Today is my stop on THE CADET OF TILDOR tour hosted by AToMR Tours.
The author, Alex Lidell, stops by to talk about her ‘Writing Cave’ where she created her debut Young Adult fantasy novel.
Release date: Jan 10, 2013
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.
There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.
The Writer’s Cave with Alex Lidell
First let’s be clear: there is the Ideal Cave and the OMG my edits are due next week Cave.
In a perfect world I write in a coffee shop, usually Starbucks or Panera Bread, although I could be lured into other places if you put an appetizing enough piece of pastry in the window along with a sign “free wi-fi”. When traveling, I scope out a cave for myself as one of the first orders of business. For example, a few years ago I went on a Castle-to-Castle ride in France, where you stay overnight in medieval castles/manors and then get on horseback in the morning and ride to the next destination. Each evening we came to the castle in the evening, I looked around for an inspiring nook that would be mine for writing time… provided I didn’t fall asleep right away from a day in the saddle.
But alas, I don’t always have that luxury. If I have to, I’ll snatch 30 minute writing breaks where ever I find them – sitting in my car in a parking lot, for example, or on the floor at a clothing store while whoever dragged me there picks out stuff to try on. One place I unfortunately can’t write is in a waiting room – there is usually a TV on and I can’t push the commentary far enough away for it to not interfere with thoughts. I really hate background TV noise.
About The Author
Alex Lidell is a YA fantasy writer and author of ABNA Finalist THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013).
Although English is Alex’s primary language, it wasn’t her first. Coming from Russia, Alex learned english in elementary school and fell in love with reading when the school librarian put Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA into her hands. Years later, in college, it was another book that re-united Alex with Russian, which she had shunned in adolescence. The Three Musketeers.* Alex thanks both books, and the writers who created them.
Beyond writing, Alex is also a photographer, a horseback rider, and a paramedic. The latter two go hand in hand more often than one would like. She is trying to self-teach herself and her horse to sword-fight.
Alex would love to see THE CADET OF TILDOR in the classroom and is working on developing teacher guides for the novel. She enjoys “e-meeting” both students and educators.
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