Monday, May 27, 2013

Interview with Author Donna Hosie

Earlier this month you may have seen the awesome cover of Donna Hosie's new book, The Spirit of Nimue which comes out in four days with the exciting conclusion of Donna's The Return to Camelot triology.

Well, Donna's taken some time off from her busy schedule to visit and answer some random questions.

Welcome, Donna!

1. If I came to dinner at your house, what would you prepare?
Nothing! I don’t cook. I can cook, but I don’t. My husband and I both work full-time, and with three kids we have insanely busy lives. So the household stuff is divided up and my husband does the food shopping and the cooking. And he’s great at it. But of course I would love to have you and your husband round to dinner, so I hope you like Mexican food because my husband makes the best chicken fajitas in the world. Just bring beer!
2. If you thought you'd silenced your phone for this interview, but it rang anyway--REALLY loud--how would you cover that social faux pas?
My ring tone is Owl Post from the Harry Potter soundtrack, and so I wouldn’t cover it up. Knowing you like I do, we’d have it as the background track to our interview!
You're so right. We might even have to take a break from the interview and just savor the music. =D For the longest time I had one of the Ministry of Magic's songs--The Bravest Man I Ever Knew--for my ringtone. I got a new phone and never took the time to put it back on. I need to fix that.
 3. And what song/sound would your phone make?
See above. I also have one of the themes from Fellowship of the Ring. I LOVE getting calls, I just can’t be guaranteed to answer them!
4. Since we knew each other years ago when we were both moderators at the Leaky Cauldron, I know Remus Lupin was your favorite Harry Potter character. Who was your second fav?
Sirius Black. I am a total Marauders geek. In fact my username in most online forums is MaraudingDon. I use that name over on AbsoluteWrite. Come and say hello.
Good taste! I think Sirius is the most tragic of the four Marauders.
 5. If you could have a super power, what would it be--and what would you do with it?
I would like to be invisible, and then I would sneak onto the Sherlock tv series set and do things to Benedict Cumberbatch that would get me arrested if I wasn’t invisible!
6. What do you have in your Zombie Apocalypse emergency kit? Don't have one yet? Well, what would you put in one?
I don’t have one!! I’m going to die. I would have a Mars Bar, because if I’m going to die, then I’m going out with a Mars Bar in my mouth!
You and Harry. If I remember correctly, Mars Bar was his favorite, too.
 7. If you were an ice cream, what flavor would you be? Why?
Vodka. I drank so much of it when I was younger my entire body could be distilled!
Vodka ice cream? They make interesting ice cream flavors Down Under.
8. Why are manhole covers round?
To make it easier for Basilisks to get in and out of the pipes.
See why I love Donna? This is the perfect answer. 
9. Name three uses for a stapler--not using staples.
Paperweight (that is my use right now actually), beer bottle opener, and…and a deadly weapon in my Zombie Apocalypse emergency kit!!!! I’m not going to die after all – but I still get to have the Mars Bar, right?!
Woot! I'm so glad I helped you realize you are prepared and will live to write more fabulous books. Assuming that we can still get books if we're all running from zombies.
10. With The Spirit of Nimue being the conclusion of your Arthur series, what other projects are you working on?
I cannot believe I am at the end of this trilogy after three years of hard work. That said, it isn’t really the end because book one (SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR) is released as a paperback in September and so I will go through all of this again! I am also working on a four book series with my agent which is about time-travelling devils. And I also reserve the right to revisit my Arthur series in the future, although the next generation of novels will not be from Natasha’s point of view. There, I have given away a clue for readers who have enjoyed the series and would like more.

Natasha Roth and her older brother, Arthur, have removed the magical darkness that had fallen over the land of Logres.

But all actions have consequences.

Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, is now a sworn enemy. Natasha realises that the only way the land of Logres will truly be at peace is if the sorceress is removed forever. So with her beloved Sir Bedivere, the feisty Guinevere, and a trusty brethren of knights, Natasha plots to free Logres from the malevolence of Nimue once and for all.

Yet Arthur also has problems. Now a father to Mila, he starts to witness a terrifying change over his girlfriend, Samantha, as she struggles to contain the awakened powers of Morgana.

With dark magic coming at them from all sides, Natasha and Arthur decide to make use of the Falls of Merlin: a mystical landscape of waterfalls that connects 21st century England with the mystical world they fell into. A place that does not exist in the future.

And by the end, they will know why.

As Natasha finally discovers the truth about her past link to Logres a tragedy will strike at her very heart. Can Arthur get his young family back to the 21st century and still continue to be the king that Logres demands he be? What is the secret that Sir Gareth has been hiding all this time? 

And who is the true owner of Excalibur?

THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE is released on Amazon on the 31 May 2013.
It is the final book in THE RETURN TO CAMELOT trilogy. 


  1. Nice interview, with you on the can't cook one

  2. Fun interview, Donna and Donna!

  3. Good thinking with the stapler!! Now you are prepared for the apocalypse.
    Sirius Black is my favorite character. Hated that he died.

  4. Being invisible would sure be fun.

  5. Wow Donna congrats for writing a trilogy and a fantasy one...:) I can barely have a short story finished in a month....Chapeau bas to you :) and good luck.

  6. Why cook when you can order take-out, right? That's what I do. :) Great interview ladies and the book sounds AWESOME!!! Glad you shared! Congrats Donna.

  7. Oh my gosh! Donna, we have similar interviews! Way to make it fun and definitely interesting!!

  8. Hi Donna! Hi Donna!! Yay!!

    Awww all the best to the amazing Donna and her Trilogy!! I don't have a zombie kit either but have plenty of mini-mars bars! Yay! Take care

  9. Love that you have HP & LOTR ringtones! Fab interview again :)

  10. Thank you for hosting, Donna.

    Now, about that dinner...

  11. love all of donnas fantasy answers!
    sirius black is prob my fave too. that hp is def my fave with the time travel & hippogryph!
    but gary oldman is one of my fave actors...(even in 5th element!)

    fun interview!

  12. Fun, fun interview! I loved your answer to #1, Donna. Classic!

    Love the cover of your book. I'm always intrigued when a story integrates siblings.

    Thanks, DW, for the interview. :)

  13. Love that you both have awesome ringtones! Also love the Basilisk answer. :P

  14. Awesome interview, and I've been eying these books of Donna's for a while now. Hey, check that out - two Donnas in one post. Epic! :)

  15. This is such a fun interview!

  16. Ooh, Lady of the Lake. You have my interest! Sounds great!

  17. Lovely interview and was great to read. Thanks Donna and Donna!


  18. Great interview!
    I've seen the book cover around and about...

    Writer In Transit

  19. Fun interview.

    I don't cook either and vodka ice cream sounds interesting.


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