Check out this author spotlight for Alice Ivinya!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Alice is a USA Today Bestselling author. She is also an award-winning international and Barnes and Noble bestseller.
She lives in Bristol, England. She is wife to Sam, mummy to their toddler and owns the best dog in the world, Summer. She has loved fantasy all her life and her favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. When she’s not off galavanting in other worlds, she loves walking the dog and spending time with her church family.
Alice hopes to change the world for the better, one word at a time.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Spring. I love seeing everything coming back to life! It reminds me of how beautiful nature is.
Cat or dog? Dog. I happen to have the best dog in the world, a labrador called Summer. As a small animal vet I feel completely qualified to say dogs are better than cats!
Tea or coffee? Tea. Love it! Hate coffee.
Morning or evening? To be honest, I prefer the middle of the day! I hate early mornings and evenings I’m half asleep!
Library or museums? Both. 🙂
Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer. I prefer to heal than kill. I also am always fascinated by plants and their properties.
Witches or wizards? Wizards.
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates. They just have so much personality!
Mountains or beaches? Mountains. I hate sand and I love dramatic views.
Plotter or pantser? Plantser.
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer. I need that spell check!
Standalone or series? Both. As long as the standalone is long enough! 🙂
Book or ebook? Paperback.
Hero or anti-hero? Oooh, I love a good anti-hero. I need both in my life!
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I mostly read fantasy and love anything that is dramatic! And I’m a sucker for enemies to lovers. I also love political intrigue and books where the main character starts as the underdog and becomes powerful by the end. I much prefer complex world building and plots.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write YA fantasy and fairytales with complex world building and unique heroines. My last trilogy was completed in April. Kingdom of Birds and Beasts is a retelling of the German fairytale, the Goose Girl.
Next month I have Whispers of Ebony coming out which is a novella sequel to Kingdom of Birds and Beasts, following two of the side characters. It is basically a romantic murder mystery set in an inn.
I have three partially written books all hopefully coming out in the next year, which I am very excited about. I’ve been putting off writing them until Kingdom of Feathers was finished, so now I can’t wait to get stuck into them!
One is about a young woman straying into faerie and facing the kelpie who killed her husband (The Widow and the Beast). Another is a Hades and Persephone retelling. The third is a lovestory between a cinnamon roll girl and a grizzled commander (Stars May Burn).
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Kingdom of Feathers was the last book in the Kingdom of Birds and Beasts trilogy.
It starts with Feathers of Snow, where it follows the story of a lady-in-waiting called Brianna who serves a sadistic, spoiled princess. When the princess is betrothed to a man in a far away kingdom she’s never met, she sends Brianna in her place.
Brianna has to survive a strange, brutal culture, pretend to be a princess, woo the dismissive prince, and not get eaten by giant Spirit-Beasts.
If she gets caught, she will be killed and the countries plunged into war. However, as time progresses, she realizes more is at stake. Not only is she falling in love, but the threat of the mysterious Beasts north of the Border is greater than anyone had ever realized.
Meanwhile, it becomes clear somebody in the town is trying to kill her and those she loves…
Feathers of Snow on amazon:
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I draw inspiration from everywhere! Mostly reading. I don’t have much time to watch films/ series, but when I do, they definitely help! Art really helps, and Feathers of Blood and Kingdom of Feathers were hugely inspired by their covers!
A lot of the time I’m just innocently walking along and a scene or character just pops into me head, screaming to be written!
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I normally try to write for an hour five evenings a week after my three year old is in bed. I don’t always get much done, but the routine has really helped!
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Keep writing, knowing that with every book you learn and get better!
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AliceIvinya
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahsfootsteps
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/aliceivinya.author/
Website – alicegent.com