Riddle of Fate by Tania Johansson
Published: 29th May 2014
Khaya’s life, a life the Order say was never meant to be, is thrown into turmoil when she discovers she has a second ability. The Company who employs people like her – with rare and special abilities – insists that having more than one inevitably leads down a dark spiral into madness. So they are watching and waiting, ready to terminate her at the first sign of trouble.
Now, on the run from the Company’s agents while trying to prove her sanity, Khaya realises they are not the only ones she should fear. Angels are working towards her demise as well.
Interview with Tania Johansson
Give us a brief description of Riddle of Fate in your own words.
Khaya is unknowingly living a life that was never meant to be. She works for the Company who employs people who have a special ability. She discovers, though, that not only does she get foretellings, she can also look into objects, animals and people and manipulate their internal structures.
This, however, is not a good thing. A second ability is rare. From the few records that remain, it seems to lead to a mental breakdown, followed quickly by insanity. Now, the Company is monitoring her every move. Threatened with elimination at the first sign of madness, Khaya realises she has to get away from them.
The Company is not the only threatening her, though. Angels, eager to correct the mistake that led to her life, are after her too. And when a mysterious man turns up, he seems to be the only one she can trust. But is he genuinely seeking to help her, or is he the cause of all her trouble?
Where did you get the idea for Riddle of Fate?
Tough one. I have a bunch of random ideas, which I have now collected in a flow diagram from which I choose bits to weave into a new story. Whenever I get an idea that I think would be cool to put into a story, I add it to this diagram. I often get ideas just as I am about to fall asleep (and I’ve learnt to write them down immediately), or sometimes while I am talking to someone, or reading something, or watching a movie. Or, sometimes even when I am just walking to work.
By the time it comes to writing a new story, I pick out threads from this collection of story ideas.
Do you have a favourite character from of Riddle of Fate, and if so, who?
That is hard as they are all my little friends. Khaya, I suppose, if I had to pick, although, if you asked me again tomorrow, I would probably give you a different answer. She has a lot to learn at the beginning of the story and she is quite naïve, but she learns to stand up for herself, to not believe everything people tell her and to fight when she has to.
If you could go back and do it again is there anything you'd change?
Oh, probably a few things. I think as an author you could go back and change things for the rest of all time. If I re-read it now, I would want to tweak things here and there. It is hard to know when you’ve reached the point where you have to let it lie and decide that it is ready.
Are you working on anything at the moment?
I have a complete novel, Tainted Ink, which I haven’t published yet. That’s about two best friends who go to university to learn how to control their ability to drink special Ink and then use it to Draw animated objects and animals. The shiny veneer of university life scuffs quickly, though, when they learn some disturbing things. Not least of all, that Ink is addictive.
I have started another novel after this and I am about 20% into writing it, also a YA fantasy.
Who are the authors that inspire you?
There are a few, but the one that is always at the forefront of my mind is Brandon Sanderson. His fantasy worlds are just so amazing. The cultures, the politics, and, best of all, the magic systems are incredible. He is a true master of the craft and I have never been disappointed by any of his books.
Beyond that, he puts in a great deal of effort and time into educating and helping aspiring writers. He is a lecturer and he is part of a podcast called ‘Writing Excuses’, which has taught me a lot.
What's one thing you hope readers will take away from your book?
Mostly, just the pleasure of reading and discovering a new world and new characters. But, if you are after some moral message, I suppose it would be that when you know something is right, even if it goes against convention, you should do it.
Author Bio - Tania Johansson
I grew up in a small town called Ficksburg in South Africa and moved with my family to England aged fifteen.
I then completed my schooling through a correspondence course from South Africa. This challenging time taught me a lot of self-discipline and determination. Qualities that have been invaluable while writing my first novel.
In 2004 I started studying optometry at Aston University in Birmingham, UK and currently I live and work as an optician in Kent.
In 2008, I married my wonderful husband, Tor. He has been such an amazing support and wealth of internet wizardry from when I started writing through to designing a cover for Book of Remembrance, to publishing my book on amazon as well as setting up this website. I cannot thank him enough.
Reading has always been one of my passions. I have fond memories of trawling through the library aged five (yes I was a geek from a young age!). More recently, I found myself wondering about the process writers must go through to complete a novel. I started thinking about how they would go about planning out a story and keeping track of all the various aspects of it. Finally, I decided to try my theories out. I have not looked back since!
I started writing Book of Remembrance end of May 2011 and finished it in December 2011. Since then, I have self-published it as an e-book on amazon. I have also started writing the follow up novel, which is untitled at the moment.
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