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the raven heir: author interview || a set of triplets, two dynasties, a broken crown

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Author: Stephanie Burgis

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade

Series: The Raven Crown #1

Hello Stephanie! Welcome to The Fictional Journal! Congratulations on publishing your book.

1. If your book was a movie/tv show, what would it’s title track be?

I’ve always thought of one particular song as my heroine’s theme song (and I listened to it obsessively while writing The Raven Heir): “The Lost Words Blessing” from the folk music album The Lost Words: Spell Songs (based on a gorgeous book of poetry and art by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris). That song has a perfectly magical feel that gives just the right atmosphere for my novel.


2. Your heroes who dabbled into this genre? And in what way have they influenced your writing?

I adored Patricia McKillip’s and Robin McKinley’s novels when I was a teen first deciding to write fantasy. I loved the beauty of their language as well as the shivery resonance of the magic in their stories, and those qualities were both goals I aimed for as I wrote The Raven Heir.


3. What do you think people underestimate the most about writing Fantasy?

How much research is required for it! The Raven Heir is set in a fantasy kingdom, but I based that kingdom (and the wars raging across it) on medieval Wales during the Wars of the Roses, so I did a ton of historical research at the beginning just to wrap my head around the real world (before I started making changes for my fantasy worldbuilding). Also, since my heroine is a shapeshifter, I had to do SO much research on how different animals see, hear, and otherwise experience the world so that I could write her changing perspectives from each new form she takes.


4. What motivates you to stick to your writing, when days are hard?

Bribing myself with chocolate and turning on the same project-specific soundtrack every time I sit down to write are both techniques that help a lot – but hearing from readers who’ve enjoyed or been moved or comforted by my books is always the BEST motivation to keep going. 


5. Which character was the hardest to write and why? Is there any character in your book that you relate to? If so, did you purposefully write them in such a manner, or was it something just as unexpected to you?

Cordelia, the heroine, is so intensely emotional – but so bad at expressing her emotions to other people or even to herself! – that she presented a wonderful writing challenge as a character. I wanted readers to be fully invested in her emotional landscape, even when she was doing her very best to repress all of her feelings herself! I love her so much, even though we don’t have a lot in common. In many ways, I probably related most to her triplet brother Giles, a would-be bard who loves singing and storytelling (just as I do, too, even though my singing voice isn’t NEARLY as good as his). But really, I just loved three triplets in different ways!


~ Thank you so much! It was great having you here! Congratulations once more and good luck! ~

Thanks so much for inviting me! ☺

Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She writes fun MG fantasy adventures and has published six so far, most recently the Dragon with a Chocolate Heart trilogy. She also writes wildly romantic adult historical fantasies, most recently the Harwood Spellbook series. She has had over forty short stories for adults and teens published in various magazines and anthologies.

Know more: Goodreads

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Get the book: Amazon

Find the Author: Website | Twitter | Insta

*thank you so much to TBR and Beyond for selecting me as a tour host. thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. all opinions are my own.*

15 thoughts on “the raven heir: author interview || a set of triplets, two dynasties, a broken crown

  1. Enjoyed the interview. I was also interested to know writing fantasies.

    Your blog is organised and beautiful.
    Congratulations to you and Stephanie.💐💐

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