Friday, March 1, 2013

"What's In a Name?" Indie Author Spotlight: Clare Davidson

Today's Indie Giveaway featured writer is Clare Davidson, author of Trinity. Clare is actually responsible for bringing the lot of us indie authors together to contribute to the drawings for 11 free ebooks, or 3 free print books and a $20 Amazon card! So let's find out "What's in a name?" according to Clare... 

Clare Davidson is a character driver fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northhampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat, called Ash, and an insane pure white kitten, aptly name Pirate. Clare juggles family with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.


Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom. Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed. Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.

Do you write under your actual name or a pen name, and is there any special meaning behind your name? 
I write under my married name. I once said I'd publish under my maiden name, so all the doubters I went to school with would know about it. However I decided they've probably forgotten me and my life is in the present, not the past.

What are the names of your main characters and what can you tell us about them? 
Trinity has (as the title suggests) three main characters: Kiana, Nidan and Skaric.

Kiana is a sheltered young woman, locked away in order to protect her from dying prematurely–she's the incarnation of the goddess of the mind, so things go a very insane when the goddess is absent from the world.

Nidan is a channeller of the one remaining god–Pios, god of the body. He is a healer, but he's also a trained fighter. Before the story starts, he's spent years in temples training and sparring, but he's never actually been in a real sword fight. It makes things pretty tough when suddenly he's the only person around to keep Kiana alive.

Skaric is a Wolf. Not a literal wolf, but one of a group of fighters who call themselves the Wolves. They have spent one thousand years nursing hatred for the death of the third god of the trinity–Ysia, goddess of the soul. Skaric has been force-fed this hatred his whole life, but some deep part of him isn't sure it's right and hopes that maybe, just maybe, there's another way.

Do their names have special significance to your story or were they just names that you liked? 
They were just names I liked! I try to give groups of people names that fit together, so the Wolves all have names of Germanic origin. Even if a character's parents did choose a name for a reason, it's unlikely that name will fit the teenage personality of the character anyway, anymore than it would do in reality!

What are some fictional names of places where your characters’ stories unfold? 
Trinity takes place in a water locked country called Gettryne. Other key places are: Ironhold, where the high temple of Pios is, Blackoak Tower, where the story begins and Orholt, where the trinity of gods was broken a thousand years before.

How did you choose the names for your fictional settings? Do they have special significance? 
To be honest, I cheat and use an online name generator and then tweak what comes out! I'm hopeless at naming places. 

Thanks for sharing! Is there anything else you would like to add about your books? 
Thanks for inviting me over for a chat :) I'd like to just leave you with the words of one of my readers, who left a review on Amazon (mainly because it amuses me no end!):

If you want a book about centuries-old mass-murderers seducing high-schoolers, this isn't it.
If you want a book about four kids, a dog, and lashings of ginger beer getting into a scrape, this isn't it.
If you want a book about three teens coming to terms with sins of the fathers, forgiveness, and redemption, this is it.

Thanks again! 

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Don’t forget to check out the Indie Giveaway for a chance to win an ebook of Clare's novel, Trinity, along with 10 more awesome ebooks by some great indie authors! Also up for grabs are 3 print books and a $20 Amazon card! 

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