Author Interview: Terah Edun

We are excited to welcome author, Terah Edun, to the nest today. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What inspired you to be a writer? 

Terah: The belief that I could write a book or books as good as my favorite author and that most importantly I could contribute to the young adult epic fantasy book scene. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What was your favorite book as a teen? 

Terah: I don’t even have to think twice about this answer – the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite quotation from your novel? 

Terah: I’m going to have to go with an exchange between Allorna and Vedaris after they pass the school exams: 
Vedaris interjected, "A nickel? They expect me to spend a nickel here?!" Allorna snapped, "Why does it matter? You're immortal—or practically, anyway." 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Which of your characters is most like you? 

Terah: Maride, I think! We both love to get lost in books and are far too trusting for our own good. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite thing about winter? 

Terah: EVERYTHING!! I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where a winter Christmas is very rare. So when there’s a true winter I love to revel in the snow, the icicles, the cold wind and the flurries. It’s all so magical. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What is your favorite bird? 

Terah: The red-tailed hawk. 

 This or That: 
- Dogs or Cats? Dog person definitely! The bigger the better. 
- Jocks or Nerds? When have jocks EVER been better than nerds? >.> Don’t answer that. 
- Cable or Internet? Internet because I can watch cable tv online!!! 
- Coke or Pepsi? Coke – I did mention I’m from Atlanta right? The hometown of the Coca-Cola kingdom. 
- Batman or Superman? Batman – I love a man who is smart and can kick butt.

About the Author

An international development professional by day and a fantasy author by night. Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, RED MADRASSA, published on November 8, 2012.

Sworn to Raise, the first in the Courtlight series, will be out in March 2013. Casbah Guardian, the second book in the Algardis series, will be out in May 2013.

She's pretty good about getting back with emails. Just be aware that she lives in a country with pretty bad internet. ;)

About the Book

A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny... 

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.

When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.

She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.

Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?

This book is suitable for ages 12 and over. It is free of nudity, sexuality and only light cursing. The book is inclusive of LBGT and racial diversity.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me on the Reading Lark!


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