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This week we’re interviewing Belle Manuel, Author of the Twisted Fates Trilogy.
Caitlin Haines: Can you tell us a little about the Twisted Fates Trilogy?
Belle Manuel: The Twisted Fates Trilogy is a Hades and Persephone retelling that follows Evolet Northwhit on her journey into discovering her magic and an entirely new world that she was previously closed off to. It’s definitely character based, and the romance is very much a side note and not exceptionally detailed. This is more about the story of a woman finding her place and voice in the world.
Caitlin: Where did the inspiration come from?
Belle: I really just liked mythology class, and so I started toying around with retellings a long time ago. This one was an old Wattpad story that I then tore apart and rewrote from top to bottom.
Caitlin: If you could have any form of magic, what would it be and why?
Belle: I think I’d want necromancy abilities, to be honest. The power to summon the dead seems kind of cool.
Caitlin: Who is your favorite character in this series and why?
Belle: Lady Lore, a pirate that appears from book 2 onward. Her attitude and confidence is something I wish I had a little bit of!
Caitlin: If you were thrown into this fantasy world, what role would you like to play? Would you be a hero, side character, etc.?
Belle: I think I’d want to be on the winning team, working as a side character and just enjoying the ride.
Caitlin: What’s one thing you have to have while writing (music, quiet, snacks, coffee, etc.)?
Belle: I need my playlists! I have specific playlists for each book to help me get into the right mindset, and it’s so relaxing.
Caitlin: Can you give us a hint at what’s to come next? What are you currently working on?
Belle: Well, the second book in my Soul Stealer Saga is available now! And I have a new series in early stages right now about a human girl in a faerie world that finds herself working for the crown. We’ll see when that’s ready to show off to the world!
Meet Belle Manuel
Raised in the Deep South, Belle is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author that revels in creating new worlds. She recently moved cross country to be closer to the publishing world and is an editor for independently published writers. The Twisted Fates trilogy came to an end with A King So Darkened in 2022. But worry not, there are more stories to be told in the Firenian world!
June 2022, Of Shadows and Ruin, the second book in the Soul Stealer Saga, was released! Follow social media to stay up to date on the latest news!
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