Recently, I posted a review on Amulet of Wishes, and now I get the chance to interview the wonderful Rita A. Rubin. I hope you enjoy.
What has influenced you the most as a writer?
Other books, I’d say. Especially fantasy books.
For Amulet of Wishes, did plot or characters come first?
Characters. Derek and Darus and the others have been with me since my early teens. At first, they were just characters I liked to doodle in the back of my notebooks during school, until I decided I wanted to write them into a story, which, over time, became Amulet of Wishes.
Do you enjoy the world building process? Any tips for it?
I do! I love getting the opportunity to breathe life into my own worlds and coming up with even the tiniest details to make it seem like a tangible thing. My worldbuilding tip would be to study the worldbuilding from your favourite books, films, or games even. See how they go about setting up their worlds and such and take cues from them. Also, don’t be afraid to sprinkle in details here and there. You don’t need to explain all of the aspects of your world in one go.
DID any book/movie/song inspire Amulet of Wishes?
There’s never been any one book or movie or song that inspired Amulet of Wishes. I drew inspiration from a lot of different things, including my own experiences. Books like the Shadowhunter Chronicles and the Shattered Realms series were big inspirations.
Did you plan the Chronicles of the Guardians series ahead of time? Or did the second book come to mind after writing the first one?
I’ve always planned for it to be a series, as well as had a general idea of where I want it to go and how it will end. When I first came up with the idea for the series, I intended it to be seven books long.
Do you know how long the Chronicles of the Guardians series will be? A duology? A trilogy?
It’ll be four books long with some bonus short stories to go along with it. And I’m also entertaining the idea of a prequel.
Do you have a favorite character from Amulet of Wishes? Does that change for book two, Lady Night?
It’s so hard for me to pick favourites, but I guess I have a special soft spot for my main character, Derek. And in Lady Night, I had a lot of fun getting to explore the POV of a certain red-eyed mystery man from the first book.
How was writing book two different from writing book one?
Where Amulet of Wishes could probably be summed up as a simple fantasy quest story, Lady Night has a murder mystery as one of the two main storylines. Writing murder mystery is uncharted territory for me, but it’s been a fun experience.
What are some of your hobbies outside of writing and reading?
I love to draw and play video games and go for walks.
What are some of your favorite books or fandoms?
I adore C. S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy. I also love Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, and Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles.
What is your favorite word and why?
Aquiline. I just like the way it sounds.
Where can readers learn more about your books?
Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for taking the time to do this interview. You can check out my review of her book, Amulet of Wishes, here.