, Calories, Calories.

Eden Forest

Book One of the Saskia Trilogy

Aoife Marie Sheridan

Four banished Angels,

A world created by the hands of God,

A Kingdom on its knees,

A secret protected for centuries,

And one mortal can save them all.

Step into Saskia.

Eden Forest (Part one of the Saskia Trilogy)
From Chapter Seven

It’s so dark I can barely see two feet in front of me. Tristan walks behind me, and Legis leads the way. I don’t know where they’re taking me. Or what they want. Neither of them has said anything since taking me.
Legis stops abruptly, causing me to smack into his back.
He swings around, grabbing my arm to steady me. These guys move unnaturally fast.
“Legis, what’s wrong?” Tristan asks from behind me.
“Sir, I need some light.” He looks back at Tristan as he speaks.
“I shall lead and you stay behind her.” Tristan pauses as he walks past me. “Don’t try to run. I am in no mood to chase you.” He takes his position in front of me. Tristan does not move straight away. Instead, he holds out his hand in front of him and whispers, “Lux.” I can see a light radiate in front of him. I jump back, slightly startled.
“Let’s move,” he commands. Legis nudges me on. We start walking again. I’m trying to peer over Tristan’s shoulder to see where the light is coming from, but he’s too tall, so I just stare at his back.
After a few moments, Tristan makes a hand motion for us to stop. Then the light goes out. He swings around and places his hand over my mouth, startling me, while pulling me back into his chest. Legis stands as still as stone, not even blinking. We wait. I can’t hear or see anything, only Tristan’s heart beating fast. I’m too close to him for comfort. I can feel his muscles tense in his chest and stomach.
He makes a hand motion to Legis to get down. Then slowly he lowers himself and me to the ground, never taking his hand off my mouth. He lies down on his side right against me and pulls my hands to his chest, holding them with his other hand.
The heat radiates off his body against mine, making my back feel cold. I can now hear the shuffling in the distance. Maybe it’s Josh.
I try to scream, but my sounds are muffled. Tristan whispers in my ear. “Stop or we all die, you stupid girl.” I try to scream again and pull my hands free, but I can’t get them out of his iron grasp. So I bite his hand until I taste blood. He doesn’t even flinch. I know it’s hopeless.
The movements pass us and I can now hear there’s more than one person. Tears roll down my cheeks when I realise I will not be heard or rescued.
Tristan looks at me, his jaw muscles tensing. It feels like forever we lie like this; then Tristan speaks. “I am taking my hand away.”
I look up into his eyes and know straight away I shouldn’t have, as my stomach flutters. I drop my gaze and manage a nod of my head. Tristan removes his hand slowly, but he still holds my hands against his chest. He doesn’t say anything, just watches my face. His green eyes have softened. A blush rises in my cheeks. I can’t take much more of his closeness.
“What are you staring at?” I’m getting annoyed now. Well, I’m uncomfortable with this gorgeous guy staring at me. He lets go and stands up.
Legis moves up beside us. “Was it Clive?” he asks.
“I think so. It sounded like there were three of them. It must have been Taurus and Felix, also.” Tristan looks down at me still on the ground and grabs my wrists roughly. I’m about to protest when he pulls me off the ground.
I look at his hands still on my wrists. There are no teeth marks. “I bit you. I… I tasted your blood.”
He withdraws his hand. “We need to move now.”

City of Secrets

Book Two of the Saskia Trilogy 

Aoife Marie Sheridan


A war awaits her arrival,

A warrant for her arrest.

She must rise as a princess,

And Darkness shall fall.

But will their love survive this battle?

For Tristan and Sarajane?

Step back into Saskia.


Aoife Marie Sheridan is twenty eight years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath, a small town just outside Navan.  Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel. 

Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant. 

Aoife Marie Sheridan now spends endless hours reading and writing.

Aoife Marie Sheridan’s first novel Eden Forest placed first in writers got talent.

Goodreads: Aoife Marie Sheridan

Twitter: aoifesheri

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