I’m delighted to be welcoming Liz Butcher to my hot seat today chatting to us about her debut novel, Fates’ Fury.
Liz is sharing her inspiration, the scene she found the hardest to write and much more. Enjoy!
The last thing Jonah Sands expected on his thirtieth birthday was to have his life thrust into the hands of a dangerous, red-haired woman—or to be the only person in the world to survive an encounter with her.
As the death toll skyrockets, Jonah and his two best friends, the siblings Tristan and Ava Carter, find themselves at the epicentre of inexplicable phenomena—a stranded ferry transforms into a barge headed for the Underworld; young girls levitate to whisper ancient riddles; technology across the globe is controlled by some unseen hand. And it all seems to lead back to the woman with red hair. When a stranger finds them in the midst of a thunder storm and offers his otherworldly assistance, Jonah finally unravels the truth about who he really is. And what it means for the rest of humanity.
Fates’ Fury by Liz Butcher is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
Hi Liz, Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Fates’ Fury in 20 words or less.
A modern Herculean story with an American Gods feel and whole lot of apocalypse.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
Essentially, I wondered what would happen if there was an entity watching over the human race, growing increasingly angry at how we’ve treated each other and the earth. If they had the power to wipe us out, would we be able to fight back, and what would we be fighting for?
Did you do any research for your book Liz? What resources did you use?
I’ve always loved ancient history and mythology so for Fates’ Fury I was fortunate to have my own selection of books to hunt through. I love the researching stage and found it hard to not get carried away. The main research focus was on the ancient pantheons of Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt and the Indus Valley, and ancient Greek mythology.
What scene was the hardest to write?
Killing off a character can be tricky at the best of times, but there was one death in Fates’ Fury that I struggled with. I’d known from the start this character would die, and how, and by the time I’d come to write it I was worried I wouldn’t do the scene justice. I didn’t want to rush it, but I didn’t want to lose momentum by dragging it out either.
Do you have a theme for your book covers? Who designs them?
After Dark and Fates’ Fury are quite different books, so there’s no real theme linking the covers. Although they’re both ominous in appearance! My husband, Andrew Butcher, designs them for me, so I’m very fortunate. I provide him with a rough brief of what I’m looking for and he takes it from there. The hardest part is trying to make sure you capture the genre—especially when it crosses multiple genres.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
Absolutely! I’m a morning person, one hundred percent. I love starting my day before the sun’s up. It’s the quietest time of my day, when the family is still asleep if I’m at home, or I’m sitting in the empty office at my day job before the workday starts. I feel most productive in the mornings.
What inspired you to write Liz?
Honestly, I can’t really say. I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was little. Mum’s still got little ‘books’ I put together in primary school. I think an overactive imagination has a lot to do with it!
Pantser or plotter?
A plotter. I started out as a pantser but would find myself stalling creatively when working on a project and getting frustrated. So, I switched to plotting and it works much better for me. It still changes and evolves as I write the story, but as least most of it’s planned out. I really enjoy the plotting process now!
Have you done any creative writing/writing courses that you would recommend?
I received an annual pass to Masterclass as a gift and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. So far, I’ve done the classes of James Patterson, Dan Brown and Margaret Atwood, with Neil Gaiman next. I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I’ve gotten out of each class and would highly recommend them. It’s not everyday you get insider knowledge!
Finally, can you share what you are working on now?
My current WIP (Work In Progress) is called Never, Never and is a modern spin on the Peter Pan story. In my version, Wendy Darling is all grown up, haunted by her childhood abduction from a predator she knows only by the name, Pan. Working as a detective, her past comes back to haunt her when a local girl disappears in circumstances too eerily like Wendy’s past abduction to be a coincidence.
Thank you for being my guest today Liz. Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
Liz Butcher resides in Australia, with her husband, daughter, and their two cats. She’s a self-confessed nerd with a BA in psychology and an insatiable fascination for learning. Liz was previously the former Executive Assistant at the Horror Tree, which is a mainstream resource for authors and has published a number of short stories in anthologies including her own collection, After Dark, in 2018. Fates Fury is her debut novel set for release, September, 2019.