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I studied Computer Science at university.

This required all kinds of mathematics like proof by induction, statistics, a lgorithms etc.

So how on earth did I become  a writer?

The truth is that I could talk before I could walk. And when I spoke it was in complete sentences, or so my parents say. I didn’t stumble over my words. I told people exactly what I was thinking exactly when I wished to. And then one day I picked up a pen.

 

I wish I could say I remember the first time I attempted to write or, something cute like that, but I don’t. What I do remember is spending much of primary school writing stories whenever I got the opportunity, and that habit stuck with me through high school all the way to university. I even had my notebook taken away from me in high school when I was writing in it instead of working.

At the age of 9 I was exposed to Greek Mythology for the first time. Unbeknown to me, it was exactly what I would need to learn about world building. I love the stories of Jason and the Argonauts (Greek: Iason) , Perseus and Medusa, Hercules (Heracles), the tale of Persephone and Hades, and so much more.

Authors like Rick Riordan, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Melissa Marr, Julie Kagawa, Melissa de la Cruz and Meg Cabot all shaped who I became as a writer. But none of them looked like me.

There aren’t many black female authors out there in fantasy. It’s a genre that has been stereotypically been taken over by older white men like George RR Martin.

I got two emails from readers of my short story, More Than Skin Deep. Both appreciated me as a writer, and one even called me a heroine. And for the first time I realised how much of a responsibility it is to be a black female fantasy writer.

So I write for myself, but I also write for other black people, to pave the path for other people like me who want to become writers but are too scared because they see the industry is full of predominately white males.

I write because it is my passion and it makes me happy.

I haven’t compiled fan art in a long time, so here we go!

I’m really missing Game of Thrones, so here are a few A Song of Ice and Fire artworks:

Danerys Targareyn by zimmay in the style of Mucha
Tyrion Lannister by SweetCandyRain
  Arya Stark by KaylaWoodside

 Robb Stark by SallyGipsyPunk

  Robb Stark by sketchditto

 Cersei by AniaMitura

 Melisandre by elia-illustration
Prince Joffrey by robotRainbows
Margaery Tyrell by CarrieBest

It’s been ages since I’ve posted fan art, but on the bright side, there are some pretty new awesome stuff on DeviantArt. And what do these three book series all have in common? They all have a movie coming out this summer! Woo hoo! I’d better get started on City of Bones so I can complain about the movie properly 🙂

Anyway, check it out:

Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Annabeth by Slb9537

Percy and Annabeth by Alb-art

Leo <3 Reyna by mad-ravenclaw   

Reyna by zjeanelle

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Simon and Izzy by kara-lija

Alec and Magnus by kara-lija

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

 Tris Prior by pebbled

Tris and Four by LightRosey

Tris Prior by TheSearchingEyes

Tris by sukieblackmore

I haven’t posted any artwork in a long time so I thought I’d post a few Iron Fey stuff in celebration of Julie Kagawa’s latest book, The Lost Prince. And because they aren’t many, I’ve added some of my favourite character quotes.

Puck, by mseregon

Quotes:
“Oh, so we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?” (The Iron King)

“Me? Die? Didn’t they tell you, princess? I’m Robin Goodfellow.” (The Iron King)

“Crazy Ash doesn’t have the same ring as Don’t-bother-me-or-I’ll-kill-you Ash.” (The Iron Knight”

Grimalkin, by RottonNymph

Quotes:
“I am a cat”

“The Winter prince and Oberon’s jester agreeing on something. The world must be ending.” (The Iron King)

“Do try and stay out of trouble, human. I will be terribly annoyed if you manage to get yourself killed.” (The Iron Queen)

Meghan Chase, by AllicynLeiaAllen

Quotes:
“Good God, the Ice Prince was making jokes now; the world must be ending.” (The Iron King)

“Right, cause I’m bleeding all over the place for shits and giggles” (The Iron King)

“I could handle goblins and bogeymen and evil, flesh-eating horses, but giant freaking spiders? That’s where I drew the line. (The Iron Daughter)

Prince Ash, by lilgrimmapple

Quotes:
“Touch her, and I’ll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?” (The Iron King)

“Insult her again and I’ll cut your ***** into so many pieces they’ll never find then again.” (The Iron Queen)

“You made me feel alive again” (The Iron King)

Okay, it’s a new month, and we’re all going back to school, or college or whatever. Yeah :/ I wanna cry :'( Here’s some art work that I’ve compiled to cheer everyone up:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Admittedly, I’ve never read a single book in this series, and I probably never will, despite the movie that’s coming out. It’s nothing personal, honest. I’m just a bit sick of vampires and stuff, and because naturally I think I’d just compare it to Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series.

Jace and Clary by kara-lija

LIST OF CHARACTERS : (from Left to Right) MAIA | ISABELLE | MAGNUS & ALEC | JACE & CLARY (lower) | LUKE | SIMON | RAPHAEL by far-eviler

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen by daekazu

THG by Gigei

The Twilight Saga

It has come to mind that I barely ever post Twilight fan art. That phase of my life is just over, as far as I’m concerned and if I watch the last movie, it is simply for closure. And because I have a feeling that they’ll go against the events of the book and have a giant free for all fight against the Volturi. I don’t know why, but I was sad that there was no limb tearing action in the last book.

Edward and Bella by lenity

The Twilight characters by Hyo-pon
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I still haven’t given this series a go but maybe one day to see what all the fuss is about…

 Patch and Nora by lenity

Patch and Nora by loriLUNACY

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

I bought the first two books a few months ago but I’ve had no time to read them! I’m a bad, bad person!!!

 Sam and Grace by achelseabee

Grace and Sam by Fatal-Drug
Well that’s it for this month I’m afraid. I know, I know. You want more. Until next time!

I apologise for not posting this on the 1st, as I normally do. But it’s still August, so this post is still valid. Now, please enjoy the artwork that I have compiled from Deviantart:

* I do not own the artwork

Bellatrix from J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series by mordred_pendragon
Harry and friends, by ReillyBrown

Leo Valdez from The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan.
Drawn by MissySerendipity

On the stern quarterdeck, Leo rushed around like a madman, checking his gauges and levels. Most helmsmen would’ve been satisfied with a pilot’s wheel or a rudder. Leo had installed a keyboard, monitor, aviation controls from a learjet, a dubstep soundboard, and the motion controll sensors from a Nintendo Wii. He could fire the ship by pulling on the throttle or fire the weapons by sampling an album or raise the sails by shaking his Wii controllers really fast. Even by demigod standards, Leo was seriously ADHD. -Mark of Athena 

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Comment from the artist:

After reading the first chapter I couldn’t help myself from drawing Leo dancing… again. Rick sure has a way with words. Imagining Leo firing canons with Wii controllers while dubstepping, that is genius. 


Fan art cover for The Mark of Athena by Neaveria featuring Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena

 Effie Trinket from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series by dezynosaur

Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen and Gale (Oh, I can’t remember his surname!) by RavenSetFree

Cassia from Ally Condie’s Matched by kyo31

Ky and Cassia by Sispal
Four from Veronica Roth’s Divergent by soniki360

Patch and Nora from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush by JenniferAvey

Patch and Nora (who look eerily like Bella and Jacob from Twilight) by elenouska15

And a funny pic to finish it off:

 Twilight vs The Hunger Games by daekazu

I’ve decided to make this a regular thing, at least once a month. Here is July’s awesome artwork. Once again, I’ve found these all on DeviantArt, and I’ve accredited the right artists. Enjoy and comment!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I bought the American cover for a measly £1.99 a week ago from this awesome store and I’m on top of the world! I finished it yesterday and I loved it! I feel so behind though, what with Insurgent already out. Look out for my review on Divergent!

Tris, by xYue-Mayx

Tris’ tattoo, by singdancedraw13

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen By Patsie

Gale, Katniss, Peeta by ichan-desu

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Titania by xion-cc


Left to Right: Ash, Meghan, Puck
By AlicantesRune

Puck and Meghan from an imagery scene by seosa
In the defence of the artist, they may not have pointy ears because they are wearing glamour or something.

Need series by Carrie Jones

I’m not sure if I’ve ever reviewed her books here, but I’ve read them all except for the last one. Her series was great and the protagonist’s character development was kind of inspirational. The only reason I haven’t finished yet is the price of the last book is too much for a book that thin, despite the amazing cover. Here’s some art work I found though:
Prince Astley by artxhorse
Mnemophobia as mentioned in Chapter 2, by chromophobicrayons
Fan-made movie poster by chromophobicrayons featuring Zara

Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore

You have no idea how hard it is to find fan art of this without Alex Pettyfer. He’s good looking and everything, but I’d like the interpretation took before All they saw of Four was Pettyfer. I used to be more attracted to Peeta as a character rather than his looks until Hutcherson got the role.
Number Four by MarvelousManga
Sarah by soloist-demyx

Universes Collide

Left to right: Annabeth, PJATO (c) Rick Riordan

Hermione, HP (c) J.K. Rowling
Katniss, THG (c) Suzanne Collins
Tris, Divergent (c) Veronica Roth
Bella, ToiletTwilight (c) Stephenie Meyer



Hermione from Harry Potter series
Clary from The Mortal Instruments
Tris from Divergent
And Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

So I see that fan art work is very popular! Well, I guess I’ll have to give you what you want then. Please feel free to request what books you would like to see art work from. If you want me to display your own art work, feel free to contact me through my blog or directly through my email address: wadzi21061336185@aol.com Yes, I know. It’s a mouth full and I still don’t know how I remember it. Darn AOL! They did it for ‘security’ purposes. As if I’d more secure by no one emailing me. Anyway, please enjoy the art and ignore my rant:

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia By muzicrain
This awesome artist insists that this is only step 3 of her master pice and she isn’t yet finished but it’s stunning even the way it is now.

Cassia by Sispal

The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

Puck by mseregon

Ash and Meghan by Kyoumei & kouhii-usagi 

Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz


Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider by amie689

Alex Rider as imagined and digitally created by senyan

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson by Phoenix67 
Hazel Levesque by kataangsupporter

The Blue Blood series by Melissa de la Cruz

Gabrielle, the Uncorrupted by Myoubichan
Mimi Force by arabelle-shiroke

Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

Donia and Keenan by bluestheword

Left to Right: Beira, Keenan, Donia. At front: Aisilinn and Seth by Pukalince

I hope you love these artworks as much as I do and these artists over on DeviantArt! Let me and the artists know what you think please! Their accounts are hyperlinked.

Well, I couldn’t help notice that a lot of people viewed the art that had featured on my blog last time, so here is some more:

THE HUNGER GAMES SUZANNE COLLINS

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark by plank

Gale, Katniss and Peeta by daekazu

THE KANE CHRONICLES BY RICK RIORDAN

Carter Kane by CelticBotan

Sadie Kane by bibbidy-boo

THE MEDIATOR SERIES BY MEG CABOT

Suze and Jesse by YukoRabbit

Jesse and Suze by moonynia

MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON (I need to get round to reading this!)

Max by starwarsgirl345

The ‘flock’ by sundang

THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS BY RICK RIORDAN

I’m not sure who the official artist is, but these illustrations were compiled together by falconfliesalone

Left to right: Hazel Piper Jason Frank Percy. And Leo sitting down. By magnetic-porcupine

Authors can write but not many of them can draw or paint. Here are a number of great digital drawings I found on DeviantArt on some of my favourite books:

Gale and Katniss
By mseregon from Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series
Prince Ash of the Unseelie court
By mseregon from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series
Left to right: Seth, Asilinn, Keenan
By skellingt0n from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series
Leo Valdez and Festus, the dragon
By jujubajulia from Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series
Left to right, Percy Jackson, Nico di Angelo and Thalia Grace
By BncaRes from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series
Irial, king of the Dark court
By feral kin from Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series
Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson
By jujubajulia from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series
Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force
By Uzumaki-Akane-sama from Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series