Who is Author Alex Avrio?
I’m a fantasy author, with three published fantasy adventure books. I currently live in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north of England, just north of the wall! I’ve been living up here with my husband and two cats for the past seven or eight years, and we’ve just had a new addition to the family who is now 15 months old and keeping me very busy and slowing down my writing a little – well, OK, a lot!! My family are Greek, and live in Athens, so I spend a lot of time flitting between the UK and Greece. In addition to being a writer, I’m an avid reader, with a love for some of the old classics such as Conan, Jules Verne, and Lovecraft, but I’ll read all kinds of fantasy and comic books, and I guess all have an influence on my writing.
What’s your latest book all about?
Lose a Princess, Lose Your Head is the second book in my Merchant Blades series, the follow up to the opening volume, The Alchemist’s Box. The books follow the adventures of Captain Regina Fitzwaters in the Merchant Blades mercenary guild, where unemployed soldiers attempt to make a living in the years after the bitter war between her Merrovigian side and the vaguely Germanic Eressian empire. She ends up being forced to team up with a shady Eressian captain, and the books follow their fractious relationship as they try to avoid getting killed by all manner of amazing characters and monsters, while trying not to kill each other. In Lose a Princess, Regina and her team of mercenaries are escorting a princess to meet her betrothed, but of course things don’t go to plan and the princess is abducted. Regina and her team must retrieve the princess before the Emperor finds out they’ve lost her! There are many forces working against them, both devious characters with their own agendas, and magical creatures with other intentions.
How did you get the idea of writing this book?
For the Merchant Blades series, I wanted to create a rip-roaring adventure, a wild ride, packed with excitement, a page-turner that would make you miss your bus stop! I also try to create rounded characters, and was particularly keen to try and fashion a female character who was real, with her own insecurities and flaws, but with a steely determination and ability to get things done. I didn’t want her to be a superwoman, but a believable heroine. I also love Max Jaeger, the male lead, as he has a conflicted, dark character that as developed as his life has slowly fallen since the war and he has learnt to do whatever it takes to do support his family, but a glimmer of his true personality still occasionally peaks through.