Hello All, please slap your eyes together and enjoy the following interview with the charming Deirdra Eden, author of Knight of Light, Book 1 in The Watchers series. Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway, which includes chances to win copies of the book as well as a $100 Amazon gift card.
Myths and beliefs that we would consider fiction or fantasy in modern literature once upon a time shaped history (think of all the hunts for unicorns & dragons). Do you see modern fantasy fiction affecting human cultures today and how?
YES! Fantasy has actually become a subculture that is pretty magical and inspirational to creative people. Fantasy is also a genre being used to explore and expose many of the world’s problems today, without being overly political.
Are minions/sidekicks just throwaway devices in a tale? Can they become more? Do they need to become more?
They are the spice in the soup. They enhance your main character, plots and overall story.
Over the years, are the changes in society reflected in today’s villains and heroes?
Perhaps, but there will always be the age old story of good vs. evil.
Given the opportunity, what fantastical beast of fiction would you like to encounter in the wild? Which would you avoid at all costs?
I would love to see a unicorn. Don’t ever want to see a Shadow Wolf.
What book should be made into a game (card, PC, board, etc.) and why? Is there a specific character who you would want to play in this game?
Twilight. I’d be a vampire hunter.
What nonfiction works have you found useful in building fictional worlds, cultures, and plots?
Family history and the Atlas.
Who are your non-writer influences?
Is there a book to movie/TV adaptation that you found excellent? Is there a PC game to book adaptation that worked for you?
Care to share an awkward fangirl/fanboy moment, either one where someone was gushing over your work…..or one where you were gushing over another author’s work?
Okay, so this one time, at a writer’s conference, I met this man, he said he was an author. Everyone is an author. He asked me what I wrote, I told him fantasy. Then he got all excited and told me he wrote fantasy too. He was pitching to a publisher that is REALLY hard to get into and I was like, Yeah, every fantasy writer wants to publish through them. Some time later, I was doing some research on famous fantasy authors and SAW HIM. Tracy Hickman, the author who started Dragonlance. GAH! It’s probably best I didn’t know or I would have fan girled. My husband wants to meet him sooo bad. I could have totally tried to see if he wanted to do a double date since he doesn’t live too far from me. BTW he did get accepted by the publisher.
The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light
In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural.
The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.
“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness.
Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
“My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles!
Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.”