B.P. Donigan was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska (which would later become famous thanks to one infamous politician who could see Russia from her house, but at the time was about as rural as you can get).
She attended college in rural Idaho, and then not-so-rural Utah, and finally moved to very-not-rural Boston where she lived for ten years. After paying her dues to the Extreme Winters, she resides now in sunny California, with her two kids, two fish, and two dogs… and one amazing husband.
Like any good superhero she spends her daytime building her cover story behind a desk, and her nights saving the world (on paper, at least).
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An Interview With BP Donigan
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Fate Forged?
Great question! The book can best be described as Epic Urban Fantasy. Fate Forged is a fast-paced thriller wrapped in magic. If you enjoy strong female protagonists who aren’t invincible, and a healthy splash of realistic romance, then you’d probably like Fate Forged.
Did anything from your real life influence your book at all?
Definitely! I grew up in Alaska, which is where my characters go to search for a Fate who can remove the uncontrollable magic powers from my main character. They hike over a glacier and to the top of a mountain in a re-creation of a three-day hike I did when I was a teenager. (I wasn’t chased by demon dogs at the time, but otherwise it’s the same hike.) The locations, and even the hiker’s huts where they stop over, are all real places. Also, the book starts out in Boston where I lived for a decade after college, and I mention Davis Square and a fortune cookie factory, which are real places that are near and dear to my heart. I had a lot of fun putting my favorite places into my story.
What sparked the idea for Fate Forged?
Fate Forged, started with a ‘what if’ questions. What if a woman inherited crazy magic powers, but had no idea how to control them? From there, I let the questions lead me into a story – Who is she? Why doesn’t she know how to control the magic powers? Where do the powers come from? What if she doesn’t remember something critical about herself…
What are your interests outside of writing and reading?
Outside of writing, I have a full-time job, two kids, two dogs and a husband. All that keeps me busy! When I have spare time, I love to dabble in home-improvement projects and arts and crafts. Most recently I tiled the backsplash in my kitchen. I love trying new things, but I have a hard time finishing up the projects I start.
Did anything change significantly in your book during the writing or editing process?
Yes! Many of the character’s names changed, and the title of Fate Forged used to be The Lost Sect, which I liked, but the publisher didn’t think had enough depth. After some soul searching, I decided “Fate” was a thread that will reach across the entire series, and then I attempted to find a title with the word Fate that didn’t sound like a romance novel! To make it all cohesive, I ended up coming up with titles for the first three books (as well as the Series Title) so the extra effort was worth it.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Plotter all the way. I’m always looking for better ways to plan out the plot, the characters and pacing. For me, it’s so much easier to write creatively if I know the bones of the story are solid.