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caught in the ripples

Caught in the Ripples (the Water Rushes #2)

By: S McPherson

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: July 31st, 2016

synopsis

When the Exlathars escaped the battle that night, their silhouetted figures merged with the sky, their wings swatted at stars and the Coltis people were too busy celebrating their victory to realise that there wasn’t one.

Now the Exlathars are back. And they bring with them remnants of everybody’s past.

Back in England, Dezaray discovers just how deep Coldivor’s connection to Earth really goes. But she cannot change their past and she cannot see how to alter their future. So it seems the ripples that shake the surface are only a glimpse of what’s brewing beneath.

‘Caught in the Ripples’ delves deeper into the Water Rushes saga, answers questions the first book raised and plunges you into an ocean of intrigue and magic.

They thought the Elenfar was the end…turns out it was only the beginning.

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interview

If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?

 

In my purse, you would find old receipts, lipstick and/or balm, discarded coins, moisturiser, three different pens, a notebook and mismatched earrings.

 

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

 

I’d say I am a combination of both. I often start writing based on an idea or an intriguing scene/ sentence (pantser) that pops into my head. This is actually how book 1 in the series, ‘At Water’s Edge’ began. But as the story progressed I started to plan a direction and jot future events down (plotter). I now have the entire five book series planned out with a little wiggle room for twists and turns.

 

Describe yourself to us in five words or less: 

 

This is a tricky one but I will give it a go. Five words I would use to describe myself would be:

-Author

-Dancer

-Joker

-Dreamer

-Loyal
Describe your book in 5 words or less 

 

Hmmm okay, to describe ‘Caught in the Ripples’ in five words, I would say:

-Magic

-War

-Betrayal

-Romance

-Creatures

 

What are some fun facts you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book? 

 

  • When Lexovia sneaks out of the Court that night, Vladimir knows. He often sees many things he pretends he doesn’t see.
  • Aulock Peak; the place where auras shine, was originally where criminals were taken for interrogation. The colour of their aura determined whether they were innocent or guilty.
  • Nathaniel moved out of his parents’ home as soon as he had saved up enough money from working at Steak Home.

 

If you could ask a character of your choice from Caught in the Ripples, one question what would it be? 

 

I would ask Jude Edwards what it was like growing up in Feranvil; the under earth world made by his mother and magical folk. I would ask what it was like having to hide who he truly was and where he came from and if he ever wished he lived a regular life like a regular boy should. For those who have read part one, ‘At Water’s Edge’, you already know, that Jude is known as Peculiar Lad. I would ask if it was his choice to always seem so peculiar. I think that would be a very interesting discussion. In fact, maybe I’ll ask him one day.

 

What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)? 

I truly feel like I found my voice as an author when writing this second part in The Water Rushes Saga and I hope my readers feel it too. I would say the scenes I am proudest of are the battle scenes for their tension and fast pace and also a few other scenes, I can’t say due to spoilers.

 

What is your number one writing tip? 

That is and always will be: never stick to the first draft. Always rewrite and don’t be afraid to cut out scenes. It’s amazing how much better the story gets each time. Just changing a single word can enhance an entire sentence.

about the author

s. mcpherson

McPherson is a young British expat living in Dubai and working as a kindergarten teacher. When she is not at work immersed in a world of imagination and fantasy created by the children, she is immersed in her own worlds of imagination and fantasy at home, dreaming up tales and writing them down. ‘At Water’s Edge’ is S. McPherson’s debut novel and the first in the romantic, fantasy series, ‘The Water Rushes’.

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