Monday, October 08, 2012

Guest - Nancy J. Cohen

Good morning all! I hope you've got great weather where you're at. It's getting a little nippy around here, especially at night and early in the morning, The leaves are bursting with colors, orange, red and yellow. Some of them have started falling to rustle and whisper over the grass and sidewalks. It's a lovely time of the year. And oddly, it's a time of year, we here in the U.S. seem to revel in ancient myths brought here by our earliest colonists. That segues right into our guest's topic this week. 

Nancy J. Cohen is talking about Myth and Magic. She's got a giveaway for you readers so do read on to find out the details. Hope you enjoy her post!


Myth and Magic by Nancy J. Cohen

Inspired by Norse mythology, I wanted to write a series that delved into the legends of the gods, involved an ancient prophecy, and set my characters on a path of danger and revelation. After writing contemporary mysteries for nearly ten years, I yearned to immerse myself in an epic adventure, a sweeping story that would take place in modern times and yet include elements of myth and magic.

Since I’d never combined genres in this manner before, I struggled with how to blend otherworldly experiences into a contemporary setting. I wasn’t any stranger to creating my own worlds, having written five sci fi romances to date. But those stories took place on other planets. This new series would be set on Earth. The magical elements had to be consistent with Norse legends. Thus I couldn’t have vampires or werewolves, but I could deploy trolls, elves, dwarfs, dragons, and shapeshifters.

Probably the most important rule for world building stands true no matter the genre: you must maintain consistency. So if you have vampires who can’t come out in sunlight, you’d better have a good rationale if this changes halfway through your story. If your work is based on Greek mythology, save the leprechauns for another tale. And if none of the people you’ve studied can shoot fireballs from their hands, that won’t work for you.

On the other hand, if you make up your own universe, you can have witches or wizards or whoever you choose like the Harry Potter stories. And yet J.K. Rowling’s work did have a basis: private schooling. Her entire world centered around Hogwarts and our favorite characters who went to class, competed in sports, and grew up there.  

In creating my heroes, I went back to my sci-fi roots. The Drift Lords are warriors who’ve come to Earth from the Star Empire to save the world from alien invaders. These invaders have arrived through a dimensional rift, and they bear an uncanny resemblance to evil trolls. Not only must the Drift Lords battle these enemy troops called Trolleks, but they face a greater challenge. The breach has caused an energy drift that will lead to destruction of the multiverse if left unchecked. Our heroes must send the Trolleks back to their own universe and seal the rift.
But the Drift Lords cannot accomplish their tasks alone. They need the help of a select group of Earth women who possess special powers. Prophecy says the six sons of Thor must unite with the six daughters of Odin to prevent the coming darkness. These chosen men and women are the only hope for humanity.

In Warrior Prince, book one in the Drift Lords series, mythologist Nira Larsen searches for her true origins. Adopted in infancy, she wears a mysterious wristwatch left to her by her birth mother. Engraved on its face is a runic symbol. Seeking her heritage takes her on a journey she couldn’t have imagined, fraught with peril and unexpected consequences.

At her side is Zohar Thorald, leader of the Drift Lords. Zohar helps Nira deal with her newfound power as he struggles with his own problems: political opponents from home, advancing Trollek troops, and his doubts about Nira’s loyalty. Meanwhile, he depends upon Nira to face down the mythological creatures who’ve come to life. Distracting them both is their growing passion for each other. Can they put aside their personal feelings long enough to save mankind?


What’s your favorite mythological era? Do you like this element in the books you read?

All commenters on this blog will be entered into a drawing for a free ebook copy of Circle of Light, my first futuristic romance that won the HOLT Medallion Award. Please leave your email address so you can be notified if you win. Watch for the winner to be announced here by Friday.

Warrior Prince: Book One in the Drift Lords Series

When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she's drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.

After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn't count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar's soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?


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Nancy J. Cohen is a multi-published author who writes romance and mysteries. Her popular Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list, while Nancy’s imaginative sci-fi/paranormal romances have garnered rave reviews and a HOLT Medallion Award. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.

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Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Nancy,

What a great imagination you have!
Plus you write such diverse fiction.
Congrats on this exciting new novel.

Anonymous said...

I admire writers who can make new worlds. Good luck with your book.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Yes, it was exciting to create this entirely new world and base a series there. It's a different path for me to bring magic into a modern setting.

Barbara said...

How challenging, to create such a world--and keep track of all the rules!! Kudos to you.

Best of luck with your book.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Keeping track of the rules is imperative, especially in writing a series. In TV, this is called the series "bible". Being well organized is the key to remembering all the details!

Angelique Armae said...

Love the world you've created, Nancy. Great post!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Angelique!

LisaRayns said...

Mythological era would probably involve Egyptians. I've been so intrigued with this book since you mentioned the Bermuda triangle. I had a huge fascination with that when I was a kid and I must have forgotten about it. Great story idea!


Elf2060 said...

Hi there,
I tend to be most fond of the Greek pantheon but that is probably because I have read the most about them. Good luck with the new release, it sounds intriguing.

elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Lisa, Egyptian mythology is certainly another angle. That's another rich heritage for storytellers to mine.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Greek mythology is probably the most common. The Percy Jackson stories and film is one example. Gods and goddesses have long played into paranormal romance.

Leigh Neely said...

I love new worlds that combine the elements of ancient and modern. Sounds like a great basis for many good stories.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

I'm with you, Leigh, in that I like reading stories that mix elements from ancient times into modern society.

bn100 said...

I like reading Greek mythology.


Nancy J. Cohen said...

The winner of the copy of Circle of Light is Elf2060. Thanks to all who commented and I hope to be in touch!

Elf2060 said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate the giveaway and look forward to reading your book.