Today’s Featured Author – H M Sealey
Please welcome fantasy author H M Sealey. She is currently working on the twelfth book in her Kingdom Rising series. Book 11, Deception Rising, was released last year.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife, a mother of three wonderful children, an ex-distance runner, a mediocre artist with a love of stories. I’ve been writing and telling stories to myself since early childhood. It feels as much a part of me as my arms or legs.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in North Wales, in the UK. I consider myself Welsh, hence the connections to Wales within the main narrative of my Kingdom Rising Series.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Probably quite a few bits, certainly at the beginning. The main protagonist having an imaginary world is definitely taken straight from the imaginary world in which I lived from about the age of twelve onwards. However, as the characters have developed, they’ve become their own characters, and I no longer have to poach bits of my life for them. Which is a relief, my life is far too boring.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I have, it’s the 12th book in the Kingdom Rising series, Freedom Rising. It’s still in the early stages but it has to tie up about a hundred loose ends. I have a large ensemble of characters and I want to complete as many journeys as I can. I think this will be the last in this series, although that doesn’t mean I won’t use the same characters in other stories in the future.
What fuels you as an author to continue to write?
Probably the same thing that causes me to breathe oxygen and eat food. I don’t think I could NOT write.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Your first few books will be rubbish. Write them anyway, because you’ll learn so much from them.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I start with one of the characters and just see what happens, it’s like reading a book, I really have very little idea what’s going to happen.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I don’t have an awful lot, most have been good, some bad. I’ve always thought the bad ones were fair. The good ones have sometimes pulled me out of the doldrums.
Please tell us about your current release.
The last book I released in the Kingdom Rising series was book 11, Deception Rising but it might be better for me to talk about the whole Kingdom Rising series as a whole.
What inspired you to write this series?
I think my original inspiration was to take Christianity, strip it of all the religion, and show the interesting, spiritual elements to an audience in a fantastical way.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Well, one of the characters is a two-thousand year old archeologist, I have to do a great deal of research just for one line from him because it needs to be historically accurate.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Very occasionally I have a homage to someone or I’ll borrow a surname I like. One minor character, Jack Deedever, was named after the funny way my friend’s little boy would mispronounce “screwdriver.”
Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?
I don’t think I have a specific favourite, although some are more fun to write than others. I like writing villains because they always have such good reasons (in their own heads) as to why they do what they do. I have a specific fondness for my bombastic, African-American ex-CIA agent Sam King, which is weird because he was never meant to be such an important character. He was inspired by my irritation with incompetent CIA agents in the James Bond films. I wanted to write one who was extremely good at his job. It’s a challenge to write an American voice, it’s subtly different to my English and Welsh characters. The Mazikim (demons) are also interesting to write. They’ve been around a very long time so use a wide variety of idioms and speech patterns.
Do you have an all time favorite book?
I think I’d have to say Kindred by Octavia Butler. I discovered her books as a teenager when my cousin found them in a second-hand shop. I don’t think she’s widely read in Britain, but her books opened me up to a whole world of different authors and different cultures to explore.
What book are you reading right now?
The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’m a bit of a secret fan of My Little Pony…….
The Antichrist is rising and everybody loves him.
Misha Heath, award-winning writer, is officially dead. That leaves the Antichrist no legal way of tracking her down to stop her writing thinly veiled analogies about how he’s going to be defeated. The only way to find her is to kidnap and interrogate her children.
Fortunately for him, the medical profession, determined to drag humanity out of the dark ages of religion, has begun diagnosing any sort of Belief in God as mental illness, and medicating those afflicted. Only the state-approved religion of Secular Humanism is acceptable, because that particular belief leaves humanity very, very vulnerable to the demonic Kingdom, the Sitra Achra.
That means Misha Heath’s children, all of whom boldly serve the King, can be sectioned under the Mental Health Act and forcibly medicated.
Unfortunately, the ingredients of the new, miracle drug, happen to do much more damage than anyone will ever know.
Connor Grigaliunas has Aspergers, his sister is ill and his mother is in a coma. Anxiety and painful changes to his routine force him to discover a whole other world of demons, of lost memories and of ideas and thoughts nobody ever taught him in school. To Connor, this new world makes perfect sense and he realises he’s been trying to look at a rainbow but only seeing red.
As the Beast continues to rise, his hidden army stands ready to affect a coup and humanity won’t even notice. Connor, Misha and a small group of those who choose to stand with the King are prepared, knowing that following the King was never meant to be easy, but not following will cost more than the world is able to pay.
About the Author
Heather Morag Sealey was born in North Wales in 1974 and has been living in her own little fantasy world ever since. Some of her earliest memories involve folding pieces of paper into books and writing about sea-shells with legs. She is the author of dozens of one-act-plays, the occasional two and three act play, and no end of odd little scripts, many written for school assemblies, children or vulnerable adults as part of “drama-therapy.”
She adores the countryside, a passion shared by her husband and three children.
Heather maintains that the Kingdom Rising series wrote itself and she just tagged along for the ride, writing about the situations and the characters she saw along the way.
You can find out more about Heather on her website.
You can purchase her Kingdom Rising series on Amazon.