Haven’t started the series?
This is a question I have been asked many times in the last few weeks, since my Valkyrie Novels were accepted by Evolved Publishing. The first book in the Norse Mythology based YA series is DEAD RADIANCE. Now, Western mythology is fairly popular, fairly recognizeable too – Greek, Roman, Irish, Egyptian and Norse. And seeing that I am a mythology fan I knew I wanted to write in this vein. What better way to explore the myths, to research the gods and goddess, to immerse myself in something I loved.
My first instinct was to pen a tale of ancient sorcery set in Egypt- yup you guessed it, I adore Egyptian mythology. (Little known fact: When I was eleven I was a nerd and a history buff and (for the life of me I still haven’t figured this out) seemed to bear some resemblance to the girl in the old TV series ISIS. Perhaps it was the glasses that did it.. Anyhoo .. there are certain people that, to this very day, refer to me as ‘Isis’. – they know who they are 🙂
I didn’t particularly want to do a retelling so I ended up with a ‘what-if’. What if a modern teenager discovers she is a Valkyrie, that she has the power to tell a warrior apart from your average dude (or dudette since warriors are never just boys). What does she do when her heart is broken? Does it break like a normal human’s heart, can she forgive him? And what about the wings! What must it be like to fly? And to kick major butt? ‘Cos yes, my heroines are kick-ass!
YA readers love angels and vampires. And I’m guessing it’s a lot to do with the mystery, the impossibility of it all that appeals to the reader. Paranormal/Urban Fantasy readers are interested in an escape, they crave the mystery of new worlds, the deliciously intangible super-human beings – faeries, angels, vampires.
For thousands of years folk have delved into the unknown, explored the inner workings of the human mind, identified reasons for the seasons, for the sunrise and the tides, for eclipses and volcanoes and tsunami’s.
Where do humans come from, how are mountains created, how does the moon hang suspended in the sky? Every culture across the globe has their own set of stories or myths or folktales to explain the hows and the whys of human existence. Explanations that evolved over time into full-blown complex sets of mythologies, each adapted to weather, environment and social structure. It’s to do with social interaction, prejudice, politics and control. And it’s about love and hate, what we can control and what we can’t, what we can explain and what remains inexplicable to this day.
So I decided to travel for a while with Odin, perhaps I will learn a little more about the one-eyed, lightning god who is more human in his complexities than most gods in Western mythology. Perhaps I will understand the fickle nature of Loki and maybe he will tell me why he is so mercurial in nature. I would love to take a walk with Thor – he’s a hottie in anyones imagination, MARVEL or otherwise, and he could teach me to throw that hammer of his. And what of Freya and Baldur, Fenrir and Frigga? What stories will they tell me? What secrets will they reveal? Perhaps they could tell me why humanity is the way we are, as fickle in nature as the gods themselves, as stubborn and courageous, and as loyal and cruel.
What tales could the dragons and giants, the elves and dwarfs tell me? I will be sure to share their secrets with you if you are happy to listen
So perhaps you could stop by and spend some time with me within the pages of Dead Radiance. It is Bryn’s story. The tale of a girl who saw nothing in herself until she realised she had everything, a girl who is a Valkyrie but recognises that she is nothing without her humanity.