I’ve have a degree in Biology from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, one of the many places I’ve wandered through over the years. Right now, I live in southern Oregon with my husband and nearly-grown kids, where I spend my days writing. Right now, I’m working on the fourth book in the Immortal Brotherhood series for Berkley, about nine Viking warriors cursed to live forever as were-beasts by a sorceress. The third book, IMMORTAL CHAMPION, just came out in January.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
My warriors were cursed when they were sent to raid an English village for treasure and ended up killing the son of the sorceress who guarded it. Each man becomes a different beast, based on the form of his fylgja (spirit companion), and changes back and forth every dawn and dusk. Some are man during the day and beast at night, some beast by day and man by night, according to the animal each manifests. The changing is painful and out of their control—truly a curse—and because the witch also made them immortal, their suffering goes on and on, forever.
So the story world is the real world, but one in which magic is very much alive. I work myth and legend into love stories that are also as historically accurate as I can make them.
Because it’s unlikely that nine men would live for centuries and then all fall in love and find their way free of the curse at the same time, each story takes place in a different time period. The first book took place in 1096, about 200 years after the curse in 1096, and the series gradually works toward the present. I’m putting the finishing touches on book #4, IMMORTAL DEFENDER, which is set in Elizabethan England and involves a relative of William Shakespeare, a forest, a hidden god, and a threat that could mean Torvald never finds his way free of the curse.
Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
I’m an RT Virgin. I’ve certainly known and read about the conference for years, but this is the first time everything has come together so I can attend. Having attended other huge conferences, though my advice is to PACE YOURSELF. Remember to go to bed, especially the first couple of nights, or else you’ll be so ragged by the end you can’t sit up.
Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
I’m not speaking. I didn’t know I’d be able to go until it was too late to sign up to speak. However, I will be a participating author in Club RT twice (Thursday at 1:30 pm and Friday at 11:45 am) and I’m signing at the Bookfair on Saturday.
As for panels I’m attending – I’ve got a public profile on the RT Convention site here. Right now I have a lot of competing workshops selected, but I’ll have that sorted out by April 1 so you can see where I’ll actually be. Please, if you see me, come up and say Hi. I’ll probably be as overwhelmed as you are.
If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?
I asked my daughter (age 16), to describe me, and she said, “Tall and frumpy.” Well, okay, that’s probably pretty accurate—but I will have a fresh haircut and some blonde highlights. And my lipstick on. LOL
I’ll also be toting a HUGE brown leather bag full of goodies, including plenty of the Romance Hero Trading Cards a bunch of us are putting together for readers to collect. There will be more info on RHTC at RT, including a checklist of who has cards so you’ll know who to stalk, er, track down.
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