1. What’s the inspiration behind Red Madrassa?
I’ve always loved young adult fantasy fiction, coming of age fiction with female heroines in particular. I can never get enough of this and so I decided to write this book. I didn’t want my society to have as much of a Eurocentric viewpoint as the ones I read in my childhood, so I went for a cultural feel that is in homage to the southern Hemisphere.
2. Is Allorna based on anybody in real life? If not, how did you build her character?
Allorna is not based on a real life person but she is the kind of feisty, strong-willed friend I would have loved to have hang out with as a child. I probably would have followed her through a tower portal too.
3. Did you face any difficulties writing Red Madrassa?
The ending – I always struggle with how to end a book. Leaving too many unanswered questions isn’t good but at the same time not enticing the reader to learn more is worse.
4. What’s your favorite part writing this book?
Easily the best part of writing this book was coming up with my own brand of magic and magical deeds. One of my favorite scenes for instance is the flight scene at the School of Air and Sitara’s wonder over the School of Air students. I love her delight and envy in their ability to fly. I can easily see her taking flight lessons to learn how to command the wind and air herself.
5. What’s your favorite part in your author’s life, in general?
For me – writing is an escape to another world, another time, and another adventure away from everyday life. My favorite part is the fact that it takes me away from where I am for just a minute or a few hours and allows me to de-stress.
Red Madrassa by Terah Edun
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny...
The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.
When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.
She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.
Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.
Do they all belong at the new school they call home?
Author Terah Edun
Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.
She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE, the first in the Courtlight series.
Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.
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