Monday, August 4, 2014

This or That with author Lara Morgan


From fantasy writer Lara Morgan comes the second in her engrossing, enchanting, exciting Twins of Saranthium trilogy, perfect for curbing Game of Thrones withdrawals.
Shaan and Tallis have escaped from the fallen god, Azoth, but his dark shadow stretches over the enslaved the people of the Wild Lands and the terrifying army of humanserpent warriors. War is coming, but the Council of Nine turn from the twins and their tales of Azoth's menace, focusing instead on a war on the Free Lands.
Meanwhile, the Four Lost Gods have awoken, ready to reclaim the Birthstone currently in Azoth's possession. But rather than the saviours Shaan and Tallis needed, the Four begin to exert terrible control over the people of Saranthium. With Tallis struggling to control the might power within, and Shaan attempting to resist the pull of Azoth, the twins are under assault from all sides. Victory may still be possible, but only through a devastating act of betrayal.

This or That with Lara:

Fiction or Non-Fiction? – mostly fiction, though I do love researching especially ancient history and I have a weakness for travel memoirs.
Tea or Coffee? –  tea, tea, tea. I have a kingdom’s worth of tea. I do like a coffee, just not as much.
Physical Books or E-books?  Love the tangible physical book. I’m one of those people who goes around sniffing new books in stores; I  adore the smell of the fresh ink, it reminds me of childhood.   I don’t own an e-reader yet but will most likely get one soon, there are so many great books that are only available now in ebook and reading them as a pdf is too hard on my ageing eyes!
Writing in the Morning or in the Afternoon/Evening? -  Mid mornings has traditionally been my best time, it’s when my brain fires the best. However that’s had to change since I now work around a toddler so it’s basically whenever I get a chance and that’s often in the sleepy 2pm slot. It takes a lot of tea.
Dinner or Dessert? Dessert, dessert! Fruit pies, gooey cakes, wobbly cremes. I have a terrible sweet tooth.  Give me pie and I’m yours.  Lemon tart preferably thanks.
Comedies or Dramas? Comedy. The world can be a harsh place and you can never laugh too much.
Pen or Pencil? Pen, my pencils always have broken leads or the toddler has absconded with them. My bag has an army of pens waiting to be used.
Sleeping In or Waking Early? Always loved the mornings, the freshness of the air, the birdsong, the tea….and when travelling it’s the best time to be up and about in a city or town before the hordes have their coffee. Also I now have no choice.
The Past or the Future? Hard one. Both. I love ancient history with a passion, especially the Mediterranean area, hence the fantasy books; but am equally fascinated by what the future could hold, hence the sci fi books . Terminally curious I guess like most authors.
Being Outdoors or Indoors? -  depends on the weather. Outdoors in winter, indoors in summer –this may seem contrary to logic, but I do live in the wild coastal west of Australia where summer is often 40 celsius and can sizzle you in an instant.
Dusk or Dawn?  Dusk, preferably with a wine or glass of bubbly and a dusting of salt on my skin from a swim watching the sun set over the sea
Chocolate or Vanilla? Argh!  Why do I have to choose, why, why? I refuse.
The Beginning of a Story or The End?  The end, and make it bittersweet. It’s especially lovely when it’s one of my own books and I can sigh with relief that I’ve 

About the author: 

Lara Morgan has loved fantasy since her mother first read her The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (those Dark Riders still give her the shivers) and her book shelves are stacked precariously with more fantastical adventures than she will probably be able to read in one lifetime. She loves feisty heroines and heroes with depth and prefers to create villains in shades of grey rather than black and white, taking a tip from one of her personal heroes Joss Whedon who said: “All villains believe they are the hero of the story”.
Lara also writes for young adults and you can find her online at or blogging when she has time at and on twitter @Lara_Morgan.
She lives in Geraldton, Western Australia, with her husband and son.

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