Release Date: Feb. 26, 2019
I had the amazing opportunity to partner with Macmillan Publishers to share this incredible new release coming out in a few days. You’ve probably heard of author Tricia Levenseller before when you read her epic tales: Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen. Now she’s coming to you with an amazing Viking story that you won’t want to miss.
Tricia was kind enough to do a short author Q&A about Warrior of the Wild….so if you want an inside look at this new book keep reading…
Synopsis of Warrior Of the Wild:
An eighteen-year-old chieftain’s daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King.
How do you kill a god?
As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.
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1. What made you want to write about Vikings in your latest novel “Warrior of the Wild?”
They’re not actually Vikings. The book is only Viking-inspired, but I have always wanted to write a book about warriors. Pitting them against monsters in a super creepy forest just seemed the natural direction to go!
2. What were some of the challenges you faced when writing “Warrior of the Wild?”
During the first draft, I struggled to come up with enough conflict/tension. There are only three characters alone in a forest. I had to somehow keep up the pacing while also giving them the time to learn and grow. This was something my editor was invaluable in helping me balance!
3. You write about strong female characters proving their courage and strength through missions and adventures. What drew you to writing these characters and is there one you relate to the most?
I was a reluctant reader in school. In fact, I didn’t read for fun until I was a sophomore in high school, when I picked up my first Tamora Pierce novel. Prior to that, the books I read were school assignments. And those were all about boys. Books written for men, by men, about men. But when I read the Song of the Lioness Quartet, I saw myself in a novel for the first time. It is my personal goal as an author to make sure women can always see themselves in my books. I write about confident girls and not-so-confident girls. I write about girls who can fight and girls who cannot (which I can talk about more when the news about my next novel releases!). Girls are not one dimensional. We are not all the same. I want to show the complexities of us all.
As a Slytherin, I think I relate to Alosa a bit more than Rasmira.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing process and where you draw inspiration from?
My books usually start with a concept I find interesting. For my first series, the concept was a pirate princess. For WOTW, it was a banished warrior. From there, I like to add conflict and tension and see what I can turn that concept into. Once I feel like I have an actual plot (For example, a pirate princess gets herself kidnapped by enemy pirates on purpose in order to steal a map from off their ship), I outline chapter by chapter. I need to know what I’m working toward so I can add in subplots and side characters.
5. If you could be a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why? (I always have to ask people this question. It’s truly fascinating)
A sturdy spatula. You can never have enough of those.
Ahh! I loved her responses to these questions and I cannot wait for you to get a copy of this book and dive into her latest adventure. What are you waiting for? Comment below whether you’d like to be a pirate or a viking?
For me, I don’t know that I could either. lol I think I’d rather be a shipwrecked pirate on a deserted island because I am terrified of water. Vikings and Pirates are always on the sea and I don’t think I’d survive haha *hides face*