10 THINGS YOU DIDNT KNOW ABOUT GoS!
I am hard at work on two current projects but I thought I’d share a few fun facts about the Guardians of Summerfeld series with you today!
Here they are (in no particular order)
- The original concept was inspired by Noah’s Ark.
- The name Summerfeld was based on the countryside near where I live which, while pronounced “Summerfeld” is actually spelled “Summerveld.” I changed the spelling because I wanted my international readers to be able to pronounce it properly.
- All of my children have surnames for first names and I always said if I ever had another little girl her name would be Quinn. When I realised I was done with the baby-making, I gave the name to my favourite Guardian.
- Evangeline didn’t exist until the eleventh hour and in all of my original planning only the Hawkstone was needed to open the Rose Gate.
- Hawkstone and Cliffdale are street names I read on my way to an animal farm in Summerfeld with my kids and I made a note to use them in the series. Likewise, Dragon’s Peak and Cathedral Peak (the mountains within the City) are real peaks in the Drakensberg mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal – one of my favourite holiday destinations.
- In the initial plotting, Quinn was supposed to discover that her mother had been one of the Fae royalty, but this didn’t work because… well… incest 😉
- The name Drake is derived from the old Norse given name Draki, meaning “Dragon”.
- I originally intended for GoS to be a 5-book series, but I eventually decided to scrap “The Secret of the Slayer” and stick to only 4 books rather than draw the story out unnecessarily.
- I have a friend whose niece and nephews’ names were all used in GoS – Tane, Rafe and Enah.
- This is the first book/series I have written in the third person narrative. I favour the first person narrative, which comes more naturally to me, but given the vast amount of characters in this series, I felt that this was the only way to do it justice.
I hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday!