Swords & Masquerade Balls, An Interview With Misha Gerrick

Posted on July 28, 2015
Today, Misha Gerrick stops by to tell us all the inner secrets of her soul. Well, maybe not all of them, just a few. Without further ado, I bring you the author of The War Of Six Crowns series!

<<HOOT! HOOT! HOOT! Go Misha!! **backflips** >>

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So, Misha, tell us how you got the idea for The War Of Six Crowns series?

One of my main characters, Darrion, walked into my head while I was re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia and the concept of a portal where people could go both ways caught my attention. I spent the better part of six months trying to figure out how the world works. While at university.

Six months is a long time. Was there any music/art/event that helped keep the creative juices flowing?

I listened to a lot of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park. If you think alt rock doesn’t fit my YA Epic Fantasy, read everything about Darrion, and then listen to Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by Perfect Circle.

No, I didn’t make him a ruthless insomniac because the song’s awesome. I picked the song for my soundtrack because it fits his ruthless insomniac ways like a glove.

Since we're talking about sleep, or lack there of, artists tend to have epic dreams. What was your wildest dream or nightmare? Did you ever put it into story form?

Well, I suffer from night terrors, which means that my wild dreams would probably make Freddie Krueger cry. At the moment, I’m sort of trying to figure out how I’m going to turn them into a story that might or might not be horror.

<< I've lost tons of sleep due to Freddy Krueger. I soooo get this!!>>

What did you do differently with Book 2 than with Book 1? Was the writing or publishing process easier or harder with Book 2? 

Actually, the funny story is that I sold one book to a publisher on the condition that I split it in two. So the writing was the same, because I drafted the two together. The editing for publishing was about the same, because I had to take two halves of one story and turn them into their own stories. 

Which is why I didn’t even dare try and put them together again when I got my rights back.

Most novelists have that single moment of realization that motivates them to write their first piece of fiction. Did this happen to you? 

Not really. My grandmother is a writer and poet who has one of her poems used in Afrikaans Literature classes. Fun when it comes to royalty pay-outs. Pain in my ass when I actually had to “analyze this poem” because I knew exactly how little effort should go into writing something people are trying to analyze to death.

Anyway, because she was a writer since my mother was in primary school, I grew up thinking it’s normal to make poems and tell stories. I was about thirteen when I decided to start writing my first novel.

Your grandmother sounds incredible - and to have such an influence in your life! Since we're talking about childhoods, what was your biggest struggle growing up, and do you think it has helped you as a writer? (Divorce parents, moving too much, bullies, a death in the family, etc.)

Oh this is a toss up. On the one hand, I grew up spending most of my primary school years hearing about people I know being murdered for being white farmers and thinking that my family could one day be next. I got used to that, though, because it was my life, you know?

<< w.o.w >>

I think my biggest struggle was an existential crisis I had at 23 when I realized that just because I’m capable of doing something that makes me filthy rich, doesn’t mean I should when it makes me want to throw myself in front of passing cars.

The stresses associated with both these things might be what’s behind those night terrors.

The social status vs. inner happiness question... I get it. Let's talk about things that would make us happy. If you found a genie lamp and a genie gave you three wishes, what would they be? (You can't wish for more wishes...)

1) That I’d have enough time to finish all the books I have waiting to be written.
2) That people would mind their own business and stop judging others for things they don’t understand.
3) A lifetime supply of chocolate that doesn’t make me fat.

<< I hear ya! Chocolate and food in general!>> 

Not being judged is impossible, so I say just do what you want and wear what you want. Speaking of dressing up, if you could wear any costume for a costume party or masquerade ball, what costume would it be? 

<<I know it's an obvious segue, but I love asking people this question. It speaks volumes.>>

Easy, I’d go as La Maupin. (Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_d%27Aubigny)

<<Told ya!>>

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That concludes our interview of Misha Gerrick, author of The War Of Six Crown series. If you’d like to learn more about Misha, you can connect with her below: 

Blog: http://Sylmion.blogspot.com
Tumblr: http://mishagerrick.tumblr.com
Twitter: @MGerrick1
Google Plus: +MGerrick

Misha is re-releasing her first book in The War Of Six Crowns series, The Vanished Knight, on July 31st. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo. Check. It. Out.

The second book in her series, The Heir's Choice, also comes out on July 31st. It is available for pre-order at Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo.


  1. Two of my favorites in the google world together on the same post! Yay!

    I love it when characters walk into my mind. I just had one walk into one of my next novels and now I need to figure out what she's going to do while she hangs out with me. :)

    Great interview, Misha and Tanya!

  2. Thanks Katie! Yeah, it's an awesome thing when a character walks into my mind. :-)

  3. You're right - there are some things we shouldn't do for wealth.
    Interesting that the two books were once one.
    And nothing like some metal to inspire and compliment a story!

    1. Yeah all things considered, wealth just isn't worth a life. :-)

  4. Great interview, ladies.
    I never remember my dreams, only the feeling that I've just missed an opportunity for a good storyline.
    Sounds like you've had an interesting life, Misha.

    1. Thanks Sandra. :-)

      Dreams do make for awesome story ideas.

  5. Wonderful interview! I don't ever remember having nightmares. Oh, I do dream about scary things, but I battle them. I've got some dream Buffy moves going! :)

  6. Chocolate that doesn't make one fat? Yep, agree, I want some too:( I really enjoyed this interview.

  7. I sure agree with your #2 answer. People are too intolerant of others. It's like they think they're perfect and their way is the only way. I see this particularly in religious people. Very reactionary. Good luck with your new releases!

    1. I also had religious people in mind when writing this. Although I'm Christian, I've found that Christians in particular have been very vocal lately in ways I believe doesn't stand for what we believe in. It's a vexing position for me to be in. :-/