I really appreciate that!!
- You really put Tori through a lot of physical pain and agony this time around. Any particular reason why you love to torture her?
War has a cost. And even though Tori doesn’t go to war in the typical sense, she is fighting some pretty immense forces, and she’s still (mostly…somewhat…) human, so she’d going to get banged up. It’s only realistic! But she’s tough. She can take it. Yeah, Tori is my heroine in more ways than one!
- You have now officially written my most favorite fight scene. I won’t give away why, but it is essentially a fight in slow-motion and it is toward the end of the book. Did you have fun imagining that scene? I laughed out loud reading it, especially when you compared it to the Matrix.
Thank you SO much. Would you believe I used to have trouble with fight/action scenes? My writers’ group—Keith R.A. DeCandido in particular (hey, Keith!)—used to beat me up for it. Now I sort of rub my hands together and cackle with glee. I had a ton of fun with that fight scene. It’s so epic! At least, I like to think so. But every time I do something like this I wonder, “Where on earth can I go for the next book? How do I top that?”
- Nick has an opportunity to move on from Tori with a special character in this book. I always thought he would wind up with a mortal, but did you feel that given what he has seen and knows, he had to find an immortal?
I’m not so sure he found an immortal so much as she found him…and he was powerless to exist. Or at least, he didn’t want to fight too hard. That special someone is something of a force of nature!
- I find the doubling, even tripling up of gods as multiple versions of one deity challenging to wrap my mind around. When and how do they appear in one physical form versus another? Apollo/Horus for example.
I didn’t want to focus entirely on Greek mythology, but that’s where I started with the Latter-Day Olympians series. As you’ve said, I wanted to bring their counterparts and compatriots in other pantheons in as well, so that I could draw on Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Norse, Native American and other mythologies. Mostly, though, they do appear in their Greek forms for continuity and because they’re trying to blend into our world of today. Apollo as Horus with his hawk head would be pretty conspicuous! So would Hermes as Iemisch with a fox body and serpent’s tale or as Spider or Coyote… And Aphrodite as Ishtar would have wings…and she’s certainly no angel!
- Will Tori ever make nice with Zeus and Poseidon? I’d like to see her go back to the beach at some point. I mean, she lives in California… it seems cruel to take the ocean away from her.
You know, that’s an interesting question! It hurts me and my sun-worshipping self as well. I don’t have an answer for this yet, but I’m working on it!
Thanks so much for spending time with me talking about Blood Hunt! Available TODAY!
My pleasure! I have to admit that Blood Hunt is probably my favorite of the Latter-Day Olympians novels. I could talk about it all day long!
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