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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Inside the Mind: Blodwedd Mallory


Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guests today are Blodwedd Mallory and Amber, the minds behind The Black House.




Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Wedd. I see you’ve brought Amber McKee along as well. We loved reading The Black House, the prequel in your Unofficial Legends of The Secret World series. We’d like to talk a little about the book first. What was your inspiration to write the book/series?
Wedd:  Well, I thought people should know what was happening in the world! I know as a Templar I’m supposed to keep this stuff hush-hush, but Gaia needs all hands on deck right now, and it…
Amber: Let me break in here, Wedd. I think Lily is probably talking at a little more abstract level. Hi, Lily. Thanks for having us and thanks for reviewing The Black House. 
The inspiration for the series really swells from two places. First, of course, the fabulous Funcom game, The Secret World/Secret World Legends and a desire to write into that world and tell stories there, which they very graciously allowed me to do. 
The second requires a little explanation. I was approaching a particular milestone birthday and around the same time, filled up the hard drive on my work laptop. 
In that moment, I reflected on my aspirations to write a novel when I was younger and found myself suddenly furious. I was furious at the sheer volume of material that, while it certainly was my work, wasn’t representative of the writer I’d wanted to be when I grew up. 
So, I decided to write a book, which ended up being the first book in the series, To Sir, with Love
Lily:  That's a great reason! Do you have a favorite character?
Wedd:  <gives a pointed look> There better be only one answer to that question.
Amber:  <laughs> Yep, Wedd, for obvious reasons is my favorite, although I’m pretty fond of several of the others as well. 
Lily:  Well, I can't say I'm surprised Wedd is your favorite, being the narrator and all. What was the highlight of writing this book?
Amber:  The highlight of writing The Black House was that as a prequel it allowed me to go back before the beginning of the series and show the seeds of who Wedd becomes. And, it was fun to write a short story/novelette. 
Lily: I'm definitely a fan of seeing characters grow, and where they spring from. If your book were made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Amber:  I think Bridget Reagan with red hair would be a great choice for Wedd.  
Wedd: Who is that? 
Amber:  Don’t worry about it. I know you don’t get a lot of time to watch TV or movies with your Templar responsibilities. 
Lily:  That's a brilliant choice. It would definitely be a fun movie to watch. Let’s talk about you as an author now. How do you handle writer’s block?
Wedd:  Richard Sonnac requires me to turn in a report after every mission, so I don’t really have a choice, if I want to get another assignment. I just sit down and do it. 
Amber: My situation is similar to Wedd’s. I have a full-time career that isn’t fiction writing. As a result, I have a limited amount of time in which to write creatively, so I make the most of it when I do. Because I’m always struggling to find time to write, I don’t experience a lot of writer’s block. 
Lily:  I'm glad you don't get stuck too often. I know I sometimes struggle to find the right words when writing a review, I can't imagine how it would be if I tried to write fiction. Now let’s peek inside your mind. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Wedd:  I live there already—the borough of Ealdwic, in London.
Amber: Apparently, I would like to live inside the game, The Secret World.
Lily:  I'd love to visit there at least once (and I will have to check out the game)! What is something everyone should try at least once?
Wedd:  Flying across Agartha from branch to branch, but hold on to your shoes! 
Amber: I recommend travelling a long way from home, out of your comfort zone. It’s impossible to view the world the same way afterward. 
Lily:  I don't know if I could handle flying among the tree tops, but it is true that traveling outside your comfort zone changes how you view the world a lot. Would you rather live full time in an RV or full time on a sailboat?
Wedd:  Sailboat, definitely.
Amber: Can you get the Internet in either of those places? If not, I’m down to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
Lily:  I'd definitely have to find a way to get internet no matter where I lived. Besides the blog, I definitely need my Netflix. What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed?
Wedd:  There are no mythical creatures. Everything is true in the secret world.
Amber: I have to say that it would be good if Gaia could come to Her own defense more actively in the mundane world. 
Lily:  I agree, Gaia being able to rise to Her own defense would greatly improve the world. How do you feel about clowns?
Wedd:  Obviously, you’ve never met the bogeyman in the Atlantic Island Park or you wouldn’t ask me that question. 
Lily:  I've met some very creepy ones, they're not my favorite. What was your favorite subject in school?
Wedd:  Well, apparently not Summoning Theory, since I couldn’t remember how to do an earth banishing without Gypcie reminding me. I didn’t really mind anything I learned in school, but I was always anxious to graduate so I could become a Templar. 
Lily:  Some things just stick better than others I suppose. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Amber:  Readers might be interested to know that the fifth book in the series is due in early summer 2020. I’m planning to write at least one more book in the series after that.
Lily:  How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amber:  You can find out more about the books in the series, see HolloPoint’s great art, link to the Funcom game, as well as grab some free stuff and video/audio tidbits at https://blodweddmallory.com. You can also find Wedd on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads as well.

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