Lyra, welcome to Lavender Lass Books. Thank you for agreeing to this interview and best of luck in the competition!
Truth and Other Lies: A Loki Fantasy Adventure is the first book in The Nine Worlds Rising series. Here’s the blurb:
Nothing is trickier than the truth.
All Loki the trickster god of Asgard wants is a quiet, peaceful life where he’s free to needle Balder, occasionally stir up the inter-realm porridge pot, and get Thor to dress in women’s garments (for all the best reasons).
Getting beset by sudden, painful, and terribly inconvenient visions of blood, ash, and death are definitely not on his to-do list. But, because of some small, ridiculous remnant of caring that refuses to be extinguished, Loki feels he must save Asgard…and that means warning Odin, his least favorite god (next to Thor).
But getting the gods to believe the boy who cried Fenrir is harder than it looks, and time is running out, not just for Asgard, but also for a mortal woman named Sigyn who may just hold the key to Loki’s future.
Loki is about to find out the hard way that the only thing crueler than truth are the lies behind it all.
‘Truth and Other Lies’ is the first book in a series inspired by Norse mythology, and has snarky anti-heroes, lovers-to-enemies, and strong female characters.
Previously published under the series name ‘The Nine World Chronicles.’
And now to the interview:
1. Is this your first time entering #SPFBO? Why did you decide to enter this book?
Yes, this is my first time taking the leap into SPFBO, and I am experiencing pure excitement with a side of terror. Besides me seemingly liking to make myself a nervous wreck, I wanted to enter Truth and Other Lies because entering this contest has been a goal of mine since I first learned about it back in 2018. I love the support and camaraderie the contest generates among entrants, and the pure passion and enthusiasm of fantasy fans and readers discovering new authors and books. It’s great when everyone can come together and celebrate what they love, and I wanted to be a part of this.
2. Why do you write in the fantasy genre? What make this genre particularly appealing to you?
I’ve always had a love of fantasy since I was a child, so writing fantasy just made sense for me. Exploring new worlds, or finding the quirks in our own and exploring them fills me with deep fascination. I think that’s one of the things about fantasy that attracts me the most. Being able to tell stories in a setting that allows us to view and explore humanity from a different lens that the real world doesn’t offer.
3. Why did you decide to self-publish?
When I knew my series The Nine Worlds Rising was going to be six books vs a trilogy. That’s when I made my decision to remain self-published. I wanted to ensure that my series be completed and that a publisher wouldn’t cancel the series half way through if it didn’t take off. I love my characters and the world they inhabit, and it’s important to me that their stories get told all the way through.
4. Are there advantages to self-publishing? What about the challenges?
There are many advantages of self-publishing, but the ones that attracted me most were creative control and the ability to set my own pace. I can make my own publishing schedule, and not feel confined to someone else’s deadlines.
As far as challenges, for me it’s knowing when to take a break, because I could always be doing more, and visibility. I’d say visibility is the number one challenge for self-publishing, which is why SPFBO is such a wonderful opportunity to help connect readers with authors/books they might not have known about otherwise.
5. As a reader, and now author, how has the fantasy genre changed over the last several years? How has it stayed the same?
I feel there has definitely been a shift/demand for character driven stories, particularly if those characters are grey characters, which suits me just fine. My books definitely fall into the realm of character driven, especially by “grey” characters. I have an undying devotion to the anti-hero, and, I mean, you can’t get more anti-hero than Loki.
I really appreciate this trend, as other readers want to learn more about what drives these kinds of characters to do what they do. To me, anytime there is a villain/anti-hero, I’ve always asked the question “why?” Why are they this way? What happened to them? Who hurt them? These are what drive my curiosity, and I’m happy others share in this interest.
As far as what’s stayed the same? Simply wanting a good story. That will always be.
6. Do you write (or plan to write) in any other genres?
Right now I am sticking to Norse fantasy.
7. What do you look for in a story? Especially in the fantasy genre? (Original ideas, plot lines, character development, world building, etc.?)
For me, it’s all about the characters. I want to know about their motivations, their pasts and how those pasts affect their futures. I also love exploring other cultures in fantasy.
8. Are you working on a new book? Can you share any details?
I am currently working on revising book 3, That Good Mischief, in my The Nine Worlds Rising series.
9. Do you have any advice you would offer to writers who plan to self-publish in the fantasy genre?
Start hanging out with other people in the writing/reading community now. Be yourself. Be kind. Be supportive.
You can find Lyra Wolf’s book on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Truth-Other-Lies-Adventure-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B085ZQ5DJN