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Kollr, the Cave-Dweller

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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In the previous two Valkyrie posts I introduced you to Einarr and Glyrna, two characters not in the booktrailer. Here's a third such character-- named Kollr!

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Kollr is a miserable but whimsical fool living in a cave on the side of the mountain Rúnhallr. He saves Widsith's life, or maybe she saves his. In writing Kollr for the book, I was inspired…

Glyrna, the Shield-Maiden

Sunday, 28 October 2018

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In the next two Valkyrie posts I'd like to introduce you to two more characters not in the booktrailer.

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This is Glyrna, a warrior lost as sea. Glyrna climbs aboard a ruined longship where she finds an injured Aegir, one of the main protagonists in the book. The two warriors meet following a long battle at sea between the people of Reidun and…

Einarr, the Itinerant Father

Friday, 19 October 2018

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In the next three Valkyrie posts I'd like to introduce you to three characters not in the booktrailer.

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First we have Einarr, a warrior of the city Reidun. His father left his family many years ago, and for a long time Einarr held on to the hope he might one day return. But now Einarr is an old man, and has fought his final battle. Or so he believes…

Trailer Costume: Hildr

Monday, 24 September 2018

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And now the final wardrobe post from the Valkyrie booktrailer! This is Hildr, portrayed by actor Keetin Marchi. 

Hildr recruits dying warriors for her own secret purpose. I can't wait for you to meet Hildr in the book. She was a fun character to write. Impossibly old, determined, cunning.

The booktrailer's wardrobe styling, hair and makeup were created by Keaghlan Ashley, based on my character…

Trailer Costume: Nótt

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

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And now-- here are some wardrobe photos of Nótt, portrayed by actor Camber Donahoe, from the Valkyrie booktrailer.

Nótt travels through a foggy wood, where she encounters Hildr the Valkyrie as well as a confounding character I shall not name at this time. I hope you enjoy meeting Nótt in the book!

Artist Keaghlan Ashley did the wardrobe styling, hair and makeup for the booktrailer back in January…

Trailer Costume: Aegir

Monday, 30 July 2018

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Here are some wardrobe photos of Aegir from the Valkyrie booktrailer, portrayed by actor Christopher Karbo. I've been fortunate to direct Chris in a couple short films, and I can't wait to work with him on stage some day.

Aegir battles the draugr at sea for many years, and hides his involvement in his human enemy's plans from Hildr the Valkyrie. Aegir's storyline is interwoven with another character…

Trailer Costume: Widsith

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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Here are some wardrobe photos of Widsith, portrayed by actor Maia Kazin, from the Valkyrie booktrailer. I had the distinct pleasure of directing Maia in a play and she is amazing! It was special to see her embody Widsith, one of my favorite characters.

Widsith spends her whole life climbing the mountain Rúnhallr, searching for a cure for the plague of sea-draugr. I can't wait for you to meet Widsith…

Book Excerpt: Hildr

Friday, 8 June 2018

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In this excerpt from my novel Valkyrie, Hildr battles the plague of the sea-draugr. 

Read by Keetin Marchi.

Book Excerpt: Nótt

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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In this excerpt from my novel Valkyrie, Nótt shares the legend of the blue flower with the Valkyrie Hildr.

Read by Camber Donahoe.

Book Excerpt: Aegir

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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What horrors has Aegir seen? In this excerpt from my novel Valkyrie, Aegir tells the Valkyrie Hildr about his battle at sea. But will he reveal his secret connection to the sea-draugr?

Read by Christopher Karbo.

Book Excerpt: Widsith

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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I like stories within stories-- In this excerpt from my novel Valkyrie, Widsith learns of "Urdgrímr and the Cave." Will the story convince her that her quest is futile?

Read by Maia Kazin.

Chatting about Hildr

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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Hello there! Here’s my final chat with an actor from the Valkyrie trailer. In this brief video I speak with actress Keetin Marchi about the Valkyrie Hildr! If you missed the other chats, you can check the Updates tab to find them.

Also, you can find the transcription of this video interview below.

If you’d like to tell your friends and family about the book, please share this blog post with…

Chatting about Nótt

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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Hello hello! I have another brief chat about a character from my book Valkyrie. In this third chat, I speak with actress Camber Donahoe about the shield-maiden Nótt!

You can find the transcription of the video interview below.

We’re about a third of the way through the crowdfunding campaign, and if you’re excited about the book, please tell your friends and family about Valkyrie. If you’d like…

Chatting about Aegir

Friday, 20 April 2018

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Hello again! The day before we shot the Valkyrie trailer, I sat down with the actors to briefly discuss their characters. In this second chat, I speak with actor Christopher Karbo about the sea-warrior Aegir!

You can find the transcription of the video interview below.

Also, if you’d like to tell your friends and family about the novel Valkyrie, please share this blog post with them! And if…

Chatting about Widsith

Friday, 13 April 2018

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Hello again! The day before we shot the Valkyrie trailer, I sat down with the actors to briefly discuss their characters. In this first chat, I speak with actress Maia Kazin about the mountain-dwelling Widsith!

You can find the transcription of the video interview below.

Also, if you’d like to tell your friends and family about the novel Valkyrie, please share this blog post with them! And if…

Inspirations

Friday, 23 March 2018

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Valkyrie has many inspirations. And like the stories within the novel, mashed and remashed, told and retold, these inspirations liquify into a tonal bath. So, for my first blog post about the novel, I thought I'd share a few of these inspirations with you to convey that tone.

The earliest inspiration, chronologically speaking, would be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned. This…

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