Monday, October 28, 2013

Interview with Lisa Llamrei Author of Reflection of the Gods

Q. Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

A. Reflection of the Gods is the story of a man who is looking to make some big changes in his life. A chance encounter with a mysterious woman brings far more change than he anticipated when he is dragged into a Sidhe civil war.

Q. Are you a mom ?

A. Yes, I have four girls ranging in age from 1-1/2 to 16.

Q. If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

A. It can certainly be a challenge at times. I try to write three to four nights a week, after my youngest is asleep. That’s the ideal, but in reality there are homework assignments or emotional crises that have to take precedence over writing from time to time. On the big picture, I am able to make it work.

Q. Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

A. I’ve not used any events from my own life, but the character of Sarah who appears in the photography show scene of Reflection of the Gods is based on a friend of mine. I didn’t originally write it that way, but she read the first draft and asked me to change the character so she could be in the novel. As a general rule, though, my characters are never wholly based on real people.

Q. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

A. In August of 1990, I was hired to belly dance in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, the Gulf War broke out a few days after I received the offer, so I had to decline.

Q. When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

A. I’ve started dancing again. Not belly dance this time; more modern dance. I’m also an avid knitter and crocheter. And I’ve just joined a book club for people who like to read and knit.

Q. Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

A. The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Far and away, my favorite book of all time.

Q. Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

A. Historical fiction. That’s one of my favorite genres to read, but I find it intimidating to write due to the amount of research required and the potential for getting the details wrong.

Q. What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

A. I am currently working on a second novel, tentatively titled The Divine Measure. This one leans a little more towards science fiction than fantasy. It involves crop circles, alien visitors (maybe), and a secret about the origins of humanity.

Q. What book are you reading now?

A. Blood between Queens, by Barbara Kyle. The title queens are Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, and the story takes place during Mary’s imprisonment. However, it’s told entirely from the points of view of those who didn’t make history – some are loyal to Elizabeth, some to Mary. I’m quite enjoying it.

Q. What is in your to read pile?

A. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, is next on the list because that’s my book club’s selection for next month. I’m currently working my way through some of the other winning titles from the Independent Book Publisher Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards. Some of the books I’m most looking forward to reading are Perseverance: A Zombie Tale, by James Lacey, Wolf Hunter, by J.L. Ben├ęt, and The Dark Horde, by Brewin. I’ve just finished The Jericho Deception, by Jeffrey Small, which I highly recommend.

Reflection of the Gods
Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Alchera Press

Date of Publication: May 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9880203-0-6
ISBN: 978-0-9880203-1-3
ISBN: 978-0-9880203-2-0
ASIN: B00CK09R84

Number of pages: 350
Word Count: 103,000

Cover Artist: Tania Craan

Book Description:

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd Behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

About the Author:

Lisa Llamrei was born in Toronto. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer and holistic nutritionist. She presently lives in Durham region with her four daughters, and she works at a school of holistic nutrition. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.


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Lisa Llamrei said...

Many thanks for the interview.

Katherine Ivan said...

I'm always looking for more urban fantasy and would love to give REFLECTION OF THE GODS a whirl. Thank you for the insight into the story and author!