Adrianna J. Tetnowski was born in Poland but, now lives in Lancashire. The Dark Maiden is the first novel in her The Tales of Iradas series, which she had started writing at fourteen years old. She is currently studying a BA in English Language at Edge Hill University. When Adrianna isn’t writing, she enjoys watching far too many films and TV series like Shadowhunters, Salem and Marco Polo; or catching up on a never ending TBR book list – all whilst drinking way too much coffee/tea than she should be.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
I decided to become an indie author purely for the fact that I didn’t want to wait around for someone to approve of my stories, I want them out there for people to read and hopefully enjoy. I feel like I have so much more freedom with both writing and publishing. I don’t have to wait around for someone else to give me a thumbs up – to know that they think my work is ready. My reason for writing is to share stories and I am lucky enough to be able to do that as often as I want.
What is your favorite aspect of your book The Dark Maiden?
Hmm, that’s a good question! Without meaning to sound big-headed, I love every single aspect of The Dark Maiden. However, I suppose that my favorite aspect of it would have to be the characters, there are so many different kinds of people within my novel – Princes, Princesses, Assassins and Sorcerers; even Vampires! (No, not Twilight Vampires – nothing like them). I love the relationships I have established between each character and their personalities too; Serendipity Redbane and Valerius Valenti in particular are my favorite characters out of the entire series. I loved writing about their relationship together but, yeah – characters. Definitely my favorite aspect of The Dark Maiden.
What is the worst mistake you have made with your book?
I’d like to think that I haven’t made any mistakes but, we all know that it’s impossible not to. I suppose that the biggest mistake I have made with The Dark Maiden was having so many important characters within the novel, exploring their personal histories and so forth, and then not focusing on even the smallest of characters. I think that if a character isn’t that important then, hey, I don’t suppose I should go into too much detail about them but, I don’t know; maybe the minor characters also deserved some personal history of their own.
Why do you think readers should pick up your book?
I think that readers should pick up my book if they are interested in reading about family issues, complicated but passionate relationships and how being power-hungry can corrupt people. I wrote The Dark Maiden hoping that people will read it and think ‘I need to read the next book, I want to know what happens next!’. Overall, I think they should pick up The Dark Maiden simply because it will allow them to be transported to The Lands of Iradas – a world not of their own, where they can then leave it at the end of the day and want to return to it again whenever they can.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring novelists?
The best piece of advice I could give an aspiring author is to just do it. If someone tells you that you can’t be successful at writing, use that as motivation to try even harder. Care enough about your work and your characters, the worlds you build and the words that you write to think about it everyday, to want to wake up and hit that word count you have set up for yourself. Your stories can only be told by you, so don’t keep them locked away.
The Lands of Iradas are in ruins. The Redbanes, true rulers of Iradas, are struggling to keep the peace and a treaty with the Valenti family that had been forsaken years ago has finally come to light. Sixteen year old Adelaide Redbane, Princess of Iradas, must form a new alliance through marriage between the Redbanes and the Mouridieus’; if her family wishes to win the war and bring about an end to the wretched Valentis. Yet Adelaide’s rebellious, young nature has her turning against the idea and instead she sets off from home with different intentions – to awaken old alliances with the kings of both Faradwyn and Bordennia on her terms. But Marcus Valenti, the feared lord of Valkenn, is no fool. When his son finds a young girl; whom he claims is a Redbane, Marcus seizes the opportunity. With a Redbane being held as his hostage, the dangerous game being played between both families has changed and it is Serendipity, the lost Princess of Iradas, who will help decide the fate of the families – and of Iradas itself. With both Adelaide and Serendipity’s heart sets on a future free from the threat of the Valentis and arranged marriages, they must lay down the rules and take the destiny of Iradas into their own hands.