Song of the Sword will be releasing on August 5th. Here’s my take on the book as well as an interview with the author herself, Hope Ann.
A light fantasy read that delivers a twist. A fun adventure that kept me engaged with the two main characters and where their path would lead next.
This isn’t much of a huge deal, but I wish the chapters were named differently. In my opinion, there wasn’t a need to label each chapter with the character’s name. But I’m being picky. I enjoyed this book nonetheless.
– my short review of Song of the Sword by Hope Ann
Please share some information about yourself.
Hello everyone! *waves* My name is Hope Ann, and I’m a Christian writer from a small farm in northern Indiana. I was homeschooled, graduated, and now help teach some of my eight young siblings.
I enjoy writing. Well, most of the time anyway. I also love blogging, taking artistic photos of my ‘treasures’, and reading. My main diet of books includes fantasy, history – especially Roman and Greek history – classics, and well…really whatever I get my hands on and have time to read. I also enjoy climbing trees, archery, and collecting daggers.
Tell us about your craft.
I’m a writer. A wordsmith. Creator of worlds. Transcriber of Legends. *coughs* Sorry. I like making up cool titles. It basically means I spend hours staring at a screen and blinking cursor. Or looking out the window. Or sitting on our tire swing, trying to come up with the next plot twist or figuring out how to clear up a tangled mess I’ve written myself into. Sometimes, I even write.
How did you get started?
I’ve always loved to read, and from there I moved to writing. I wrote my first story when I was eight. It was about six sentences long. I wrote my first short book, which I was terribly proud of, when I was fifteen. In the next two years I started getting serious about writing. There was never a moment I decided I was going to be a writer. I was already writing and then I started taking classes, writing more steadily, and basically letting the writer’s life consume me.
Are you working on anything right now?
Oh yes. Too many things, frankly. I’m already working on the novella which will come after Song of the Sword. And I’ve a full-length fantasy novel I’m polishing in the hopes of getting it traditionally published. I’ve two other novels in hibernation. One is an allegory, the other is the first book of a futuristic trilogy. They both need lots of work, but I’m hoping to pick one and plunge back into it soon.
What are your future plans, long or short term?
I plan to keep writing indefinitely. Legends of Light is a series of nine novellas, so I’ll be working on those for the next three or four years, alongside some of my novels. I have the trilogy I’d like to finish and three fantasy novels I’d like to publish over the course of the next seven to ten years. And then…then I have a seven book series. I’ve been mulling over it for years now, and I’m looking forward to writing them eventually.
Any parting words or advice to other artists?
Focus on writing or creating for those who enjoy and are inspired by your work, not on making sure everyone likes it. Because there will always be those who don’t care for your style. And that is fine. Different people have different tastes and enjoy different things. Don’t stress over those who don’t care for your work. Instead, focus on those who love it and how you can make it the best you possibly can for them.
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