The Dreaming in Amber Quartet
HarperCollins Voyager published the Dreaming in Amber quartet from 2006-8. They were released as e-books in 2011 on Kobo.
This series began with five key ideas or motivations. The first was the Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix song 'All Along the Watchtower'. I love it, because it tightly encapsulates a fantasy story in three verses. Readers will see the faint echo of the song in the storyline of this series, and there's deliberate references to 'The Joker' and the thief.
The second motivation was to create a character who ages over the length of the series, which Meg does, from a teenage girl, through motherhood to old age.
The third concept was to draw together the 'histories' and events of my previous fantasy series - Andrakis and Ashua - into this series to create a ten novel saga.
The fourth challenging concept was to introduce Australian landscapes, flora and fauna into a fantasy setting.
The final motivation was to give a favourite character from the first series - A Ahmud Ki - a chance at redemption.
The Dreaming in Amber novels follow the struggles of Meg Farmer to accept her fate, her destiny, in a world that is both rapidly changing and facing doom at the hands of religious fanatics. Initially caught up in events, and unable to control the power she has inherited, she eventually learns what she must do and that she cannot have the 'normal' life she longed for as a mother and a grandmother.
Cover artwork for the series was done by Les Petersen, whose work can be found at http://www.lespetersen.com.au/