The Temple of Doubt is about a teenage girl from a very traditional, religious society who begins to suspect something isn’t right about the god they all worship. Hadara has a natural aversion to the priest’s magic, and prefers being out in nature with her mother. But she’s forced to confront her beliefs – and disbelief – after a falling star brings an unwelcome visitor the priests believe is a demon.
2. Who is the inspiration behind your main characters?
Hadara is a mash-up of several bright young women I knew growing up, but she gets to say all the things I wish I’d been bold enough to voice when young. The mage S’ami is based on my father, though Dad was never blithely murderous!
3. Are you more a plotter or do you write whatever pops into your head?
I’m a plotter. I plot and replot and re-re-re-replot until it’s all just right. And then my writing group won’t like something and I have to change the scene out anyway. But I know where all four books in the series are going, at least.
4. Do you listen to music while writing or do you need silence?
I used to listen to a lot of World Beat music from all over when I did a first draft, many years ago. Now, I write in total silence because it’s usually after my kids are asleep.
5. Are your book(s) part of a series or are they standalone novels?
This is the first book in a four-part series that will have Hadara drawn further and further into the conflict between her god and his many enemies.
6. Are you currently working on a new book?
I’ve written book 2 and it’s in production, but book 3 is only a handful of chapters so far, and book 4 is just a bare-bones outline.