Bekah Clark - Fantasy with a Touch of Romance
Bekah Clark is an avid daydreamer and a romantic who is, more often than not, lost in her own little world. Writing has always been her passion, though it is only recently she's chosen to share her stories with others. As our Author of the Day, Clark tells us all about her latest book, The Healer and the Warrior.
Please give us a short introduction to what The Healer and the Warrior is about.
The Healer and the Warrior was a labor of love where I wanted to go outside my usual style and write a true romance. The story is told from Zianya's point of view. She's a healer in her village, a village where people treat her as a witch, except when they need something from her. While she was born in the village, her grandmother was not. Torric is wounded and Zianya heals him. When she passes out from the power of the healing, she wakes to find Torric's kidnapped her. He treats her well and other than the initial shock of being kidnapped, she never feels threatened by him. His main purpose is to bring her to heal his king. He's dying from a very slow acting poison, but is also a long distance from their location, so the journey is long. During their journey, they fall in love.
Tell us more about Zianya. What makes her tick?
Zianya is a strong, but very lonely woman who, at the beginning of the book, does not see a way out of her situation and it is slowly killing her inside. Her need to heal is a physical thing, but it is also something she wants to do. Her need to help others is genuine and she's not about to let anyone stop her if she feels she can help an injured person.
What inspired you to write about a healer who gets kidnapped by a warrior?
The idea of opposites appealed to me. And I wondered what circumstances could evolve if the warrior was not a villain and the healer was a lonely soul.
What makes Zianya and Torric such a great match?
Zianya is inexperienced with romance, but she's very intelligent. She's used to people looking down on her, but she isn't the type to let that stop her. Torric is an extremely loyal warrior who is as devoted to Zianya as he is to his king. He's protective of her and sometimes she really needs that because she's prone to putting the needs of others over her own, even to her own detriment.
What are the top three things you think every good romance book should have?
Chemistry between the leads. A purpose to the story. Interesting side characters.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I love flower arranging. Also, making meals for people I love.
What did you have the most fun with when writing this book?
The introduction of Vonn was fun. He became an important balance to the Zianya/Torric dynamic.
You managed to make the magic-aspect work without making Zianya feel too powerful. How did you pull this off?
My primary genre is fantasy with a touch of romance, so this is something I like to work on. Any magic or powers in a book require balance. There needs to be consequences for magic in particular. Therefore, when I decided she was a healer, I had to make sure that I gave her real consequences to her action. As Zianya would put it, she's not a neverending source of healing.
Which of your characters has been the most challenging to write for?
This book was actually fairly easy for the characters. A book I'm currently working on, however, The Frozen Queen: Suspended Heart, has offered quite a challenge since during this book 2 the main character's emotions are extremely muted and I am an emotion based writer. But, I love challenging myself with writing so it is worth it.
In your mind, what happens to the characters after you write their final chapters? Do they continue to "live on" in your imagination?
I do think about them from time to time. Sometimes I ponder the idea of additional books or novellas. I am working, albeit slowly, on a book about Vonn that takes place prior to the events of The Healer and the Warrior.
Do you have a favorite line from the book, and can you explain what that line means to you?
"I don't want to give you up, lass. But I will. If that's what you really want, I will." This to me is the embodiment of Torric. His love for Zianya is such that he will do what is best for her. If that means they don't end up together, so be it. Zianya goes through a lot of wavering, as to whether once she heals the king, if she wants to go back to her village. Torric is willing to support her, even if it will hurt him. For me, someone who is willing to listen to you and accept what you need, is very important. It isn't right to force your feelings on someone.
Talk to us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?
On days that I can write, I decide what I'm going to work on, check where I am and just let my mind flow. I write a lot from what I'm feeling, so I have to be in the mood to write.
What are you working on right now?
I am actually working on a couple of books at once. I'm working on The Frozen Queen 2, as previously stated, but I am also working on a contemporary romance, which is a new genre for me. I have said I like to stretch my wings and, like with The Healer and the Warrior, I wanted to try something new. The Mother, the Daughter, and the Holy B* is going to be a lot of fun. You have an amazing dynamic between three women, while the main character is going through a change in her career. During this, she meets a man who is just perfect for her. Something she was not looking for or expecting.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
All of my books are on Kindle Unlimited and can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Bekah-Clark/e/B00XUQ4YUS
My Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/BekahClarkBooks/
And, if you follow me on Books + Main, you can read short stories and other bites from me. Please note, this is new, but I am adding to it and there is currently a hot little romantic short story posted: https://bookandmainbites.com/AuthorBekahClark