Literary Escapism is excited to welcome author Pati Nagel to the room today. Pati is the author of the new release, The Betrayal, and you can also find her work in the anthologies Elf Fantastic and Elf Magic. Today, Pati is here to talk about one of her favorite beings…Elves.
Be sure to stick around for the whole shebang….we’re giving away a copy of The Betrayal to one lucky person!
Many thanks to Literary Escapism for the opportunity to celebrate the release of my new fantasy novel, The Betrayal! It’s been a long and interesting road getting here from when the first spark of the idea came to me.
Ideas are usually easy for writers it’s the writing that’s the hard part. Sometimes, though, when you’re put on the spot, it can be hard to come up with an idea that fits the bill.
That’s what happened when I was invited to submit a story to the Elf Fantastic anthology. Being a complete fairy-tale and Tolkein geek, I love elves and jumped at the chance to submit, but for some reason I had trouble thinking of a story I wanted to tell. I was saying so to fellow writer Jane Lindskold, who was also submitting to the anthology, when the idea walked into my head: what if an elf had to hunt down a vampire? It was such a strong idea that it tingled all through me. I immediately stopped talking and went away to write.
The resulting story, Kind Hunter, appeared in Elf Magic (sequel to Elf Fantastic), but when I had finished the story I wasn’t done with the idea. I kept thinking about the conflict I had set up between elves and vampires. The short story has a modern setting, but I wound up musing on the ancient origins of the struggle. Hence, the novel that became The Betrayal was born.
This older history takes place before the evolution of humans, on a continent that no longer exists in our modern world. The ælven dominate the land, even as they struggle to reconcile their creed of honor with the uncomfortable necessity of war.
Centuries ago the ælven vanquished their enemies, the alben, and drove them across the Ebon Mountains. Now the leader of the blood-hungry alben, Shalár, is determined to win back her people’s home in the ælven lands.
When the touch of a hand and a caring thought create a psychic bond that can span vast distances, the lives of two young ælven strangers are forever changed. Turisan and Eliani share the legendary gift of mindspeech, which can aid their people on the eve of war but only if they are willing to embrace an irrevocable intimacy.
Can Eliani, wounded by false love, open her heart to a stranger? Can Turisan gain her trust and prove himself a worthy leader of his clan? Time is running out as the alben mount their attack and their ultimate betrayal.
Needless to say, I had a grand time writing this. The road to publication is long and difficult, and I’m delighted that The Betrayal is at last being released today. In my fantasy world the banners are waving and horns are blowing in triumph.
Literary Escapism is running a contest for a free copy of The Betrayal. Be sure to enter early and often!
Thank you Pati for stopping by and sharing your elves with us!
Contest Time! We’re giving away a copy of Pati’s novel The Betrayal to one lucky commentary and it’s very easy to enter. All you have to do is answer this one simple question: What is your favorite thing about elves?
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I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer. All entries must be in by midnight on March 31st.