Q: Why Norse gods?
A: Because they're so stinkin' fun to play with! I fell in love with Scandinavian mythology a long, long time ago,
but that love was cemented by my beloved Norwegian teacher, Olaug. (Yes, she's real. And her Norsk waffles are
the best.) The myths are so dark, so complex, and at the same time so endearing -- at the heart of the mythology,
it's clear the Norse pantheon is very much a family, complete with its Golden Boy (Thor), Black Sheep (Loki), and
every archetype in between. I love the mythological characters soverymuch, and it's entirely too much fun giving
them their altogether-human characteristics in my own stories.
Q: Are any of your characters real?
A: My imaginary friends are 100%, well, imaginary. But I borrow heavily from real life for names. Olaug shares a
name with my lovely Norwegian teacher, and Professor Carnicke taught one of my favorite subjects in college.
Q: What's the reading order for The Elsker Saga? Does the Ære Saga follow the same timeline?
A: The Elsker Saga order is: TUR (the Elsker Saga prequel novella), ELSKER (Book #1), ENDRE (Book #2) then TRO (Book #3). Like the Elsker Saga, the Ære Saga takes place in the two years leading up to the Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok. The first three books of the Ære Saga (PERFEKT ORDER, PERFEKT CONTROL, and PERFEKT BALANCE) take place during the one year period of Elsker's TUR, while the final Ære book will take place during the events that happen during Elsker's ENDRE and TRO.
Q: Where did the idea for the Elsker books come from?
A: I owe Elsker to a caffeine craving on a road trip. I stopped at a drive-through coffee hut in itty bitty
Nehalem, Oregon (Population: 250; stoplights: 1), and a pretty high school aged girl came to the window
to take my order. I wondered what her life was like in such a small town, and what might happen if something
totally huge dropped in on her world . . . like a Norse god. I started writing when I got home. :)
Q: Is Gunnar going to get his own book? Please, please, please??
A: I don't have one planned for him. But you can meet his brother, Henrik, in the Ære Saga. He's smart, and fierce, and cute as all get out. I kind of love him.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: As always, there's a super secret project (or two) I can't talk about yet. And then there's Ære 4 - I'm excited to share the final chapter in the Ære crew's adventures late 2018!
Q: You don't really have a flip phone, do you?
A: You betcha. I <3 that old battleaxe, and I'm clinging to it until it breathes it's last breath. Though this iPhone case -->
very nearly tempted me to upgrade technology. Nearly.
Do you have a question for me? Let me know in the comments, and I'll update this page as we go!