Friday, September 11, 2015

My thoughts about historical fantasy on The Magic Happens podcast

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Today I had the privilege of being interviewed by Annette Rochelle Aben from The Magic Happens. Our conversation was recorded live on the Tell Me a Story podcast. We spoke about my historical fiction and why people like scary, dark fantasy stories.

I related my adventure in Great Basin National Park when I toured Lehman Caves. That inspiring experience finally emerged in my latest novel Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2 when a group of characters had to hide in a cave from a werewolf and an undying fext.

Excerpt from the novel:

With every step deeper into the mountain she became very aware of each breath as if air would cease to be available. The immensity of the mountain all around her bore down on her spirit. Her awareness of her miniscule body within the vastness of the world provoked anxieties. She imagined the cave collapsing and trapping her, never to see the sky again. To die in the hideous hard dark stoked her terror. The memory of the closing door of the iron maiden bit into her, and she struggled against her paralyzing thoughts.
Her hand was on her chest when she caught up to the musicians. They were only dim shuffling figures following the single light with plodding desperation.
When Altea gasped, Carlo looked back. “We’ll make it through,” he encouraged.
She felt herself nod and tried to take a deep breath, but the fear constricting her body resisted the effort. The world of the surface was utterly foreign to this hard slumbering interior. The darkness was beyond any night with eyes shut tight. Hammerlith’s meager lantern slipped through the black everything like a spider in the house of giants.
Altea put a hand on Carlo’s back because she needed the connection. He surely understood when her fingers clasped his shirt.
They reached a door of metal bars. Hammerlith unlocked it and led them through and then locked it behind them. They were secure in his mine, and Altea tried not to think of it as locked inside.

See more about the novel Journey of the Hunted.

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