About The Book:
Author: Zara Quentin
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Zara Quentin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim…
Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods…
To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate?
Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.
Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight!
For a free preview of Airwoman, find it at: http://www.zaraquentin.com/
In Airwoman, Jade’s dream is to join the Traveller Force. Can you share a few fun facts about the Traveller Force with us?
Here are some quick facts about the Traveller Force:
- Travellers wear black uniforms—to camouflage themselves in the Betwixt (the space between the worlds of the Dragonverse, and which is infested with devouring monsters)
- Traveller Force ranks are (loosely) based on the ranks of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
- Every Taraqan must serve in the Traveller Force for at least 2 years when they turn sixteen. After two years of compulsory service, they may choose to remain in the Traveller Force as a career Traveller, or leave the Traveller Force and rejoin civil society.
- Because every Taraqan has compulsory service in the Traveller Force, the influence of the military pervades every aspect of Taraqan life—business and political networks are heavily influenced by the networks that Taraqans make during their service in the Traveller Force.
- Travellers often work for cross-portal trading companies on the side by transporting goods and non-winged peoples through the Betwixt for a fee.
- According to the Taraqan mythology, Taraqans were created by the Lady Taraqa (the Dragon-God who created the world of Taraqa) with wings (in the image of their Dragon-Gods) to protect the worlds of the Dragonverse from the Yrax—the devouring monsters that inhabit the Betwixt. The Taraqans formed the Traveller Force to serve the purpose of the Lady Taraqa.
- Over time, the Traveller Force purpose evolved to subdue unrest in other worlds that puts the peace and stability of the Dragonverse at risk. It is also often charged with the protection and advancement of Taraqan interests in the other worlds of the Dragonverse—protecting major investments or developments that Taraqan companies may have on other worlds, such as mining, tourism and trade.
Do you have a favorite quote from Airwoman?
“Fly swift and arrive alive. I’ll see you on the other side”
Which character in Airwoman did you most enjoy writing and why?
I really enjoyed writing the character of Jade’s childhood friend, Neve. She was a character who started off with more of a minor role in the story, but who took on a larger role in the story while I was drafting. While Neve started off as a supportive friend, she ended up being a much more important player.
More than that, she grew more over the course of the story, than I had originally planned. By the end of the story, I found her to be a character that I really admired: disabled after an accident that occurred before the story starts, Neve is a disappointment to her parents who wished for a daughter who could live up to their expectations for a typical Taraqan—that she would join the Traveller Force and uphold the family honor. Unable to do so because of her disability, Neve has no drive to leave Taraqa or travel anywhere in the Dragonverse. However, she’s a character who makes the most of the situation she’s in and approaches things with open eyes and an open heart.
What was your writing process like for Airwoman?
In writing circles, I am what’s known as a planner, which meant that I spent about two months brainstorming and planning Airwoman until I came up with a scene-by-scene outline for the whole story. Then I wrote a quick first draft, which took me about six weeks. I did this by writing every day—aiming for 2000 words per day—and going chronologically through my plan to write every scene.
After finishing the first draft, I took some time out from Airwoman, leaving the manuscript to rest for about another six weeks, before getting into major revisions. During the revision stage, I went through the story, looking for plot holes, places where the storyline didn’t make sense or major structural issues with the story. That took about two months.
Then I sent the manuscript off to a developmental editor and three beta readers. This was a really important part of the process, because they gave me feedback on the plot, structure, characters, pace, and overall story. I grew more as an author during this process than I had in several years prior, because their feedback gave me a better appreciation of my strengths, and the areas I need to work on as a writer and storyteller. This process took about a month, then I applied that feedback to my manuscript, which took me about another six weeks. After that, I spent another month doing copy editing and proofreading.
The other thing I would say about my writing process for Airwoman which was different to everything I’d written before, was that I used a coach (to keep me on track and motivated throughout the process, as well as providing feedback on my story. This was an excellent experience as she helped me to believe, throughout the whole drafting and revision process, that it would be possible to bring my story to the world.
If Jade had been accepted to Hogwarts, which house would she be in?
Gryffindor – she might be naïve, but she’s also brave, loyal and doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
Without including spoilers, can you give us any teasers into your favorite scene from Airwoman?
Early in the story, Jade Gariq is going to see her father. It’s an important moment for her because she’s worked herself up to ask him something—a favor. However, when she arrives, she discovers his dead body. I like this scene because its written from Jade’s perspective when she is in a place of shock. She’s struggling to process what she’s confronted with. It was a scene that I enjoyed writing, because it’s very emotional for Jade and challenging to get that shock and emotion onto the page.
What is the single best piece of writing advice you ever received?
The best writing advice that I received was to learn the craft of storytelling and apply it. A writer might know how to put beautiful sentences together, but to become an author, you need to be able to tell a story in a way that another person will want to read it, and keep reading it. This depends on getting a grip on the craft of storytelling. As a reader, you will likely intuitively understand what a good story is when you find it, but to create a story that others want to read, you will need to break down what makes a good story and work out how to apply it to your own work.
Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.
After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.
Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
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