Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.
Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.
Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
Trinity, released July 2012, is Clare Davidson's debut novel. It is an epic fantasy, targeted at young adult readers, with strong crossover appeal into the adult market.
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Hi, Laurie. Thanks for having me over for a chat!
Hi Clare! I'm happy to get this chance to find out more about you, too! Tell us about your current release.
'Trinity' is my debut novel. It's an epic fantasy aimed mainly at young adults, but adults are enjoying reading it too! The main themes are about coming to terms with the past, forgiveness and redemption. There's also a strong theme of the importance and power of friendship, which I hope will resonate with teenagers.
The story centres around Kiana, who has been kept hidden away her whole life, because she is the mortal incarnation of a goddess. When her location is discovered and her home attacked, she is forced to flee. However, rather than going back to a life of safety and seclusion, she decides to attempt the impossible: restore the trinity of gods that was destroyed a thousand years earlier.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting started! I spend forever working out exactly the right place to start. I can agonise over the opening sentence for hours (sometimes days). It's silly, really, because I'll inevitably change the opening when I'm editing. The opening of 'Trinity' was rewritten several times and the point of view character changed three times, before I was finally satisfied.
What book are you reading now?
I'm reading 'Wildflowers' by fellow indie author Sally Stephenson. It's set in
during the Second World War and follows the blossoming relationship between two girls: one the daughter of a Nazi, the other a Jew. Germany
What hobbies do you actively pursue?
You mean apart from writing? I enjoy fibre crafts. I knit, crochet and spin wool. I've also dabbled in dyeing wool and doing felting. I run a group on fibre craft networking site, Ravelry called Fantastical Crafters, which is for fans of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
I also enjoy photography. I upgraded to a DSLR camera a couple of years ago and took a course so I could learn how to use it properly. I especially love taking long exposure shots.
Sadly, I don't have as much time for hobbies as I'd like at the moment, because I'm juggling too many things: writing, family, work…
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Watch TV (I'm a big fan of White Collar and Leverage), a movie or curl up with a good book on my Kindle. I'm actually terrible at relaxing. Even when I'm watching TV I end up multitasking: doing some writing or editing, chatting to people on Twitter… I never really stop!
What makes you happy?
My family. I have a wonderful husband and a gorgeous three year old daughter. I know, very slushy, but it's true. On a less slushy note, having someone tell me they enjoyed my book makes me grin inanely. That's a wonderful feeling!
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
An introvert. I'm quite quiet, I don't go out and party (not enough time, or funds for babysitters) and even if I did, I don't drink alcohol. I have a small group of really good friends, but I'm terrible at talking to people I don't know; I get embarrassed and self conscious.
What one word best describes you?
That's a really hard question to answer. After failing to think of an appropriate word, I asked my friends and family.
I got a variety of words, including joke words: multi-layered, cute, spondicious (is that even a word?!), amazing, creative, impatient… but I think my favourite word was "Clare".
What better word to describe me than my own name? I am 'Clare'!
Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.
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