Author Karissa Laurel talks about her latest YA fantasy novel: Heir of Thunder
I like Shakespeare.
No, really, I do.
I like him original theater-in-the-park style. I like him extra-crispy style like Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. I especially like Shakespeare when he’s super-spicy as he is in Sons of Anarchy’s take on Hamlet.
I also like the soft and squishy, feel-good, rom-com Shakespeare in 10 Things I Hate About You (Taming of the Shrew, in case you didn’t know). I stop and watch that movie almost anytime it comes on TV, as I did this past weekend, and then I cry a little over Heath Ledger, as one does.
There’s so much I enjoy about that movie, particularly Ledger’s rendition of Can’t Take My Eyes off of You. Even more than the silly antics, I really love the poem on which the movie’s title is based. That poem is the device that ultimately resolves the story’s main conflict by revealing Kat’s vulnerability and rekindling the flame between her and Patrick.
I realized Kat’s and Patrick’s complicated relationship has a lot in common with the relationship of the two main characters in the Heir of Thunder, the first novel in my new YA fantasy series. When the Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter unprepared to rule in his place, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. Evie conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon. Although Gideon has vowed to protect Evie, and she’s dependent upon his specialized skills for survival, things are rarely easy between them.
Evie’s no submissive, wilting flower, and Gideon could have been hewn from a block of stubborn granite. They regularly bump heads, their personalities clash, and their circumstances leave them plenty of time to brood. Or, in Evie’s case, possibly think up cathartic poetry like Kat does in Ten Things I Hate about You.
If you want to find out if Evie and Gideon resolve their contentious partnership and survive the rebellion against her kingdom, Heir of Thunder is available now at Amazon.
The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.
In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.
If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.
About the Author:
Some of Karissa’s favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and superheroes, and she can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for speculative fiction. Sometimes her family convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin, or they’ll haunt flea markets, searching for rusty scraps to reuse and re-purpose. Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky named Bonnie.
In addition to her YA Fantasy, Heir of Thunder, Karissa is also the author of the adult Urban Fantasy series, The Norse Chronicles, where she puts a modern twist on ancient myths. The first 2 books, Midnight Burning and Arctic Dawn, are available now.
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