Maureen Murrish was born in Durham in the north of England. She writes mainly fantasy for young adults and older children in anything from short story to novel length. She is also the author of nonfiction. Visit her Blog at maureen-murrish.blogspot.co.uk for more information and access to all of her books.
What is your all-time favourite book and why?
Favourite book? Crumbs, soo many. Each book is my favourite as I read it or I put it down and don’t bother, but those that linger in my mind, the ones I just can’t forget and would willing read again if there weren’t so many other books out there to sample I suppose I would class as favourite. Let’s see, the Kim Harrison books have to be up there as they started me off on the whole Rachel Morgan series. And then there is the Other World series by Kim Harrison. I love the way Kim’s fictional world is pulled together through the eyes of so many different groups to form the whole. From way back in the mists of time the books that started me on the road to avid reading and writing were Treasure Island and The Count of Monte Cristo. They really fired my imagination at the age of 9 or 10 and I’ve never looked back. They hold a very special place in my heart.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that reflects the content and captures the eye and the imagination. For the Dragon World series I searched for a long time to find just the right thing. I am a pretty good designer and artist but I knew that what I wanted was way beyond my skills to produce. When I saw the Dragoneye created by someone who prefers to go under the name of MaRoC68 I knew it was just perfect. My new book, 'The Wheel of the Year' on the other hand, is a non fiction book and I had very definite ideas about what I wanted so I have designed the cover myself. 'The Wheel of the Year' is due out in April 2014 and you can see it for yourself.
If anyone in the village where 13 year old Tosni lives discovers he is developing strange powers they will kill him. He has to leave. But before he can put an escape plan into action Kavnen throws him out. In the middle of the night. In the middle of winter. Now his only chance of survival is to find his real parents, fast. But there are more than his parents interested in finding him.
I enjoyed this book. The typos and awkward sentencing were a bit difficult at first but I soon got my ear for the flow of words and the story line was engaging and held my attention. I’m not into lovey dovey as a rule but the love triangle going on here was addictive and compelling.