Wait… The Red Abbey is REAL?! Don’t miss this interview with kickass ‘Maresi’ author PLUS win 1 of 10 copies!

And a signed bookplate too. Swish!

You are in for a serious treat, book dragons, because if ‘Maresi’ hasn’t already delighted your reading life then this is about to push it to the top of your TBR.

Fierce women, fierce storytelling. And we were lucky enough to put all of our burning questions to her! Including the deets of ‘Naondel’ and where the inspiration for ‘Maresi’ came from:

Tell us about ‘Maresi’ in the length of a tweet.
Maresi is a story of a female community dedicated to knowledge & learning. When a new girl arrives, danger and violence follow in her wake.

The setting and fantastical legends feels a little like a fairytale – were you inspired by any when writing the book?
I have grown up reading and loving fairy tales, both international and Nordic ones. None of them have inspired Maresi per se, but I carry them all with me and they are fuel for my writing. A lot of how I use language comes from fairy tales, I think.

Is the Red Abbey based on anywhere, real or fictional?
Yes, the Red Abbey is inspired by the monastic community on the island of Athos in the Greek archipelago. No women have been allowed to set foot on the island for a thousand years. I just reversed that :-)

Can you give us any hints about book two?
Book 2 is called Naondel and tells the story of the First Sisters, how and why they came to leave everything they knew and loved behind and begin building the Red Abbey.

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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