Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme hosted through TBR and Beyond Tours.
On my stop today I am sharing an exclusive Q&A with the author and I am stoked about it!
About the Book
Published by Tor Teen on March 2, 2021
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings.
Maralyth Graylaern, a cacao farmer’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne.
Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
About the Author
Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors.
In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home.
She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.
For those who haven’t read it, what is The Stolen Kingdom about and what was the inspiration behind the story?
The Stolen Kingdom is the story of Maralyth, a vintner’s daughter, who has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne, and Alac, the king’s second son, who hates the dark, stolen magic that comes with the throne he hopes to never inherit.
Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, but when she meets Alac and earns more about the stolen magic, she begins to question whether his death is necessary—and if she can go through with the plot, after all.
The Stolen Kingdom features characters with extensive knowledge of wine and vineyards. Do you love wine as much as your characters? What was the most interesting thing you learned about wine while writing your book?
I do! (Does it show?) I had to research not only wine-making, but also the storage, transport, and serving of wine during the Renaissance time period, which is what my world is modeled on. One interesting thing I learned is that harvesting usually begins in the wee hours of the morning when the air is still cool, to prevent the grapes from beginning to ferment before they are crushed. (So much information never makes it into the story, but as a writer you need to know what’s going on.)
The Stolen Kingdom features numerous common ya fantasy tropes. What is your favorite fantasy trope to write? To read?
I love to read “chosen one” stories (but only if they are done really well!), probably because of having cut my reading teeth on Patrica McKillip’s The Riddle Master of Hed. As for my favorite to write? That’s hard to say! I love girl-dresses-as-boy (as in Stormrise) and magic that is inherent or rare.
Since The Stolen Kingdom is a standalone what, if anything, can you tell us about your next project?
I can’t tell you much because I’m still in the planning phase. Suffice it to say that I’m moving in a slightly different direction!
Lastly, what do you hope readers take away from The Stolen Kingdom?
I hope they will take away a sense of finding one’s destiny and forgiving one’s enemies. I also hope they will enjoy the story at face value and be left feeling satisfied at the end.
What About You?
Have you read The Stolen Kingdom? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!