The Redwood Rebel Blog Tour – Meet Lorna George

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author, Lorna George. Lorna recently released her debut novel, The Redwood Rebel. Lorna stopped by to answer a few questions.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

There’s not much to tell, really. I’m just that person with her head in the clouds, who laughs at inappropriate moments, and more often than not talks without thinking. I’ve been living in Norfolk for the past six months, and before that I was in Dorset, and that’s just about as far as I’ve travelled anywhere! By day I work behind a till for a well-known British stationery shop, but by night I weave worlds and people out of the cotton in my brain. 

  1. When did you first start writing?

 I think I must have been about eleven or so? I had a fabulous English teacher, you know, the kind of teacher who makes school not seem so much like brainwashing and treats her students like individuals. She set our class the task of writing anonymous horror stories one day, and the next lesson she picked mine out as the best and read it aloud to the class.

Well, it was pretty shocking for me, and for everyone, really. I’ll never forget the way the whole class turned and looked at me when she asked who had written it and I very slowly raised my hand. I was so sure it was a mistake or a joke, and a few of my peers even said as much. At the end of class, she took me to one side and reiterated how good it had been, and asked me if I had ever considered writing as a career.

Not going to lie, I hadn’t considered anything as a career at that point. Still, the idea of being good at something, and something I liked doing, too, was just wonderful. And well, now here I am!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

 I have so many, it’s impossible to single out just one. Louisa May Alcott had a huge impact on my life, as well as Terry Pratchett. Both of them in very different ways, but still highly important!

  1. What inspires you to write?

 Having stories to tell! I have so many ideas, so many things I want to say, so many imaginary people wandering about my mind, I have to write just to have a bit of peace and quiet!

In all seriousness though, I am very much driven by the desire to share my stories. It’s not always easy to sit and write –in fact sometimes it’s pretty difficult! Still, I love it anyway, and I love even more the idea of sharing my work with others. Books were so important to me growing up, and every single volume I’ve loved or enjoyed has stayed with me and taught me somethi8ng important. I’d really like to pay that experience forward, even if only to one person! 

  1. Tell us a little bit about The Redwood Rebel.

 It’s your typical, tropey, old-fashioned fantasy story on the surface, but with some twists on the established roles and plot progression. The Princess is an evil tyrant, the knight is the dragon sacrifice, and the dragon is the “damsel” in distress. Or dude in distress, as I like to call him. It’s set in the world of Ilios, where magic is rampant and there’s a lot of civil unrest. I play with a lot of politically important characters in this series, so that’s a lot of fun for me to explore.

  1. What attracts to writing fantasy?

 I absolutely love the genre. I’ve been obsessed with magic and dragons for as long as I can remember, and they were always the kind of books I enjoyed reading, even to this day. I think it’s such a great way to write, because there are absolutely no limits on what you can do!

  1. What are you currently working on?

 Book two is my main project just now. I’m on the final stretch of the fifth draft, and from there it’ll go back out to my lovely beta readers and my excellent editor before coming back to me for more re-writes, and in the meantime I expect I’ll be starting the first draft of book three! 

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

 Reading mostly, or playing MMORPG’s with my sisters. We have a game night every Sunday where we play ESO, and that mainly consists of me proving just how far removed my personality is from the characters I write. 

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

 I would want the power to never feel tired! I could still sleep if I wanted to, but if I wanted to sit up for five consecutive days to write, I wouldn’t have the inconvenience of having to stop! 

  1. How can readers connect with you?

 I have a website, a facebook page, as well as twitter, and tumblr. Don’t be shy! Come and talk to me!

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Sins of the Past – Introducing Kristin Roahrig

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It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for our weekly Sins of the Past interview. Today we talk to Kristin Roahrig, author of the story, Melusina. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Kristin.

Generally my days are spent either chasing toddlers or dusting off old records in the archives of a courthouse.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have a small list which includes Leo Tolstoy, Elizabeth Hand, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to name a few.

Tell us a bit about your story, Melusina?

The story is a mixture of revenge and a ghost tale. It centers around a Swiss soldier in Paris during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution.

If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

Either England or Italy during the Renaissance era.

What attracts you to writing horror?

I enjoy the subtle unexpectedness to be found in many horror stories.

What are you currently reading?

Samurai-The Last Warrior by John Man

What do you like to do to relax?

I do either meditation or practice playing my cello.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a young adult novel, Afflicted. The novel is about the Salem Witch Trials. The story is inspired by events in my family history where one of my ancestors was a juryman of the trials.

Read an excerpt from Melusina:

I had just shot a rabbit dead when I first saw her. I was ten years old, struggling to fit most of the animal into a sack, its hind feet dangling out.  A river rushed nearby. The sky showed only winter, but the air and bright colors promisedspring. The dry leaves left from last autumn crackled under my feet while I breathed in the air that smelled faintly of burning logs and the recent discharge of gunpowder from the rifle Father had lent me.

To take my kill home I needed to find a place to cross the river. The waters swelled with snow melting in the mountains, and today they rushed past me with no rhythm.

I spotted a section of the river where the water appeared green. Near the edge I could make out sand lines overlapping each other, and the dark water showed the mountains in a fuzzy image. They were mirrors of a landscape I already knew too well in the limited world in which I lived.

The wind began to blow along the ground through the leaves around me. The sky changed to a pale violet, unusual for an afternoon. I continued on my way, the rabbit’s feet hitting against my back with each step I took. A strong wind came out of nowhere and stung my face.

Jerking away from the blast, I saw the figure of a woman walking ahead in the distance.She was on the other side of the river and moved in a stooped manner. I didn’t recognize her, and would have thought her just a passing traveler or beggar, only our region in Switzerland seldom received either. Our town was too far from any important destination for a traveler to pass through, and the roads, difficult even in the summer, were impossible in winter. I crossed the river, paying little attention to the stranger ahead. But whenever I happened to notice her, the woman was always the same distance away. If I walked faster, the stranger would not be any nearer than before. If I stopped and stood still for a few moments, she would be no further ahead. Her pace never quickened or slackened.

I ran ahead, only to find her no closer than before.

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Sins of the Past – Introducing Sunila Vig

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we begin a special series of interviews with the authors of the historical horror anthology, Sins of the Past. Our first author is Sunila Vig. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Sunila.

I am from India and deeply connected to my land, its history, colours, food, culture and chaos. Today I live in Australia and enjoy the nature, calm and all that it has to offer. I teach yoga, write and sing amidst other things and try to stay open to the experiences and people that come to me.

Who are your favorite authors?

Hard to put them all down here, but a few are Tolstoy, Hardy, Shakespeare, Gorki, J. Krishnamurthy, Donna Farhi, Amitabh Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and P.G. Wodehouse.

Tell us a bit about your story VishKanya (The Poison Maiden)?

It is about a young woman who is accursed to be a poison maiden and used by her masters as a tool to decimate their rivals. She falls in love and yet can only love from afar.

If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

I would travel back in India to Buddha’s time, a few centuries before Christ.

What attracts you to writing horror?

I enjoy writing horror only when I can intersperse it with other elements like love-suspense-mystery, so that the end result is not gory but humane.

What are you currently reading?

Life. I just moved back to Australia and I’m in the throes of a variety of activity.

Are you planning to write a story for Sins of the Future? Any hints about your story?

Yes, I certainly am going to write a story for Sins of the Future. It will be unique. That is all I can say at this point.

What do you like to do to relax?

Play with my little one, teach a Yoga class, watch TV, read, write, walk, meet like-minded people, indulge in any art form….

What are you currently working on?

On sprucing up a novella I’ve written.

Read a little from Sunila’s story, VishKanya (The Poison Maiden) here:

She ran her chocolate brown fingers through his hair. In an hour his body would turn blue and stiff, her poison washing through his every cell.

Two hours back the body had a name – a handsome nobleman she’d enticed in his own chambers in the dead of night. It had been easy, too easy, and now he lay on his carved bed, oblivious to life.

She looked bored. This was number hundred-and-two. She kept count by chopping off the little toe from each victim. She wasn’t finicky like that. A string angled from one of the rafters in her attic holding one hundred and one shriveled toes, embalmed with herbs to ward off the stench.

Vishkanya was her name. Actually it was the name of every poison maiden. She wrinkled her long nose, how about a special name just for me? But when she voiced her thoughts she received a rap on the head and was told crisply that she talked too much. The purpose of her life was to be efficient and lethal.

Connect with Sunila

Via email sunila108@yahoo.com

Twitter @whitefielder

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