5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Lucienne Diver: Let’s Talk Blood Hunt

BloodHunt300Hi Lucienne! Welcome to SlipperyWords.  I am so glad to have you. You know I have been a fan of this series since the beginning. 

I really appreciate that!!

  1. You really put Tori through a lot of physical pain and agony this time around.  Any particular reason why you love to torture her?

War has a cost.  And even though Tori doesn’t go to war in the typical sense, she is fighting some pretty immense forces, and she’s still (mostly…somewhat…) human, so she’d going to get banged up.  It’s only realistic!  But she’s tough.  She can take it.  Yeah, Tori is my heroine in more ways than one!

  1. You have now officially written my most favorite fight scene.  I won’t give away why, but it is essentially a fight in slow-motion and it is toward the end of the book.  Did you have fun imagining that scene?  I laughed out loud reading it, especially when you compared it to the Matrix. 

Thank you SO much. Would you believe I used to have trouble with fight/action scenes?  My writers’ group—Keith R.A. DeCandido in particular (hey, Keith!)—used to beat me up for it.  Now I sort of rub my hands together and cackle with glee.  I had a ton of fun with that fight scene.  It’s so epic!  At least, I like to think so.  But every time I do something like this I wonder, “Where on earth can I go for the next book?  How do I top that?”

  1. Nick has an opportunity to move on from Tori with a special character in this book.  I always thought he would wind up with a mortal, but did you feel that given what he has seen and knows, he had to find an immortal?

I’m not so sure he found an immortal so much as she found him…and he was powerless to exist.  Or at least, he didn’t want to fight too hard.  That special someone is something of a force of nature!

  1. I find the doubling, even tripling up of gods as multiple versions of one deity challenging to wrap my mind around.  When and how do they appear in one physical form versus another?  Apollo/Horus for example. 

I didn’t want to focus entirely on Greek mythology, but that’s where I started with the Latter-Day Olympians series.  As you’ve said, I wanted to bring their counterparts and compatriots in other pantheons in as well, so that I could draw on Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Norse, Native American and other mythologies.   Mostly, though, they do appear in their Greek forms for continuity and because they’re trying to blend into our world of today.  Apollo as Horus with his hawk head would be pretty conspicuous!  So would Hermes as Iemisch with a fox body and serpent’s tale or as Spider or Coyote…  And Aphrodite as Ishtar would have wings…and she’s certainly no angel!

  1. Will Tori ever make nice with Zeus and Poseidon?  I’d like to see her go back to the beach at some point. I mean, she lives in California… it seems cruel to take the ocean away from her.

You know, that’s an interesting question!  It hurts me and my sun-worshipping self as well.  I don’t have an answer for this yet, but I’m working on it!

Thanks so much for spending time with me talking about Blood Hunt!  Available TODAY!

My pleasure!  I have to admit that Blood Hunt is probably my favorite of the Latter-Day Olympians novels.  I could talk about it all day long!

From October 19-31st, the first in the series, Bad Blood, will be just $0.99 in digital editions.  Also, the series’ prequel story “Trickster Blood” is free to read any time.

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Website REVEAL! Goddities from Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is revealing her new Goddites website today to go with her hilarious series, The Latter-Day Olympians (which I strongly recommend)!  For those who are familiar with the books, this is Yiayia’s blogsite, where we all know we go for the best gossip on all of the gods.

Go check it out and also watch for an interview with Lucienne tomorrow about her latest book!  In the meantime, I have a treat…the dossier of Apollo (and he’s yummy)

apolloGod of the sun (and at least as hot). Also the god of music, prophecy and a whole host of other things. Basically, the ancients adored him so much they just kept piling on, stealing attributes and worship (and thus power) away from other gods to heap upon him. Apollo’s been many things in many cultures – Hobal (aka Hubal) from Arabia, Shamash from Assyrian-Bablonian myth, Horus from Egypt, just to name a few.

Oddly, in his Greek and Roman incarnations, he’s described, along with his twin, Artemis, to be blue-eyed with a mane of blonde hair, leading to belief that he was stolen originally from an earlier pantheon.

He’s rumored to be amazing with a bow and arrow, which is not code for anything more down and dirty…though, pssst, I hear he’s no slouch in that area either.

In fact, rumor has it that not so long ago, Apollo started a film career in the, er, adult arena, which he leveraged into a full-fledged acting career. He’s now getting into management, though he still does some acting on the side.

(My granddaughter would kill me for saying so if her secret weren’t already out in the Latter-Day Olympians series, but she’s quite taken with him herself. In fact, here’s a direct quote from their first meeting:

“Apollo-freakin’-Demas, all six foot two ridiculously ripped inches of him.  I had one of those bizarre romantic comedy moments where the world contracts, spatial relationships are meaningless and he was all there was in the world – just his turquoise eyes meeting my bronze, silently speaking volumes.  All those statues carved in his likeness were such pale imitations as to be sacrilege.”)

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*Model: Actor Paul Logan

 

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with John Hartness: From the Stone

for the stoneFrom the Stone by John Hartness is a fast-paced high jinks adventure that combines the King Arthur legend with the worst of high school.  This is simply fun.  Visit John at www.JohnHartness.com.  He has lots of stories you will want to read.

  1. I grew up cherishing mythological heroes like Merlin and Arthur.  Did you have a special fascination with them too?

I did. I loved The Once and Future King, and loved The Crystal Cave series by Mary Stewart, I’ve always been a sucker for heroic coming of age stories, traditional hero’s journey stuff, from Star Wars to The Belgariad to X-Men and The New Mutants runs by Chris Claremont.

  1. I admit I was confused about who was Guinevere, but you explained it well in the end.  I thought though, given that Gwen is trans, she may have turned into a female figure as a confirmation of who she is.  But you chose not to do that.  Why?

I wanted to keep the “Arthurian” bits of the legend as close to canon as possible, while using the “Contemporary” parts of the story to show how our world has changed since those “good old days.” In Arthurian legend, there was only one role for women to fill, that of sex object either pure (debatably Guinevere) or dirty (Morgan le Fey). So I didn’t have anyone from the old Round Table stories to turn Gwen into except for a male character. So I decided to not only use the character to show the different role women have taken on in today’s society, but to use the character’s transformation from a 13th-century male warrior to a 21st-century female warrior to look at current issues surrounding gender identity and the fluidity of such notions.

  1. This story has the Harry Potter feel to it in that adults always miss what is really going on, except for Merlin/Dumbledore.  Did you feel that was an important element to this story and style of writing?

It was important to me that it be a closed fantasy world, and that only those characters that were part of the world know what’s going on. In later stories, that lets me play with conflicts around Rex and his Dad, the Scoobies and the school administration, etc. But you always need a Giles/Dumbledore/Merlin if you’ve got a bunch of teenagers running around solving mysteries. He serves not only as the author’s voice in the story, but is also a device to get young people out of the trouble they inevitable get into by being boiling cauldrons of hormones. And it’s another piece of the Arthurian legend I could play with a little – that of Nimue putting Merlin to sleep in a tree for a few centuries.

  1. What made you want to branch out to this genre?

It’s always characters. I wanted to write a YA story about a displaced King Arthur, because I thought there were lots of “what if” questions I could ask myself. What if it’s in America? What if his best friend is black? What if his best friend is trans? What if Guinevere is dating his brother? What if he sucks at algebra?

  1. You obviously leave room for new adventures at the end. What can we expect for Rex and company?

I don’t know yet. I do plan to return to Ardrey Kell High (a real place, home of the Knights, really does look like a prison. I worked on the construction of the place.) but not until 2016. I have a Bubba novella coming out in October 2015, then a Harker novella in November 2015, then Part 2 of Queen of Kats in December, PLUS I need to finish the first draft of Black Knight Chronicles #6 before the end of the year, so I probably won’t get back to Rex & co. until January or so. Then I’ll figure out what’s up with little miss Morgan, and eventually our boy is going to have to go to a prom, so that should be interesting.

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with D.L. Carter

Hi Dee: Thanks for being with me on SlipperyWords!  We are talking about The Use: Changing Magic Book 1.  I thought this was a really The Use_DL Carterfun book.  It is a rollicking sexy romp through a time and place where elves, humans and magic reign.  And  you are working on book 2, so those that love this book…another two books are coming.

  1. You take some common tropes and then place them into a new world to see what would happen. Tropes like the damsel in distress that is more than she seems, the wise older man who yearns for someone to love him, etc.  What made you want to stay with common characterizations but place them in a setting of your imagination?Writers are advised to “write what they know”. What is actually meant is write what your reader will identify with and want to know more about. You have to start with vaguely familiar ground to avoid offending and distancing your reader from the start. It is all very well to have giant green monsters ravaging the country side but you have to have common ground – A word or idea so the reader can empathize with the struggle. If you are a giant green man fighting a small vegetarian oppressor who owns a butter franchise then your reader will laugh and line up alongside the oversized underdog and cheer for his eventual freedom.

    When you have stopped laughing…. okay. Actually, I am aware that people are complicated. I like to make worlds where ordinary people can do extraordinary things because, in fact, they do.

    I have written sci fi fan fic from the POV of the cleaning woman and regency stories from the POV of a talking dog. Life is complicated and fun when you let the ordinary people who will lift up cars from imprisoned children and run from Athens to Marathon to end a war tell their stories.

  1. I’ve been talking about a new genre that we have labelled librarypunk. I think your book could be a part of it since libraries and the knowledge hidden in books is an important concept.  (you can see my blogpost about librarypunk)

Literacy is important. The invention of writing came alongside the invention of civilization. If we didn’t have libraries then every generation would have to re-invent the simplest things. It is only by building on the knowledge of those who have gone before that we can discover, invent, learn, grow – etc. etc.

In the real world – when I was very young I lived in the outback of Australia. The library came to our house once a month. A truck with sides that folded out. It was amazing and annoying. I was a child so only permitted three picture books. I sympathize with Yental who had to put up with “Picture books for women, scripture books for men.” I’ve been reading on my own since three.  I read very fast. Very fast and wanted more. It was when I was a child that I started writing stories. My mother would watch me read a book and then go outside and walk in circles telling myself stories. of what came next.   I still go to the library even though it is harder for me to read books on paper nowadays.

I also collect, and save my energy for, antique books. I have medical texts published in the 1840’s and an early encyclopedia for  “Persons of the Professional Class” from 1812. If it weren’t for someone’s private library being sold I wouldn’t have these gems.

  1. Will we see more of the Lady’s guards in books 2 and 3?  They are a lot of fun.Morae Noname  will be an important character in book three and will experience a life changing event. The other guards will earn their own happiness even if I have to write short stories for them. They are, amazingly, very, very popular with the readers. The most difficult character I have invented in this universe is Norfarland the Bastard. My publisher wants me to write an actual Adventure and I cringe at the thought.

    then again… hmmmm

  1. I can’t wait to meet this baby. Am I right to assume that he/she is quite special?

    The baby is a baby and is special to his family. It is likely, given the plotting of existing and next books, that the baby won’t even be born by the end of the last book in the series.   His/her parents won’t mind as long as he/she has fingers, toes, etc.

5. What other books have you published or are working on in this      same genre?

I have the World Wide Witches Research Association and Pinochle Club trilogy – first book is out. Second book is in re-write hell.  First book – First Destroy All Giant Monsters is out on ebook and a load of fun.

Also going with paranormal but in the so called human world is The Adventures of a Super Hero’s Insurance Adjuster – I’ll let you think about the title for a moment because it says it all.

I have a book that I keep going back to that instead of having fertlitity as the elvan problem we have the elves as a human problem. In that universe the elves of a northern conclave went to war with a southern group and in doing so rode back and forth over mortal human society and civilization until they destroyed it – and then the elves went home.

A century later the last mortal who knew how to read goes to demand justice – and a book on healing – from the northern elves who had not, until that moment, realized the consequences of their war.

That book is also in re-write hell but I periodically post exerpts on my blogspot. funwithghoulsandgoblins.blogspot.

 

I also post work in progress updates on website  dlcarterauthor.com

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Laura Anne Gilman: Silver on the Road

Hi Laura Anne, so glad to have you on SlipperyWords…Let’s talk about your new book, Silver on the Road. This takes place in a West that almost was, a place familiar but different, where the devil rules and magic is ever-present.  Your story follows Isobel as she makes her bargain with the devil and sets on on the road to learn her new role, with a reluctant but honorable mentor, Gabriel.

  1. My copy didn’t have a map. Can you describe where this happens in some kind of orientation to the modern map of the U.S and Mexico? Silver-on-the-Road-high-rez-cover1-265x400

Ah, this one’s easy – the Territory can be reasonably overlaid on the Louisiana Purchase, which was about 828,000 square miles west of the Mississippi, stretching to the Rocky Mountains, and including area that would eventually become Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

SILVER ON THE ROAD is set mainly in what-would-have-been Kansas and Colorado.  However, I have taken certain liberties with the placement of and distance between certain landmarks…. 

  1. This is definitely, as the title indicates, a road story, a journey.  I noticed that the writing took on the rhythm of the road, where passages of quiet contemplation were then punctuated by action.  Was this deliberate, or just how the story unraveled?

A little of both, maybe?  I think I found myself doing it instinctively, and then decided that yes, I liked it, and went back in one of the later passes and deepened it.  Any journey has its quiet moments and its loud ones, and I think we do a disservice to the story if we only focus on the loud ones.  

Especially when we’re in a setting that is so massive and empty, the way the Plains are, that the sheer weight of sky overhead forces you to be still, and listen.  A lot of truths come out, under that weight.

  1. This is the most mundane question, but how did she manage to braid two feathers into her hair and keep them there throughout the rest of the story? I can’t keep a headband on for an hour.

Well, remember that she doesn’t get to wash her hair very often, and doesn’t have conditioner, so the strands are rougher than we’re used to!   It also helps if you try wrapping a strand of hair around the quill itself, as you go, to help anchor it in place.  But even with that, she has to take it out every night and redo it (so it doesn’t get crushed).

I suspect the feathers – small and lightweight – are easier to maintain than a headband, always pressing against you, reminding you that it’s there?

  1. I really enjoyed the relationship between her and Gabriel. Because of her youth, I was glad this didn’t turn in a romantic story at this point. Is that something we may see develop in future books as Izzy ages?

….no.  The relationship between Isobel and Gabriel is very much that of student and mentor, and – eventually – friends and partners, and it’s certainly loving, but it’s not in any way romantic or sexual. They simply don’t think of each other like that.  Plus, Gabriel is very much aware of the fact that she is much younger than him, both in years and experience, and that his obligations to her are protective – I suspect he would consider any physical aspect of that to be predation.  

I’m not going to say there aren’t physical relationships ahead for them – but not with each other.

  1. By making her the Left Hand, you imply that her role is to be sinister (as in the Latin). Part of her journey is going to be learning how to bring justice, even in ruthless, sinister ways, is it not?  We get a preview of this with the friars and what she allows the magician to do.  

The job of the Left Hand is to do what has to be done.  Sometimes that’s justice.  Sometimes it’s not.  And anything more would be a spoiler.  (insert evil author grin, here)

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