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  • Melina Marchetta
    Froi if they dare try to touch me a knife to the side and a slit ear to ear Those in my cave they grab and they drag me They want me to bathe but they ll soon know the truth And the fear on their faces speaks loud of their awe and I capture the crying and tell them what s true that the men with the swords who once held the noose will cut out my king and leave me to die The girl with the smile the one you once spoke of she enters the cave and can see what is true And she thinks with her heart and shouts out It s plague and calls for a man who has seen plague before I beg her I beg her but the man named Matteo is the lad with the cats from when I was a child Your Highness he whispers his eyes full of wonder Did you mate with the lastborn I sent to save Charyn And the women they stare with fear in their hope but it s hope drenched with tears and it smothers me whole And the Mont s wife she covers my belly and speaks We ll be dead to all Charyn from plague in the north There s keening and wailing from those left behind the men of the valley who lose all they have And here where we re hidden I sleep in a corner My dreams are consumed by She who has stealth I feel her I fight her I grit through my teeth Keep far from my king or I ll tear you to pieces I call out your name to help fight this demon I call out your name Froi Save Charyn s son And day after day it is dull in my heart for there s nothing to say when you re dead to the world And the Mont s wife she looks to the valley and mountains with pain and regret but such hope and fierce love Is it rain someone asks and I wait for the answer Though winter still shrouds this land I ve prayed for the sun There s a babe in my belly that whisper the valley Froi I follow the whispers and come to the road Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana the mother of Charyn s unborn king and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict When the forces marshalled in Charyn s war gather and threatens to involve the whole of the land including Lumatere only Froi can set things right with the help of those he loves Froi of the Exiles Book 2 of the Lumatere Chronicles Blood sings to blood those born last will make the first and Charyn will be barren no more Three years after the

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    me a liar Isaboe asked softly Because I d be careful of that my love But I failed Froi said pained to think of how much he had You don t know how that feels Arjuro s laugh was humourless You are saying those words to the wrong man Froi Failure is more of a twin to me than my own brother Phaedra of Alonso s death was a never ending pain that gnawed at his insides It made him a prisoner in his own cottage Up in the distance the whistle of the wind sang to her from the mountain From Lucian s mountain It beckoned and taunted and she wanted to run towards it To be enveloped in its coat of fleece and to hear its safe sounds Outside the inn Finnikin watched the man and woman before him They were of the same height Both reed thin And they loved each other That was the fact Finnikin wanted to forget That he was about to assassinate a man who loved someone The Piper s Son in US paperback Out Now To celbrate the US paperback release of The Piper s Son this week here is one of my favourite poems that is referred to in the novel As I ve said before it s a poem you must read aloud because it s such a pleasure to say the words Japan by Billy Collins Today I pass the time reading a favorite haiku saying the few words over and over It feels like eating the same small perfect grape again and again I walk through the house reciting it and leave its letters falling through the air of every room I stand by the big silence of the piano and say it I say it in front

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    Froi if they dare try to touch me a knife to the side and a slit ear to ear Those in my cave they grab and they drag me They want me to bathe but they ll soon know the truth And the fear on their faces speaks loud of their awe and I capture the crying and tell them what s true that the men with the swords who once held the noose will cut out my king and leave me to die The girl with the smile the one you once spoke of she enters the cave and can see what is true And she thinks with her heart and shouts out It s plague and calls for a man who has seen plague before I beg her I beg her but the man named Matteo is the lad with the cats from when I was a child Your Highness he whispers his eyes full of wonder Did you mate with the lastborn I sent to save Charyn And the women they stare with fear in their hope but it s hope drenched with tears and it smothers me whole And the Mont s wife she covers my belly and speaks We ll be dead to all Charyn from plague in the north There s keening and wailing from those left behind the men of the valley who lose all they have And here where we re hidden I sleep in a corner My dreams are consumed by She who has stealth I feel her I fight her I grit through my teeth Keep far from my king or I ll tear you to pieces I call out your name to help fight this demon I call out your name Froi Save Charyn s son And day after day it is dull in my heart for there s nothing to say when you re dead to the world And the Mont s wife she looks to the valley and mountains with pain and regret but such hope and fierce love Is it rain someone asks and I wait for the answer Though winter still shrouds this land I ve prayed for the sun There s a babe in my belly that whisper the valley Froi I follow the whispers and come to the road Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana the mother of Charyn s unborn king and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict When the forces marshalled in Charyn s war gather and threatens to involve the whole of the land including Lumatere only Froi can set things right with the help of those he loves Froi of the Exiles Book 2 of the Lumatere Chronicles Blood sings to blood those born last will make the first and Charyn will be barren no more Three years after the

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    one day because she ll strain her voice so much she ll choke For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember it s just been her her mum and her grandmother Now it s her final year at a wealthy Catholic private girls school where the nuns couldn t be any stricter But that doesn t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into Josie s life including her father Caught between the old world values of her Italian nonna Katia the no nonsense wisdom of her mother Cristina and the boys who continue to mystify her Josie is on the ride of her life This will be the year she falls in love the year she discovers the secrets of her family s past and the year she sets herself free Reviews A sensational debut Herald Sun A novel to rejoice in A story from the heart Australian Bookseller and Publisher Award winning Australian author Melina Marchetta has created a strong and sassy role model in Josephine whom girls with growing pains on both sides of the Pacific will love With its accurate and insightful portrayal of a young woman s coming of age Looking for Alibrandi

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  • Melina Marchetta
    author interviews 2421 The Piper s Son http www lakemac infohunt nsw gov au library links hschelp english interview html This is a 1993 Alibrandi interview http www persnicketysnark com 2010 03 interview melina marchetta pipers son html http www theage com au articles 2003 03 27 1048653798346 html Saving Francesca http noveljourney blogspot com 2008 11 ya author interview melina marchetta html http misrule com au savingfrancesca html http

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    novel to Saving Francesca was released She has written a children s book The Gorgon in the Gully as part of the Puffin Pocket Money series Her novels have been published in 17 languages Melina lives in Sydney where she writes full time NOVELS AND FILM SCRIPT 2010 The Gorgon in the Gully Puffin Books Penguin The Piper s Son Viking Books Penguin published in the US by Candlewick 2008 Finnikin of the Rock Viking Books Penguin published in the US by Candlewick 2006 On the Jellicoe Road Viking Books Penguin published in the US as Jellicoe Road by Harper Collins 2003 Saving Francesca Viking Books Penguin published in the US by Knopfs Random House 2000 Looking For Alibrandi film script produced by Robyn Kershaw directed Kate Woods 1992 Looking For Alibrandi Penguin Books published in the US by Knopfs Random House LITERARY AWARDS AND SHORTLISTS 2010 The Piper s Son shortlisted for Qld Premier s Award 2009 Jellicoe Road US Winner of the US Printz Award Finnikin of the Rock Winner of the ABIA Award Finnikin of the Rock Winner of the Aurealis Fantasy Award Finnikin of the Rock Shortlisted for the CBC Award Finnikin of the Rock Shortlisted

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    books books faq faq bio bio where to buy online where to buy online Australia Shearers http www shearersbookshop com au USA http www indiebound org Worldwide Fishpond http www fishpondworld com Home Froi of the Exiles books faq bio

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    places Like Norris Grammar Boarding School for Girls where s she s serving a life sentence no parole Here s the thing I ve been kicked out of home After the last thing I did I ran out of chances Tipped all my parents patience out on the floor like the last bit of milk in the container They just lost it Fair enough I suppose I did do something pretty bad So bad I can t even say it out loud Neither can Mum We both just Don t Talk About It http www pipharry com The voice of Kate was really strong and clear to me from the first sentences she was angry and confused but also funny and self depreciating I liked her right away Maybe she reminded me a bit of myself at 15 too although we probably wouldn t have been friends I was a jock and Kate hates the gym In the first draft Kate was actually an emo but later when my publisher urged me to do a bit more research into emos vs goths I decided she was definitely a goth I really dived into gothic culture from that point finding out how they dress what they believe in and especially what music they like I often found myself writing along to a hard core goth song to get into Kate s mood So what are the differences between emos and goths It s a standing joke between Kate and her friend Maddy because Maddy thinks they are the same thing But they re absolutely not Goths Music Goth music developed in the late 70s as a post punk movement Goths followed this kind of music and a sub culture developed Dress Victorian or medieval inspired think velvet and lace corsets which is how Kate dresses too But there are lots of other styles including chokers large boots fishnet and mesh clothing leather rubber latex or vinyl or punk inspired think leather jackets spiked or studded jewellery Do goths always wear black Yes mostly But sometimes they throw in some white or red and have their hair dyed usually purple or black They can use pale foundation and usually have striking dark lips and eyes Boys also wear make up if they like Thought bubble Some people think all goths are scary or depressed but in fact they are usually creative original and lovely Normal people who drink cups of tea read and hang out with their friends like the rest of us Emos Music Emo is a shortened nickname for a type of music called Emotional Hardcore which had melodic and expressive lyrics The term evolved into describing the fans of the music who were often very er emotional Dress Skinny jeans band tee shirts jagged fringes that cover one side of the face thick horn rimmed glasses Thought bubble Emos get a bad rap for being whiny and down in the dumps cheer up emo kid has become a popular saying for someone having a bad day but in fact they are usually just sensitive shy music lovers If you are emo or goth and I ve made a mistake in this list please feel free to correct me It s a confusing and controversial topc 17th March 2012 I managed to squeeze in a few Q and As and blog posts this month in between the writing and deadlines The first went up yesterday http whatchyareading net 2012 03 16 interview with melina marchetta And there ll be two next week to look out for about landscape and photos in Froi of the Exiles as well as the problems that can arise with sequels and companion novels focusing mostly on The Piper s Son and Froi of the Exiles http chachic wordpress com http engage reading org Home 27th February 2012 I love this cover for the E book bundle of Finnikin and Froi which will soon be available at online stores The designer of every one of my Australian novels since Francesca has been Marina Messiha at Penguin and I m always so excited to see what she does next On my wall in front of me at the moment is the Quintana cover stuck between US Froi and Australian Froi covers it s almost a warped love triangle I think I ve also mentioned before that the photographer model of the Australian Froi shot is American Zach Ahern and he features below again In case I haven t mentioned him here s an interview he did with the lovely British Jo I just love all this multiculturalism http www weartheoldcoat com 2012 01 interview with zack ahern photographer html 14th February 2012 Yesterday I finished first draft of Quintana of Charyn 118 000 words for the record It will be longer than Finnikin and shorter than Froi First draft for me is the hardest part of the job Writing actually hurts during those months I calculated yesterday that since beginning Finnikin back in 2007 I ve been writing for almost five years straight back to back 5 novels a film script and 1 TV script Dance Academy Season 2 begins on the ABC in March And I m a bit on the tired side And last night I slept for 8 hours straight which is like a coma for me And for the next few weeks before I begin second draft I m going to keep away from Froi and that beautiful crazy girl of his and I m going to watch DVD box sets and read and engage in witty conversation Don t get me wrong My world doesn t stop when I m writing because the people in my life won t let me be that indulgent but in a way it feels as if my mind doesn t belong completely to me because I m always worried about a deadline or sorting out the relationship problems of at least sixty or so characters my fault for the cast of thousands in every novel So here s to The Good Wife Season 2 I have the biggest girl crush on every woman on that show and Downton Abbey Season 2 and FNL Seasons 4 Also I promise I ll only do this once in a while but in celebration of handing in first draft and leading up to Froi s release in the US I ve chosen a few links to some wonderful US blog and industry reviews that have popped up over the week http oopswrongcookie blogspot com au 2012 02 froi of exiles by melina marchetta html http paperblogprincess blogspot com au 2012 02 froi of exiles by melina marchetta html http www mountainsofinstead com http bloggers heart books blogspot com au 2012 02 froi of exiles by melina marchetta html http www yalsa ala org thehub 2012 01 19 how i learned to stop worrying and love the serie http publishersweekly com 978 0 7636 4759 9 And these two belong to Finnikin of the Rock http www candacesbookblog com http www justinsbookblog com 2012 02 book review finnikin of rock by melina html 28th January 2012 Quintana The Travels Part 1 I don t think there are any spoilers here but I d say the post is mostly for Finnikin Froi and future Quintana readers and anyone interested in how travel shapes a novel A friend asked me before I left for Europe why I couldn t write the novel by looking at pictures It was a fair enough question This is the best way I can explain it At St Pancras International station in London the young girl who serves me coffee asks me if I m Spanish Spagnola and there s such excitement in her eyes when she speaks that one word It s heart breaking to tell her I m not And then in Provins an hour out of Paris pronounced Provar I buy a bottle of wine and offer a glass to the owner of the B and B who says yes and we stand smiling at each other for a while and then she speaks French to me and I speak English to her and we pretend we understand what we re both saying I try to explain I m a writer and in a fit of egotistical I don t know who else to use as an example I mention Victor Hugo and point to books on her table But regardless of everything we still drink a glass of wine together And that s the type of stuff that goes into novel without you realising A foreigners yearning for their homeland The communication between two people who don t share a language The smell of one thousand year old houses made of stone A tip to go see a mosaic miniture church in Guernsey that we joke about the whole day because we re imagining how gaudy it is Untill I see it and realize that parts of it will be the inner walls of an underground city and other parts of it will be a hiding place in a valley They are things that I didn t know I d write before I left for my research trip things that can t be found in a photograph I have to work hard at world building and when I travel I feel as if I m a step closer to realising my setting So the photos below will make up bits and pieces of Quintana of Charyn The back entrance of the ceramic church which is going to be the front entrance of a hideout in the valley Guernsey The Ceramic walls Guernsey Island which will describe the inner walls of a chamber in the underground city of Sebastabol Below a view from one of the windows cut out of the cave church I imagine that the Provincaro of Sebastabol lives in a fortress overlooking the ocean and surrounded by rocks And that Sebastabol has town steps that lead down to the port Froi and his companions stay high up in the town and have a view of the ocean I make sure they almost have strokes just like I did everytime I had to get back to our B and B Below my friend Barb found this written on a front door in Guernsey so we called it Lucian s House I came across this little river below and imagined that this is how it runs through the back of Beatriss village and it s where her first child is buried Provins France Below is a well in Orvieto Italy My photos are crap but Kristin who was with me in Italy has some great ones on her blog which will give you a better look inside the well http kristincashore blogspot com 2012 01 some photos from rome and orvieto html I m using part of the inside of the well for the physical layout of a fortress where Froi hides with an army but I m adding chambers to some of the floors I don t usually include personal photographs but here are two of my travelling companions Barbara below with the Guernsey Sebastabol landscape behind her She s a very dear friend who lives in Ireland The beauty of my travel is that we get to go on mini adventures every year or so and she s as much a history freak as I am Kristin below with me edited parts of Bitterblue in my home last year when I was writing Froi so we talk about the essence of both those novels finding themselves in the ether We re in Rome here and behind us of course is the famous Dolce Vita scene Answers to some FAQ about the Lumatere Chronicles dates Froi of the Exiles is being released in the US in March 2012 Quintana of Charyn is being released in Australian in October 2012 very powerful cover Quintana of Charyn is being released in the US in March 2013 QofC will end the current story There is no new Lumatere Chronicles in the works but I think I may write a short story or two about the secondary characters And then if I let my imagination wander I think of Jehr in Yutlind Sud And whether the Osterians are really as boring as the Lumaterans and Charynites think they are And if one day the whole land of Skuldenore has to band together because they ll be attacked by offlanders And of course those bare headed novices in Sendecane 12th December 2011 Travels for Quintana and Froi Q and A Below is one of the underground caves of Provins that I m hoping to see in January My Froi and Arjuro scenes in the caves outside Sebastabol look like this In January I ll be travelling to Europe to fine tune the Quintana landscape and then hand in the manuscript I m visiting London shopping Kent Rochester castle St Peter Port Guernsey because it s what I imagine Sebastabol looking like a town outside Paris called Provins see above Paris do I need a reason Orvieto and Civita in Italy more underground tunnels and caves Rome more shopping and Amsterdam Van Gough Gallery and Anne Frank House And yes I know it s going to be freezing cold but I need to be freezing cold because my characters are freezing cold and I want to know how they feel After my Game of Thrones addiction I started listening to the novel and G R R Martin knows how to write cold weather It s a lot to pack in two and half weeks but a good way to begin the year I m ending the year with a Q and A on Lorraine Marwood s blog http lorrainemarwoodwordsintowriting blogspot com 2011 12 guest author interview fabulous melina html This one focuses mostly on Froi and fantasy writing and I tried not to give away too much but please read with care because I may have inadvertently revealed something about the Finnikin and Froi novels for those who may want to read them Lorraine Marwood by the way is a writer herself Her verse novel Star Jumps won last year s prestigious Prime Minister s Award and I met her this year in regional Victoria when I was travelling around with Adele Walsh and Elizabeth Honey When she asked if I d do a Q and A for her blog it was an emphatic yes plus she s planning to write fantasy and plus she read the Attolia series because I told her to I loved how in each session she d begin with a poem below based on her son when he was a teenager living at home She was a bit of a joy personified person She charmed me and I do love to be charmed Note on the Door This is just to tell you that your room rotted away at 9 15am this morning The combination of olds socks overdue library books homework papers lolly wraps was too much Natural combustion ocurred and the combust that remains will be great on the garden Meanwhile I ve pitched a tent in the backyard and paid your library fines From Note on the Door anthology published by Walker Books 5 December 2011 The Map of the Jellioce Road My very talented friend Anna sketched the above map of Jellicoe and it s surrounds This is attached to the film script for a bit of clarity The details are stunning especially the school buildings 1 November 2011 The Jellicoe script and other things I finally handed in my Jellicoe script and I think hope that it s pretty much all there Next week we have a read through with actors by no means a film casting exercise which is the final step to the Screen NSW Aurora Workshop we were invited to be part of earlier this year On that day there will be nine actors in total who ll have to read multiple roles there are 28 speaking parts the longest monologue belongs to Jonah Griggs and the shortest belongs to a townie skater who calls out Incoming to herald the arrival of the cadets in Jellicoe For a scriptwriter hearing your script read out loud is exhilarating and confronting I m a tiny bit frightened that I m going to cry during some of the scenes and I don t want to lose my credibility in front of professional actors On that day the actors and industry execs will give feedback Then I go off and fiddle around with the script one more time before it s taken to market I m writing Quintana of Charyn at the moment so whenever I hear that term I always imagine a medieval market town where people are trading fleece for gold coins We re going to need a couple of million gold coins I m proud of this script It s been technically three years in the making but untechnically it s been longer than that It s taught me a lot about patience and the importance of less is more I ve worked with incredible mentors who didn t care whether people loved the novel I was never allowed to ride on the coat tails of Jellicoe fan appreciation What s important to all of us Cathy Randall the director and Sue Taylor the Producer is that the script stands on its own Next week when nine fresh ears hear it spoken out loud we ll know if I truly succeeded Handing in the script has made me realize that I don t think I ve ever enjoyed being a writer as much as I do at the moment I m kind of where I want to be writing wise and I m enjoying the process although I find the novels harder and harder to write especially the fantasies But the early Froi feedback has been so totally amazing that it s really overwhelming at times It makes me want to get Quintana of Charyn so right And as much as I m moved by what readers have to say about my work what I think I appreciate even more are their expectations They compete well with mine and force me to lift my game PS And I can t reinforce enough how I would love to visit and hug every single person who has shown FotE love through letters and blogs and especially on goodreads Sometimes it s the only way you know people are reading your work and it s always the early feedback that means the most Now I m off to wager a bet on The Melbourne Cup 02 October 2012 Froi Finnikin and point of view don t read any further if you haven t read Finnikin FoTR was the first time I used third person narrative and I didn t realize until then that it was almost as limiting as first person I had to stick to the one character s point of view until either a paragraph or chapter break took place Most of it was from Finnikin s pov but he does share chapters or part of a chapter with Trevanion Lord August Froi and even Sir Topher I was much more decisive about point of view in Froi and chose carefully Once again I left out Isaboe s point of view in FoTR it s pretty obvious why she doesn t get a p o v but she ll get the opening chapter of Quintana of Charyn One of the things I enjoyed most about writing Froi was giving Lady Beatriss of the Flatlands a voice The chapters seen through her eyes were some of my favourites Extract from Froi of the Exiles During the early days when the kingdom was reunited they had danced a strange dance around each other that spoke of never being able to return to the lovers they had been Ten years apart was too long and the events that had taken place during that time could not be forgotten But during the spring this year things had changed It was on the night of the Harvest Moon Dance when Beatriss felt his eyes on her from the moment she had crossed the bridge into the palace village Vestie as usual had run for him throwing herself into his arms Who would have known that Trevanion and her daughter would share such a bond but it was a joy to watch That night at the celebrations the Queen s Guard were impeccably dressed for the occasion with their boots polished and purple sashes around their waists to match the colours of the Queen wearing short coats that looked stylish and much too attractive to every woman in their presence And Beatriss noticed That s how she knew that things had changed within her Because now she noticed every single woman who looked at the Captain of the Guard But that night he seemed to have eyes for no one but her and the days of denial were long gone for she met his stare with her own When he offered to escort her and Vestie to Sennington it was there in the hallway of Beatriss s home as she took her daughter out of his arms that he bent down and kissed her for the first time in thirteen years and if it wasn t for the child that was pressed between them she could imagine where that kiss would have gone Since then he had found any opportunity to stop by for supper or a ride around the village They spoke of fallow fields and his son s family in the palace and this brave new Lumatere and although she was desperate to speak of the past Trevanion refused The past is not important Beatriss We don t look back In the palace village she heard the whispers and suspected that he would ask her to be his wife soon and she had practised her response Yes And then a Yes again But something had changed in the last few weeks 21 Sepember 2011 Sounds Names and more stuff on Froi There is a method to the madness of my world and language building in Finnikin and Froi It s mostly Italian inspired I ve always been fascinated with the distinct differences between the language dialects customs names and sensibility of the southern and northern Italians Sometimes I imagine in the world of Skuldenore that most of the kingdoms are speaking a different dialect of the same language There has never been any indication that the languages are completely different only that Evanjalin and Finnikin were able to speak them all and that some are harsher sounding more gutteral than others One has to only look at Italy to hear the difference a dialect makes If a Sicilian was to speak pure dialect to a Milanese the Italian from Milan would have little idea what the Sicilian was saying When I was in primary school my best friend s family was from way up in Northern Italy and I could never understand what her mother was saying because their dialect had a Slavic element to it So in these novels I tried to convey a sense that there are hybrids upon hybrids of language Here are some other sound and language choices I made and sometimes why Most characters from the Lumateran river have names such as Finnikin Trevananion Abian Cibrian Emmian Aldron Those from the forest and the rock have Italian sounding names Tesadora Seranonna Celestina Bartolina my full name is Carmelina it s a very southern Italian thing to add ina to girls names Those from the flatlands have traditional English sounding names Beatriss August Celie Kristopher The title Yata came from growing up in an Italian Greek and Lebanese neighbourhood of Sydney The greek word for grandmother is yaya and the Lebanese word for grandmother is Tata So I combined it to pen Yata the matriarch grandmother of the Monts For Seranonna the matriarch of the forest dwellers I combined sera night with nonna grandmother Lagrami comes from the Italian which comes from Latin of course lacrime I pronounce it Lar gra mee Sagrami comes from the Italian word sangue for blood Lagrami Sagrami is the Goddess of blood and tears in the novel The town of Speranza in Finnikin comes from the Italian word for hope which is ironic because the town is anything but hopeful for anyone except those wanting to disappear Blessed Barakah the term for the Priestking comes from the Arabic to do with the beneficent force from God it s a lot more complicated than that but you can imagine it has to do with light and gifts and spirituality And to take the mystique away from it all Evanjalin comes from watching 5 seasons of Lost and liking the name Evanjaline Lily I also have a character named Tippideaux in Froi of the Exiles which was inspired when I signed a novel in the US from someone who hailed from Thibodaux ˈ TIB ə doh Louisiana For me it all comes down to liking the sound of words Some may notice that I m a bit obsessed with the J sound Josie John Jacob Jimmy Jonah Jude Evanjalin Georgie Arjuro I blame it on the Italians for taking the letter J out of their alphabet Perhaps I grew up yearning for it Another important aspect of writing for me is not just what I m saying in a sentence but what it sounds like If I want to write a scene with force and power and I need it to bounce off the walls of the reader s ears I make sure I use a repetition of hard consonant sounds f d p st d b t c g etc This is from Froi of the Exiles And in that confined space where Priestlings once prayed and studied and died he used fists and palms smashed heads against stone walls broke bones bit flesh and spat it out You re a weapon Froi The best we ve ever created Trevanion had told him once And when De Lancey s men were writhing in pain at his feet Froi s blood cried for more his breath ragged his feet dancing around them wanting them back on their feet He wanted to do it again But Arjuro was there blocking his path Leash it Arjuro hissed Leash it 16 September 2011 Penguin s Between the Lines is having a week of me talking about all of the novels Here is the first link that was posted on 13 September http penguinbtl blogspot com 2011 09 marchetta madness week html 1 September 2011 Prologues and angst I received my first copy of Froi today It s big and it s beautiful and any pdf I saw of the cover didn t do it justice It comes out on the 1st of October and I can honestly say I feel the same excitement and fear that I felt when my first novel was being released back in 1992 Below I ve included the prologue and first page of Chapter 1 I ve been angsting about prologues a lot lately probably because last week on a regional tour of Victoria with Elizabeth Honey and Adele Walsh I read the first few pages of Finnikin out loud Or perhaps because I m writing one at the moment for the last novel in the triology Out of seven novels I ve used a prologue four times all for different reasons In Finnikin it was to provide back story In Jellicoe I wanted to introduce a parallel story line In the Piper s Son I wanted to convey Tom s drug and alcohol stupored state of mind In Froi the prologue is used to introduce Quintana because she won t come back into the story for another seven chapters It was like a message to the reader remember this character She s going to turn Froi s life upside down Prologues are sometimes the trickiest part of the novel to write because the tone can be different to the rest of the novel and you have to get it right The prologues in Froi Piper s Son and Jellicoe were written once with a few tweaks Finnikin s prologue was re written so many times that I was beginning to despair But reading it aloud last week felt liberating because I loved the way the words felt on my tongue and I especially loved 21 September 2011 Sounds Names and more Stuff on Froi There is a method to the madness of my world and language building in Finnikin and Froi It s mostly Italian inspired I ve always been fascinated with the distinct differences between the language dialects customs names and sensibility of the southern and northern Italians Sometimes I imagine in the world of Skuldenore that most of the kingdoms are speaking a different dialect of the same language There has never been any indication that the languages are completely different only that Evanjalin and Finnikin were able to speak them all and that some are harsher sounding than others One has to only look at Italy to hear the difference a dialect makes If someone was to speak pure Sicilian to a Milanese the Italian from Milan would have little idea what the Sicilian was saying When I was in primary school my best friend s family was from way up in Northern Italy and I could never understand what her mother was saying because their dialect had a Slavic element to it So in these novels I tried to convey a sense that there are hybrids upon hybrids of langauge Here are some other sound and language choices I made and sometimes an explanation why Most people from the Lumateran flatlands have similar sounding names Finnikin Trevananion Abian Cibrian Those from the forest and the rock have Italian sounding names Tesadora Seranonna Celestina Bartolina my full name is Carmelina it s a very southern Italian thing to add ina to girls names Those from the flatlands have traditional English sounding names Beatriss August Celie Kristopher The title Yata came from growing up in an Italian Greek and Lebanese neighbourhood of Sydney The greek word for grandmother is yaya and the Lebanese word for grandmother is t ata So I combined it to pen Yata the matriarch grandmother of the Monts For Seranonna the matriarch of the forest dwellers I combined sera night with nonna grandmother Lagrami comes from the Italian which comes from Latin of course lacrime I pronounce it Lar gra mee Sagrami comes from the Italian word sangue blood Lagrami Sagrami is the Goddess of blood and tears in the novel The town of Speranza in Finnikin comes from the Italian word for hope which is ironic because the town is anything but hopeful for anyone except those wanting to disappear Blessed Barakah the term for the Priestking comes from the Arabic to do with the beneficent force from God it s a lot more complicated than that but you can imagine it has to do with light and gifts and spirituality And to take the mystique away from it all Evanjalin comes from watching 5 seasons of Lost and liking the name Evanjaline Lily I also have a character named Tippideaux in Froi of the Exiles which was inspired when I signed a novel in the US from someone who hailed from Thibodaux ˈ TIB ə doh Louisiana For me it all comes down to liking the sound of words Some may notice that I m a bit obsessed with the J sound Josie how engrossed the kids were Prologue They call her Quintana the cursemaker The last female born to Charyn eighteen years past Reginita she claims to be The little Queen Recipient of the words writ on her chamber wall whispered by the gods themselves That those born last will make the first and blessed be the newborn king for Charyn will be barren no more And so it comes to be that each autumn since the fifteenth day of weeping a lastborn son of Charyn visits the palace in a bid to fulfil the prophecy But fails each time They weep for fear of hurting her But she has no tears for herself Come along she says briskly Be quick I ll try to think of other things but if your mouth touches mine I will cut it out Most nights she concentrates on the contours of the ceiling where light from the Oracle s godshouse across the gravina shines into her chamber She holds up a hand and makes shapes in the shadows And inside of her in the only place she can hide Quintana sings her song And somewhere beyond the stone that is Charyn the blood of a lastborn sings back to her Chapter 1 Froi s head was ringing A fist against his jaw an elbow to his nose a knee to his face and they kept on coming and coming these old men he had called them They came for him one after the other and there was no mercy to be had this day But Froi of the Exiles wasn t born for mercy Not to receive nor deliver it Behind his attackers was a sycamore tree waiting to die its limbs half dragging on the dry ground beneath it and Froi took his chance diving high between two of the men his hands reaching for one of the branches his body swinging legs jutting out Aboot to a face one man down then he pounded into another before the branch collapsed under his weight He pulled it free from the tree swinging the limb high over his head A third man down and then the fourth He heard a curse and a muttered threat before the flat of his palm smashed the next man who came forward Smashed him on the bridge of the nose and Froi danced with glee Until he was left facing Finnikin of Lumatere and Froi felt the feralness of his nature rise to the surface No rules they had declared and the dark Goddess knew that Froi loved to play games with no rules And so with eyes locked they circled each other hands out waiting to pounce in the way the wolves in the Forest of Lumatere fought for their prey Froi saw a bead of sweat appear on the brow of the man they called the Queen s Consort saw the quick fist come his way and so he ducked his own fist connecting with precision But all it took was the thought of the Queen her head shaking with bemusement and a smile entering her eyes to make Froi think again about where to land his second blow In that moment s hesitation his legs were kicked out from under him and he felt his face pressed into the earth You let me win Finnikin growled and Froi heard anger in his voice Only because she ll kill me if I bruise that lily white skin Froi mocked through gasps Finnikin pressed harder but after a moment Froi could feel that he was shaking from laughter 20 August 2011 The Froi fact file It has a prologue which is only half a page but could still upset prologue haters It has two maps which could upset map haters It s has more than one point of view which could upset multiple point of view haters It s seen mostly through Froi s p o v as well as that of Lucian Finnikin Beatriss and Phaedra Lucian s estranged wife The main female character is named Quintana

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