Interview with Laila Blake, Author of By the Light of the Moon
Today, I have the absolute pleasure of having Laila Blake here to talk about her new book, By The Light of the Moon.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Forbidden Love, Intrigue and Magic.
By the Light of the Moon is a medieval fantasy, where did you draw your inspiration from?
I'm a huge science nerd; and I spend hours on youtube watching documentaries and lectures on different subjects. For By the Light of the Moon and it's magic system and the difference between the races, I was especially inspired by my research into frequencies and vibrations, and more of that will come out across the series.
I was also really interested in creating a lot of very different female characters who interact in different ways, and finding new ways to go about medieval fantasy instead of the kind of male-dominated stuff we've seen in the past is definitely a huge source of inspiration to me.
What was your favorite scene to write?
Oddly, it wasn't one of the really cute ones. I love to have written those, but the actual writing it's always a challenge. I think any scene with the villain, Brock, in it was fun to write, and I loved the clash between Devali and Maeve up on the pier.
If you could hang out at Lynne Island, where would it be and with whom?
Hard question. I'm quite fond of modern bathroom appliances. But in the end, I think I'd want to hang in one of the Blaidyn encampments - they struggle, but there's a real close knit camaraderie between them that doesn't seem to be quite so prevalent in humans.
What would you like readers to take from reading the story?
I'm always thrilled when my readers tell me that my stories are different. That's what I try to do. And from this particular one - maybe that underneath everybody we think of as strange, there's a story of how they grew to be so, that is worth unraveling.
Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say, she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles and sleeps all day. Some will even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, of a curse or insanity.The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. When a suitor does show interest, her family pushes for a decision. Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain. A member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, he is specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon, she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, her life starts to change and to unravel.
Laila Blake (lailablake.com) is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character-driven love stories, co-hosts the podcast Lilt and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Keeping a balance between her different interests, Laila Blake’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, and various fields in speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match. A self-proclaimed nerd, she lives in Cologne/Germany with her cat Nookie, harbors a deep fondness for obscure folk singers and plays the guitar. She loves photography, science documentaries and classic literature, as well as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. You can find her across the web. To stay up to date with her most recent publications, please consider signing up for her spam-free newsletter.