Ours Goes To Eleven, with The Redwood Rebel

Hello, Frenz! Today’s edition of Ours Goes To Eleven is a little bit different. To celebrate my dear friend Lorna George’s debut novel…erm…debut, I’ve arranged an interview with her main character. Read on to learn a little more about Naomi and her role in The Redwood Rebel.


1. What do you like about people?

Who says I like people? We’re all cruel and deceitful by nature, after all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a raging philanthropist, but these days I would sooner be left alone than spending time waiting for a knife to be stuck into my back. No offense.

2. What is your birth name? What name do you most commonly use?

Just Naomi is fine.

3. What is your most prized possession?

My freedom, I suppose. Material possessions don’t mean much to me anymore. My greatest treasure is to feel the sun on my skin again, the wind on my face, and to be able to run until my legs ache and my lungs burn. There’s nothing better in all of Ilios.

4. What one word best describes you?

That depends entirely on who you ask. I doubt there are many people with much favorable to say about me these days. Mercenary, perhaps? Stubborn, definitely. I was called an obstinate strumpet quite recently. I suspect if he had a more colourful vocabulary it might have been much worse, but the last time he tried that he came very close to sporting a split lip. I imagine that tells you all you need to know.

5. What is your first memory?

My mother singing. She was such a gentle woman, so full of love and compassion. I’m afraid I’m not much of a credit to her.

6. What is your favorite childhood book/story?

I always enjoyed The Forging of Ilios when I was young.

7. What is your best physical attribute? Worst?

Best physical attribute? What kind of question is that? I’m not a brood mare, you know. My body does what I need it to. It keeps me alive; it runs when I need to run, it fights when I need to fight, and it gets me from points A to B as required. What more could I possibly care about?

8. What time of day is your favorite?

Dawn. I’m grateful for every sunrise I see.

9. What trait do you find most admirable in others? Do you exhibit this trait?

Loyalty. There isn’t much of that about, unfortunately, but I always appreciate it when I find it. I’d like to think of myself as loyal. I certainly strive for it. I suppose my problem is that I have loyalty to a specific cause, and anyone who gets in the way of that is simply collateral damage. Not an admirable thing, when all is said and done, but I’m not here to be admired. I’m here to do a job, and a dirty job at that.

10. What do you do when you’re bored?

I’m never bored. There’s too much to do. I have a promise to fulfill, a duty and obligation to my country, and I have been robbed of years of my life already. To waste even a single breath of the extra time I’ve been given would be ridiculous.

11. If you inherited a vast sum of money, what would be the first thing you’d do with it?

At the risk of sounding crass, I’ve never been in a position where I’ve struggled for money. I have no idea. Pay off the mercenaries that serve Adrienne and turn them against her, perhaps? But then I would be little better than she is. I have no real need for money myself, but my people? Well. My people could certainly do with it. I would use it for them.


About the Book:

In the aftermath of civil war, the people of Ffion starve. The trade has dwindled, the harvest has failed, and all power belongs to the cruel and corrupt. Those few who could have fled the forest continent for other lands, but most are trapped by their poverty and love of their homeland, with little hope for change.

Far beneath Chloris Castle, the rebel Naomi has been incarcerated since the tyrannical Princess Adrienne stole the Redwood Throne. Starved of light and warmth for the past four years, she has had only her rage and determination to keep her going as she both fears and yearns for death to claim her at last.

In a violent sweep of fate, she is dragged back into the light once more, the Princess and her Councillor hoping to use her as a pawn against the powerful Dragon King of Koren. Faced with an almost impossible choice, Naomi strikes a deal with her captors that will set her free at last.

Unfortunately, she soon finds she has taken on much more than she bargained for.


About the Author:

Lorna George lives in a crooked little house in Norfolk with her husband, a lot of books, and a fifty year old begonia named Frank. She spends an inordinate amount of time dreaming up magic, dragons, and fearsome ladies, and has decided to try and make some sort of career from it by writing them down. She hopes this will give her a reasonable excuse when caught staring wistfully out of windows when she should be paying attention to the not-so-mystical “Real World”.

Since she has become increasingly vulgar with age, she writes predominately New Adult stories, and despite what a lot of people seem to think, she seriously doubts she will ever grow out of fantasy.

She doesn’t particularly want to.

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