An Interview with Author Teresa Clyne!

Today, I'm very excited to be interviewing middle-grade fantasy author Teresa Clyne! Teresa loves all things magical, and her book, Cypathia, is chock-full of dragons, princesses, and adventure (I know, because I'm reading it right now!). You can connect with Teresa on Twitter and Goodreads.

Over to you, Teresa!

First, tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm an Irish writer of children’s fiction and adults' academic books, born in 1969 in the Coombe Hospital Dublin, the 5th of 6 children to Joe and Angela Clyne… A law lecturer by profession, I am as comfortable writing about magic, dragons and sorcerers as I am about the Irish legal system.

I am a fervent fan of writing, children’s fiction, dragons and magic. I love to create worlds where children and dragons stand side by side in their desire to help make the world a better place. My heroines often wield magic wands, but I equally value their intelligence, wisdom and compassion.  I love all of the characters in my book, but Isadora stands out to me as a selfless and beautiful person, so giving and generous.

What books have you written, and what genre are they?

Cypathia - The Secret Princess and Cypathia - Reunited. They are children's fiction.

Tell us more about your books!

After an unfortunate twist of fate lands her in Herecia as a tiny baby, Princess Kaia finds herself growing up as a poor peasant girl. Unwanted by her family, poor Kaia spends most of her early childhood feeling unloved and worthless. Without a loving family and no friends, Kaia would have been entirely alone if it wasn’t for her family’s servant, Isadora and her faithful pet dragon Billow, who was never far from her side.
Isadora is guarding an enormous secret; one that will break apart the world as Kaia knows it. As the day of her 13th birthday dawns, Kaia is unaware that she is about to embark on an amazing magical adventure with dragons, sorcerers and goblins that will see her defeat the evil King Mordor and claim back the Kingdom of Cypathia. With her twin brother Kolby at her side she discovers the love of her real family whom she got separated from by accident 13 years ago.

What ages are your books for?

Ages 9-13 approx, but readers as old as 100 have read it and believed it brought them into the plot, so I would say kids of 9-12 and big kids of all ages.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Cypathia and Herecia are places I went to in my childhood imagination, a place I imagined I belonged, a place where I could go to be safe when my "real" life became so emotionally challenging that I reverted to it to survive.  Herecia was in my present and Cypathia was the place I wished I lived. As an adult, I believe I found Cypathia, and Herecia is in the past where it belongs.

How did you come up with your characters?

All of the characters were named as a child. I had this whole Kingdom and all its inhabitants named by the time I was 10 years old.

When did you first start writing?


Where do you like to write?

Anywhere there is water. I have a boat and spent a lot of time on the water. It is so relaxing and inspirational.

What are some of your favorite books?

The classics such as Ulysses by James Joyce, Oliver Twist  and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Roddy Doyle is a long term favourite of mine, but I enjoy reading Greek Mythology and even Sci-Fi and fantasy books, I also love reading children’s books, and enjoyed JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

Do you have any advice for up-and-coming authors?

Go for it. We all have something to give to this melting pot of literature. No matter what your ideas are, someone will want to read them.

Thanks for chatting, Teresa!

To find out more about Teresa and her books, check out these links:

Teresa's website:

Teresa's Amazon Author Page:

Teresa's book, Cypathia

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