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Synopsis for Inherited

If saying 'I love you' meant death, would you still say it?

The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia 'Lennie' Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.

With Nathaniel bringing the crew's total to six, the Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders.

Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.

Inherited by Freedom Matthews
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Series: Curses of VIII #1
Release date: July 12th 2016
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Interview with Freedom Matthews

Inherited is a new YA fantasy novel (featuring pirates and romance!) published by Oftomes, and I've been really excited to hear more about it. Thank you, Freedom, for taking the time to chat to us about yourself and your new novel!

Can you tell us a bit about your protagonist, Lennie? Do you think you share any qualities with her?
Lennie is a complex young woman, a dichotomy of sorts. To those on the outside, she is a strong, feisty, unapproachable pirate who is proficient in all aspects of combat. Yet, her twisted upbringing (in a brothel) has made her wary and untrusting of the male gender and concerned about other women and their intentions. She holds a lot inside and is prone to huge outbursts when things get too much.

Lennie is stronger than I could ever be. If I went through half of the things she does I would be a sniveling heap on the floor. Every time something knocks her down (either literally or figuratively), she dusts herself off and gets back up! I may consider myself pretty strong, but she holds some super strength, both physically and emotionally.

Do you remember what first inspired you to write Inherited? Where did the idea come from?
Yes! I was at my admin day job, scanning documents and daydreaming, when a letter from a mother to a child fell into my head. The letter was so pleading and desperate I just had to note it down. Once that happened this whole backstory between Nathaniel, his uncle and the arrival of a ship just poured out. It wasn’t until Nathaniel noticed Lennie aboard the cursed vessel, I realised she was the more interesting protagonist.

Did you do a lot of research on pirates or folk stories and fairy tales for Inherited? Did it ever distract you from writing?
I have always been surrounded by folklore and faery tales. My Grandfather was a constant source regarding tales of old, and I was always enthralled by them. I, too, have always had an interest in historical fiction and watched many pirate fueled movies - as well as swashbuckling sword fighting movies and reading the odd historical themed novel.

I spent much of my research on certain aspects of ships, fashion and etiquette as well as pirate nature. The internet and movies were my favorite methods.

As for distraction, I must admit I can get lost in the vortex of the internet, but I adore pages like Pinterest so I can collate all of the information together and dip in when I need to.

What's the best thing about writing young adult fiction, for a YA audience?
The characters in all the novels/stories I’ve written have ‘grown up’; they all begin in the YA age range or perhaps a little younger. I love taking these characters through journeys through their lives and hitting the milestones that come with growing up. YA covers a lot of ‘firsts’, and that’s always fun to explore.

Can you pick a favourite book, or an author, that has inspired you to write your own stories?
I can never answer these questions because I love all the books and all the authors. Each one has shaped and inspired me. The first author that comes to mind, however, is Roald Dahl. His dark, yet mischievous tales are a part of my bookish DNA and made me want to create my own twisted tales. He was and still is a master at that art form!

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Oftomes has had some really interesting YA titles coming out, so I'm excited to get started reading this one! Are you as excited to read a YA fantasy about pirates as I am?