The Bookpushers would like to welcome Ms Thea Harrison back in honor of her last, for now, novella set in the Elder Races world. She treats us to a guest post and a giveaway of one of her novellas. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment for a chance to enter. Edit The winner will be announced on Tues 25 Sep. (The links all open in a new window)
An Owl Loves a Dog
I don’t even remember how this happened now, but one day while I was taking a break from work, I ended up on YouTube watching videos of owls, and I completely fell in love with the creatures. Someone on Twitter suggested I write a blog about the owls, since I had tweeted several links as I watched them. I thought this was a great idea!
A few of the clips I really enjoyed are:
But my absolute, all-time favorite has to be the Owl Love For a Dog video.
I have a crazed kind of adoration for this little piece of film, and I must have watched it a dozen times now. In fact, as I started this blog post, I had to watch it all over again. Not only is the owl in this stupendous, but the bird dog that the owl is petting has the patience of a saint.
Some of you might think, that’s all very well and good, but what does this have to do with writing?
I’m glad you asked that!
As a writer, there are many things that I put into my stories that I fully intend to do, but this gets really interesting when I start to see things in my work that I didn’t consciously plan. For example, I just realized not too long ago that none of the romantic pairings that I have written—to date, that is—are a straight up match of anything. In fact, I’ll give you a short list of what I mean.
In book one, Dragon Bound, the heroine Pia is a *whistle* you-know creature (←spoiler free!), while the hero Dragos is a dragon.
In book two, Storm’s Heart, the heroine Tricks/Niniane Lorelle is Dark Fae, while the hero Tiago is a thunderbird Wyr.
In book three, Serpent’s Kiss, the heroine Carling is a Vampyre, while the hero Rune is a gryphon Wyr.
In book four, Oracle’s Moon, the heroine Grace is the Oracle (a human witch), while the hero Khalil is a Djinn.
See the pattern now?
The same holds true for all of my Samhain novellas. In #1 True Colors, both the heroine and hero are Wyr, but they’re not the same kind of Wyr. In #2 Natural Evil, the differences are even more pronounced—the heroine is human while the hero is Wyr. In #3 Devil’s Gate, the heroine is a medusa (one of my more exotic creatures) and the hero is a Vampyre.
Even in #4 Hunter’s Season, which releases on the 18th, there is a sense of cross cultural tension. Both the heroine Xanthe and the hero Aubrey are Dark Fae—but they don’t come from the same part of society.
Apparently I get a great deal of satisfaction in creating stories—again, to date—where I can explore different cultures, expectations, tensions and conflict between the two main characters.
No wonder I love that owl and the dog!
Which stories have you enjoyed that have explored cross-cultural themes?
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