Lynne Stringer is the author of The Verindon Alliance, Once Confronted, The Heir, The Crown and The Reign.
1) What inspired you to write The Verindon Alliance?
The Verindon Alliance tells the story of Princess Vashta of the Vendel and Brandonin, the heir to the Verindal throne. They are mentioned several times in my Verindon Trilogy, so I thought it would be a good idea to flesh out the ideas I’d developed in those three books. It covers a crucial part of the history of Verindon, the planet I created, and provides a lot more detail about life there and the wars between the Vendel and the Verindal. I think I managed to incorporate everything I mentioned in the trilogy.
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Rosanne Hawke is the author of Dear Pakistan, The War Within, Finding Kerra, Liana's Dance and Zenna Dare. Find out more about Rosanne
1) What inspired you to write the Beyond Borders series?
My children and I played a story game which resulted in me telling a story they wanted. One night my teenage daughter Lenore asked for an adventure set in Afghanistan. An aid worker we knew had been kidnapped there and held hostage in a village. ‘Tell a story like that,’ she said, ‘with a girl like me, teashops, carpets, a nice freedom fighter …’ Afterwards, she told me to write it. ‘I want a book like that, Mum.’ This inspired the beginning of my writing career.
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