Hear ye, hear ye, my faithful followers! Today I am joining the LOVELY Miss Banschbach on her wonderful blog tour! I can’t wait! Let’s begin!
About the Author:
Claire M. Banschbach is a native West Texan. She discovered a deep and abiding love for fantasy and science fiction at a young age, prompting her to begin exploring worlds armed only with an overactive imagination and a pen while obtaining degrees in Kinesiology from Texas A&M and Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University.
She talks to fictional characters more than she should while struggling to find time for all their stories. She currently resides in Arlington, TX where she works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
About the Books:
The Rise of Aredor
Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor’s shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin’s former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin’s path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.
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The Wildcat of Braeton
His term of service to Lord Rishdah now complete, Aiden returns to his home in Braeton. As he travels he hears rumors that trouble plagues Braeton. Clan Canich is being attacked from within. He arrives, determined to save his father, his brothers, and his Clan from the treachery of one man.
A year has passed since the Calorins were driven from Aredor and Corin is struggling to rebuild his country. Despite the peace, a fear haunts him that the Calorins aren’t far away. The Hawk Flight takes to the forest again to defend the borders against a possible attack from the neighboring country of Durna and its Calorin ally.
As Aiden and Corin struggle to adapt to their new lives they know one thing for certain – war is coming to the North!
And now, on to the interview! It is what we are here to see after all! 🙂
Of all the characters in Aredor, (And the surrounding countries of course! :P) which one are you most like?
My siblings say that I’m a lot like Corin, the main character, and I grant that there are some similarities, but I think I’m a bit more like Kara who is introduced at about the same age I was when I started writing the story.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is a historical fiction novel set in Ancient Egypt – Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton. It probably helped spurred my desire to give all main characters a cool animal, and inspiring the whole Hawk thing in Aredor.
If you could choose one author, dead or alive, to meet, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Oh, man! Tough question! Since I want to do a story with King Arthur, I’d love to meet Stephen Lawhead who wrote an amazing series on King Arthur in Wales. So I’d love to pick his brain on how he went about his retelling.
What is your favorite fantasy cliche?
Since this series deals with a lost prince and a runaway chieftain’s son, I’d have to say the cliché of characters running off and successfully hiding their lineage to build a new life.
If you could marry one of your characters, who would it be?
Haha! I love Corin of course, but I’d probably go for Liam, a secondary character who I kind of fell in love with after writing a few short stories in the Aredor universe.
I’ve gotta say, through both Rise of Aredor and The Wildcat of Braeton, I loved the cultures! So what cultural influences do you like to draw on to create unique cultures?
For these books, I took bits and pieces from medieval Welsh and Middle Eastern cultures. I actually fall back on Welsh a lot, and I’m trying to make myself branch out. I have another series that I’m looking to draw bits from Native American culture for. I’m excited to dive into that, since it’s so unique.
Do you like to re-read your favorite books often?
The whole book? Not often. Sometimes I’ll go back through and find my favorite passages or skim around, but I really only sit down and read the entire thing maybe every few years.
Who will enjoy your books?
Anyone who likes a story full of action, adventure, and close knit friends!
Thank you all so much for joining Claire and I today! Be sure to check out these other great spotlights, reviews, and interviews below! And don’t forget! Best of all, there is a Rafflecopter giveaway! Be sure and enter to win! There are some great prizes!
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