When I finished writing Rumaysa A Fairytale, I knew Rumaysa’s story wasn’t finished. I had some ideas in my head about where she would go next and how her story would continue. When my editor gave me the green light to go, I couldn’t wait. In a way, I felt like I was simply carrying on writing the first book which made it a lot easer to get started.
In Rumaysa Ever After, we meet our young hero Rumaysa again, travelling through enchanted lands trying to find her parents. When she happens upon a young prince in need of help, she ends up being invited back to his palace as a thank you where she meets his sister, Queen Saira White of Bishnara. Though seemingly beautiful and kind, the Queen has other plans for Rumaysa who finds her own happily ever after being threatened.
I had a lot of fun bringing old characters back into this world, as well as remixing new fairytales to create Rumaysa Ever After. At the heart of this book is a young girl trying to find her way home, back to her parents, and figuring out how to help others around her with the gifts that she has. I like to call Rumaysa a reluctant hero because she doesn’t always want to save the day, but she knows deep down that it’s the right thing to do! (Although heroes need rest days too!)
Rumaysa Ever After can be read as a standalone but if you want the backstory, Rumaysa A Fairytale is worth a read.
Illustrated by Rhaida El Touny, Rumaysa Ever After is available to purchase online and in bookstores, order links below.