Please welcome Jodi McIsaac to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: Into the Fire
Release Date: 11/12/2013
Genre: contemporary fantasy, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, I started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. I currently live with my husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
In Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, the protagonist Cedar and her daughter Eden need to leave their new home in Tir na nOg (the Celtic Otherworld) and find the fabled Stone of Destiny. If they can find it, they will prove that Cedar is the rightful queen and stop Nuala, the villain who terrorized Eden in Book #1, from taking over Tir na nOg and using her power to destroy the earth. But the true Stone of Destiny has been missing for centuries, and many replicas have been made. Cedar and her friends face many dangers as they travel the globe in search for the real Stone of Destiny.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
The main characters are Cedar, her 7-year-old daughter Eden, and her boyfriend Finn. Cedar was raised as a human but is really one of the Irish gods, the Tuatha De Danann. Finn is also a Tuatha De Danann, though she didn’t know it when they were dating and conceived Eden. Eden has a very rare ability to open portals between places, even between worlds. Cedar has a best friend, Jane, who is human and a bit of a misfit, and Finn’s best friend is Felix, a mind-blowingly handsome member of the Tuatha De Danann who disguises himself as an old fisherman when on earth. I think Eden is my favorite – I have two daughters aged 7 and 6, so it’s been great fun to channel some of the their personalities into Eden, who is being forced to grow up way too fast in this world.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The Thin Veil series is unique because the protagonist is a single mom, which adds a whole other element to the adventure. I was tired of reading urban fantasy with single, wealthy, martial-arts trained, childless protagonists. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy them, I just couldn’t identify with them. Cedar is a regular person — a graphic designer who struggles to make ends meet, has a difficult relationship with her mother, is worried about her career, and is trying to do the best for her child. Then she’s thrown into a world of magic, and we get to see how she reacts.
Is Writing your full time profession?
Nope. I also run a boutique copywriting agency. We focus on writing direct mail letters for hospital foundations, universities and other non-profit organizations, but also write websites and other marketing materials for non-profits and businesses. It’s a great job because I get to use my writing skills to help organizations that are doing so much to help others.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I use a helluvalotta sticky notes. I’m also an obsessive outliner, though things usually change mid-stream. I use Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Fairy Tale as a rough guide when I’m developing the story (with sticky notes, of course). And usually when I’m about 2/3 of the way through, I stop and do major revisions before writing the final third.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Mary Doria Russell, Patricia McKillip
What are you reading now?
Heaven’s War by Michael Cassutt and David S. Goyer
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Be disciplined. Get rid of your TV, get a program on your computer that blocks you from the Internet (I use Freedom for Mac), and find a place to write where there are no distractions (dishes, laundry, kids, etc.).
About the book:
Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. But peace isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl.
Nuala—who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power—has returned and is making a persuasive claim for the vacant throne. The devastation such a ruler would bring upon both the kingdom and the human world is unthinkable. With no one else to stake a convincing counter-claim, Cedar steps forward…but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt.
Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its rightful home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish again. If not…destruction may be the only path ahead.
Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, is a captivating blend of Celtic myth, mystery, and adventure that delves deeper into the ancient world first explored in Through the Door.Find out more about Jodi McIsaac and Into the Fire here:
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Jodi McIsaac is the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. She grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives with her husband and children in Calgary.