I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Diana Wicker to A Bookaholic Swede to talk with me about his story, Legacy of Mist and Shadow. Diana is an indie author living in the balmy climate of the US south with her family, two dogs, one cat, and a cantankerous rabbit. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy-making), being “studio mom” for her children’s dance school, and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.) And, as if she had more time to spare, she has recently invested in Asian ball jointed dolls to customize into characters from Feyron.
The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role-playing adventures with her friends. The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there. The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too. The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and have just started to ripple outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic. Legacy of Mist and Shadow is the first tale to venture to one of those worlds and has been awarded the BRAG Medallion by Indie BRAG. http://www.bragmedallion.com/about
Diana, can you tell me how you discover indieBRAG?
A wonderful writer that I met on my journey, Willa Jemhart, won an IndieBRAG for a book that I had beta read. I decided to submit my works. I’m ever so excited that one made the grade. :)
Can you tell me what Legacy of Mist and Shadow is about?
Old relics and have stories of their own. Sometimes they contain adventures waiting to be sparked and journeys bursting to begin.
The Box of Melodies was left with Clan Caris by Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists, for care and keeping. A series of visions revealing the last desperate moments of a forgotten clan - the loss of their gateway to Feyron and the escape of a lone traveler holding the box - spurs a handful of adventuresome youth on a trek through the Lesser Forest where they inadvertently cause a ripple through the mists with unintended consequences.
A few of the youth find themselves on an unexpected journey to a World Beyond, lost in mist and shadow, where misunderstanding and suspicion lead to danger and darkness. Forgotten histories are discovered, clan secrets are revealed, and old alliances are remembered as the families of the lost seek to discover where the youth have been drawn by the memories within the Mists of Time.
Can you tell me more about Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists? She sounds like a very interesting character.
How about I offer you her beginning tale?
I find it intriguing to read about imaginary worlds. Can you tell me more about Feyron and the world beyond?
I would be pleased and delighted!
The Realm of Feyron has always been. It is the origin of all things magical, the axis point where
all the worlds meet. The Temple of Pyli sits at the heart of the Lands of Light high atop the snow colored mesa on the center of the White Isle. Within it lies the font of Sacred Fire, the beacon to the clans of Faie from the Worlds Beyond, lighting their way home again. The scholars watch over the gateways in the Temple and keep the lore in the desert archives, an eye always cast across the Lands of Light; the Mist Shrouded Forest, the Crystal Mountains, the Fertile Plains, and the Expanding Desert.
Most of the Faie only think of the Lands of Light when referring to Feyron, but the scholars will remind you that there are indeed other realms which share Feyron with the Light. The Realm of Mists waits beyond the obsidian wall, even though you can neither see it from land nor sky. This is where the sparks of life return to the Beyond when the time comes. If one could journey through this realm to its very edge, they would find shadows lurking, mingling with the very Mists of time in a hazy borderland where sparks linger during sleep in a land of dreams. Past that you should never look, for the Darkness is always waiting to be called upon.
As to the Worlds Beyond, simply look to your night sky. Where ever you see a twinkling light, you see a moment in time. The Mists of Time, the River of Life, these things are of Feyron, and where ever they touch, something is sure to follow. All worlds touched by life have sparks which return to the Beyond. All worlds touched by the Guardians of Light were granted gateways home to Feyron, for magic needs to be renewed lest the memory of it fade away.
The book takes place during The Age of Awakenings, can you tell me more about this time period?
Feyron, like many cultures, divides its past into historical ages. The Age of Awakenings is the current historical age in Feyron. It falls after the Age of Fading, the time when magic began to dim, and begins in book one when the Dreamweaver sets out to find the missing Guardians of magic. If time moved through the seasons, Awakenings would be Feyron entering a new spring.
This is book 3 in a series, can you read this book without having read the previous books?
I believe book 3 could be read alone if the reader does not mind jumping feet first into a new world and just going along for the ride of the story. If you want more world building and character introductions, I recommend starting from the beginning. :)
Are there more books planned, or is this the last book in this series?
I do hope to have more stories from Feyron, and I do have a list of plot items and reader requests for this specific series. Currently I have tales of lore short stories that I hope to release this year as well as the background story for this specific World Beyond in process.
Have you any favorite fantasy authors?
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis (Narnia), Robert Asprin (Myth series), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Thieves’ World series (many wonderful authors in there), AL Butcher, Mia Darien
How did you come up with the title for your book?
Story titles rarely come to me until after a book is finished. I have to read the whole story straight through, beginning until end, to find the theme that calls to me. My title comes from that.
Who designed your book cover?
Mia Darien - http://www.miadarien.com/
We are delighted that Magdalena has chosen to interview Diana Wicker who is the author of, Legacy of Mist and Shadow, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion ®, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Legacy of Mist and Shadow, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.