Author Interview Reflection of the Gods Tour

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I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for urban fantasy “Reflection of the Gods”. Hope you enjoy the interview!

Author Interview

1)               Please tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In my wild and crazy youth, I spent a few years as a professional belly dancer, and was even offered an opportunity to tour Egypt and the United Arab Emirates; unfortunately for so many reasons other than my dance career, the first Gulf War broke out at that time. I also did a great deal of acting and other stage work, but never achieved professional status. I am now a single mom to four girls aged 2, 12, 14, and 16. We live north of Toronto.

2)               Tell us about your book.

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

3)               What inspired you to write Reflection of the Gods?

Folkloric stories, especially Irish ones, about “the wee folk”. I was particularly interested in stories about fairy women who married human men, and wondered how that would play out in the modern world. That was the beginning of the idea for Reflection of the Gods.

4)               How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?

Ideally, twelve hours a week. Sometimes family responsibility means I get less time, but sometimes I can work in more. I’m hoping to increase the schedule when my youngest starts full-time preschool in September.

5)               If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Anne Rice. Reading her work was a revelation for me. I realized that high quality writing is not confined to literary fiction. Also, The Witching Hour taught me much about creating suspense and keeping readers interested.

Laurell K. Hamilton. In a college-level creative writing class that stressed literary fiction above all else, she persisted in writing horror and was kicked out for “being a bad influence” (her words). She’s now influencing millions, and is one of a handful of successful female horror writers.

George R.R. Martin. He had the courage to defy the ingrained cultural convention that the good guys always win. He has also completely overcome the reluctance many authors have to a) let bad things happen to their characters, and b) let their characters do bad things.

6)               What are you working on at the moment?

I’m nearly finished the first draft on a novel about a deaf woman who is reluctantly dragged into the crop circle phenomenon when her best friend disappears.

Reflection of the Gods

Reflection_oftheGods_LRes_COMP_2Title: Reflection of the Gods

Author: Lisa Llamrei

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Author Bio

Lisa Llamrei blackLisa Llamrei was born and raised in the Toronto area. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer, holistic nutritionist, and entrepreneur. She currently lives north of Toronto with her family. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.

Links

Book Trailer:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TjGeqv4e5A

The print book can be purchased here:

http://www.alcherapress.com/product/reflection-of-the-gods/

The e-book can be purchased for Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Reflection-Gods-Lisa-Llamrei-ebook/dp/B00CK09R84/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391385106&sr=1-2&keywords=reflection+of+the+gods

Or for Kobo here:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/reflection-of-the-gods

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