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May 2018: Debut Novel Inspiration
~ Shereen Vedam ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: What inspired you to write your debut novel?

Shereen Vedam said:
My debut epic fantasy novel is called Hidden, Tales of Ryca, Book 1.

I’ve read fantasy since I was a child and its elements have crept into many of my other writing but I’d never had the courage to write a full-fledged fantasy novel until this one. It takes a whole lot of chutzpah to boldly reach for your biggest dreams.

My inspiration for finally writing this book was a friend of mine from university. She had the most unique walk. Her left hip rose higher than the right, and there was a rhythmic quality to her movements. Years later, when I sat down to write Hidden, Gilly came to life, possessing that same extraordinary gait.

In Gilly’s case, her injury was the result of a fall, one she doesn’t remember. As the story evolves, she must come to terms with how that injury occurred, why it happened, and why no one was ever able to completely heal her. In Gilly’s case, her odd walk also affected her self-confidence and her perception about her usefulness to her family, friends and the man with whom she falls in love. Overcoming all of that will be her greatest challenge in Hidden.

Will Gilly finally have the courage to come out of hiding, in every way? Would you, if you had a similar physical challenge?

My friend certainly did. I admire her greatly and hope I did her justice in bringing Gilly to life on the pages of Hidden.

Following Hidden, came Hushed, Tales of Ryca, Book 2. This, too, is an epic fantasy novel about a young woman facing a trauma from her childhood. Tamara is Gilly’s older sister, but because she was caught in a time spell, she ends up being much younger. Whether or not Tamara possesses has the same strength of will and courage needed to face her greatest fears as Gilly does, remains to be seen, and will be severely tested in her own story.


Hidden by Shereen Vedam cover

Hidden (Tales of Ryca 1)

[Epic Fantasy Romance]

Come out, come out, wherever you are…

In a moment of crisis, Gillly’s fantasy of safety is shattered. With a twisted leg that’s both a hindrance and a reminder of her tragic past, and her family lost, she had hidden among shadows. For twenty-three years, she disguised herself as an eccentric goat herder and lived alone at the edge of an idyllic village, thinking, Who would notice me here?

Then her use of magic lifts the veil and she and her sister Anna must flee again, for an evil sorcerer, and the malevolent king he serves, are on their trail.

A perilous journey across unknown terrain with family, friends and strangers will lead Gilly and Anna back to the beginning. They’ll discover hidden secrets, earn forgiveness for past discretions and perhaps even find enduring love.

But can either of them stay alive long enough to claim it?

If you like epic fantasies with a flavor of mystery, are raring to go on a dangerous journey where you’ll enter exotic lands and meet strangers who could end up being either a trusted friend or a dangerous killer, this is the tale for you.

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