: Welcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, The Forgotten Kingdom (The Lost Queen 2), was published on September 15th. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote The Lost Queen (2018) to The Forgotten Kingdom?
: Thanks for having me back! With this second book I’ve had the chance to experiment with some new writing elements that I found very exciting – writing from multiple perspectives being one. The Forgotten Kingdom
also taught me new lessons about trusting my instincts, and listening to my inner voice that brought some magical results.
TQ: In our last interview you stated that the most challenging thing about writing for you is "Drowning out the voice of my inner critic and keeping my mind focused on the task at hand." Have your challenges changed?
Signe: The challenge with this book was trusting, and time. I had to give enough slack on the rope and hope the story would take me where I wanted to end up. And it did! With this book, I felt much more confident about writing fiction, and I knew and loved my characters so well, the inner critic isn’t quite as loud.
TQ: What do you wish that you knew about book publishing when The Lost Queen came out that you know now?
Signe: Honestly, there’s nothing in my perception of publishing that has changed. It’s a beautiful, resilient creature, book sales are up 12% this year across the industry, even as we’ve experienced such tremendous difficulty as a country. People need stories now more than ever, myself included. They are sacrosanct.
TQ: Tell us something about The Forgotten Kingdom that is not in the book description.
Signe: This book might make you cry. If it doesn’t, you might not be human.
: Which character in the The Lost Queen series (so far) surprised you the most? Do you have a favorite character (we won't tell the others)?
: I love all my protagonists, but in The Forgotten Kingdom
, I developed a particular fondness for some of the new characters who showed up. Muirenn, Talorcan, and especially Diarmid. I love his ornery sense of humor.
: Please give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery lines from The Forgotten Kingdom.
Signe: “I do not know whether I fear him or am calling him as I stand upon the boulder, high above the iron salt waters, looking out over the winter hills. I stand upon the boulder and wait for Rhydderch and his men. I wait. I watch. And I remember.” I’d been stuck trying to figure out how to begin The Forgotten Kingdom, waiting for Lailoken to come close. When he finally strode onto the page, this was what I heard. I built the book around these words.
TQ: Is there anything that you can share about the TV series?
Signe: Nothing in TV or film is ever certain, but there is such an incredible team behind these books, and so far, things are still in the works.
TQ: What's next?
Signe: I’m looking forward to settling back into my office and diving into the research again as I start thinking about the third book in the trilogy. The research is what gets me excited. I find something that it seems no one else has discovered or written about, and it makes my pulse skip a beat. When I come across something and think, “How does no one know about this?” That usually means it’s an element that will surface in the book. I love piecing historical clues back together. That feels like my purpose.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Signe: I hope I’ll “see you” again for book three! In the meantime, I’ll be working away….