When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom? Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets. But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed. Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?
Ten random things about Fire Lines
1. The original title was Daughters of Fire.
2. I started writing it when I was fifteen years old, the very first time I went on a plane. It is very different now!
3. I finished writing it as a goal for my 30th birthday! I knuckled down in January 2016 and completed the first draft in June 2016. Since then I’ve been editing and planning books two and three.
4. The inspiration for the Watchers came from a guardian angel necklace my dad gave me when I first went travelling on my own. Émi wears a very similar necklace, given to her by Nor, and I’m currently making some as giveaways for those who join my mailing list.
5. An entire character, who I love, was cut out of book one but will be back in book two!
6. The cover was designed by Helen Crawford-White, who also designed the delicious The Girl of Ink and Stars cover.
7. I still haven’t decided on the ending for book three. In fact, I’m starting to wonder whether there will need to be a book four as I’m not sure I’ll fit everything in.
8. The concept of the fire lines is similar to ley lines or song lines – lines of magical energy that flow through the earth.
9. In a very early draft, Émi actually lived on Earth and was transported Narnia-style to Abilene. I’m very pleased I changed this as creating The Four Cities was lots of fun and gives much more scope for exploration later on.
10. Émi has only just begun to explore her powers, so things will get even more explosive in book two.
Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. ‘Fire Lines’ is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old. Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities. Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings. You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases, here: www.firelines.co.uk