I'm honoured to welcome the lovely Murees Dupe on my blog today to talk about her amazing book, The Amaranthine. I loved interviewing her, as she truly is an amazing author and a lovely person - enjoy!
Hey Murees! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about your novel, The Amaranthine?
At the heart of it all, it’s a love story. True love does conquer all. Claire is a human misfit that never belonged anywhere. When she meets Alex, she realizes there is more to her than she first thought. He shows her a new way to live and she really grows into her own. All while her relationship with Alex intensifies.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I liked the bickering between Alex and Claire. I feel like their relationship has blossomed right in front of my very eyes. Their relationship is romantic, but not sappy. At least I don’t see it that way.
Where did the inspiration for the Thelum series come from?
I’ve always been a bit of a loner. So, naturally, when I got to write my own stories, I wanted a world where someone like me would fit in. But mostly I like the idea of a world where anything and everything is possible.
How many books are you planning in the series?
I’m planning to have the series go on indefinitely. Hopefully I will always have great ideas:)
Alex and Claire have a bit of a tempestuous relationship - what can we expect to see from them in the future?
I don’t think they will ever get to the stage where they are absolutely smitten. They will always have a love/ hate relationship, just more civilized. But . . . a happy ending is possible:)
Who's your favourite character from The Amaranthine?
Claire, hands down. She’s awesome. I wish she could be my friend.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the next book in the Thelum Series, possibly called The Ancestor. The story continues with Alex and Claire, right where book 1 ended. Lots of exciting things to come.
What would your one piece of advice be, for anyone who's thinking about self-publishing/writing their first book?
First, know exactly what you want to accomplish. When you know, go for it. No matter what, keep believing in yourself and keep going until you reach your goal. Also, love of writing is essential.
And finally...here's a quickfire round!
Winter or summer?
Winter. I can’t stand heat.
Night in or night out?
Night in. No doubt.
Cake or chocolate?
Books or films?
Films? It really depends on my mood.
Night or day?
Cats or dogs?
Both. Please don’t make me choose.
Tea or coffee?
Chai tea only.
Three things you can't live without:
My family, my pets and writing.
What keeps you awake at night?
Everything and anything. I tend to worry too much.
Describe yourself in three words:
Stubborn, passionate and moody.
Thanks for stopping by Murees!
Thank you so much for having me. It’s always a pleasure and honour.
About the author:
Murees Dupé was born and still lives in South Africa. When she is not thinking up new stories, she is spending time with her family, playing with her three dogs and cat, watching TV, or overindulging on desserts.