Author Interview with Tricia Mingerink
The biggest difference is that Dagger's Sleep is allegorical while The Blades of Acktar has Christianity portrayed as it is in the real world. So while the Christianity part of The Blades of Acktar was fairly straight forward, I spent most of the time writing Dagger's Sleep double and triple checking that I wasn't accidentally stepping into blasphemous territory or saying something I didn't intend to say with the allegory. I'm sure there are ways any allegory can have more read into it than the author intended, but I can at least rest assured I did my best.
What was your biggest surprise or most difficult problem to solve while writing this book?
Probably the ending, getting a certain romance to turn out not creepy. I can't say too much more than that without giving away spoilers.
What did you have the most fun with?
The character of Berend. He wasn't even truly a character until the third draft when I figured out one piece of his character that really made him come alive on the page. I'm afraid I went a little crazy with the bear puns after that.
If the characters from this story met the characters in The Blades of Acktar, who would be best friends and who would get on each other's nerves (and why)?
Pretty much everyone from The Blades of Acktar wouldn't like High Prince Alexander. Keevan might try to give him some good advice. Leith would grit his teeth and do his best to ignore him. Martyn would purposefully prod Alex into being arrogant just so he could internally laugh at him.
Kayleigh, Brandi, and Rosanna would probably be fast friends. They all have a certain adventurous streak to them. Isi would bounce between them and Renna. Leith and Daemyn would probably get along well enough, though I think of the two of them, Leith is more willing to be lethal than Daemyn is.
What is something (quirk, personality trait, interest, talent, etc.) that you have in common with a character in Dagger's Sleep?
I love mountains, trees, and the land the way Rosanna and Daemyn do. I love hiking and seeing new waterfalls.
Thank you, Tricia! I hope that wets your appetite, readers. Keep reading for my review
I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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