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I’m A.E. Bennett – author of the Serrulata Saga.
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Author A.E. Bennett combines elements from her favorite genres—fantasy, science fiction, and steamy romance—to create a unique story she hopes you’ll enjoy!
Gathering of the Four is Book One of my Serrulata Saga. Currently, I have two more full length books planned and at least two romance novellas planned for the Serrulata Saga, but that could change. (Let’s be honest, I’m probably going to somehow find a way to add more books to the series.)
Book Blurb: In 4385, the United States is long gone…the Realm stands in its place…and one peasant woman will become the catalyst for a revolution. Leora of Mae is a young woman orphaned at birth and raised on a remote farm. As a wielder of Xanthcraft, her abilities set her apart from her adoptive family and the other villagers. Shortly before her twentieth birthday, she learns of her family’s plot to sell her into servitude. Fearing for her life, she flees from the only home she’s ever known.
As she runs, Leora meets Roland Shallowbrook, a traveler on the Thieves’ Road; Lady Aurora Verte, daughter of a powerful member of the gentry; and the White Rider Leopold, a soldier with a secret.
Together, this found family will have to unite to survive.
Set in the far future during the return of the Hale-Bopp comet, Gathering of the Four is the first book in the Serrulata Saga.
How did you get started?
I used to make up stories for my younger brother with stuffed animals when we were both little. As I made my way through elementary school, I created this entire series of what I guess you could call comics, since I drew the pictures and had dialogue boxes and word bubbles instead of prose. The series followed a girl mermaid and all of the adventures she had under the sea. (I should note that Disney’s The Little Mermaid came out when I was seven; it was a formative movie for me.)
When I was nine or ten, my parents got me the American Girl Doll Samantha, and the book that came with her. I eventually used my chore money to buy all of the books, but I got mad that they stopped after six volumes, so I started writing my own. Hooray for fanfic!
In 1997, the Hale-Bopp comet arrived and I became pretty obsessed with it. After reading a lot of magazine and newspaper articles, I got the original idea for what is now Gathering of the Four.
Do you connect with any of the characters in your book?
Each of my four main characters has some of me in them so, yes, I do connect with them in a way. I’m honestly not sure I could write them otherwise!
What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?
The freedom to control my own story is what’s best about being an author. I also like sharing what’s in my head, which might sound strange. I think my story is unique (like every other author—ha!) and the feedback I’ve gotten from readers so far has been positive. Hearing that someone else loves my characters just as much as I do is really something special.
What do you like to do for fun?
Other than writing and creating, I enjoy eating at new restaurants; exploring different neighborhoods around Washington, DC; hiking in urban parks; visiting museums; and traveling to places I’ve never been before. Oh! And I love reading other indie authors and promoting them if I connect with their work. (Pssst! Fellow indies! If your book is free on Kindle Unlimited, feel free to send it my way. I’ll certainly check it out to see if it’s a fit for my TBR.)
What projects are you working on right now?
My first romance novella—a prequel to Gathering of the Four—should be out by this holiday season, so once I get edits back from my editor, that will become my focus. For now, I am crafting Book Two of the Serrulata Saga (though I don’t think the first draft will be done until much later this year).