Interview with Marie Blanchet
What is your writing process?
The Blood Prince was a book that went through several writing processes. At first I had only a beginning and an end in mind, with several unrelated in-between scenes. I started writing it as the ideas came, but mid-way through the process I realised that I needed an outline, and so I made one. Even after I had to make major changes to the story about the first content edit, I still worked with an outline and found that it helps me a lot, even though the final result doesn't always match.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read by myself? I don't know. When I was a kid I was so eager to learn to read that I learnt the words of my picture books by heart and then pretended to read the stories out loud. My first books were "Un dragon dans un chariot" and "Comptons les petits lapins", which is hilarious considering that I now own a rabbit and I wrote a book about dragons.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a graphic designer, and I always wanted to make book covers. For The Blood Prince, I decided to go with a character illustration, because the characters are really the heart of the story. Each of the three books in the trilogy have three main pov characters (not the same three characters every time!) and I chose the most visually interesting character for each cover. For The Blood Prince, that's Gangav, because he's a dragumen and he has wings and horns and fire powers, unlike Sasha and Alex who are just normal humans. Also, Gangav *is* the Blood Prince, so there's an added layer there.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy and Sci-fi, always. You can bring really interesting new ideas to life in those genres, and you can consider everyday things in a completely new way. I also *adore* queer comic anthologies, and I support so many of them on kickstarter it's insane.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kobo because I bought the one that is waterproof. I can read in my bath you guys. It's magical.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I knew how, and that was really the only thing stopping me. I was creating and telling stories way before that, encouraged by my mom. I can still see us, huddled together on her big bed on sunday mornings, taking turns telling eachother made-up stories....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing fantasy in english in quebec is basically shooting yourself in the foot. I'm not even sure that there are publishers here that take that sort of novels, but The Blood Prince was always in english in my heart and when I was writing it, for various reasons. I wouldn't have been able to write it in french. So self-publishing seemed really the best option for me rather than try and find an editor from another country. I like that I can control everything in my book; from the cover to the page layout to the amount of copies printed and the distribution channels. I learned so much while doing this.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Unlike Amazon, Smashwords publish on kobo. It's the e-reader that I use, and so being on that platform was a no-brainer. I found Smashwords through Nanowrimo, and I like how involved they are with writing projects like that.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to The Blood Prince, named The Heir of Faith. Before I started the publishing process I thought that book 2 was done, but oh boy have the re-writes bitten me in the ass. At this point, I need to go back to the drawing board and basically rewrite a third of The Heir of Faith's plot. I'm also working on my sci-fi webcomic, Kalipso. It's on hiatus right now but I have big plans for it as soon as TBP is published.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are my favourite english-language authors. CLAMP are my favorite mangakas, and as for french-speaking authors, I don't really have one even though it's my mother tongue. I guess I'm too close to french to be able to choose favourites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Three alarm clocks and a rabbit that is throwing his food bowl around waiting for me to come and feed him. I'm really more of a night owl.
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Books by This Author
Le Prince de Sang
by Marie Blanchet
Published: February 25, 2023
Rainbow est aux mains d’une impératrice impitoyable. La rébellion fera tout pour reprendre le pays.
À Fleur de Peau
by Marie Blanchet
La petite ville tranquille de St-Adalbert-sur-Mer cache un sombre secret. Par trois fois durant l'été, le corps sans vie d'une Selkie a été rejeté dans le fleuve. Louison est envoyée sur terre par son clan pour élucider le mystère de ces meurtres, mais se retrouve rapidement face à face avec deux inconnus qui semblent trop beaux pour être vrais - et qui risquent de la distraire de sa mission.
by Marie Blanchet
The town of St. Adalbert Sur Mer is hiding a dark secret; three times during the summer, the lifeless body of a Selkie was dumped in the river. Louison is sent by her clan to investigate these murders, but her mission derails when she meets two charming strangers whom everyone in town seems to be falling in love with - including herself.
The Blood Prince
by Marie Blanchet
Until two years ago, Rainbow was ruled by dragumen. Now, there’s a human Empress on the throne, and she rules with an iron fist. Everywhere in the land, rebellion is brewing.
Gangav, the fallen prince, wants his throne back. Sasha is spoiling for a fight. Alexander is dragged in despite himself. Together, the three of them will shape the future of the rebellion... and perhaps the country.