An interview with Shami Stovall, author of Knightmare Arcanist

Today is my stop on The Write Reads blog tour for the release of Shami Stovall’s new book, Knightmare Arcanist. I have been lucky enough to do a Q&A ahead of the release with the amazing author.

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Hello, how are you? Thank you for doing this Q&A today.

Thank you for having me, Emma! I’m so pleased to be here.

How did you come up with the idea for the Knightmare Arcanist story?

Well, I have a BA in history, and one time period I’m a fan of is the Golden Age of Piracy. I wanted to have a fantasy setting with lots of pirates and ship sailing, so I build the novel from that point upward.

What kind of research do you do before you start writing a new novel?

As I said, I have a degree in history, so a lot of my research involved ships and pirate lifestyles. I also researched a lot of mythical creatures because the main way people get magic in this world is by bonding with them!

Which character is your favourite and why?

My favorite character is Master Zelfree. He’s the grizzled mentor character that has to overcome his alcoholism to help the main character learn his magic. Always a hoot with him!

Is there a character in this book that was inspired by someone in your own life?

Unfortunately, not really. Most of the characters has aspects of myself or others, but no one character is exactly like someone I know.

Do you have a favourite book that you have written? If so which one and why?

My personal favorite is Star Marque Rising. I love science fiction, and the ending is literally the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s not as popular as my Frith Chronicles series, but it’s still well received.

Which one of your books was the easiest to write?

Knightmare Arcanist, hands down. It’s a YA fantasy, and I love the setting so much that the words just flowed onto the page.

What is your favourite underappreciated novel?

The Postman by David Brin. It has a lot of great philosophy.

How many hours a day do you write?

I typically write 6-8 hours every day.

How long does it usually take for you to finish writing a book?

A couple of months, depending on the genre and age range. Once I wrote a whole book in 3 weeks, though. That was craziest!

If you could invite three fictional characters to dinner, who would you choose and why?

Jubal Hershaw (from Stranger in a Strange Land), Bean (from Ender’s Game) and Sadi (from The Black Jewels Triology). I’m sure that would be hilarious all around.

Thank you so much for your time and I wish you every success with the book release.

Have you read this book yet? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below! I’m also on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest- @bookwormgirl_24!

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