Interviews and articles with the author

I’ve been honored and privileged to be featured on various blogs and websites, and I would love to share these experiences. Here they are:authwp5

N. Gemini Sasson, the author of The Bruce Trilogy, and Isabeau (the sequel to Isabeau, The King Must Die, is now available) asked me to give some insight about one of my characters, who she envisioned as “the imperfect hero.” I chose Aridela, rather than one of my male heroes.

“I would like to explore my heroine, Aridela, rather than one of my heroes, for one reason: current stories seem wont to portray women as flawless, lacking even the perfectly normal “flaw” of not having as much physical strength as males. In Aridela, I wanted to create a protagonist who is strong, yes, but real and believable. I wanted to show how she acquires her strength, rather than simply shoving her out there already formed, as if by magic.”  HERE is the link to the rest of that article.

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The blogger and writer, Diane Dooley, interviewed Libbie Hawker about her book, The Sekhmet Bed (available on Amazon), and during the course of the interview, Libbie, a book reviewer who happened to be reading my book at the time, mentioned it, and me.

“Hawker:  I am currently reading a fantastic ancient-history novel by Rebecca Lochlann, called The Year God’s Daughter.  It’s set in ancient Greece and Crete.  Lochlann is a fellow independent author and she has a real skill with description.  Her world is painted in very lush, highly sensory strokes, and the book has so far been a pure delight to read.  I am going to do a review of it on my blog and on the Historical Novel Review blog when I’ve finished it.”  HERE is the link to that entire interview.

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Recently, V.R. Christensen (author: Of Moths and Butterflies) interviewed me on her blog. I had such fun discussing the themes of The Year-god’s Daughter, the research, and the characters. It also made me think about them, which is always a good thing as I am working hard on getting the second book ready for release.

Christensen: “Do you write simply for entertainment’s sake, or do you have a higher purpose?”

Lochlann: “My goal, after writing a story that captures a reader’s imagination, is to return this mythical, historical woman/ideal to human awareness, to give her life again, reminiscent of what she enjoyed thousands of years ago.HERE is the link to the entire interview.

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Libbie Hawker (author of The Sekhmet Bed & many other books) interviewed me as well. More pondering on the themes of my books, and especially my inspirations!

Hawker: “One of the things I enjoyed so much about your novel The Year-God’s Daughter was the depth of historical information it contained.  You’ve said elsewhere that you did about fifteen years of research on Minoan and other Bronze-Age culture in order to build your world properly.  I think it’s rare to find historical novelists, these days, who care so much about cultural precision.  What is it about your setting that drew you in so thoroughly and for so long?  Or is this kind of deep enthrallment just one of your personality quirks?”

Lochlann: “I am an obsessive perfectionist. To this day, I still hone in on any documentary that comes along. So far, my research continues to hold up to current facts and theories. Very pleased about that. But one almost has to go into these kinds of things blindly: I mean, if you knew beforehand how much work and how many years the research and writing would consume, would you take that first step? I might not have. As far as what drew me, well, I have always loved how the ancient Greeks wove such fantastic, detailed stories around the natural events of the world. Now those people were real storytellers. I guess, in a way, I wanted to create a new myth, one written so modern readers could get into it, yet still with the flavor of the ancient stories that have come to us through time.” Click HERE to read the complete interview. Thank you, Libbie, for the interest, and this lovely interview!

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V.R. Christensen wanted to do a blog series on “Flawed heroes,” and asked me to write about one of my triad, Menoetius–the most mysterious of the three. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been asked to do. Yes, honestly, Menoetius keeps to himself, even from me. He is one of the biggest introverts I have ever known.  I have to fight an overwhelming sense of betrayal whenever I reveal anything about him.

Lochlann: “When the Greek youth Menoetius first comes to Crete, he is seventeen, with a young man’s smooth skin and lustrous dark hair that ten-year-old Aridela likens to a waterfall. His eyes are what really capture her imagination, however. Cobalt blue like the heavens at twilight, in this land where nearly everyone has eyes of brown or black, they have a glow about them, like the sun shining through deep water, or the star Iakchos, rising above Crete’s mountain summits in the fall.

The Goddess lives in his eyes; Aridela, who has communed with this deity from birth, senses it.”  Click HERE to read the complete post.200x300Asterion

V.R. had such overwhelming interest in her “flawed heroes” series that she’s added another, one on “flawed heroines.” My thoughts on Aridela, as well as general commentary on “superwomen” can be found there. And don’t forget to check out the other flawed heroes and heroines: Archer Hamilton & Imogen Shaw (from Of Moths and Butterflies,) James Douglas and Isabeau (from the Bruce Trilogy & Isabeau,) Tristan and Eva (from Artemis Rising,) and Will and Nell (from The Nell Sweeny Mysteries.)

Lochlann: “I cannot identify with Lara Croft, (at all) Elektra, Yu Shu-lien, or the myriad other superwomen gracing many books and movies today. To me they are enticing but unrealistic, unattainable. They are almost as bad, in their way, as the Catholic Mary. What mortal woman-of-faith can live up to such spotless virtue (as defined by men?)” For the entire article, click HERE.

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Elisabeth Storrs (author of The Wedding Shroud) interviewed me about the Erinyes series, taking me deeper into inspiration and themes:

Storrs: “Is there a particular theme you wish to explore in this book?”

Lochlann: “Growth. Change. Preparation through adversity… Aridela lacks the qualities so important in a ruler and even more important in a girl chosen by Goddess Athene to travel through time and become her spokesperson. Humility. Caution. Compassion. The internal growth that disappointment, sorrow, loss and grief usually inspires. Aridela has been allowed to run free and be spoiled because her future is not considered as important as her sister’s. The Thinara King strips her of all that. In The Thinara King, this spoiled, shallow child is changed profoundly, taken down to her emotional skeleton. The only question is, will she survive it? Maybe not, and certainly not without help.” Click HERE to read the entire interview, and thanks to Elisabeth for this opportunity to talk about my series!

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The author and blogger, Hock Tjoa, read my books and interviewed me on his website. His questions run the gamut, from inspiration to thoughts on writing and publishing.

Tjoa: “What fueled all this creativity and work?”

Lochlann: “I’ve been an avid reader from a very early age. One of the first books I remember reading was D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. It captured my imagination wholly. This fascination continued without pause, eventually to include The Odyssey, The Iliad, and The Greek Myths, (Robert Graves).” Click HERE to read the interview, and many thanks to Hock Tjoa, author of The Battle of Chibi. Tjoa is also an actor in community theater, a playwright, and an active blogger and book reviewer.

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John Brown

John Brown

Suzanne Adair, author of the Michael Stoddard thrillers and other books set during the American Revolution, recently asked me to write about Queen Victoria and her odd friendship with John Brown, her Scots serving man.

Lochlann: “There are many arti­cles and biogra­phies about John Brown, the Scots­man who served Queen Vic­to­ria before and after Prince Albert’s death. He’s por­trayed as a rough, ill-mannered gillie, a ser­vant and one-time sta­ble boy, who yet man­aged to charm the wid­owed queen out of her grief, at least some­what. He is said to have been a heavy drinker, uncouth, rude, smelly, even “insuf­fer­able.” One rea­son this story cap­tures our inter­est is because Queen Vic­to­ria has an ongo­ing rep­u­ta­tion, true or not, of being the epit­ome of pro­pri­ety, noto­ri­ous for not allow­ing any unortho­dox behav­ior or speech in her presence—except when it came to John Brown. He, appar­ently, could do no wrong.”

Kate Wyland won a copy of Book One, The Year-god’s Daughter,for commenting on the article. Congrats, Kate!

Click HERE to read the complete scoop on Victoria and her kilted Highlander, and thanks to Suzanne for this opportunity!

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brag2x3x144nov-2016The Year-god’s Daughter has been awarded the coveted Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion! Today I’m being interviewed for Indie B.R.A.G. by Stephanie Hopkins, blogger extraordinaire, about my experience writing the book.

Stephanie: “I’m one for finding inspiration in all things. My mind never shuts down….what was yours for this book?”

Lochlann: “Besides D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, I was also inspired by many other books, notably Moon, Moon (Anne Kent Rush) and Robert Graves’ Book of Greek Myths. Both sent my mind racing down new paths of imagination. In Graves’ book, I first learned that the famed “Ariadne,” of the well-known Cretan myth involving Theseus and the Minotaur, was originally called “Aridela,” and may have been considered a goddess rather than a mere mortal. What an amazing idea! I wondered why she was transformed (if indeed this is true). Carl Kerényi, another treasured author, theorizes that she was too powerful, too magnificent, and as time went by, she was deliberately diminished to suit a changing society who wanted their male gods to hold the most power. There is some evidence that this same diminishment was carried out on Athene, Hera, and other goddesses.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview, and thanks to Indie B.R.A.G. and Stephanie for the award, and this opportunity!

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Colleen Turner at A Literary Vacation interviewed me about The Year-god’s Daughter in February, 2016.brag2x3x144nov-2016

Colleen: “Historical fiction happens to be my all-time favorite genre and I find myself going back and forth between what periods of history are my favorite to read about. Is the Bronze Age your favorite time period to write and/or read about, or do you enjoy jumping around as I do?”

Rebecca: “Thanks for the question, as it gives me the opportunity to explain my thoughts on that! The Bronze Age was my favorite for many years but I spent so much time and energy there that I’m a bit burned out on it now. Thankfully, my series accommodates this need to research and build new adventures in new places. It skips forward and backward in time and travels to different areas of the globe. Plus, the characters change, giving the reader (and me) a whole new person to bond with, and is, in my opinion, more interesting than keeping everyone static. Though they all carry certain identifying characteristics from one life to the next, each incarnation brings new personality quirks that living over and over again will necessarily create. After all, the whole purpose is to groom them for the climax, so they do need to change and grow—or, in some cases, diminish.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview, and my thanks go out to Colleen for taking the time and effort to interview me!

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I am so honored to be named not once, not twice, but three times at BookSquawk Book Reviews in their annual “Squawk of the Year Favorite Reads” section. In the Moon of 300x81BooksquawkBanner copyAsterion won in 2013, The Moon Casts a Spell won in 2015, and most recently, The Sixth Labyrinth won a favorite read in 2016. Thank you BookSquawk!

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Links to my awesome author buddies and their books:

N. Gemini Sasson: Blog

N. Gemini Sasson’s Amazon page

Libbie Hawker: Blog

Libbie Hawker Amazon page

V.R. Christensen: Blog

V.R. Christensen’s Amazon page

Elisabeth Storrs: Blog

Elisabeth Storrs: Amazon page

Hock Tjoa: Blog

Hock Tjoa: Amazon page

Suzanne Adair: Blog

Suzanne Adair: Amazon page

Stephanie Hopkins: Layered Pages

IndieBRAG: Home

A Literary Vacation Home

Chanticleer Book Reviews: Chaucer First Place Winners 2014

BookSquawk Book Reviews, Fav Reads of 2016: Home

 

 

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