Today I welcome the Legacy of the Mind tour to BrizzleLass Books. Written by H.R. Moore, this romantic fantasy sounds like a great read for young adults and I really wanted to share this novel and the fantastic interview I had with the author. It’s also free on Amazon this week if you fancy picking it up, see the buy links below for more.
Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.
Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend and betray the one she loves, or do nothing and watch the people starve.
Welcome to BrizzleLass Books and thanks for taking the time
1 Tell us something about you that your bio doesn’t already give away
Um…I have grade 8 singing, love horse-riding, drinking tea (especially whilst eating cake), and gardening, particularly growing vegetables as then I can eat them (seeing a theme?!).
2 You’ve lived in a lot of different places, have they helped influence your inner writer?
Definitely. I draw a lot of inspiration from the different places I’ve been to or lived in, and often I’ve found going somewhere new can spark a fresh idea or bring out a totally different perspective.
In Legacy of the Mind, Empire and the surrounding area is inspired by small Scottish towns, Kingdom is inspired by St Andrews (where I went to University), and the countryside is inspired by Devon (where I spent most time growing up). Many places in the Wild Lands are based on either places I’ve travelled to, or on amazing photographs I’ve seen, and this helps me have a really clear vision about the places I’m writing about.
3.Legacy of the Mind is your debut novel, what can you tell us about it?
Legacy of the Mind is for people who enjoyed books like Twilight, Divergent or The Hunger Games. There’s action and adventure, a good helping of romance, but balanced out by a sinister side and underlying problem for the protagonists to solve.
I wrote it because I love getting swept up in a good YA romance with a solid story line and wanted to see if I could create one too.
4. What would you have done differently within your writing process if you had the chance to write it again?
I would have been more disciplined, especially about starting the next book in the trilogy. It’s really easy to procrastinate instead of getting on with writing, and there’s something especially daunting / easy to put off about starting a whole new book. I think I could have cut down the overall writing time considerably if I’d just been a bit stricter!
5. What did you edit out of the book that was good but just didn’t fit?
I planned really carefully before I started writing, so most of the big plot editing happened at this early stage. I originally had a load more skills and Gods, but quickly realised this would have been really difficult to manage and wouldn’t contribute that much to the story, so whittled it down to three.
6. How do you choose your character names?
It’s a bit like naming a baby – lots of babies! For Legacy of the Mind, right at the start, I had a brainstorm of all the names I liked and thought appropriate to the world (they had to be relatively traditional and a bit ostentatious for most of the characters) and used that as a list to work from. For Anita, she had to be a bit more down to earth and ordinary, and Cleo has a more exotic personality, so Cleopatra seemed to fit. The Gods needed to be removed, so their names have a more ancient, biblical sort of feel to them.
I guess I have an idea of how I want the characters to feel, and the names need to feel right too – it’s more of an art than a science. And, apparently, I have a preference for names beginning with the letter ‘A’. I never knew it, but for some strange reason, most of the new names I think up start with ‘A’!
7. Is there a character you particularly love within the novel we should look out for? And why?
Bas. He’s great and is totally underrated by Anita; it’s just so unfair. Because of Anita’s perception of him, he can come across as a bit weak, but when you think about everything he does, his position, and the knowledge and skills he has, he’s a really great catch and any girl would be lucky to have him.
8. How long did it take you to write this novel?
About a year. And then I had to learn about the publishing industry and self-publishing and all the stuff that goes along with it, so it was published a few months after I finished.
9. What does success in the publishing world look like to you?
I think this is a really difficult question as publishing is such a hard industry. There are so many books being both traditionally and self-published and it’s tricky for any author to get meaningful cut through. For me, I felt a huge thrill the first time someone I didn’t know read Legacy of the Mind and gave me a 5 star review. I guess that felt a lot like success!
10. Finally, If you could choose an animal to represent you what would be?
Hmm…tricky. Maybe a monkey? Don’t ask me why.
About H.R. Moore
Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She lived there until she was 5, her grandfather teaching her the basics of cheating at cards and swindling chocolate, her mother starting to instil a (some would argue) unhealthy relationship with cake, and the neighbours demonstrating that some people don’t understand cherry blossom is there to be picked, mixed with mint and water and sold as perfume.
Then there was Scotland; stealthy guinea pig breeding, riding horses, advanced cards, more cake, then to Devon and school in Exeter. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.
At the age of about 12, Harriet started rowing for Exeter Rowing Club. This quickly took over her life and before too long she was clad in lycra, training 6 days a week and competing at events around the country.
After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think), where she currently works as a Project Manager.
Harriet has recently moved to Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and baby Atia. When she isn’t doing DIY, writing, editing, eating, taking photos, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Legacy of the Mind
Series: The Legacy Trilogy #1
Author: H.R. Moore
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Young Adult
Publication Date: 2 January 2014
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US