Today I have Karyn Henley, wonderful author of the Angelaeon Circle series, one of my favorite books that involves angels, here with me to talk about the second book in the series – Eye of the Sword. Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of the post!
How was writing the second novel in the Angelaeon Circle series different from the first?
The first novel, Breath of Angel, comes from the point of view of a young woman, Melaia. The second novel, Eye of the Sword, is told from the point of view of the male protagonist, Trevin. So I had to see everything through his eyes. I have two sons (and one husband) and no daughters, so I've experienced the male viewpoint vicariously for years. But I know better than to stereotype my sons and husband as if there is some static male mold. So I didn't want to stereotype Trevin, either. He thinks with a male mind, but he has definite individual traits that come from his personality, his background, and his skills and talents.
How did you go about creating the world that Eye of the Sword is set in?
I had been doing historical research for a nonfiction project that led me into the ancient Mediterranean world. I found that world fascinating. The more I researched, the more I could close my eyes and see it, smell it, hear it. So it felt very natural to place my characters in that world. But I also love fantasy creatures and imaginary, magical, mysterious elements, so I imagined what angels might truly be like in that setting and what supernatural forces might come into play.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned to trust the process. So many times, I would reach a point at which I couldn't see how to move forward, but somehow the Muse part of my mind would come up with the answer. That may sound easy, but it's not. The answer doesn't necessarily come immediately. Madeleine L'Engle said that inspiration comes during work. So I keep working, and many times the answer pops into my mind. Sometimes it comes during the night, or it's there when I wake up in the morning. I think the key is to keep working and thinking, but not worry myself into knots about it.
What is your typical writing environment like? Do you have any "must haves" when writing?
I have three writing spots in my house. One is at my upstairs desk in a "writing nook" where I can see my backyard and the treetops I love. I also write in my sunroom at the breakfast table where, through the walls of windows, I can see birds and squirrels – and rain and snow, depending on the weather. The third writing spot is in my dining room, where I see my rhododendrons and my favorite tree, a tulip poplar. As you can tell, I love seeing nature when I look up from my keyboard. The reason I change writing locations is to save my back from too many hours in one chair. As for "must haves," the answer is silence – or the sounds of nature from an open window.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I have several other novels in the works. One is the third book in the Angelaeon Series, Throat of the Night. Another is a contemporary, humorous YA. And another is a paranormal involving gods and goddesses, which I think will be fun.
Thanks Karyn for answering all my questions! I can't wait to read the third in the series. My review will be up in a couple of days, March 14th.