War of the Twin Swords

Prequel to “Amy’s Rebellion”

Julia Goldhirsh has published another Arthurian fantasy novel in her Gemstone Massacre Series. Here’s a brief synopsis:

On the night before Argentum’s Choosing ceremony, she overhears talks of a potential war. In a desperate attempt to gain more power for her clan, she goes after Clarent but gets more than she bargained for. Her clan rejects her because of her cursed familiar. When she goes off into the woods to blow off some steam, she runs into the enemy’s leader, Joan. But Joan warns her their enemy is not who they think it is.

You can purchase this novel on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, or as an audiobook for Apple. You can find out more about this Arthurian fantasy novelist on her website or ask her questions at Goodreads Author Julia Goldhirsh. She is also on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. You may want to join her YouTube channel or newsletter.

Julia’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

People always assume this is a binary decision, but that’s just not the case for me. You can be and I am an ambivert meaning you’re introverted in some ways and extroverted in others. This just means I feel equally fulfilled being at home reading a book or being out and about in a crowd. I often get clocked as an extrovert, but I have qualities of both an introvert and extrovert.

A bit of both for you!

Science has advanced, and we can now colonize other planets. Do you (1) sign up to be a colonist OR (2) remain on Earth?

Okay I had to answer this because my Nymph’s Revenge series talks about colonialism and industrialism and the harm it does. I don’t want to be a colonist. I’d love to visit other planets, but colonize them? No thanks. How about let those other species live their lives and don’t trample all over whatever society and culture they might already have in place.

Not a colonist, just a visitor!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

I find that pre and post conversation is generally when I come up with witty retorts. Generally, I have a hard time thinking of something on the spot or if I do think of something, I usually feel way too awkward to say it aloud unless I really want to ruin that relationship with the person. I have 2 settings sunshine nugget and savage there’s really no inbetween.

Witty retorts are not your style!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

I’m a night owl, but not entirely by choice. I just have a hard time focusing during the day time because of constant interruptions and work obligations. I also have a hard time falling asleep, so I generally lean into that and use late night times to get work done even though it’s not really good for my health. Plus I always worked in the evenings, so up until now I’ve mostly been able to get away with late night work and reading sessions.

Interesting perspective!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

I’ve never been a big fan of art, but tried to be interested in it because my mother went to art school and my whole family loves art. I’d say I’m more inspired by natural phenomenon the most. I especially like places like Blue pond in Hokkaido and the Beppu no Jigoku aka the Beppu hells (hot springs).

Nature lover!

(1) Can you name just one favorite novel OR (2) you love too many to just pick one?

I can name several favorites, but not just one. That’s like asking me to choose between children. I have favorite novels for certain things like favorite novels to get over a breakup or favorite nostalgia re-read (Inkheart).

Can’t say just one!

Thanks for being interviewed, Julia!

War of the Twin Swords book cover
War of the Twin Swords

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