All About Shae Ford

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Born in the wilds of north Texas, Shae Ford grew up with very little adult supervision. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the acres surrounding her Nana’s house — often in the company of a rowdy band of cousins and with some form of weaponry strapped to her side. She passed many a hot summer day climbing through hay bales, under stalls, and along the rafters. When asked if she was raised in a barn, she answers proudly: “Yes.” She still prefers jeans over dresses, knives over jewelry, and will only wear make-up if forced. And, like most bona fide Texans, she has an unnatural love of Tex-Mex — but she swears she’s not addicted.

Though she pretends to be civilized, Shae has never quite relinquished her love of adventure. The stories she used to dream up while battling invisible foes down at the creek became the basis of a new realm called the Kingdom, a land where all the many characters bouncing around in her head could finally come to life. She started writing “Harbinger” on a whim in 2010, and has never looked back.

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98 thoughts on “All About Shae Ford

  1. Please set a notification system up for new releases. I hope to continue with this series. Reminds me of Eragon but with a good bite of grit.
    Since last year I have read a few fantasy books swords, daggers, draggons and some magic. Top four or so is; yours, GRR MARTIN Song of Fire and Ice, Michael Hicks’ In Her Name series, Christopher Paolini Eragon series.
    There are others, Night Angel and Song of Blood come to mind, that I feel so rewarded after having read.
    Thank you for your creativity.

    • Thank you for the post! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the first book and that you’re looking forward to the second. I will work on setting up a more sophisticated notification system, but for now I can tell you that I’m looking at summer 2013 as a soft release date for the sequel. Thanks again for your post– I appreciate the feedback!

  2. I just wanted to write you a email, to thank you for such a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it & fell into the story. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

    Your characters were genuine and believable and I was rooting for them. I would love to find out more of the back story – to find out more about the Whispering War and the past histories. I’m waiting in anticipation for the next book. How many are you planning for the series?

    You’ve gained a new fan! Thank you!

    Dawn

    • Hi Dawn! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a post. I’m so happy to hear the you enjoyed the story, and that you found the characters to be likable and genuine. The character-building is always much more complex than it seems, so I take that as a huge compliment!

      As for the sequel– it’s coming along well. I’m excited about publishing it this summer! There will be four books total in the Fate’s Forsaken series, and I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the Kingdom’s history (and of course, answering all of those questions!). I hope you will enjoy this next adventure :)

      Thanks again for the encouragement!

      Shae

  3. Shae,
    Thoroughly enjoyed the first book, like the mixture of characters …. up there along with Scott Lynch and Patrick Rothfus in my estimates, eagerly awaiting the second book ……pity you talented people could not write quicker .. :-)

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Lennie! Believe me– I definitely wish I could write faster! But until then, I just have to write ’til it’s finished :) Thanks again for stopping by, and for your kind words. Less than a month to go!!

  4. Thanks for those wonderful thoughts and feelings you shared with us. So please keep em coming and take your time. It ain’t healthy to read far into the night and just get 3 hours of sleep, but it’s ok once a year i guess ;) . Thanks that you pointed out what people really need, something that humbles everyone who comes in touch with it.

    I’m looking forward to hear the full story :)

    • Hi Vlad! Thank you for your kind words :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the second book, and I’m definitely looking forward to sharing the rest of it with y’all! I’m honored that you spent your night reading– hopefully you will be able to catch up on your sleep!

      Thank you again, and have a wonderful weekend :)

  5. Hi Shae

    I just wanted to tell you that I was smack dab in the middle of Mark Lawerences Broken Empire Trilogy when I found your book. I like to think of my self as a good judge of fantasy and was not surprised at all to see A Song of Ice and Fire, The Demon War series, The Acacia Trilogy and The Gentleman’s Bastards become extremely appreciated. As I said I was right in the middle of a series when I started scoping out the first bit of your book and before I knew it I was finished with the book. Safe to say I then slept for about 10 hours since I had forgotten to stop reading and sleep. Now I don’t want to sound sexist here by any means but I usually find that a lot of lady authors bring a little too much to the romance and not enough to the other important bits. With the exception of Robin Hobb, JV Jones and yourself of course. I never will pass up a book because the author is female of course and I’m so glad I found yours it was just what I needed. I am sure the sequel will be just as spellbindingly superb! I wouldn’t be surprised if your series becomes just as popular as the ones I mentioned earlier. Keep writing and know that your work has moved people!

    • Hello, Eric! I want to thank you so much for your post, and for your kind words. I truly appreciate the encouragement! Don’t worry about sounding sexist– I know exactly what you mean. I have been frustrated on both sides of the spectrum, with female authors sometimes putting too much emphasis on romance, and male authors not enough. I will admit that it’s difficult sometimes not to get mushy (especially when writing from Kyleigh’s perspective), but I try to do whatever best serves the story. Hopefully you will enjoy the second book as well– but be sure to catch up on your sleep, first!

      I will certainly keep writing. I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing the Fate’s Forsaken series. The fact that others have been enjoying the stories makes the experience all the sweeter! Thank you again for taking the time to leave a post on my website, Eric– I always enjoy hearing back from my readers!

      • Thank you for responding Shae! I’m reading book 2 right now and will let you know how I like it when I’m done. I almost want to read slow so I don’t have to be away from the world as long. I am already dying to know what happens to Kvothe in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, I don’t want to be waiting on Kael and Kyliegh as well! I’m just impatient haha take all the time you need I’m sure the next book will be top notch!!

        • Sounds good, Eric! Yes, try to pace yourself a bit if you can– that’s a good strategy :) I hope everything turns out well for Kvothe, and in the meantime I will be working hard on Kael and Kyleigh’s story. Thanks again for your post and for the encouragement. Happy reading!

  6. Hi Shae! I love the series so much that I beg you, please release Book 3 already. lol.
    How can I get a real time update when it comes?

    • Hello hello, Ken! Believe me: nobody wants Book 3 out already more than I do. I promise I’m working hard to make the third book a worthy continuation of the first two! If you’d like, you can sign up for my newsletter (look for it under the “newsletter” tab on the Shae Ford webpage). All you need is a name and email address, and you will receive all of my progress updates in real time! Thanks for leaving me a post, Ken– I’m looking forward to sharing the third book with y’all!

  7. Hey Shae,

    I just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done! I have finished book 1 and I am in the final chapters of book 2, and all I can say is thank you. I have truly enjoyed both books and I am already eagerly anticipating the third books release. You have earned a lifelong fan!

    • Hi Logan– I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying the Fate’s Forsaken series, and I want to thank you for taking the time to write me a message about it! I’m truly looking forward to sharing Book 3. These little notes of encouragement make the writing process much easier :) Thank you again, and have a good week!

  8. These two books were the best i have read in years. I can’t wait for the third! I don’t suppose you have a release date? Lol

    • Thanks for post, Aidan! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the books :) I’m afraid I don’t have a concrete release date yet. Once I have the first draft completed, I will have a better idea– and the minute I know, you’ll know! In the meantime, you may sign up for the newsletter or follow the FB page for the latest updates and announcements. Have a good weekend!

  9. Dear Ms. Ford,
    Shame on you for writing such a wonderful story with rich and very entertaining characters. You know from a readers standpoint, that if a book is good, I mean really good, then you can’t put the dang thing down. It sticks to your hands, it slips under your pillow, follows you around til you absorb the whole thing and then what? You go on to the next one, but here lies the problem, there is no next one yet.
    When the characters seep into the readers real world, and haunt their thoughts, then the book is good. When the reader misses the characters, worries about them, then the book is good. Your characters are so alive and strong and they won’t leave me alone, so shame on you young lady, write faster.
    Seriously, your books are wonderful, you world inviting, you characters alive, this is a good series, don’t make an old woman weep, hurry dear.

    • Hi there, Ms. Suzi:

      Oh my, it sounds as if you’ve had quite the adventure. I’d even go so far as to say that these stories have been following you around. Books sliding under your pillow? Characters invading your thoughts? Sounds like a classic case of story-stalking to me. I wish I could offer you some relief, but unfortunately, story-stalking is all too common an occurrence (I personally have been stalked on several occasions, mainly by the works of Rowling and Nix). It’s happened to all of us at one point or another– but it’s a risk every reader must bravely assume, if we want to continue to explore these alternate worlds.

      And explore them we must, for it’s the eyes upon the page that raise these worlds from the dust, the imagination of the reader that brings these characters to life. So if you find yourself discouraged, Ms. Suzi, just remember: you are fighting the good fight. Stride on, dear lady– stride on, and don’t despair.

      But in all seriousness, I want you to know that I’m writing furiously each and every day– and even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about it. This whole experience has truly taken me by surprise: I never expected the series to take off the way it has. I thought storytelling would always be a hobby, something I’d have to look forward to after work. But my readers have scooped it up and carried it to a whole new level. Now I’m just trying to keep up with y’all!

      Thank you for taking the time to write me a post, Suzi. I appreciate the encouragement– and especially the humor! Hold those tears back as long as you can :)

  10. Ms. Ford you have made a fan of me. I truly enjoyed both books and like all those that have posted before me. I can’t wait to read book 3. I will sign up for the news letter and wait for the updates. I will not rush you for I know to match up against the first 2 is a tall order, but I’m sure your up to the task.

    • Hello, Jonn! Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, Book 3 will definitely be a tall order, but I’m liking the way it’s going so far– and am very excited about where it’s headed. I can’t wait to share it! In the meantime, I will certainly keep everybody up to date with the newsletter. Enjoy your weekend, Jonn, and thanks for believing in me!

  11. Hi Shae.
    I would like to ask the opposite of most of the posts and ask you to take as long as you like to finish book 3.
    But before I have the lynch mobs baying for my blood, please let me explain.
    I buy a lot kindle books as I’m sure most people leaving posts here do. So after reading the first of the fates forsaken books I found myself, as others have, at a bit of a loss. The only way that I could fill the gap was carry on buying and reading other books and keep checking for book 2.
    You can imagine my delight at finding out that book 2 had been released but also my frustration that some of the facts from book 1 were not clear in my head.
    So guess what I had to do? ( and this is the clever bit)…….I had to read the first book again (very) swiftly followed by book 2 which I have finished not 15 minutes ago.
    So back to my original request. Could you please leave book 3 just long enough for some of the story to become unclear in my head so that I have to read them all again.
    But not too long. I’m absent minded,not a masochist.

    • Hi Gavin– thanks for the post! Yep, I’ve been there. It’s one of the perils of diving into an incomplete series. I always enjoyed rereading the previous books; for some reason, it made the new one all the more exciting. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who does that. And I take it as a compliment that you chose to read Harbinger a second time!

      That having been said, I will certainly take as long as is needed to finish Book 3. It’s very important to me to write a book worthy of my readers’ time, and of my characters’ stories. My goal is to have the book finished by Summer 2014 and right now I’m on track to do that. So barring some unforeseen delay (ie., that zombie apocalypse finally happens), you shouldn’t have too long to wait. In the meantime, you might sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already, that way you’ll be informed of the release date and will be able to time your rereadings accordingly :)

      Thank you again for the post, Gavin, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  12. I sincerely hope I’m not the only person over the age of twenty on here aha. But all things a side your book was an absolute peach! I loved both of them! My only issue with the second one was really the relationship status with Kyleigh and Kael. Honestly, it’s so frustrating! My girlfriend and I both read the books and we agree (that’s a first) that in this book the, ah, not so blossoming romance should take a leap and a bound towards becoming a blossoming romance. I understand the problem with the love between the two, and as much as I hate cheesy and cliche endings, it’s my undying hope that it’ll work out between them two. Thanks for the amazing work and I’m waiting anxiously for the third book! Please hurry!

    • Don’t worry, Mike– you’re not the ONLY one. I’m over twenty, too :) Thank you for your post! I’m so glad to hear that you (and your girlfriend) have been enjoying my books! Ah, yes, the Kyleigh and Kael conundrum. A lot of people have been rather concerned about this, and alls I can tell you is that … these things have a way of working themselves out. I am a hopeless romantic at heart (it’s hard to see under all the pessimism, but it’s there). Just hang tight for a little while longer, and I promise you’ll have your answer!

      Mike, it’s been a pleasure. Thank you again for stopping by, try not to worry, and please enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. Hello Shae,
    I am 55, so Mike and his girlfriend can feel young but wise lol, and have been reading fantasy books since i was about 9, so i hope i have some experience with the genre. This is the first time i have contacted an author. Your books have blown me away, well crafted characters who leap out of the page, if i can use an oxymoron ‘believeable fantasy’, thankyou so much for a great series cant wait for the next one, you have cheered up a dreary english december, thanks again.

    • Hello Richard, thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I firmly believe in the saying “age is just a number.” My dad and I play video games together all the time– and he’s not above “accidentally” blowing my character sky-high to get to the treasure first! Growing up is so overrated :)

      If you’ve been reading fantasy since age nine, I’d say you definitely have some experience. I’m honored to be the first author you’ve contacted, and I hope if there is another series you really enjoy in the future that you will drop that author a line. We love to hear back from our readers! I completely understand what you mean by “believable fantasy.” The characters’ abilities and circumstances might be fantastical, but their struggles and relationships are real. That’s the sort of thing I try to keep in mind when writing– and I’m so glad to hear that it works.

      Richard, thank you for taking the time to write for me. I know it’s a dreary time of year, but with the holidays just around the corner, hopefully things will brighten up. But rain or shine, I promise I’ll be working hard on Book 3 :)

  14. Ahoj Shae! (Ahoj sounds like ahoy is Slovak for hello and I always think of pirates when I say it!)
    I am an avid reader of fantasy books, and I’d like to think that I’m a decent judge of those books. I’ve only absolutely fallen in love with a series once, and I’ve been slowly searching for a series that might compare to it. Guess what. I’ve found a series. It’s called fate’s forsaken. At first I thought Harbinger was a pretty good book. Once I started to get into the book, and see the story unfold I started to unknowingly love the book. I just finished slight and shadow, and I must say I love the series so far. I haven’t felt this way for a series in a while. I’m craving more especially more Kyleigh and Kael. They seem so natural and genuine. Their relationship has played with emotions I wasn’t sure I had. I almost never tell authors how I feel, but I must thank you for creating such a beautiful story and world that has kind of inspired me. Haha it’s like I’m Neil Young and I’ve found that elusive heart of gold. Sorry for rambling haha. Just keep doing what your doing and you won’t go wrong. Good luck to you and your future endeavors.

    Sincerely Mike

  15. Ahoj Shae! ( ahoj is Slovak for hello and sounds like ahoy which always reminds me of pirates!)
    I’ve only absolutely fallen in love with a fantasy series once. Ever since I’ve read that series I’ve been on a slow search to find a series that might compare to it. And Fate’s Forsaken does. At first i enjoyed harbinger while I was reading it, but now that I’ve finished harbinger, and slight and shadow I’ve realized that I absolutely love your books. I’m craving more especially more Kyleigh and Kael. Their relationship has brought forth emotions I wasn’t sure I had. It’s like I’m Neil Young and I’ve found that elusive heart of gold (aka your books) I don’t usually contact authors, but your books have influenced and inspired me. (I’m so influenced this is my second comment because I wasn’t sure my first one was posted) I thank you for sharing such a beautiful world and story with the world. I will patiently await book 3. Just keep doing what you are doing, and you won’t go wrong. Have a great day and good luck!

    Sincerely Mike

    • Howdy Mike! I had no idea what the Slovak word for “hello” was, but you’ve taught me something new. I say “ahoy” probably way more than the average person. So the next time people look at me weird I’ll just say “What? It’s the Slovak word for ‘hello.’” I’m so terribly sorry your comment didn’t post right away. I have it set to where I have to approve every comment before it goes live (otherwise, there will be 200 posts from spam bots clogging up the site). So if you ever post again, know that it might take a couple of days for me to check back in– but I will get it approved and posted for you!

      I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying the Fate’s Forsaken series thus far. One of my favorite things about Kyleigh and Kael is that they are “real” people– with flaws and shortcomings, misconnections and things in their way. I didn’t want them to have the prophetic, everything-is-meant-to-be love story. It’s frustrating at some points, but it’s honest. And I think it’s the honesty that makes their relationship with each other (and those around them) so genuine.

      Thank you so much for writing to me (twice!). I really, truly appreciate your kind words about my series and all the encouragement you’ve given me. I am very excited about Book 3! It’s all about choices, and we’ll see how the paths Kael chooses shape him.

      Thank you again for leaving me a post, Mike. Happy New Year!

  16. Hello again Shae aha I think my last post on here was sometime in November. In that chunk of time I read both of your books (I edit multiple newspapers and analyze college papers, not exactly fun but oh well) and I have something to ask. It’s probably part of the plan but what specifically is Karl fighting for? Is it for his destroyed village? For Kyleigh? For his new family (the pirates, Jake, the giants/plains men)? Or maybe because he thinks it’s the right thing to do… I’ve seen multiple examples of each but it doesn’t really show which one(s) it is. Aha and in response to Richard, wise may not be the word that I would chose but it certainly works for me (my girlfriend claims to be the definition of wise now, thank you for that). But Shae I really do hope that the book is going well for you, keep me posted!

    • Hi there, Mike! You ask a very good question. I think it all goes back to something Kyleigh said in Book 1: “A quest is rarely as simple as doing the thing you set out to do.” Kael wants to avenge his village, but in order to have any chance of defeating Titus, he needs an army. The pirates are willing to fight for him– but only if he helps them get rid of Duke Reginald. Then once that’s done, Geist tells him the pirates alone won’t be enough: he needs the help of giants. But in order to get the giants, Kael has to set them free. Now the giants and the pirates are both on his side and he finally has the army he needs to face Titus.

      But as you’ve mentioned, he’s found new things to fight for along the way. Now it’s not only about his village: he’s discovered friendship and love. There are other lives depending on him, and he knows they could be forever changed (or even ended) by the choices he makes. That’s where Book 2 leaves off, and that’s exactly where we’ll pick up in Book 3.

      When I began this series, I wanted it to be all about actions and consequences. Kael isn’t your typical hero: people don’t want to help him because he’s such a nice guy, or because he’s the “chosen one.” His powers are only a very small part of the story. No, if he ever gets anywhere at all, it’s because he worked for it. Sometimes he doesn’t wind up where he thinks he will, and he certainly makes mistakes. But in the end, he’ll be where he is because he chose to be there. And for me, that’s a powerful thing.

      Sorry this reply was so long-winded– I have a tendency to get carried away. Hey, my first writing gig was for a college newspaper, so I know what you mean about it not always being fun. Hang in there :)

      Thank you for your question, Mike! I enjoy hearing back from my readers, and y’all’s questions force me to look at the story through a reader’s eyes. It gives me a chance to enjoy the journey instead of just agonizing over the process. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  17. Personally, I love this series, and it is one of my favorites. I read a lot, to the point that if someone were to ask me what I’m doing at any given time I would probably say reading. Despite this, I have rarely found any series as original or entertaining as this one. Please keep writing in this universe, even if it’s not with the same characters.

  18. And honestly I’ve written three different papers for honors English classes on your books, and gotten A’s and B’s on all of them, so thank you for providing me with such an interesting series to write papers on.

    • Hi, Teddy!

      Thanks for letting me know how much you’ve been enjoying the Fate’s Forsaken series. I can tell you that I do have plans to keep writing in this universe. There are lots of little stories woven into the history of the Kingdom that I think would be fun to explore, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of those as we go along. Ah yes, I remember writing papers for AP English– though we very rarely got to choose which books to write over. I’m honored that you chose to write about mine!

      Thank you again for your post, Teddy. Have a good week, and keep up those grades :)

  19. Shae I have posted before & subscribe to your news letter & just thought that I would leave a comment about your new artwork. I don’t know if your publisher forced it on you but I have to say that I prefer the original (sorry). My reason is fairly simple, I explained when I read Harbinger that I was unaware that it was directed at a “Young Adult” readership but the new cover work shouts this so I probably wouldn’t have read it !

    • Hi Hugh! I truly appreciate your honest thoughts about the new cover art. You aren’t alone in your opinion, and I hope to use all of the information you guys have given me to collaborate with an illustrator later on down the road– perhaps after the release of the next book. I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t like to delegate, and this marks the first time I’ve ever passed on any aspect of the books to somebody else. While not perfect, I believe it’s a step in the right direction.

      Yes, I completely agree with you: the new cover art definitely looks more YA. I was actually given several options (some of which were more indicative of adult-level books) but wound up choosing this one because I felt it was honest. There’s some violence in the books, and there are some difficult themes, but there’s a lot of romance and humor as well. To me, this cover is a representative of all of those things. And if my readership tilts more towards young adults as a result, I’m okay with that. Some of my fondest memories of school involved sneaking chapters of my favorite books when I was supposed to be taking notes … :) I would be proud to sponsor a future generation of daydreamers.

      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me, Hugh! I’m pleased that you gave the Fate’s Forsaken series a chance, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing what you think about the rest of the story :)

  20. So it’s me again whoo. I have two questions, one, does Grecian have a scar from Kyleigh’s attempt to kill him, and two, is setheran Karl’s father? The second I don’t really expect an answer to, if I’m going to be honest. Or rather not a yes or no answer. Crevan taps his head in the first book and it says that it means something special to the five. Later Kyleigh says she tried to kill him and as the conversation immediately turns to Kyleigh it seems likely that their is a scar.

    • Hello again, Teddy! Nice to hear from you. It is heavily implied that the scar is from Kyleigh (we see that Crevan does indeed have a scar when he sees his reflection in the scrying bowl in Book 1). Good catch. Your second question is one that a lot of people have had. And I’m afraid you’re right: I can’t answer it quite yet … though I promise you’ll get a definitive answer in Book 3!

      Thanks for stopping by, Teddy! Just hang in there a little while longer, and all will be revealed :)

  21. Damn autocorrect. It turns crevan into Grecian every time… it seems implied that setheran is kael’s father as gilderick talks about the dust within kael’s mind as a symbol for something he never knew, and then setheran appears in his mind, and has a similar body structure to kael. It would also explain how Kyleigh knows about kael in harbinger, and how she forgets the place where kael is taken; a powerful whisperer could make the knowledge disappear from someone’s mind.

  22. Also kael has reddish brown hair, and red is the color that is dominant in the mountains while brown is scattered throughout the other regions. Setheran’s wife, who gave him a child, was from the seas. One of the places where brown is common. Despite my theories though, I’m not sure if he was given to Amos and Roland before or after setheran shattered the cliff face, assuming that the story is accurate. After all, the stories don’t mention Kyleigh. That puts doubt that the rest are entirely accurate. I analyze every book I read. It’s useful.

  23. I know you intend this series to be consequence and character driven, but I have to wonder, are we going to see kael reach his full potential? Because even the earliest skills he learned could help so much in a fight or making something. The heat effect created when he bent the broad sword would be a huge advantage in unarmed combat. Or cooking food. He could just create a fire. And if he imagines that his enemies flesh is clay when he hits them then he could make his fingernails as effective as a well placed dagger. I just think it would be interesting to see how that kind of power would affect him. If you’re wondering why I’m on here so much, it’s because when I get bored I comment on books. Usually the authors don’t respond, so this is a nice change. Lol.

    • You’ve made some really excellent observations, Teddy. Though I’m not sure where you read that Setheran’s wife is from the seas. I could be wrong, but as far as I remember, I haven’t given her a race quite yet.

      As I’ve said before, I can’t answer a lot of your questions without spoiling it for other readers. But I can promise you that yes– Kael will reach his full potential. I realize it must be frustrating to watch so many opportunities pass him by in the previous books. But while he is certainly gifted, there are external (upbringing/environment) and internal (confidence level/perceived self-worth) factors that have to be weighed in when drawing up his character. Whispering is different from a lot of powers because it’s one of those “it is what you make of it” sort of things. An example that comes to mind is the difference between a good athlete and an olympic-level athlete: they might both be equally gifted physically, but what sets them apart is their mental state. Someone who is afraid to fail, too proud to be taught, or unwilling to push the boundaries of what’s possible will never be the best there is. Period. Talent is only a slice of the piechart.

      A lot of people focus on the powers. But for me, the first two books have really been all about Kael trying to overcome these mental barriers. He isn’t fully transformed yet, but we’ve seen him lay down his pride and overcome his fears. Now all that’s left is to wait and see how he redefines possibility :)

      As always, it was good to hear from you, Teddy. Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. One last question, lol. What would happen if a whisperer was bonded to an animal like Kyleigh is. Would the magic drive him crazy? Because for a creature that is immune to magic directly, I wonder if the bonding ceremony is like most ordinary magic, and if it isn’t, it might be able to affect a whisperer. And so he would have a portion of magic running through his being, however slight.

    • As for your question, Teddy: becoming a shapechanger is a feat of magic in of itself. In Book 2, Kyleigh says “The magic required to become a shapechanger was particularly dangerous. After all, binding two souls into one body was no common spell: it required an offering of blood, and a ritual.” Since it takes magic to become a shapechanger, and magic doesn’t work on whisperers, a whisperer could never become a shapechanger.

  25. And you have an excellent point with the psychology factor. I personally study abnormal psychology for a hobby. I’ve studied serial killers, psychotics, mass murderers like Adam lanza, along with people who have autism, high level intellects, and drug addicts. And while I don’t know nearly as much as someone who does it for a living, or a psychologist, but I believe in a biosociological take on it. People are born with certain characteristics, but it takes events and things they are taught to PRIME them. Someone may have a wonderful mind for numbers, but if they are never introduced to numbers they will never know that. A mass murderer or a serial killer is primed by their genetic factor and their childhood, along with the connection made between mother and child, which affects empathy. Of course, comparing that psychology to kael doesn’t do him justice. He seems to be driven by a want to right every wrong in his path.

  26. I got into studying abnormal psych cause I was diagnosed with high functioning autism a couple of years ago. So those kind of things are very useful for me.

    • Hello, Teddy! Human psychology is fascinating, isn’t it? There are so many theories about why we are the way we are, so many internal, external and genetic factors to consider– whole family histories written out in microscopic strings of ATCG, actions explained away as synapses. Which ultimately begs the question: are any of the choices we make truly ours, or are they simply a result of our psychological make-up? Perhaps psychology is intended to expose the fact that we all live under an illusion of free will.

      That’s one way to look at it. Personally, I believe in choices. One of the golden rules of writing is to avoid trying to build personalities for your characters. Instead, you’re supposed to put them into tough situations and allow them to react. How they choose to face the obstacles in their path will ultimately shape who they are. It’s through this cycle of action and reaction that readers form their opinions about the characters. Kael’s upbringing was pretty rough. When he discovered his powers, he could’ve used them to elevate his position in society. He could’ve basked in the glory and taken whatever he wanted– and because of his past, it would’ve made sense.

      Yet, as you’ve observed, he’s instead “driven by a want to right every wrong in his path.” I could write pages about why I think that is, but I don’t want to spoil anybody else’s interpretations. Sometimes people are what you make of them.

  27. I believe that as long as someone believes that they have free will then they do. After all, our minds observe reality, but are not connected to reality directly. Therefore, if you believe something is real, truly believe it, then for you it is real. Reality is something we will never directly touch. And most of our behaviors start in fantasy, which is a natural human response to reality, but is not ruled by reality. Fantasy and the reaction to fantasy, combined with childhood development, genetics, and learned tasks make up our perception of reality.

    • All right Teddy: I yield– you know way more about this sort of thing than I do! I’m afraid I’ve reached the end of my knowledge on the subject. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a more worthy sparring partner in the future :) But in the meantime, you really should look into studying psychology or behavioral sciences if you haven’t already. It’s obvious that you have a passion for it. I’ve really enjoyed the psychoanalyses you’ve done on my characters. It’s been interesting to see them in that light. I’m just sorry I couldn’t keep up!

      As for the situations concerning the books, we’ll just have to wait and see where our heroes’ decisions lead them. There are (as you’ve mentioned) several ways things could play out. But as long as they stay true to character, everything should wind up just fine. Thank you for sharing your insights here with us, Teddy– I’ve found them very helpful. Please have a wonderful weekend!

  28. I’ve gotten good responses from everyone that I’ve shown, but still. Random people is a different matter compared to a publishing company. Especially considering my age.

    • Hey, Teddy– the good news is that the publishing industry has changed quite a bit. With self-publishing now an option, “random people” are getting the chance to invest in the books and authors they are interested in, rather than being restricted to what the publishing companies put out. I got rejected the traditional way, but have still wound up doing well. If you ever decide to put your poetry out there, I highly recommend self-publishing!

    • Hello Teddy! All you need to publish is an Amazon account. Go to kdp.amazon.com and the Kindle Direct Publishing page will walk you through the process. There are forums on the kdp page where you can ask questions and communicate with others authors from your same genre. Also, you should download a kindle formatting guide. Just go to Amazon and search “publishing for kindle” and lots of options will pop up– most are free! You may need to check and see if there are age restrictions for publishing. 18 or older won’t be a problem, but any younger than that and you might need permission from a parent/guardian. I’m not sure.

      I’m not going to lie: poetry is not my forte. That’s a whole other world. I’d be happy to offer my opinions on the story, but as far as the mechanics go, I’m not going to be much help. Of course, you’re welcome to send samples to my author email and I’ll give it a shot!

  29. Hi Shae! It’s me again haha, reading through some of your last posts I had a mini panic attack. With Kael being a whisperer and magic not working on him then how was Kyleighs blood unable to burn him? I know it’s because that Love Oath thing but is that not magic? And if not then what exactly was it? Also you said awhile ago that it would still work out with Kael and Kyleigh, are you still going to have that happen? Waiting anxiously for the next book!
    Thanks
    -mike

    • Hello hello, Mike! Good to hear from you again :)

      **SPOILERS: other visitors, if you haven’t read Books 1 and 2 and don’t want to be spoiled, please skip this post**

      First of all, don’t panic– everything’s going to work out between Kyleigh and Kael. I love them too much to keep them apart.

      Now, to answer the question about the blood– the person “Kyleigh,” as she exists today, is actually made up of two different souls: one dragon, and one woman. By themselves, neither of these creatures are magic. The fires in her blood aren’t a result of magic, but come purely from being half-dragon (which is why Amos, a whisperer, was still burned by her blood. Had the fires been of a magical origin, they wouldn’t have hurt him, either).

      The magic comes from being a shapechanger. In Book 2, Kyleigh says that becoming a shapechanger (aka: the binding of two souls) requires a powerful feat of magic. It’s the power left over from the binding ritual, the “glue” that holds her two halves together and allows her to change shape, that gives her blood its magic. We’re going to learn more about that process in Book 3.

      As for the valtas (the love oath)– I stopped short of calling it “magic.” The thing about Kyleigh and Kael is that I didn’t want things to be easy for them: I didn’t want their love to be cheapened by magic or prophesy. But I needed someway to explain the fact that Kyleigh loved Kael completely– with both her halves. Obviously, we all understand how humans fall in love. But the things humans find important in a mate are probably completely different from what a dragon would value. So how would a dragon fall in love? How would they express their love?

      The answers to those questions led me to the valtas. If the valtas is anything, I’d say it was an instinct: a sixth sense that allows a dragon to find/bind with a mate that will give them both the greatest chance of survival. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait till Book 4 before we understand completely why this is– though it has been hinted at.

      Thank you for the questions, Mike! I hope I was able to answer them effectively. If you have any other comments or concerns, please feel free to ask– you guys keeping me on my toes makes the writing better :) Thank you again, and have a wonderful week!

      • Hi! I have to start by saying that I really enjoyed your books, this is definitely one of my favorite series. What I want to ask is if you can tell us how many books you planned for the series to have. Thank you!

        • Hi Attolis– thanks for stopping by! There will be four books in the Fate’s Forsaken series, with Book 3 set to be released on July 31st. It’s good to hear that you’ve been enjoying the books thus far. Thanks for letting me know :)

  30. Am I the only one counting down the days to the third books release? I love this series so much. It is engrossing and I have to admit that my favorite part is Kael and Kyleigh’s relationship. Even if at times I hate it because they aren’t a couple yet. I am so excited for book three, the only bad thing being that, as soon as I finish it I have to wait for the next one to come out

    • Hi Lauren– thanks for stopping by! Yes, Kyleigh and Kael haven’t exactly had it easy, have they? It’s frustrating to see two people who love each other simply be unable to make that connection … but they keep fighting! Thank you again for taking the time to post here, Lauren, and for your kind words about the books. I’m VERY excited to share the next installment of the Fate’s Forsaken series. I think it’s going to be a great addition :)

  31. Hi Shae! I’m back once more and you’re probably wondering what else I could possibly have to say on the book(s). In fact it’s nothing else except that no matter how many times I read them they don’t get old! I still love them. It’s great to see an author’s writing get better and better as the story progresses and yours has done just that so keep up the Good work! Also, is there a predetermined release date for the next book or are you still not sure when everything will be put together?
    Thanks for everything!
    -Mike

    • Hello again, Mike! Naw, I like hearing back from my readers– there’s no limit to how many times you can post :) I’m so pleased to hear you feel the writing has improved. I was reading over “Harbinger” the other day and I noticed there have been some changes. It’s good to know that it’s all evolving for the better!

      Yes, there is a concrete release date for Book 3: July 31st! Just right around the corner! I mentioned in the newsletter that there will be discounts offered for the first day of release through the weekend, so be sure to get your copy early :)

      As always, it was good to hear from you, Mike. If you have any other questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to post them! I hope all is well and that you have an enjoyable rest of the weekend :)

  32. Yes yes yes!!!!! Tomorrow’s the day! I can’t tell you how excited I am. To finally have the third book in my favorite series!(it’s awesome!) You could not have written anything better and if you did I probably couldn’t read it due to tears clouding my vision of the amazingness. THANK YOU!! For this awesome series!

    • Hi Carlos! Well, hopefully you’ve found “Dragonsbane” to be a good continuation of the series. I have to admit that it’s certainly been my favorite thus far! I’ve been very excited to share it with everybody :) Thank you for the kind words about my series. I do hope it was every bit as exciting as you’d imagined it would be!

  33. Shae! I’ve already finished you third (thank goodness not final) book. I was up all day and night reading it! The plot sequence is brilliant and I have so many questions for you, but first I think I’ll read it again haha :). And I can’t really describe my happiness that Kael and Kyleigh are together! That’s what I wanted since the beginning. One question though, even though they’ve been married which is the human thing to do, do they still have to be reborn so the love isn’t an abomination? And if so like Silas said in Slight and Shadow will Kael live through it? I loved the entire book, now hurry along with the next one would you ;)

    • Dang Mike, that was fast! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it :) I was very VERY excited to get Kyleigh and Kael together. It was a long time coming, and they’d both grown so much. Those last ten chapters just flew off the keyboard.

      Now to answer your question …

      First of all, we’ll have to wait till Book 4 for a definitive answer. For now, there are two ways to look at it: by the law, or the law aside. Those who choose “by the law” will assume that Fate’s judgement truly exists, but because Kael is one of her “forsaken,” she can’t see him– therefore he can act independently from her will without any consequences (even if it means bonding with a halfdragon). Those who choose “the law aside” will assume that Fate’s judgement never existed, and the three tenets are exactly that: laws proclaimed as “truth” by the shamans without any real proof.

      Basically, the question I wanted to pose here is: “Are we truly stopped by the power of the law, or do we give the law its power?” Is Fate’s judgement really something to be feared, or is it something the shapechangers are merely afraid of?

      Like I said, we’re going to have to wait till Book 4 to know for sure, but I promise you our lovers aren’t going to be punished for it :)

      As always, it was good to hear from you, Mike! I hope I was able to answer your question for now, and will be looking forward to more questions in the future. Have a great weekend!

  34. Okay okay I yield, I guess I will have to wait for the fourth book, anxiously no doubt. Now, I do have a question. Was it really necessary to kill off Morris?? He was one of my favorite characters and I was sad to see him go. He was great for comedic relief and him not being there to urge Kael on is, well, sad. Baird the bard does a good job of that throughout the third book though. And a final question (you’re probably thinking what now) are you sticking to your timeline to about a year in between books? Or will this final one take longer because you must tie up the loose ends? Thank you for bearing with me with all these questions!

    • Hello again, Mike:

      I was very sad for Morris, as well. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend months trying to think of any other way to heal him. But the fact remains that Morris played an instrumental role in the genocide of his own people– a regret that had been slowly killing him for years. In the end, I realized the best thing I could do was to give him a second chance, an opportunity to save what remained of his race through Kael. And when he got that chance, Morris rose to the occasion.

      Please understand that I don’t let my characters die lightly. I don’t believe in pointless, soap opera-esque deaths for the sole purpose of drawing out a gasp from my audience. Morris’s death wasn’t a killing: it was an opportunity for redemption, a chance to give a very deserving character some purpose and dignity at the end. In his mind, Morris survived the War as a villain. But he died a hero. I could think of no better way to finish his story.

      Now about the final book: I’m expecting it to take a bit longer than before. As you mentioned, there will be plenty of loose ends to tie up, and I’m going to have a bit more to juggle in the release process. As always, I’ll keep y’all updated throughout the writing, and let everybody know the moment I have a date set. Rest assured that I’ll write as quickly as I can without sacrificing any of the quality :)

      Thanks for your post and the questions, Mike! Let me know if you think of anything else :)

  35. Shae thankyou so much I’m here the of the book but i don’t it to end. You are amaziz
    ing than you for a great story

    • Hello Arun! You never have to apologize for typos, here: this is a safe space :) I’m so very pleased to hear you’ve been enjoying Dragonsbane! I was very excited to share it with everybody, and so far it sounds as if it’s been a good addition to the series.

      None of this would’ve been possible without the encouragement and support of my readers. So thank you for reading! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Arun!

  36. i loved the 3rd book :) couldn’t put it down! great work as usual! i just had one question. are you ever planning maybe a little side series/book about Kyleigh’s adventures before she met Kael? that would be a awesome addition to such a great series!

    • Hi Michelle! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Dragonsbane– I thought it was a great addition to the series, and I am pleased to be hearing positive things from my readers!

      I agree with you: I think there are certainly further books to be written about Kyleigh. I’d been planning to write a prequel chronicling the events of the Whispering War. But I’ll have to wait till this series is finished to avoid any spoilers ;)

      Thanks for your post Michelle, and for sharing your thoughts on the series. I promise I’ll be working hard on Book 4! In the meantime, I hope you’ll have a very pleasant week! :)

  37. Ahoj, Shae! Because of your pirates I feel obligated to use that greeting (again)! I finished Dragonsbane yesterday, and it is easily my favorite book in the series. It was just so good. I’m actually content to wait for book four because the ending to Dragonsbane was just so perfect. When Kael was sailing to Copperdock I could hear epic adventure music playing in my head. The ending was one of the most satisfying endings to a book ever! It wasn’t mushy, it was true love! I’m really starting to think that your writing is actually some powerful whispercraft! Are you related to Morris? Maybe you are Shae The Dog? I jest. On a side note, reading books like yours really makes me want to write something myself. Have a great rest of the summer, and good luck to you!

    Sincerely, Mike

    • Ahoj, Michael! Well, it’s good to hear that greeting again :)

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on Dragonsbane– and I am so very pleased to hear you enjoyed it! I have to agree with you: Book 3 has been my favorite, as well. After all our heroes have been through, it was wonderful to see them finally come into their own and take that next brave step.

      It’s good to know that the ending wasn’t too mushy, and “true love” was exactly what I was trying to convey– so I’m glad it worked! Yes, I planned to tie up several of the loose ends and get our characters to a place where they could live happily for a time. Unfortunately, there are still villains that need to be taken care of. But in the meantime, our heroes will have each other :)

      Haha! No, I’m afraid it isn’t whispercraft. It would be nice if I could be Shae the Dog and be able to write well and quickly. But alas, I’m afraid I’m just a human. So if a sentence sounds decent, it’s only because I’ve spent weeks staring at it– not because I was able to whisper it into being. I’ll be working hard on Book 4, though. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

      Thank you again for taking the time to leave me a post, Michael! It’s always nice to hear back from my readers, and it’s especially nice to hear they’ve been enjoying the books. Have a wonderful week :)

  38. Hello Shae! Brazil is here!

    First of all, thanks for the books! I really enjoyed it. Each one of the caracters were very meaningful to me.

    One really special thanks for the courageuos and brave way you wrote about kael and Kyleigh. I’ve been reading fantasy books for a long time (I’m 26, not thaaaat old), and it seems to me that fantasy authors in general are “afraid” of love. That love can’t be an important or the most import part of an adventure life. I’ve been dating my girlfriend for 7 years and I can tell you: love is this so spoken bravery needed for adventure itself. I liked the way you aloud them to be happy! The danger, the sadness, the breath taking moments, to loose, are a really important part of build a world like you did, but what really touched me reading the books was the way the simple details of love made the caracters surpass all. The small endearments, the teasing, the cumplicity. Some people and some authors may think this is a mushy way of seeing things but, for me it makes things real and facing this reality in a book takes this courage (and a lot of talent) I spoke about. I know it`s none of my business, but please Miss Shae Fate Ford, keep it that way! Be brave! See you in Brazil any time soon!

    • Heeeey Brazil! Thanks for stopping by, Gabriel :)

      Of course, I’m so very pleased to hear that you’ve found the Fate’s Forsaken series to be such a meaningful adventure. But I’m completely touched by your words about love. I like how you said that love is a bravery needed for adventure, itself. That’s such a simple, beautiful way to put it– and you’re exactly right! I can tell by the passion with which you shared that you and I are on the same page when it comes to just how important love is in life.

      Yes, it’s often the little things that endear us to a person: the actions that reveal their character, the kindness they show towards others, their willingness to work through problems rather than simply give up– all of these things wind up being so much more powerful than any grand, heroic act. For they aren’t simply done and spent in a moment, but last over a lifetime. And when you’re in love with someone, you want it to last a lifetime!

      You don’t have to worry about me changing, Gabriel– I’m afraid I’m always going to be a “hopeless romantic.” Writing a novel is an extremely taxing process, and to be quite honest, the love is what gets me through it. So I’m sure there will always be some element of love in everything I write. I don’t think I’ll be able to help it!

      Thank you once again for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts with me, Gabriel. I truly appreciate the opportunity to be able to discuss things with my readers. Congratulations to you and your lady on seven happy years– and may you have many more!

    • You’re very welcome, Arun! I very much enjoy telling it, and am grateful for the opportunity to share it with so many wonderful readers :) I loved the parts with Jake and Elena as well– and I’m really looking forward to telling the rest of their story!

      Thank you for the encouragement, and have a wonderful weekend :)

  39. A beautiful book is due to creativity of a great author
    I loved reading your Fate’s Forsaken novels, can’t wait for book 4. I wish all the very best for your next book and future. Just when it is expected to be released??

    • Hello Rushil! Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words about the Fate’s Forsaken series :) I have very much enjoyed being able to share this story with so many wonderful readers and am looking forward to writing the next installment!

      To answer your question: it usually takes me about a year to write a book, but I am already expecting this one to take a couple of months longer (there’s a lot to tie up). As always, I’ll do my best to keep everyone informed about where I’m at in the process. And if you haven’t already, you might sign up for the newsletter for all the latest announcements :)

      Again, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, and for the encouragement! I promise I’ll be working hard to make Book 4 a worthy end to the series!

  40. Just finished reading your third book, I read all 3 in the last 3 weeks and I can tell you that all of them maintained the same level of good story and character growth, but what I like most about your story is those wise cracks that make me smile or laugh out loud. Thanks for making it souch a good ride! Hope the next one is here soon and hope you are already starting on your next project, im sure we will be reading many great new stories from you in the future.

    • Hello Jimmy– thanks for stopping by! I’m very pleased to hear that you’ve been enjoying the Fate’s Forsaken series thus far. The humor is one of my favorite parts as well. Though they’re usually in a pretty serious state of trouble, the lighthearted way in which the characters face their problems keeps it from being too grim. And call me old-fashioned, but I very firmly believe that books should make you smile :)

      Again, thank you for your kind words about these stories, Jimmy! I promise I’ll be working hard to make Book 4 a worthy end to the series. Have a happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

  41. Excellent book. I’m glad I found you. Its hard now days to find an author worthy of following their series; you are one of those.
    Also I am happy that there is going to be a fourth installment of the forsaken.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Hey K. Mathis– thanks for stopping by! Yes, there will be a Book 4, and I’m already hard at work on the first draft. Hopefully it will be a worthy end to the Fate’s Forsaken series.

      Thank you for your kind words– I’m honored that you’ve been keeping track of my books! Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend, K. Mathis :)

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