Exclusive Interview: ‘The Sail Weaver’ Author Muffy Morrigan
Muffy Morrigan, whom you may know from her wonderful reviews here at Book Equals, has released a brand new fantasy book called The Sail Weaver set in a futuristic world of space exploration, rediscovered magic and a new age of tall ships.
Here is the official synopsis:
Tristan is the most talented Weaver the Guild has produced. Since he was a child and started his training to become a Weaver of the great sails of the Navy’s galactic ships, he’s had no idea what fate had planned for him. Then came the Winged Victory, the largest ship ever built, and he is given the task of Weaving her magical sails.
With a unique bond and friendship with the Dragon Fenfyr and in the face of hostile politics, prejudice and the threat of invasion by a horrifying enemy known as the Vermin, Tristan sets out on an unexpected adventure and discovers all is not as it seems. There are forces who want to win against the Vermin no matter what the cost. Struggling against enemies from within and without, Tristan and his companions fight to save the Winged Victory and the last hope of survival for humanity.
Muffy recently took some time to answer a few questions about The Sail Weaver, which has gotten us really excited about it. She talks about her inspiration, her writing process, her future books and more. Enjoy the interview and don’t forget that you can get your very own copy of The Sail Weaver on Amazon.
How would you describe the book to somebody who doesn’t know anything about it?
Muffy Morrigan: A friend described it as Star Wars mixed with Harry Potter and Master and Commander. That’s not a bad description in a lot of ways, it is a blend of classic science fiction and fantasy with dragons and Tall Ships.
What inspired you to write The Sail Weaver?
Muffy Morrigan: It’s the book I have been wanting to write forever I think. I’ve dabbled in science fiction for most of my life–I finished my first full length science fiction novel when I was fifteen, and I always loved the idea of blending in magic in a future of high tech. A few years ago, I spotted a contest that required the blending of classic sci-fi and fantasy and The Sail Weaver was born. I wrote the prologue, then set it aside, but it wouldn’t let me go. I loved the idea of it so much I had to write it.
What was the most challenging part of writing “The Sail Weaver”?
Muffy Morrigan: The most challenging part was keeping the world I’d created feeling solid. I want the reader to feel like they are there and they know these people and places. It had to feel real and solid as our day to day world.
What was the most fun part of writing “The Sail Weaver”?
Muffy Morrigan: Playing in the world of 18th/ early 19th Century Tall Ships with dragons and magic–all the while keeping it true to a world of the future.
What is it about fantasy that appeals to you?
Muffy Morrigan: I love the idea that there are worlds that we can’t see, that are there, just waiting for us to discover. For so long, fantasy has been trapped in an almost medieval setting and I love that the worlds of Urban fantasy and other are pulling the ideas of epic fantasy into the present–and future. I think it’s creating something that’s new, and writing it in such a way that it becomes reality for the reader–at least while they are reading the book
What is your writing process like?
Muffy Morrigan: I tend to sketch out the basics of a story in my head. Where it begins, where it ends, then start fleshing it out. I tend to write wherever the story goes. What I mean is, sometimes a character will go in an entirely different route than I originally intended but when I look back over the story it’s obvious it should have been that way all along. I do set goals for myself—generally a certain number of words a day or a chapter, or even a combination of both. I try and write every day. If I am working on a novel and it just won’t go anywhere—and that happens—I will write something else. I see it like a musical instrument that I have to practice every day.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
Muffy Morrigan: I do! I am diving into the world of the Custodes Noctis again with book four, The Berserkers. I’m really excited about this one! It really delves into some interesting mythology about the berserker legends and some interesting archaeological finds. I know that sounds a little dry, but it’s not, this adventure will push the Emrys Brothers and their friends to the breaking point.
What book have you read recently you would recommend people read?
Muffy Morrigan: While working on The Sail Weaver, I reread the entire Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. They are such marvelous books, everyone should read them. I also read The Well of Stars by Michael Tresca, and Echoes of Avalon by Adam Copeland. I am working my way through a pile of books that I’ve put aside while I was writing. Reading fiction while writing is sometimes difficult, so I stick to research. Although, I am reading the Sagas of the Icelanders (for the Berserkers) and they are wonderful.