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High Fantasy | Ashael Rising | Q&A Shona Kinsella

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I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today for Shona Kinsella’s high fantasy debut, Ashael Rising, organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours.

Shona is chatting to us today about research, which character she would be and more.  There’s a fabulous tourwide giveaway too so don’t miss out!

Ashael Rising Shona Kinsella


Shona KinsellaShona Kinsella is a fantasy author who lives near the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, in the west of Scotland. She is a member of the British Fantasy Society where she writes reviews of indie books. Shona has a degree in Law from the University of Strathclyde where she learned a lot about narrative structure.; everyone loves a story.

Shona enjoys spending time outdoors and much of her writing is inspired by the environment that she lives in, at the edge of Scotland’s first national park. When she is not writing, she enjoys geocaching with her husband and children and reading as many books as she can get her hands on.

Connect with Shona Kinsella

Twitter: @shona_kinsella

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Hi Shona,

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.

Please summarise Ashael Rising in 20 words or less.

Ashael, an apprentice medicine woman must defend her people from the Zanthar, soul-sucking invaders from another world.


If you could choose to be one of your characters Shona, which would you be?

I’m probably supposed to say Ashael because she’s the heroine but there’s actually a lot of me in her character. I’d like to be Bhearra, Ashael’s mentor, healer and spiritual-leader of their community. She’s so strong and wise. She knows what needs to be done and does it, even when the task is difficult.


Who would you cast in the roles if your book were optioned for a movie?

I don’t have particular actors in mind but the Folk (Ashael’s people) are all PoC and it would be very important to me for actors of colour to be cast.


Did you do any research for your book Shona?  What resources did you use? 

Ashael Rising is set in a stone-age equivalent culture so I did some research about that time period, what materials were available, what weapons were used etc. I used a variety of resources such as:, and


Ashael Rising is part of a series, what is in the future?

 I’m planning at least two more books in the series – although since I’m a discovery writer, it’s always possible that I’ll discover more story!


Have you joined any writing groups Shona? 

I’m a member of the online writing group, Scribophile, and within that, I’m part of the smaller Ubergroup. My writing owes a lot to the feedback and support I found in that group.


Finally, can you share which authors have influenced your writing?

 Raymond E Feist, Brandon Sanderson, Janny Wurts, Stephen King, Stephen Donaldson.


Thank you for being my guest today.

Wishing you success with your creative projects Shona.

 Shona Kinsella

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of the folk that were taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Iwan and Ashael meet and she invites him to stay in Oak Cam, neither of them realise that she is the one the Zanthar seek.  The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on Ashael’s shoulders.

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The tourwide giveaway is for a £20 Amazon Gift Card and an eCopy of Ashael Rising (one winner).

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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