Welcome to today’s stop on the All That We See or Seem blog tour! I’m happy to announce that I’m hosting an author interview with this romantic fantasy’s author, Kristina Mahr!
Before we get to the interview, I’d like to share the book with you!
Every night, seventeen-year- old Reeve Lennox finds herself under a noose.
By day she is a lady of Acarsaid’s royal house, daydreaming of adventure and love. But every night in sleep she wanders through a nightmarish city, an invisible witness to the screeches of monsters and the screams of their victims. Her only consolation is Bran, a battle-torn young man with a selfless heart and eyes that reflect the stars.
Yet while Reeve falls deeper into her dreams, in truth she is engaged to Arden, a mercurial nobleman who has long been cured of his belief in love and breathes fire and flattery like other people breathe air.
Torn between two lives, Reeve struggles to remember what’s real. Until night and day collide, with a revelation that threatens all of Acarsaid.
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I really, really love that cover. It’s so shiny!
Now for the interview! Welcome to my blog, Kristina. I’m so glad you could join us today. My first question is, what was the hardest part of writing All That We See or Seem?
Understanding Bran was really the trickiest part for me. He was a mystery to both me and Reeve for a while there! It sounds so writer-y to say that about a character I made up in my head, but I really did have a hard time cracking him. Once I understood who he was and how he came to be that person, as well as what he wanted, it got a lot easier for me, but that wasn’t until pretty deep into my first draft. When I rewrote the book from scratch, I was glad to have a much better understanding of him.
If you could have tea with one of the characters, who would it be?
Del, totally Del. (Just kidding! There’s a scene in this book which will very clearly convey why I would not actually want to be eating or drinking in the vicinity of Del.) Bran would think it’s a waste of time, and Arden would make the whole thing somehow suggestive. Reeve is the obvious choice, as my main character, but I’ve already spent so much time with her, in her head. So I’m going to choose… the guards. It’s cheating, because there’s four of them, but they’re one unit, so I’m going with it! I would love to hang out with them in any capacity, but specifically drinking tea with those four warrior men… that would be a delight. I’d just want to sit back and listen to them interact with each other.
Is All That We See or Seem a standalone novel, or will there be a sequel?
There will be a sequel! I finished writing it in February, and it was so wonderful to get to dive back into the world and give these characters an ending. I hope it’s a satisfying one to readers.
If you could visit fictional worlds in your dreams, which would you want to visit first?
Hogwarts. Always, always Hogwarts. But, like, during a peaceful year. Not a time when there’s a basilisk or dementors or Umbridge or a massive attack led by Voldemort. I just want to hang out with my fellow wizards, go to classes, and do some magic. I think that’s all anyone ever wanted. (Except Tom Riddle.)
What current project(s) are you working on?
Thanks so much for stopping by, Kristina! Good luck with your release!
Kristina Mahr devotes her days to numbers and her nights to words. She works full-time as an accountant in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two dogs and two cats, but her true passion is writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and waking up at the crack of dawn every weekend to watch the Premier League.
Blog Tour Schedule
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