Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality with the Cincinnati Health Department—which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.
Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles."
Dani: Why YA?
Intisar: YA is where the hard questions are. Teens are getting to know their world, and they're dealing with real, deep issues in their lives. It's awesome to have the opportunity to write for an audience that is thinking about the hard things in life, that is fine with grim, or dark, or complex, but in the end also has an amazing amount of strength and hope for the future. Half the time, adult books end up having these cynical, jaded endings (especially literary books, but also fantasy). YA keeps its fire. I love that. I started reading YA as a teen, and never grew out of it. Oh, I read adult books, but at the end of the day, I come back to YA. Again and again and again. No wonder I write it!
Dani: Swords or Sorcery?
Dani: Finish these thoughts:
Intisar: I write strong heroines living in diverse worlds, and all my stories are strong in character development. While Thorn and The Bone Knife are "quieter" stories, if you will, Sunbolt is a fast-paced action-packed tale. So I guess I write different kinds of stories, but you can always count on those first three things.
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The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.
When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.
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