Interview with R.S. Mollison-Read

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on two different projects. The first is the third book in the Elden Forest Series, continuing the magical adventures of Tobin and Darcie. The working title for that novel is Magician's Mirrors and it will be out in November 2014.
The second projects I'm working on is a YA Steampunk trilogy. I'm very excited about this new trilogy because it will be a new genre for me, as an author.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really love Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. A friend introduced me to the series when I was 15 and I fell in love with the epic fantasy story. I love the strong women and all of the amazing detail of the fantastic world Jordan created.
I also love Maria Snyder; both her Study series, and the Glass series are favourites. Snyder is such a creative author, and yet I still find her writing so accessible.
Jonathan Stroud is probably my favourite YA and MG author. His Bartimaeus trilogy is brilliant! I especially love his creative use of footnotes and the anti-hero character of Bartimaeus.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Music is a love equal to writing in my life. My day job is as a music teacher! Out of my private home studio, I teach both classical voice and piano.
I also love cooking, reading (of course!) and cycling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm afraid I'm not terribly loyal to any one ereader.
My first ereader was a Kindle, which I still use, and I enjoy the non-glare screen.
I also own a Kobo Aura, which is very nice and compact, although I do not enjoy the slight lag in time with each page turn.
And sometimes I use my ipad mini as an ereader, although it's not great outside, which is where I try to read most often in the summer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Calgary, AB Canada. Calgary is a funny place, because in the winter it is quite snowy, with temperatures getting as low as -40 C. However, we also have regular Chinooks (a warm wind) that can raise the temperature up to 15 C. So the temperature can change 50 degrees in a span of 24 hours. Despite what may seem like rather insane weather to some, I really love Calgary, and I'm quite fond of the cold. That said, I also enjoy the summer in Calgary which usually sits between 20 - 30 C.
I incorporated both of these seasonal elements into Magician's Mayhem, because I love both the cold and the warmer weather. Calgary is also a really beautiful city. Despite having a population of 1.3 million, it often feels more like a town because of the friendly people. I tried to incorporate elements of that positive atmosphere into my Elden Forest novels as well.
Published 2014-06-03.
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