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Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.
Can you tell us about your newest release? Is it part of a series or a stand-alone?
First, I’m excited to be here and share with all of you my newest novel, Mark of the Raven. Mark of the Raven is about a young woman, Selene Ravenwood, who inherits her family’s gift of dreamwalking and is in search of why they were given this gift. The book is filled with political intrigue, family dynamics, and the age-old question of who are we and why are we here? Mark of the Raven is the first book in the Ravenwood Saga trilogy.
Is anything or anyone in this book based on real-life experiences?
My characters always carry a part of me inside of them. Selene suppresses her emotions in order to survive what she is going through. I tend to do the same thing. It is easier to put on a mask and give the impression that everything is fine when it is not. She is also searching for who God made her. That is still a journey I am on myself.
Who was your favorite character in this story, and why?
That is a hard one! Obviously, I love Selene Ravenwood, but I also like Lord Damien Maris. He is a strong, kind man who is still struggling with the loss of his family two years prior and feels overwhelmed with the responsibility of leading his people.
Compared to your other books, was this one easy to complete or challenging? Any idea why?
In some ways, this was a harder series to write. There are dark politics, family intricacies and dynamics, and it is the first time I’m writing about a married couple. I have always wanted to include a married couple in my stories and explore how a couple can become more powerful together than apart.
What was the hardest scene in this book to write? What made it difficult?
The dreamwalking scenes when Selene is searching the sleeper’s mind and memories. Dreams are filled with our hopes, desires, and fears. Putting those ideas into picture form was not easy. But I think I pulled it off.
What did you (or your editors) edit out of this book?
Nothing so far. I added a couple of scenes to strengthen the story, but everyone who read it said it was a strong, powerful story.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing from the point of view of the opposite sex?
I’m probably different than most writers in that I find writing in the male POV quite easy. By nature, I’m a more logical, less emotional, blunt person and tend to understand men a bit more than women. This has helped me to write fully developed male characters and I enjoy contrasting the two sexes in my stories. God made each uniquely beautiful and I want to show that on the pages.
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She’s the author of the epic fantasy Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. Mark of the Raven, a new fantasy series, releases Fall of 2018 from Bethany House. During her spare time, she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.