Interview with Rinda Elliott – Author of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy

Posted 6 August, 2014 by Danny in Author Spotlight, Blog, Danny / 9 Comments

Interview with Rinda Elliott – Author of The Sisters of Fate TrilogyForecast by Rinda Elliott
Series: Sisters of Fate #2
Published by Harlequin, HarlequinTEEN on 2014-08-05
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
4 Stars

The Lockwood triplets are charged with helping to save the world—but at a high cost.

Coral is always in the middle, always the family peacemaker. She's the sister with the most to prove. When a freak snowstorm halts her Florida summer, signaling the Norse end of the world, she tracks down Taran Breen—a would-be warrior carrying Thor's soul. A boy who's fought his temper all his life and is now a suspect for murder.

One who looks at her as no other has before.As roaring seas surge and terrifying underworld creatures emerge for battle, can Coral control her goddess magic and protect Taran?Because now she has a chance for more than her crazy life—as long as she and Taran win….

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world's destiny.But only if they survive…

A while ago I featured Forecast, the next book of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy by Rinda Elliott in a Wednesday Pre-Squee Feature and today I am super excited to have Rinda here for an Interview! I’m so happy that she took her time to chat a little bit about her books and about Norse Mythology, which I find highly intriguing!
Sistes of Fate Trilogy by Rinda Elliott

So now, please welcome Rinda at the Bewitched Bookworms

Hi Rinda – I’m so excited to have you hear today to celebrate the release of the second book of “The Sisters of Fate Series”  “Forecast” featuring Coral and .. Thor! 🙂 
I absolutely love your approach for this series as I absolutely love Norse mythology! What fascinates you the most about Norse Mythology and what made you use it for Young Adult Debut? 
I’ve just always had a fascination with mythology in general–with the different ways people believe. Norse was always my favorite and I think it’s because in the beginning, it seems like people were more drawn to Greek and Roman mythologies. I tend to gravitate to the underdog. Or so I thought. But once I started reading up on it, I realized there was nothing of the underdog there. Norse mythology is so rich in wonderful stories and creativity. One of the first books I wrote was about this lonely man in an old family castle in Wales who shifted into a big black cat because of an ancient Viking curse. Seriously, I was that into it. Later, I learned my first name came from Norse mythology and it felt like kismet. 
As for my YA debut, I was drawn to the story of Oklahoma’s Heavener Runestone and had planned to set my second adult UF there–Blood of an Ancient. I wanted to tie in a YA series to it and we were to meet Vanir and his family as helpful secondary characters. But I changed it because I felt like the stories needed to stand on their own. So I moved Blood of an Ancient and cut its ties to the YAs altogether. Vanir and Raven came to me with such clarity, I dove fully into their story.
Which one is your favorite Norse God? 
That is the hardest question because there are so many cool aspects to each of them. Honestly, it’s probably Loki. He’s not nearly as evil as he’s portrayed in most things–even my books. But I’m also drawn to Freyr and Freya…Skadi…okay, I can’t answer this one. LOL. I can’t pick just one!
If you could meet one of these Gods, who would it be and how would you like to spend the day with him or her? 
I know I said Loki is one of my favorites, but probably not him. He’d be up to some mischief and I’d get all stressed out. Let’s see, Baldr is the god of light and joy, so it would probably be great to hang out with him and soak up the happy. 
In “The Sisters of Fate Series” series the kids are hosting the souls of the Norse Gods. If you could wish 
for one specifics soul, which would you choose, and why!:) 
Oh man, there are a bunch I’d pick. But probably Odin, god of wisdom, because I could write about anything with authority. But then, I’d probably feel like I needed to be in charge of everyone. I’d get bossy… Just kidding. I would definitely like to have more knowledge of things. Plus, he was also the god of magic and that could be fun. 
There are not so many Young Adult books featuring Norse mythology, but do you have some recommendations for readers who can’t get enough of these Norse Gods? 
I honestly have not read any other fiction books featuring Norse mythology. I didn’t want to accidentally absorb anything before I finished my entire trilogy. And for a time, there were some other YA and middle-grade books that got picked up around the time mine was making the rounds and it was a bit hard because these books got very, very close to selling several times. At one point, more than a handful of publishers had shown interest in them. But in the end, concern that Norse mythology wasn’t popular enough kept them from getting picked up. This was around 2009/2010. Later, my agent and I had actually stopped marketing these and that’s when my Harlequin editor called up and asked if they were still available. She’d loved the first book quite a bit, hadn’t forgotten about it, and thought the trilogy would work in their new digital line for Harlequin Teen. She took a chance and I’m so happy. Harlequin was one of my top dream publishers, so I’m thrilled my books are there.
Rinda, the next book Foresworn will be the last book in this series. any idea already what comes next from you? 
Yes, I have some very loyal Beri O’Dell readers and am starting to get more emails asking about book three. That is on my agenda next. I also have a dystopian YA I wrote years ago, then shelved because the market felt flooded. I love the characters a lot and still think about the book often, so I plan to do some revisions, make it even better and send it out.There is a fun snippet of it on my website. I’ve also got a proposal for a southern Gothic that might start making the rounds soon. A part of me wants to dive fully into that book. So many, many ideas. 😉 
Anything else you’d like to add? 
Just a thanks for your enthusiasm about my Norse YA trilogy. I’d hoped there were readers out there who would enjoy them and I’m thrilled every single time I hear from a reader or reviewer who had a good time with the books.
Thank you so so much for stopping by today Rinda:)) 
Thanks for having me!
Interview with Rinda Elliott – Author of The Sisters of Fate TrilogyForetold by Rinda Elliott
Series: Sisters of Fate #1
Published by Harlequin, HarlequinTEEN on 2014-04-01
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
4.5 Stars

It is written that three Sisters of Fate have the power to change the world's destiny. But only if they survive…

The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can't believe it's really happening. She's the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? When it starts snowing in summer in Florida, the sisters fear the worst has come to pass. Ragnarok, the Norse end of the world, has begun.

Raven finds herself the secret protector of Vanir, a boy with two wolves, a knowledge of Norse magic and a sense of destiny he can't quite explain. He's intense, sexy and equally determined to save her when it becomes clear someone is endangering them. Raven doesn't know if getting closer to him will make a difference in the coming battle, but her heart isn't giving her a choice.

Ahead of the sisters is the possibility of death at the hand of a warrior, death by snow, death by water or death by fire.Or even from something else…

Sisters of FateThe prophecy doesn't lie: one is doomed to die.

Snipped from my Review 

Foretold by Rinda Elliott was a heart pounding paranormal adventure with fierce, passionate heroes and an thrilling, action packed story! Norse myths were wonderfully entwined with our modern day setting in a delightful and mesmerising way! I most definitely can’t wait for the next Sisters story!

Rating 4.5

About Rinda Elliott

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I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children.

I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency

SO guys are you excited now? Do you have any questions for Rinda? 

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9 Responses to “Interview with Rinda Elliott – Author of The Sisters of Fate Trilogy”

  1. LOVE THIS SERIES DANNY! And if we didn’t already know we were basically the same person, the timing of this interview proves it yet again – my interview with Rinda goes up on Friday:) Loki is one of my favorites of the Norse gods too, and Tom Hiddleston is the only person I can ever picture when I read his name. Love it:)

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    Rinda Elliott 8/8/2014

    Tim Hiddleston has made Loki his own.

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  2. What a fantastic post and interview, Danny and Rinda!
    I cannot wait for Foresworn! I love how so many less well-known myths have found their way into your narrative in the books! =D
    Southern gothic and dystopian books next? I cannot wait!
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    Rinda Elliott 8/8/2014

    The southern Gothics are adult romances, but that YA dystopian is calling me. Big time.
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  3. I do love Norse mythology. THere’s just something about those twisted Vikings that make their stories and gods so interesting. A very cool premise that the souls and magic of Norse gods are in teens (that’s a lotta power to harness!).
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    Rinda Elliott 8/8/2014

    It is a lot of power–luckily, it grows stronger when they’re older. 🙂
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