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Author spotlight: Bec McMaster

4 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Bec McMaster.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series. Technically a fantasy, but there’s no story without the romantic arc and there’s a HEA, so I think of it as a romance. I was fifteen and I was hooked. Daemon Sadi was my first book boyfriend and the second he smouldered on the page I was like: I need more of this.

What do you write?

I write epic fantasy romance with a dark and sexy twist, with the focus on kick-ass heroines, deliciously wicked heroes and worlds you can escape into.

Most of my historical fantasies (Legends of the Storm, London Steampunk etc.) are third person, but some of my newer fantasy romances (Dark Court Rising, Court of Dreams) are first person.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Often the idea ignites, and then the characters form from that. For example, I was watching The Bachelor one night, and some of the girls were being catty to each other, and I was like, ha, wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a murder in the Bachelor mansion, like, one of the girls killing off her competition? And then I nearly choked on my Tim Tam, because this entire world dropped fully into my head. My brain was like: Imagine if it was a fae prince. And he was sending out a bride summons. And my heroine needed to steal something from his court, so she was like: Excellent. I will steal the invite, use the bride summons as cover, and slip under his notice while I find what I need to steal … He’ll never look at me.

Except, of course, the prince takes one look at her and wants her—and then there’s the pesky fact one of the brides is killing off the others. And that became my novella, Thief of Dreams. It’s like it’s all sitting there waiting for me to find the key to unlock it, and when I do … my brain just lights up.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Ooh, I’d love to see Promise of Darkness turned into a movie. It’s a fae spin on the Hades and Persephone myth—AKA a princess of the summer courts sent to her enemy’s lands as a tribute for three months in order to keep a peace treaty. Except this ‘vicious dark prince’ is utterly gorgeous and charming, and even though he’s keeping secrets, she can’t help falling for him.

And after watching Ben Barnes play the Darkling in Shadow and Bone, I could totally see him as Thiago. He just has that wicked smoulder and look about his eyes that says he’s up to something.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Curse of Darkness is the third book in my Dark Court Rising series (Promise of Darkness is the first book), and it’s the final reckoning between Princess Iskvien and her mother (the Demeter figure). And with the love of her life—Thiago—falling to the darkness within him, she must risk all to save him.

What else are you working on in 2021?

Queen of Lightning—the series finale for my Legends of the Storms series. Think dragon shifter romance fused with Norse myth, and set in Iceland. My boyfriend thinks I watch Vikings for the plot, but really, I’m just fan casting my Legends series and getting some visual inspiration.

I’m also working on a sekrit project that I’m super excited about, that will be due out in September 2022.

Bec’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Bec’s on her website.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2021 yet, you can buy one HERE.

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