In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
“It’s the end of the world as we know it!” Wait. Those weren’t exactly my words… Still, it’s a pretty good snapshot. Mason Starling is standing on the perilous brink of an impending apocalypse, the Fennrys Wolf lies at her feet in a pool of blood, and a whole cast of powerful entities – friend and foe – circle them like a supernaturally-charged cyclone, waiting to see if together they’ll end the world, or save it. Or, as I like to call it, a normal night out in New York City!
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
The students of Gosforth Academy start off as relatively normal high school students. Of course, all it takes to change that is one night of catastrophically bad weather, an attack of storm zombies, and a super-hot naked blond young man crashing into their midst, trailing an impending mystical apocalypse in his wake. The people in the story who aren’t students tend to underestimate those who are. With consequences. And the line between humanity and, well, non- tends to get fairly blurry as the story progresses.
As for favorites? I hate playing favorites. Always gets me in trouble. Fenn and Mase, of course, are my scintillating leads and I adore them. I will say, though, that I always have a heck of a lot of fun writing some of the minor characters – like, say, Taggert Overlea. He proved to be much more interesting than I had originally planned him to be.
Your book / series centers around mythology, what particular mythos did you try to focus on within the series?
With the Starling Saga, the central mythology I use as the tent pole of the story is the concept of Ragnarok – the Norse apocalypse – and some of the accompanying legends of the Vikings that go along with it. But I didn’t want to just leave it at that. Insofar as New York City is a cultural melting pot, I wanted it to be a mythological one, too. So I had a lot of fun folding in other pantheons like Greek, Roman, Egyptian… a sprinkling of Faerie dust…
What research did you do to write within the mythological inspiration?
I’ve always been fascinated by mythology and folklore and fairy tales. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve devoured books on the subjects, so I already had a kind of built-in knowledge base when I started out writing the Wondrous Strange and then the Starling books. But I still did a lot of reading and research, mostly to confirm details of certain myths or characters. The internet is a great starting point for that sort of research, but it’s never a good idea to leave it at that. Books. You always have to go to the source.
Did you find yourself restricted by basing your idea off of the myths?
Quite the contrary, actually! The marvelous thing about the old stories is how malleable they are. Especially Norse myth. The tales of the Aesir have been transmitted down through time in such a fractured, prismatic fashion, that they lend themselves freely to various interpretations. For me, it had the effect of giving me a degree of structure to hang the story on, while at the same time allowing me the freedom to take it in the direction I wanted to.
Reviewers and Bloggers love your series and are raving about this final book in your trilogy, I read one review that called TRANSCENDENT “perfect” how do you feel about the high praise?
Oh my! *Blush!* I have to say it’s enormously gratifying to hear that kind of response. As an author, you spend an awful lot of time alone, having conversations with the people who live in your head. And when you finally let them out into the world to go play with others, you hope that they’ll get along and make friends. And when they do – really do – you’re proud of them. And proud of yourself for being able to tell their story in a way that does them justice. I hope I’ve done that.
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First class or back of the bus?
Wherever the most interesting people are sitting.
Beach or Mountains?
Mountains. Preferably with castles on them.
Paperback, Hard Cover or eBook?
Um… yes? All three! Coexisting peacefully!
Dr. Who or Buffy?
All due respect to the good Doctor, but I learned everything I needed to know from the Buffster and Mr. Pointy.
Coffee or Tea?
COFFEEEEEEEE!!!!… er, perhaps I’ve had enough for today. Thank you. Just half a cup more.[clearboth]
Transcendent/Starling Trilogy #3 by Lesley LivingstonSeries: Starling #3
Published by HarperCollins Canada, Limited on December 22, 2014
On a terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling kneels beside her beloved Fennrys Wolf, who lies in a pool of blood, his life hanging in the balance. Even if he lives, their future is far from certain as chaos swirls around them. Has this unstoppable heroine-smart, savvy, deadly with a blade-reached the limits of what her sword can vanquish and her soul can survive? Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston's much-loved Wondrous Strange trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.
On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.
Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.
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