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27. Your favourite location in your novel
I’m really fond of a place called Kephal, aka. the “White-Hewn City”. It is situated on the Taronese coastline and carved entirely out of a cliff-face.
Kephal is never actually visited in Part One of The Mayor, but it is mentioned by my character John a couple of times when he tells tales of his voyages throughout the Taro Isles. It’s my hope to take the reader there at some point during Part Two. It’s also the opening location for my current WIP, the John novella.
Kephal was inspired by a combination of the archaeological city of Petra, Jordan — famous for its rock-cut architecture — and the White Cliffs of Dover. It gleams brilliant white in the sun and is renowned throughout all of Liran.
28. Tell us about… sports in your book
I don’t really cover sports in any great amount of detail in The Mayor. They are, for the most part, mentioned purely for world-building purposes.
John’s the ‘sporty’ one in my book. He’s been known to attend boxing matches at the local taverns and play dice with his fellow sailors. He also occasionally bets on blood sports — dog and cock fights, rat-baiting etc.* — and enjoys practising his swordsmanship (an early form of fencing) with his father and/or brother. By the time the events of The Mayor roll around though, Jeremiah is far too ill and Jaspher too busy to participate.
*Note that I most certainly do not condone such cruelties myself. Sadly such things were a very popular way to pass the time in the 18th century. My protagonist Melora calls him out for it though — she loves animals and can’t abide the idea of them being made to kill each other!