Hi Marion! Thanks for joining me!
Thanks for having me! This looks really fun!
I'm thrilled about it. What a fantastic resource! So, you have written a novel called A Sign in Blood. Can you tell us a little about it?
It's about blood, and all the things that word means. From family and ancestry to sacrificial blood and blood magic. It's about the characters, and how they relate to their own blood ties, too.
Sounds very cool. Why do you think blood makes such an interesting motif?
Yeah, I do. There's a lot of different connotations to the word and we use it in a lot of different ways. There so much symbolism that goes along with blood. It's very basic, I think.
People typically react to blood with either fascination or fear. Did you play off those reactions in your novel?
I tried to present each of the character's reactions, to pull in the emotions of the moment. Sometimes it's scary and as with family, sometimes it's comforting or complicated. I tried to let the characters consider it from their own POVS.
Speaking of POVs, how did you handle so many characters? You have a large cast and really dig into a lot of POVs.
Well, they always tell you to use whichever POV says the most at the moment, and that's what I tried to do. I like a large cast and I like using the different perspectives to round out the narrative and present differing opinions.
You also mentioned sacrifice. Did you reach back into ancient history to give more heft to this theme? Or did you create your own sacrificial mythology?
I love ancient history, and it definitely influenced me throughout the book, but I tried to create something new as well. I didn't want to pull straight from mythology, though. I wanted something that was suited to the world I'd created.
Was it difficult to build from the ground up? What ancient cultures influenced you most?
No, I love worldbuilding. It's always a challenge, but it wasn't difficult. I think Sumerian, some Greek, some Hindi, a little bit of Egyptian, too.
Very diverse! Scandinavian mythology is my favorite. :) What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing A Sign in Blood?
The characters. They evolved over time, but I really had to think a lot about them in order to get into their heads... They kept surprising me throughout the story and I had to rework things or they refused to do anything! :-D
I know exactly what you mean. :) Stubborn characters. Do you use any types of worksheets or formulas to do some of that groundwork, or do you do most of it in your head?
Very stubborn! Nowadays, I more organized about it, but when I started A Sign in Blood I wasn't! I think that's one of the reasons I had to work so hard at them. They were all just clamoring in my head, so it took a while to sort them.
That makes sense.
Moving on to some personal questions... What do you do when you just can't write?
If I can't write, I draw, or read. Or garden. Or just mindless watch TV, depending on for how long. I think the brain just needs a break, sometimes, and if you don't give it one, you wind up hurting yourself. Nothing can go forever without some down time, you know?
I hear you. I tend to need to periodically step away from "writing mode" myself.
Okay, one more big question... think really carefully on this one... What's your favorite food?
Hee! LOL! Cheese!! Seriously. I'm an addict. :-D
Nice! I just got some awesome local feta cheese Sunday...
Oh! You are lucky!
I've really enjoyed interviewing you, Marion! A Sign in Blood sounds amazing.
I'll be posting this interview on the Freelance and Fiction blog after I format it! Thanks for participating!
Thanks so much for having me! I really enjoyed it!
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Good luck with your novel, Marion! Thanks again for sharing your unique writing viewpoint.