Memoirs of Elysia

February 7, 2018

Ullr’s Fangs, the second book of the Incarn Saga (soon to be released), is named after Ullr aka Tyr, the Theriomorph god of war with a special focus on the inception and beginning of battle. He is also the god of young men, courage and the sun. His personality and trai...

January 22, 2018

Shennue, god of mischief, mayhem, and illusion is the second god readers meet in the Incarn Saga. He is a wonderful example of the trickster, a recurring and popular archetype in mythology and folklore. Clever and intelligent the trickster breaks rules and resorts to m...

November 29, 2017

Throughout history, in mythologies created by very patriarchal societies, it is surprising and pleasing to discover a number of instances where females challenged the status quo—particularly the idea of the warrior goddess. The first book of the Incarn Saga, Issaura’s...

November 14, 2017

For my book series, The Incarn Saga, I needed to create a polytheistic religion for the Theriomorphs. The belief system had to be complex and somewhat relatable so that readers could understand why this race of beings clung to their faith. In order to do this, I pulled...

November 6, 2017

There are many forms of inspiration that I relate to in some fashion or form. I have mentioned some of my favorite fictional women in an earlier blog Breaking the Trope. Yet life changing heroines are not limited to fantasy.

Growing up, I loved learning about women who...

September 19, 2017

A large group of high fantasy authors create their own geographic spaces and fictional worlds. Some write a kingdom, others a continent or two, still others entire planets. For The Incarn Saga, my first series, I created a large kingdom and its surrounding territories....

August 18, 2017

I’ve discovered when I am in a writing mode that I prefer total silence. This allows me to concentrate 100% on the piece that I am constructing. As a result, most of my work is written in my office at my house and not in a coffee shop, library, or other venue.

However,...

June 27, 2017

“So…who’s who?” a friend asked about my first book.

I blinked then honestly replied, “None of my characters are based on my friends.”

“Really? Some of us have been trying to figure out which character we each are.”

This I found amusing as well as surprising; however, it w...

May 22, 2017

Here I go again. Staring at the same lines of text that I have written and edited and edited and edited and… I feel as if I cannot take it much longer. I still love the story. The twists and the upsets awaiting over the mountains and through the forests. The characters...

May 5, 2017

I have always been one to list towards strong female characters in movies and books. For me, these women fall into two main categories. First are average females who, over the course of the story, rise up to become powerful figures like Ripley in the Alien series and S...

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