Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Interviewing fantasy author S. G. Rogers about her new book The Druid

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I'm very happy to have the chance to interview one of my favorite fantasy authors and dear friends, S. G. Rogers. She's talking with me about her new book, The Druid.

How was Dani kidnapped in her world by mythological creatures? How were they able to be there in her world?

One man’s myth is another man’s reality.  The kidnappers are Huginn and Muninn, the two Ravens that are supposed to be working for the Immortal, Odin.  Since the Ravens are magical creatures, they can travel in between the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology without any problems.

Why did those creatures want Dani in their world? If she was kidnapped, was there a ransom someone had to pay in order for her to be returned to her home?

The Ravens track by smell when they are in Midgard (Earth). They kidnap Dani by mistake. Although they could have returned her, they decide against it for fear she’ll tip off their actual target.

How does she feel when she finds herself in Asgard? Is she frightened or is it a lovely, happy place? Is that place familiar to her through her reading?

Asgard is a beautiful, magical place at first, and so Dani finds it exhilarating.  When she realizes she might be stranded, however, reality sets in.  She sees many landmarks she recognizes from The Asgard Adventure, by Emrys Drew.  Nevertheless, Dani discovers Emrys took quite a lot of artistic license when he wrote his novel.

What a fun connection! Tell us briefly what the setting of Asgard looks like.

The sky in Asgard is multi-colored and beautiful…similar to the aurora borealis.  Asgard City is a very modern place, with buildings constructed of white stone and glass.  From afar, the skyline resembles a city made of ice. On her travels to the city, however, Dani sees blood-red pyramids, a lava river, and islands floating in the sky.

Sounds amazing! Dani must attempt to get help from the Immortals in order to escape Asgard and go home. What are the Immortals like? How do they compare to the elves?

Physically, Immortals resemble humans—except for their increased physical strength.  Elves look like humans as well, except for the slightly pointed tips of their ears. Elves are usually tall and athletic, with the build of a gymnast.

Sound like a great read! Thanks lots for telling us more about your book. 

Description:

An adventurous woman meets a romantic hero from the pages of a book, bigger than life and twice as Elvish.

Dani Avery is an ordinary girl wishing for adventure. She never expected to be kidnapped by mythological creatures and taken to a place she thought only existed within the pages of a book.  Abandoned in Asgard, Dani must find her way home. Along the way, she meets the handsome Prince Rein. Sadly, the elf is not-so-charming and has issues of his own, leaving Dani disappointed and vulnerable.  With nowhere left to turn Dani looks for help among the powerful Immortals, but gets caught in a trap that may leave her stranded and alone in Asgard forever.

Buy links for The Druid:



Coming soon to BN.com and wherever online books are sold.

Excerpt:

Outside, a flickering light in the adjacent parking area cast a moody pall. Even though the lot was deserted, Dani quickened her pace. Suddenly, out of nowhere, two towering figures with indistinct forms and features pinned her from either side. One of them spoke in a voice that was neither male nor female—or human.
“Druid, we have you at last.”
She was too shocked to react for a moment. But when something like clammy tendrils of rubber cement began to curl around her wrists and upper arms, Dani was galvanized into action. Although she tried to beat the ectoplasm out of her assailants, the tendrils continued to form until she was nearly immobile. Then, the shadowy figures dragged her into another plane of existence.
No longer in the Avery Dry Cleaners parking lot, Dani and her kidnappers had materialized in a field of electric-blue grass laced with broad swaths of green four-leaf clover. The sunlit sky was unlike any Dani had ever seen. The color was a kaleidoscope of intense periwinkle, purples, and pinks, with an occasional silvery wisp floating past. Reminiscent of the aurora borealis, the effect was dazzling, but Dani could scarcely enjoy the view in her current predicament.
She was lying in the grass, trussed up like a turkey, and utterly helpless. Unable to speak because of the rubbery tendrils across her mouth, Dani could only glare at Ninn and Ginn. Moments ago, the creatures had appeared spectral, but now they were vividly clear. They were humanoid, but the facial features under their hooded capes were strangely avian. Ninn prodded Dani’s thigh with the toe of his black boot. “It’s a female,” he chirped.
“I hate to admit it, but this definitely ain’t the Druid.” Ginn massaged his beakish nose, swollen even larger from close contact with Dani’s knuckles. “A shieldmaiden, I’m guessing, from her combat skills,” he said. “What should we do with her?”
“Send her back to Midgard?”
“Can’t.  She’ll warn the Druid we’re looking for him.”
“Let’s dump her in Helheim.”
“Ah, that would be too cruel,” Ginn said. He gave a diabolical chuckle. “But I like it.”


Author Bio:

Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. She earned her first black belt in taekwondo from martial arts champion Billy Blanks.  Later on, she earned black belts in taekwondo and hapkido from Master Myung Kim. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes fantasy and romantic fantasy stories.  She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Although she’s most often drawn to speculative fiction, she’s been known to break away to write other genres.  Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.

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Twitter handle: @suzannegrogers
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. The first of her epic fantasy romance series, ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS, is now available--SEEKING A SCRIBE. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

2 comments:

S.G. Rogers said...

Marsha, thanks so much for having me on your blog!

Cathie Dunn said...

This sounds like another fabulous read from one of my favourite new authors. It's going on my TBR list.

Thanks for telling us about it. :-)