Today I have a very exciting post – an interview with Tricia Levenseller (@TriciaLevensell). Levenseller is the author of possibly my favorite 2017 release (review to come) Daughter of the Pirate King. Enjoy the interview, and give Levenseller some love!
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
Was there a particular book/series/author that inspired you to start writing?
Richelle Mead and her series, Vampire Academy, were a huge inspiration to me. I just loved the characters and plot. And the romance was my absolute favorite. I knew that I wanted to write romantic fantasy, too!
Was there a specific moment that inspired Daughter of the Pirate King?
Not one specific moment, but lots of little ones. Watching other pirate stories like Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sinbad, and others gave me the mindset, “Yes, but what if a girl were the pirate lead?”
Do you draw inspiration from pop culture (TV shows, Video Games, Move, etc.), and if so, which ones?
Yes, all of it. I consume all kinds of media because it improves my writing. Seeing how other stories play out gives me new ideas. I recently watched many episodes of Vikings, which is definitely helping me with the visual aesthetics of my current novel, Warrior of the Wild. I also love to play video games. Overwatch is my current favorite. Wonder Woman was the last good movie I saw, and it restored my faith in super hero movies!
If you could live anywhere (any time, era, and place), where would it be?
I’ve never been to Europe. I want to see all of it in the present day. Although seeing it in the past would be really amazing, too.
If you had 24 hours to do ANYTHING you wanted, what would you?
I would want to see the earth from the moon. I think it would be really cool to be in space, but only for 24 hours.
You’re trapped on an island, but are allowed to bring one person, one food item, and one object. What are your choices?
Damon Salvatore, olives, and my copy of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.
What drew you to the pirate genre in general (a personal favorite of mine!)?
Definitely the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This was the first time I’d seen pirates mixed with fantasy, and I loved that. I wanted to create it in book form with original characters and plots!
Thank you, Tricia Levenseller, for the wonderful interview! Please make sure to check out Daughter of the Pirate King, and keep an eye out for Daughter of the Siren Queen in 2018.