Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?
I’ve always loved reading. From a young age I had my nose stuck in a book, and it never changed. Writing a book was on my bucket list, but then life happened, kids happened etc. But, when I fell ill, I decided life is too short not to follow my dreams, and I started writing. I published my first book in 2016. Now, I’m about to release my 23rd.
Describe your desk / writing space.
It’s an old Pine desk my son used to have in his room. It has a big flat-screen TV on it that I use as my screen, with my laptop sitting beside it. I have an ergonomic keyboard, which helps with my arthritis in my wrists and hands. Besides my note pad and pens, my desk is usually uncluttered, but my coffee cup and water bottle are pretty much a permanent feature.
Do you have a writing routine or do you write when inspired?
I try to write at least some words every day. My goal is 1000 words on weekdays and 3000 words on Saturdays and Sundays. The rest of the time I do admin, graphics, ads, and a whole lot of other things that authors need to do to maintain their business. I don’t always achieve the 1000 words during weekdays, but that’s okay. I then make them up on the weekend.
What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?
Fight scenes and love scenes are always hard, yet I write them fairly often. I’ve never really thought about what my favourite scenes are to write. Probably where my main character kicks ass. Or where I’m about to reveal something to the reader.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing books 4 & 5 of a series (The Immortal Descendants), and after that I’m writing an urban fantasy duology about dragon shifters.
What authors or books have influenced your writing?
Jean M. Auel, JRR Tolkin, Robin Hobb, Walter Farley, and many others.
How do you come up with the title to your books?
Once I have a concept for my book, I do some research of what’s popular and/or trending at the moment. I check on Amazon/BookBub etc to see how my book can fit in there to make its title discoverable. Once I have some keywords that are popular on those sites, I work them into a title that will work with my concept, and then I have the title for my book/s/series.
What inspired your book/series?
The voices in my head, lol. I’ve always had an active imagination, and I built the world for my first series (The Elemental Trilogy) from when I was young and taking my dog into the forest for walks. I have hundreds of stories in my head, and not enough time to write them.
Who is your favorite character from your book and would you get along?
I usually like my main characters, but my two favourites are Maia (Elemental Rising) and Erika (Resilient). I think we’d get along great. Both are strong and independent, but had to grow and fight to become like that.
If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?
Definitely in a fantasy world. Preferably Elveron, the world my elves live on in my Elemental Trilogy.
What is your favorite meal?
Because of my health, I’m mainly a vegan. And I’m gluten intolerant. So, I have several favourite meals, but I can’t eat them anymore. The one thing I do love (and so do some characters in my books) and that I can make vegan and gluten free, is mushroom ragout, served with rice/potatoes/or gluten free bread/pasta.
Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?
coffee with honey – no milk, or maybe tea with honey if I’m in the mood, but I love water (at least 3 liters a day)
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, kind, stubborn
About the Author
International bestselling author Toni Cox writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, among others.
Born in Germany, she now lives in South Africa with her husband, six dogs, and two cats.
Toni started writing her popular Elemental Trilogy after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013 and has been writing books ever since.
Due to her illness, she no longer goes horseriding, but it hasn’t diminished her love for the magnificent creatures, which has turned her into an avid collector of everything horse.
Toni is a firm believer in dragons.
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Maia, Elf Princess of Grildor, has trained her entire life to be the Elemental of her people. Yet, when she returns home to Elveron after her final test, disaster strikes. She has brought with her the very thing she tried to leave behind.
Faced with responsibilities she thinks she is not ready for, a love she does not reciprocate, and a threat to her people that might kill them all, she is suddenly forced to become what she is meant to be—a Prime.
An army more terrible than the nation of Grildor ever had to face is suddenly at the Gate, and Maia, with the help of her dragon, Midnight, must face her fears and the challenges of saving her people.
The appearance of Death, however, might derail all her plans. Will the bad omen mean the end of them all, or can Maia overcome that which holds her back from true power?
Find out now in this magical fantasy of an elven princess and the journey to become who she was meant to be. Toni Cox grabs you from the first page and takes you on a rollercoaster ride through a magical kingdom and the evil one princess must stop to save a nation.
“Cox has created characters; a world; a story that is Tolkien worthy. She has developed something unique and rich in imagination.” Sian B. Claven (Author of The Butcher books)
“Maia is an incredible character to follow. Toni Cox has managed to bring something new, exciting, and seriously addictive to the fore.” Robyn Victoria Castles (TBB)