We are in love with Heather Lyons’ A MATTER OF FOREVER!! A MATTER OF FOREVER is the fourth book, and conclusion, of her Fate Series. This is an upper YA/NA Fantasy series, and one not to be missed!!
Earlier this year I got this email with the subject title Stolen Songbird has Stolen your hearts! I was immediately intrigued with this book and invited Danielle to write a guest post . My review should be up later this week The Mythology of Stolen Songbird One of the questions I’m most frequently asked …View full post
Earlier this year I got this email with the subject title Stolen Songbird has Stolen your hearts! I was immediately intrigued with this book and invited Danielle to write a guest post . My review should be up later this week
The Mythology of Stolen Songbird
One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is to discuss is the mythology behind Stolen Songbird. And I’ve got a confession to make. I find answering that question very difficult, because what I think it is asking is this: what myth was your novel based on or inspired by? And the honest answer is that it wasn’t inspired by mythology at all.
Last week, I talked about my motivation for writing Stolen Songbird, which you can read about here [http://syntaxreviews.blogspot.ca/2014/03/stolen-songbird-blog-tour.html?spref=tw], but the crux of the post was that the story was inspired by the setting, not the other way around. For most writers, myself included, that’s sort of an a$$-backward approach, but that ended up being a bit of a theme in this novel, because I didn’t start thinking about troll mythology until I was several chapters into writing the book and I determined that was what these creatures would be. Strange, I know! At that point, I began looking at how trolls were portrayed in popular culture, fairytales, and mythology, and started integrating or subverting aspects that interested me in order to create a creature that was my own. Once I’d established what the trolls were like in the time of Tristan and Cécile, I then developed a back story for them – an explanation for how they’d become the way they are and what they were like before, and ultimately where they came from originally. It is at the point where I reveal the trolls’ heritage that the mythology becomes much more familiar to readers, if they haven’t guessed it all along from the many, many clues I’ve left along the way.
I could tell you what that mythology is now, but I’m not going to give it away to those who haven’t read the book yet. No one likes a spoiler!
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