Thursday 2 May 2013

Author Interview: Aoife Marie Sheridan

Eden Forest

Book One of the Saskia Trilogy
Aoife Marie Sheridan
Available in paperback from: amazon | amazon uk | easons
and in ebook from synergebooks

Four banished Angels,
A world created by the hands of God,
A Kingdom on its knees,
A secret protected for centuries,
And one mortal can save them all.

Sarajane Anderson is your regular twenty-one year old with family, friends and a normal job. She also happens to be the only person who can save Saskia, a parallel world to earth. When Sarajane is taken to Saskia, she could never have imagined the reality of the world that she is stepping into- a world where magical abilities are in everyone's possession. She must face a father she never knew, a world that is beyond her belief, a guardian who captures her heart; and a darkness that wants to take it. On her journey, Sarajane discovers her magical abilities, and realizes too that they come with a price. Sarajane is truly tested as her own loved ones are put at risk- the ultimate question she is forced to ask herself is, how do you choose who lives and who dies?

Step into Saskia.

City of Secrets
Book Two of the Saskia Trilogy
Aoife Marie Sheridan
A war awaits her arrival,
A warrant for her arrest.
She must rise as a princess,
And Darkness shall fall.
But will their love survive this battle?
For Tristan and Sarajane?

Step back into Saskia.

About the Author

Aoife Maire Sheridan is twenty nine years of age. She lives in Kells, Co. Meath,Ireland a small town just outside Navan. Aoife was raised in Navan but left with her family at the age of sixteen. Aoife has always had a passion for writing but mostly poetry. This is her first time to write a novel.

Aoife Marie Sheridan studied Accountancy and qualified as an accountant technician. She worked in this profession for several years but with the economic downturn she was made redundant.

Aoife Marie Sheridan now works in retail as well as spending endless hours reading and writing.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I do a layout of what way I want the story to go, it doesn’t always end up the way, but I look at it as guidelines. If I was to plan everything it would take too long. As a character develops I find they take control, (hope that doesn’t sound too weird) but like if I put them in a situation where they have a choice, it depends on which one they choose, and it can change everything about the story. I don’t want the good guy to be always good or the bad guy to be really evil; everyone has a bit of both in them, and so does my characters.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

Yes just like I said above they do. Funny you asked the question, thought I had sounded really weird. I often talk to my sister and I might say god Tristan is getting on my nerves he is so righteous, and she laugh saying “you wrote him, so don’t make him righteous” it’s at that point I know how crazy it sounds, but I can’t change him, it’s just the way he was meant to be.

What is your favorite food?

Lasagna without fail, and half a block of cheese on the top. Calories, Calories, Calories.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

O Night owl. Don’t speak to me in the morning, I am such a nasty person, I really will bite your head off. But give me a half an hour and I am all smiles.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

Egypt I have said I would since I was a little girl. I want to see the pyramids. I don’t know why, they just seem so magical and I’ve always been fascinated with them.

Do distant places feature in your books?

Yes. Parallel universes my books don’t feature in this world, I love to make up new worlds, with so many possibilities. It is just such fun.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Sometimes, depending where I am writing. In work yes – (work in a clothes store), at home not so much. If my boss ever seen this, I would be fired. I wrote nearly all of Eden Forest in work listening to Titanium by David Guetta on repeat, the customers weren’t too happy, but I was. LOL

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

My second book, which is part of the Saskia Trilogy is called city of secrets and we follow Sarajane from Aquaterra to Hummus, to where she will be trained to use her magic and learn how to fight in order to banish Lucian the dark angel. She has her guardian Alana, Mirium the Oracle and Tristan her lover and future king beside her, but her journey is far from smooth. We get to meet Carew he is more darkness then light, but his role is vital in protecting Sarajane in order for Saskia to survive.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

So much, writing is the easy part the hard part is marketing, at first I felt so alone and out of my depth that I just wanted to give up, but then it took one positive review that made me smile and push on. I have meet some amazing people along the way that helped me grow as a writer and a person.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I would have built up a fan base first, researched marketing before jumping straight in, but in saying that for my second book City of Secrets I feel so much more prepared.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My dreams are how my writing actually started, that is where Saskia was born. I dreamt about a man and women on a black horse going through a wall of fire. The dream lingered so I wrote it down, I had never tried to write a book before, but every time I revisited that page, I thought to myself, I wonder where they were going. And it started from there.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

It is terrifying at first, but the most important thing I could stress is have fun, really enjoy it, don’t get bogged down with checking your accounts every ten seconds, they won’t change that quick. Just enjoy yourself.

What are three words that describe you?

O that’s a hard one. Dedicated, Giddy and a dreamer.

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer?

Poison Study by Marie V Snyder amazing and Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown, two of my favorite books, these are books that I will read again and again.

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.


Thank you, Aoife and good luck with your books!


  1. Thank you very much Annette for having me on your blog. :)

    1. You're welcome :) I used to live in Dundalk, it's a small world, isn't it :)

    2. O my god that is mad really, I am so close to there, a small world is right. LOL