Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Kingdom For A Quest Release

Today I'm thrilled to be hosting my good friend Kendra E. Arknek, who is promoting her newest book My Kingdom For A Quest.  I had the privilege of beta reading Kingdom and it quickly became my second favorite of Kendra's books, partly because it's a good book, partly because it's Arthurian Legend.

Back Cover Blurb:
Arthur is the rightful king of Briton, but his Uncle Mordreth refuses to give up the regency. Arthur and Grandfather are now returning with allies to wrestle the kingdom from his uncle's grasp. But not all is as it seems among his allies, and everyone has secrets. New loves, old loves, lost loves, kingdoms conquered and kingdoms stolen. Who is the real "rightful heir" and will the nearly forgotten sword in the stone finally answer this question?

Author Person:
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,

Welcome to The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls, Kendra!

1. In Kingdom there is a Camelot mentioned.  Is it still a kingdom?

That answer is complicated and will be addressed thoroughly in book 16. Suffice to say its history is rather golden, may have something to do with this short story I wrote a few years back, and that I developed the character for Robin and Eric's two oldest children while plotting book 16. I even have some about a chapter and a half in a notebook in my desk prewritten. I am very much looking forward to writing this book. Sigh. Just twelve volumes to go!

2. Do you have family trees drawn up for the Bookania series?  I've been more or less making one myself, just to keep track of who everyone is, but I wondered if you keep track of it all in your head or have it all written down somewhere.

I've started a few, in particular one for the Locksley family, but the trees are so complicated and interconnected, what I really need is a computer program that will allow me to sort them out, and I haven't found any, especially not ones that are at a price I can afford (free.)

I also need a program that will let me write up a calendar for Rizkaland, because it's a bit different from ours, and I really need one so I can keep dates and seasons straight in the books.

3. The Lady Alitha that Maxie married after he knew Shira wasn't coming back, was she another Locksley girl or did she come from another country?  You've established that Locksley women were known for their tapestries and said she was a noted embroiderer, so I'm guessing that she was from Locksley.

Actually Robin was referring more to her mother's side of the family when she said that all of the women in her family were known for tapestries, to the country of Germaine. There is a weird curse on the family (that I haven't brought up yet, though I have alluded to) that renders all of the members very bad at anything music related - dancing, singing, that sort of thing, so in order to not seem unaccomplished, all of the women have focused on the needle. I'm not 100% certain where this curse came from, but I suspect that one of the members insulted a Tune about 300 years back.

And, actually, I'm not entirely certain where Alitha came from, but it is possible she was a Germaine, and that her marriage to Maxie was to secure Locksley's assistance in Germaine's rise to power after Prince Solomon and Princess Serendipity disappeared. This would make Robin and Robert's parents cousins once removed - but that is tame compared to the inbreeding that occurred in the royal families of Europe.

I shall have to ponder this.

4. Will Robin's cousin Edward have a book about himself?  He's one of my favorite minor characters, and I'd like to see more of him, especially the friendship between him and Robin.

I intend to have him show up again in book 4, but he won't be a major character until book 6, and yes, he'll get quite a bit of limelight. In fact, it was because he would be a major character in book 6 that I went back and edited in his scene in Take, because I wanted to establish his relationship with Robin. Also, I slid in a bit of foreshadowing for his story in this scene, but I'm not going to say what it is.

I might also have to write a short story at some point about the mischief they could get into as kids.

5. Will Princess Beauty appear in a later book?  I'm curious about her, since in Take it is mentioned that she is distinct from Rosamond and is a princess that none of them have met.

I doubt it. She lives off in a far away country (nearly to the next page!) and I actually hadn't meant to create a whole new character. In fact, she might not even exist, just being a memory that the fairies invented to explain why they were having a wedding. I mean, readers of Sew know that Push was off looking for Rosamond, and yet when he appeared in Take, he'd been off to fetch Beauty, so ... conflicting stories here?

6. In which book will Charlene's story be explained?

Book 4!!! Yes, answers to be given soon, rather than in a hundred years. I'm looking forward to writing her, since Charlene is an interesting character, and I'm especially looking forward to seeing Robin interact with a girl cousin, because so far, it's been Edward and Arthur. (And yes, I am inadvertently revealing that Charlene has a daughter, won't say anything more, though.)

7. I think you mentioned one time that Meg would be a main character in one of the books.  Which book?

She will be a major character in books 5 and 6. I'm not entirely certain that I'll ever give her POV, but I'm really looking forward to sharing her story.

8. These are the Bookania countries I remember being mentioned so far:
Camelot, Tune, Briton, Winthrop, Locksley, Skewwood, Germaine, Alion, Fronce, Chin
How many more are there?

Plenty, most of which I don't know where they are or what they're called. Bookania is a huge world. I mean, even on the pages where I've done all of my exploring so far, I have a huge blank space that grins up at me tauntingly.

I drew a map once, and it has most of the countries I know of. The only ones that aren't there that you failed to mention are Upontime, Rosamond's kingdom, which was where Scotlund and part of Normandy is now; Refrence, which covered the rest of the lower half of Normandy, and part of Winthrop; and Skewwood itself used to be its own country.

9. One of my sisters wants to know what happens to the wimpy prince that the dragon sweeps off the mountaintop in the end of Woodcutter Quince.  Does he die?

It's quite possible he met his end in that scene. It's also possible that he got blown away to a far away country and married Princess Beauty. You never know.

(Actually, he's somewhat important in book 8 but ... spoilers.)

Kingdom Around the Web:

Visit the other stops Kendra made in Kingdom's blog tour;

In honor of Kingdom's release,  Saffron's Big Plan and Other Stories is free for Kindle today.

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Second favorite? Hmm ... which one takes number one, I'm curious.

    And thanks for having me over - this was certainly the most unique interview I've ever had!

    1. The Ankulen is #1 for me.

      You're welcome. It was fun!!


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