Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author M.B. Saul whose book The Grail charmed and enthralled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for M.B. Saul, a biography of the author and an interview between me and M.B. Saul will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful M.B. Saul.
I am Midwestern gal who has been weaving tales since grade school. I am a writer and storyteller by trade, working as a design and content strategist for a creative agency. I began formalized creative writing classes in high school and continued throughout college, and now work with several writing and editing professionals to help hone my craft. I am a self-published author and avid fiction reader, and a total sucker for a happy ending.
Now, how wonderful does M.B. Saul sound?! M.B. Saul is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of M.B. Saul’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and M.B. Saul, I hope that you enjoy M.B. Saul’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
The Grail began with one scene that kept replaying in my mind. So, I grabbed my computer and began writing it out detail by detail almost nine years ago. Most of my ancestors are Irish, English, and Welsh and the love of old folklore and fairytales had carried down through my grandparents. I knew I wanted to write something about Merlin and the Grail, and I knew there were a handful of boys learning from him and they encountered a girl who didn’t yet know that she belonged with them. Caroline went through several iterations; the first being that she was human and lured into this world by a guy who turned out to be her mate. And though I liked something about the purity of her character from those early versions, I ended up preferring to have her already tied to them and jumping right into the action. I struggled with writing about a character encountering all of the supernatural as a human without sounding forced, or too much like Twilight. It all felt very been there, done that. So, the final re-writes became much more action-oriented. I wanted a quick-paced, adventure, romance…and I think that’s what I’ve got.
There are a few things I try to always remember whether I’m writing, taking in feedback, or editing.
- You will never please everyone. No matter what. And that’s okay. Just always stay true to yourself and your story.
- Don’t be afraid to scrap something you love and start over.
- The most valuable critique I ever had on my book was by someone who tore it apart.
- Use beta-readers!
An original plotline.
Hoping to have book 2 (working title The Rose) out fall/winter 2018, and book 3 out the following year.
I’m working on a new shifter series that I’m also hoping to have out in 2019.
Many of the places and faeries I reference can be found in Celtic folklore. For instance, Annwn was inspired by Welsh mythology, where it is known as the “Otherworld” and identifies with Christianity’s portrayal of heaven. In both Welsh and Irish mythology, it was thought to be located either on an island or underneath the earth. Both Merlin and King Arthur have literary ties to the location.
I use a lot of terminology that some people may want to look up to find greater depth and meaning in the context. For instance, Caroline’s POV begins on Lughnasa – the marker of the harvest season and one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane. This day is significant for her since she is a half-dwarf of the Unseelie court – fey who are particularly in tune with nature and the seasons. The celebration is typically held around August 1, or about half way between summer solstice and autumn equinox.
I also tried to incorporate other fun supernatural elements, such as the Thirteen Treasures of the Isle of Britain. These treasures are relics found in medieval Welsh mythology. In the book, the treasures are kept and used as the guard’s personal arsenal.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with M.B. Saul! If you have liked what you have read about M.B. Saul and are interested in learning more about M.B. Saul and reading M.B. Saul’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.