Slowly the literary world has been veering toward novels that are based off of Mythology. Paranormal and Dystopian novels are still around, people can’t seem to get enough of them, but the new and coming genre is books based off of Mythology. Books like Everneath by Brodi Ashton and The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter are great examples of Greek Mythology but T. G. Ayer has taken the world Norse Mythology and manipulated it into her new novel Dead Radiance.
Learn about T. G. Ayer and her love for Mythology in the following interview,
My first manuscript, the first time I ever attempted a full novel, died with my PC. I’d written about 60 000 words, and though I lost about half of them, it hit me so badly that I didn’t feel like writing again for almost 7 months.
And every time I think about rewriting the novel or completing it I get this terrible ache in my tummy. So I guess I will leave that manuscript alone until I gather sufficient courage.
The moral of the story? Backup, backup, backup.
What makes the Valkyrie Novels so unique?
This series brings both the fantasy world of the Norse realms, with all their gods, tales, manipulations and trickery, head to head with the modern world. It’s a setting in which the modern meets the mythological , plus the lead character is no simpering miss.
Inspiration can hit at any moment, where were you when the idea for Dead Radiance came to you?
In bed, having a migraine…Kinda the worst time ever to get a good idea, what with not being able to see to write notes. But I was able daydream about the idea, to build on it. And as much as I was afraid I might lose the ‘feeling’ I didn’t. The desire to write this particular novel persisted until I couldn’t do anything else but write it. And that’s how we ended up with Dead Radiance.
Why did you choose to write a twist on Mythology? What is it about that genre that’s so alluring?
I’ve always been a mythology nut. I have a deep respect for the concept of a mythology in that it is a representation of a society and its vision of what the world and life means. Each culture has a unique way of explaining how life works and what life and all its complexities really mean. But even then one can identify the similarities, the sharing of myths among cultures through trade and time.
Norse mythology is one set of Western myths which have not been overdone. Indeed it’s barely been touched within the YA genre itself. I’ve seen a bit of it in Carrie Jones’ NEED Series and Jennifer Esteps’ Mythos Academy
I mulled over which Norse mythological beings would be cool and I went with the Valkyrie- although dragons do warm my heart (but that may just be another story entirely) *grin
What makes Bryn Halbrook a character to look up to? Is she like you in any way?
Bryn is a strong character, and although she is lonely she is not a wilting maid in desperate need of male attention. In fact, at times, she is too independent and does need to learn to trust again.
I do believe, as a storyteller, you tell more than just the tale. Isn’t there always a moral to the story? End even when writers claim not to write a story with a moral running through it, as humans, we cannot deny that our life experience, opinion and essence of beliefs filter through to the words on the page.
I guess Bryn is a little like me in that it takes her a while to trust people, and I’m pretty stubborn too. Unfortunately I can’t kick ass as well as she does. Wish I could!
What scene was the most challenging to write in Dead Radiance Incarnate? How did you overcome it?
I think it was the ending that gave me the most pause for thought. I really wanted to draw the reader into the story- and yet still achieve a satisfying ending to Dead Radiance. I’d hate for my readers to feel robbed. But, on the other hand a good, suspenseful ending with keep that story in the readers mind for much longer than a pretty, happily ever after.
In the end I went with what my characters directed me to do. I decided not to plan and plot, but to follow my instinct. So far, the reviews have been positive .
Tell us about the inspiration behind the beautiful Cover Art?
The cover is basically Bryn – she was the inspiration. My cover artist brought to life everything I imagined Bryn would be. The hair, the wings, the sword. Even the necklace. She had to have enough attitude, we needed to see her strength, but not too much or she’d end up looking nasty.
I think the entire cover from background to the hair and the sword represents Bryn to a T.
What is your advice for our readers out there that want to become writers?
Never give up. That’s the main thing, I guess. I had entered a contemporary fiction competition, worked really hard on my three chapter submission and got my chapters slammed. The problem was, my submission was a paranormal fiction with Egyptian themes. Why wouldn’t it be tossed out on it’s little tush? It was the wrong genre.
The best thing you can do is learn the craft, learn the rules of the industry. Learn the do’s and don’ts, and polish your manuscript until it shines. Whether you are submitting to agents or publishers, always, always put you best foot forward.
Can you share a sentence or two from your current work with us? (a teaser)
Nothing ever happened in Craven. Nothing to get tongues wagging. Not until our night in the Camaro.
The oil patch appeared in the split second between Joshua’s gasp and the crunching of metal. The rainbow at its center caught my eye. The shimmering, bland menace of it; a warning too late. A second, meant to be the shortest of moments, was enough. A blink in time filled with Joshua’s grimace of fear, filled with hopeless desperation, as he wrenched the wheel against the spin of the car. Filled with the stark horror on the faces of the couple in the other car as we spun toward them.
The crunch of metal.
The barely audible click of my seatbelt as it came undone.
Metal tasted metal.
The two cars crumpled into each other, the force of the impact flinging me across the street. Slamming my body into the light pole outside Joe’s Barbershop. Any normal person would have broken in half, spine crushed from the impact of vertebrae to steel pole. Not me.
Coming away from the accident with a head wound, no matter how serious, wasn’t enough for Craven. I should have died like Joshua. The couple in the other car was still in hospital.
But I was still walking.
They hated me for that.
What final advice would you give our young adult readers before diving into your book?
The only advice I can give is to keep an open mind. Norse mythology isn’t as well know so I do hope that Dead Radiance will inspire my readers to learn more about this mythology. And, my second piece of advice is simple –relax and enjoy the ride. *grin
Tee G Ayer has been a writer from the time she was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into her imagination. Poetry was her first foray into the art of the written word. Books were Tee’s best friends, her escape, her haven. Tee is essentially a recluse but this part of her personality is impossible to practise given she has two teenage daughters, who are actually her friends, tea-makers, and confidantes… Tee is blessed with a husband who has left her for golf. It’s a fair trade as she has left him for writing. They are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…