Enter a magical fairy tale world and join Elisabeth as she discovers her magical powers, falls in love and tries to find her place in an unforgiving society. A coven of witches plots to take over the kingdom of Vendale. Elisabeth is a key element in their plans to take over power. Can she keep herself safe while protecting her country?
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have been writing fantasy novels since I was 12 years old. The spark for The Siblings' Tale came when I read Ella Enchanted, when I was 15. I spent my high school years thinking about the story and had the opportunity to sit down to write when I took a gap year at 19. I used the ideas which had come to me previously and added my own exploration of what a meaningful relationship might look like, as at the time I had not had anything of the sort. I chose my own favourite Grimm fairy tale which is not well known in the English-speaking world.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Elisabeth, my main character is a combination of my best traits with those I strive to achieve, while the extreme version of my worst characteristics make up the core of my antagonist. As I don't have a brother, I observed my friends' relationships with their brothers to put together the character of Edvard and his changing relationship with Elisabeth.
Edvard stepped forward to open the door. I really had to admit my nasty big brother turned out quite handsome. Now that really did come as a surprise. So tall, too-I had known he would have grown, but how he had. He flashed a smile at me as the door swung open, a thousand memories streaming through my mind at that familiar, mischievous grin. Yet something was different. His smile had changed. The almond skin around his face was drawn, and unfamiliar lines formed deep grooves at the corners of his eyes, speaking of the responsibilities he had assumed, what with Father being away and Mother ill.
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