Interview Shalina McPherson + Review At Water's Edge

Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes. Whether it be poems, scripts, novels, songs, hallmark cards; anything! I wanted to be an author from before I can remember.

Who are your three favorite authors?
J.K Rowling, Sophie Kinsella and though it may sound cliché, Shakespeare purely because he was such an incredible wordsmith and brought the world Romeo & Juliet.

What are you reading at the moment?
I recently finished Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and now have to decide what to move on to. I have an extensive to read list and am spoilt for choice. Decisions. Decisions.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I think about what I’m going to write about when I get the chance haha I also enjoy going out with friends, catching up on my series and you can’t beat an evening curled up with a good book.

Which character was the easiest to write and which one was the hardest to write?
I felt Dezaray was the easiest to write as I knew her the most and described things through her eyes. The hardest characters to write were the Exlathars; a mass of evil creatures that no one ever wants to meet. I was unsure if they should speak and how they would sound, what noises they would make. They also act on primal instinct, no thought or care for consequence and at times it was difficult to get into their heads and put them on paper accurately.

With which character do you identify the most?
That would be Dezaray. Like her, I experienced the loss of a loved one at a young age and know how such a traumatic experience can alter such a young minds perception of life and their place in it. I also dream of magical worlds and wouldn’t mind a Milo (Dezaray’s love interest) of my own.

Are your characters based on people you know?
They’re based on people I feel like I know as I spent so much time constructing them before writing them but no, sadly, they are all figments of my imagination.

Where did the inspiration for At the Water's Edge come from? Where do you generally draw your inspiration from?
I normally get inspiration based on a sentence or passage that comes to mind. I jot it down and over time the roots of the idea burrow into my subconscious and grow until I can imagine who said what and why. Eventually a story is born. The same thing happened with At Water’s Edge. I actually wrote the first half of chapter one seven months before I revisited it.

What research did you do for At the Water's Edge?
For the entire series; Water Rushes, I had to construct a timeline dating as far back as 1899 and I had to do research into events such as the First and Second World War to ensure dates aligned and what exactly was going on and where.

Are there any other projects you are working on at the moment?
Yes, I am currently working on part two in the series.

Do you have any writing quirks?
Umm…I have to act out the characters as I write them. I can do so much in my head and then often I have to read it aloud in the tone and accent. I sometimes go as far as standing up and acting out the scene to make sure it actually works naturally. I am not sure if this is a trait of all writers but to me, it’s a little quirky haha

Is there anything you would like to add?
I am always happy to connect with others. I can be found at:

I suppose my life began the night it almost ended. The night I fled down Cuckilbury Mountain and his outstretched hand pulled me through a portal and into his world of magic and empires.
But my journey to his side will end in one of two ways; with my return or with my demise. There are rumours of a gem; a way for us to exist in the same realm but no one knows if these rumours are true or just things of legend.
Now that I’ve found him though, it seems unbearable to exist in a world where he does not.
They say love can cross oceans but can it cross worlds?
I absolutely liked the premise of the story ones I read the blurb. I mean parallel worlds do intrige me. And give me a good lovestory and I am happy too. And honostly the world building did not disappoint.

I loved the world she created with At Water's Edge and could not get enough of it. The story is told from two different perspectives Dezaray and Lexovia and takes place in two different worlds. I am a fan of multiple perspectives but in this case sometimes it was a bit difficult to figure out which part I was reading. There's a meet up and an unplanned switch and the story takes of. I do not like to give away too much of the story mainly because others do it a lot already, but I do like to be surprised and this story was most definately a good surprise.

It was hard to put the book down I just kept flipping pages and before I new it I was at the end of the book. It is a good thing she already mentioned she is writing book 2 and I hope she does not take to long.

My rating: 3/5

At Water's Edge by S. McPherson:

S. McPhersonPublisher: by S. McPherson Books (November 10, 2015)
Category: Romance/Fantasy
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-993360503
Available in: Print & ebook,
347 Pages
‘At Water’s Edge’, tells the tale of two lovers trapped in two different worlds. One world is Earth, and the other is Coldivor; a dimension full of magic and danger. When Dezaray Storm is mistaken for the most powerful sorceress of this other realm her life changes forever. She finds love in the arms of Milo Thor, but this love can also lead to her death and the destruction of seven empires. ‘At Water’s Edge’ is book one in the ‘Water Rushes’ series.

Praise for Chapters One-Three of 'At Water's Edge' by S. McPherson:

"Loved the teaser! It pulled me in and made me want to read more. Your writing style is clean, uncluttered and brimming with tension. Well done!" "You got a lovely and interesting story, hope to read more from you." "I liked it a lot! While I was reading it, I was able to be drawn into the story easily by your words. A stormy night like you were describing sets the perfect scene for a suspenseful fantasy novel." "I really enjoyed reading your first chapter. It was gripping. The descriptions are well written."

About S. McPherson:S. McPerson

S. McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a Foundation Stage 1 (FS1) teacher. When she was younger S. McPherson travelled a lot with her family, though, no matter how often her surroundings changed, one thing never did. And this was her love of writing and dreaming up the impossible. After combining her two loves of teaching children and writing, S. McPherson self-published her first book; a rhyming verse children’s story titled ‘Shania Streep wanted to Sleep’. Thus fuelling her love of seeing her work in print and sharing her stories. This is S. McPherson's first novel. Website: http://www.smcphersonbooks.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Smcphersonbooks Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMcphersonBooks Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/smcphersonbooks/ Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/smcphersonbooks

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