Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feature: Alex Lidell, author of The Cadet of Tildor

With me today is Alex Lidell, author of The Cadet of Tildor, a young adult fantasy sure to please anyone who enjoys gritty, grimdark fantasy.

The Cadet of Tildor
by: Alex Lidell

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.

Please help me welcome Alex Lidell.

Cherie: Tell us about your novel, The Cadet of Tildor, in your own words.

Alex: 16 year old Renee struggles to keep up with her male classmates at an elite military academy while dealing with her mentor's shadowy past and a friend's forbidden magic.

Cherie: Sounds intriguing! What was your favorite (or most difficult) chapter to write?

Alex: The Rock Lake conversation between Renee and Savoy.  The chapter was originally in Savoy's POV and changing it to Renee's took some work.  It's still one of my fav scenes though.  

Cherie: Can you share with us something about Korish that we don’t learn about her from reading the book?

Alex: This is a fun question!  Let's see...

When Savoy first came to the academy as a little boy, Seaborn (who is an awesome soccer player, btw) kicked a ball right into him.  On purpose.  

One of the things Savoy and Seaborn got in trouble for as little kids was ripping pages from a library book. 

Savoy enjoys drawing - he's actually very good

Cherie: I love finding these things out about characters.
J What are you working on now?

Alex: CADET II :)

Cherie: Yay for a book two! Now that we know about your book and you as a writer, I have some fun questions for you. Try to answer in five words or less:

Favorite color?


Who are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy?

good guy

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would your dream vacation be?

Somewhere where I could pet all sorts of cool animals (tiger cubs!  Dolphins!  Elephants!) and ride really cool horses 

rite place to write?

Coffee shop 

Thanks, Alex, for stopping by my blog to chat! 

For more information about Alex and her books, stop by her Website or find her on Facebook

About the author:
Alex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic.  The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like. Alex started writing at 2 am.

Keep in touch with  Alex Lidell

The Cadet of Tildor

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