This is my stop during the blog tour for Mother of Wolves by J Aislynn d'Merricksson. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 22 May till 11 June. See the tour schedule here
By J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Genre: Sci-fi/ fantasy/ arcanepunk
Age category: Adult
Release Date: July 2, 2015
It is a year of awakening and change for Kalla kyl’Solidor - the Wolf Who Sleeps. After a fire wyvern attacks her home, she sets on a harsh path to self-discovery.
With the future of their world at stake, Kalla and her magister embark on a journey that will shake the foundations of De Sikkari and shape their destiny.
From the depths of Xibalba to the plains of Arkkadia, and the soaring heights of the sky continent of Argoth, they journey to claim their rightful place in the world, and to put an end to the source of the destruction before chaos claims the realm.
Book 1 of 4 in the Evalyce: Worldshaper series
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We where able to ask the author her top 10 favorite authors. Here is her answer.
Top 10 Favourite Authors
1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Why? He created one of the most enduring literary characters. Sherlock Holmes is a century and a quarter young, has helped shape a genre, lent himself to an archetypal form, and is still going strong today. People the world over are still writing Holmes books and stories.
Recommended: Laurie R King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.
2. RA Salvatore
Why? Drizzit! The dark elf ranger has been a solid companion during many years of medical uncertainty. Salvatore's many other series are just as good. He was my choice for the 'All the Books…’ challenge I am participating in, for which one chooses a prolific author and...well… reads all they've written!
Recommended: The Drizzt books are too obvious, though very recommended! Besides those, The Spearwielder's Tale is a good series.
3. Brent Weeks
Why? I love how he can get me wrapped up in a story, and I love the wit instilled his works.
Recommended: The Night Angel Trilogy
4. Conn Iggulden
Why? I love well-written and well-researched historical novels. Iggulden provides these in spades.
Recommended: the Khan series.
5. Kathleen O'Neal and W Michael Gear
Why? Same as for Iggulden. This husband and wife team are archaeologists and they mostly focus on the early Americas, both research and writing.
Recommended: The First Americans series.
6. Patrick O’Brian
Why? Again, I love history! I have a particular fascination with the Age of Sail, and the Napoleonic Wars.
Recommended: the Master and Commander series.
7. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Why? I love books that take ‘ spooky’ topics and weave a scientific explanation into the story. Most of those books feature Agent Pendergast. Earlier Pendergast books can be read stand-alone, but later ones need to be read in order. Preston and Child write similar books on their own as well.
Recommended: Riptide. This book centres around an alleged pirate treasure and pirate “curse”. There is indeed a treasure to be found, but what it really contains, you'll never guess.
8. Michael Crichton
Why? Same reasons as Preston and Child. His stories are not always 'spooky’, but they do centre around unusual scientific endeavours.
Recommended: Jurassic Park. C’mon, you knew that was coming, right?
9. Michael J Sullivan
Why? Cheeky dialogue, witty writing, and characters easy to fall in love with.
Recommended: TheRiyria Chronicles
10. Jared Diamond
Why? I love books that cater to my anthropology love, and Jared’s are chock full of physical and cultural anthropology. They are serious, deep non-fiction books that invite you to see the world differently. To see it as interconnected. To realise we have ethical obligations to the world, because we all influence one another.
Recommended: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Guaranteed to make you think.
Allemerra! That’s ‘hello’ in Argosian. Argoth is one of the countries of the world of De Sikkari, where my Evalyce novels take place. It is a vibrant world, as real to me as the mundane world here. The ‘J’ in my name stands for Julianna, but I prefer Aislynn.
I have a degree in anthropology you see. I approach my writing from the viewpoint of an anthropologist. My sister calls me a ‘biblioanthropologist’. I like the word. It fits perfectly! What are writers but consummate anthropologists? Writers must employ the skills of the ethnographer, the cultural anthropologist, the archaeologist, the linguist, and sometimes even the psychologist and the naturalist in order to weave their stories. I do not craft this world. I merely found the key to it and happen to have the skills (and courage) to share it with others.
I was destined for a career in forensic anthropology. A medical issue thwarted those plans and I ended up with a bachelor’s in archaeology, and later a master’s and a doctorate in philosophy. Along the crooked path away from what I found familiar, and into the unknown, I discovered a knack for poetry, and a gift for writing. I’ve honed these raw skills to something worth sharing, and found the key to a world I’ve fallen in love with.
There was a decade-long love affair with teaching, in which I crafted many of my own classes related to mythic studies, anthropology, archaeology, and ethics. My favourite class crafting was for an intro to mythology class. I did not want a boring listing such as Intro to Mythology. So…. I tweeted several famous people, authors, actors, and the like, the question- what would you name a class on mythology if you wanted to be creative. The last person I ever expected to respond was Mark Sheppard (Crowley on Supernatural. His response was ‘Bob’. So I took the challenge, and in the end, I had a class called BoB, a gift from the King of Hell. The full name was Blessing of Bragi, Bragi being the poet and keeper of stories in Norse mythology.
An observant person may notice that my eyes are heterochromatic. One is blue and one is hazel. Now, true heterochromia is rare. In my case it is a personal choice. That medical issue was a serious one. At the age of twenty, I lost my right eye and had prosthesis put in. That gave me the opportunity to express my eccentricity and insist on an eye that was a different colour. It also forced me to confront one of my greatest fears- that of losing my eyesight altogether.
I think I have Loki to thank for that. I follow a Norse spiritual path called Rokkatru. Brother Wildfire always has lessons for me. Fun fact-Loki is also known as the Lord of Laughter. My lessons generally are to teach me to laugh at the mild or major setbacks in life. It’s a lesson I’m slowly learning.
My crooked path has led me to a wonderful home in Northern California, where I live with my sister, bond-brother, bond-mate, niece, a guinea pig, and two kitty cats. Yes, we have a large house! Sometimes it feels a little crowded, but most often it is nice to have the closeness of family.
I spend my nights as an innkeep, which usually gives me ample time to write, or to read. I love to read! I was an early reader and I always have a book with me. That’s a passion that lead me to becoming a professional book reviewer, freelancing for several review groups such as the San Francisco Book Review. Such bliss! Paid to read! What could be better?
Synmerra! That’s good-bye in Argosian :)
Feel free to stop by Port Jericho! Always happy to see new people.
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