This is my stop during the blog tour for Issaura’s Claws by Katharine E Wibell. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 10 till 23 April. You can see the tour schedule here.
According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.
“Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.”
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About the Author:
Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.
Interview with Katharine Wibell
Where are you from? Can you tell us a little about yourself?
You could call me a southern girl. I was born in Texas, grew up in Georgia, and live in New Orleans, LA. Most of my childhood was spent in the country where I was blessed with opportunities to work with a wide range of animals as well as encouraged to play “make-believe” with my sister and friends. I know my imaginary childhood adventures helped further my ability to become a fantasy writer. Moreover, my experience with animals greatly influenced on my first book series, the Incarn Saga. I am also an artist and specialize in reverse-glass paintings with a New Orleans theme. My dog, Alli, appears in many of these artworks either making gumbo or trying on Mardi Gras masks.
Can you tell us about your new book?
Issaura’s Claws is the first of a four-book series entitled the Incarn Saga. This young adult war fantasy takes place in the fictional kingdom of Elysia where there are two races of beings: the ruling humans and the Theriomorphs who can transform into an animal at will. Though the two races distrust each other, they must unite when invaders from across the ocean, known as Raiders, attack the Elysians. The protagonist, Lluava, is a seventeen-year-old Theriomorph who is drafted into the army. Through her eyes, you see how dire the situation really is and experience the many adventures she endures.
How did you get started on your new book?
I have always been drawn to the idea of writing fantasy. I love world mythologies and anything that pertains to magical beasts and beings. Right before I headed to college, Issaura’s Claws began to manifest itself. Surprisingly, the plot was based on a dream I had. Though the book was on hold for a four-year hiatus, post-graduation I returned to write it in its entirety. After completion of the first draft, I realized that the book was just one installment in a series.
How do you create your characters?
Initially, the main plotline and imagery, even the characters themselves, seemed to present themselves to me at once. Yet, as I began to write, other characters and subplots that I had not expected, breathed life into themselves and took the book down some strange and unexpected paths. In this series, the Theriomorphs were a lot of fun to write about as some of the physical characteristics and personality traits of the animals they can change into are replicated in their human form.
How do you get your ideas for your stories?
This story was loosely inspired by a dream which involved a military camp where speaking animals were training: I was a white tiger. Strange but true! The rest of the story revealed itself to me as soon as I began typing. For some of the minor details, I draw upon my own knowledge as well as personal experiences. You have probably heard this before, but write what you know. It is the details that make fantasy seem real and believable.
When writing this book, what was the hardest part?
Editing! Writing the first draft was easy and relatively quick compared to all the rounds of editing that are necessary. To anyone who is writing their first book, please, please, please be patient with the process and keep a bit of chocolate handy when a pick-me-up is needed.
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