Author Interview Linnea Tanner ManyBooks

Author Interview Linnea Tanner on ManyBooks

I am pleased and honored to reblog “Linnea Tanner – Fascinated with Ancient Rome and Britannia,” posted 27th of March, 2020 by Naomi Bolton and featured on ManyBooks Author of the Day. The interview provides insight into what inspired me to write Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2 Curse of Clansmen and Kings). In conjunction with the interview, the price of Dagger’s Destiny has been reduced to 99 cents through March 31st.

For the original post, click Interview ManyBooks

 

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Award-winning Author Linnea Tanner weaves Celtic tales of love, magic, adventure, betrayal, and intrigue into historical fiction set in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology which held women in higher esteem. Of particular interest are the enigmatic Celts who were reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids. Depending on the time of day and season of the year, you will find her exploring and researching ancient and medieval history, mythology and archaeology to support her writing. As the author of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series, she has extensively researched and traveled to sites described within each book. A native of Colorado, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Windsor with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren. As our Author of the Day, Tanner tells us all about her book, Dagger’s Destiny.

Please give us a short introduction to what Dagger’s Destiny is about.

Dagger’s Destiny continues the story of Catrin, a Celtic warrior princess, and Marcellus, the great-grandson of Mark Antony, that began with the first awarding-winning novel, Apollo’s Raven, in The Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.

When the story begins, war looms over 24 AD Britannia where rival tribal rulers fight each other for power and the Romans threaten to invade to settle their political differences. King Amren accuses his daughter, Catrin, of treason for aiding the Roman enemy and her lover, Marcellus. The ultimate punishment is death unless she can redeem herself and prove her loyalty by forsaking Marcellus and defending their kingdom. Yet, when Catrin again reunites with Marcellus, she is torn between her love for him and duty to her people.

What inspired you to write about a Celtic princess accused of treason?

The choice of love versus duty is a universal theme that has fascinated me in such stories as Mark Antony and Cleopatra and Juliet and Romeo. I explore this theme in Dagger’s Destiny in which both a king and his daughter struggle to balance love and duty. Beginning in Dagger’s Destiny, Catrin faces consequences for saving her enemy lover, Marcellus, in a prisoner exchange that erupted into a conflict between her people and the Romans.

King Amren, who was seriously wounded in the conflict, accuses Catrin of treason for betraying him and his people. It is his duty as king to administer the same punishment to his beloved daughter as he would exact on any traitor in his kingdom. Ultimately, King Amren also faces ramifications for his brutality as king to maintain power while his daughter sacrifices almost everything for love. The struggle to balance love and duty will continue to be a theme throughout the series.

Why Ancient Rome and Britannia? Where does your fascination with this time period come from?

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated with Ancient Rome after watching 1960’s movies such as Ben Hur and Spartacus and reading ancient history. Although the Roman empire was often depicted as corrupt and debauched, its culture and language left a lasting impact on modern-day western civilization.

On a business trip to the United Kingdom, I was fascinated by the statue of Boudicca, a warrior queen, and her daughters in a chariot. I learned that this formidable Celtic queen united the tribes in ancient Britain to rebel against the Romans. And she almost succeeded!

I became intrigued by the Celts and discovered they also had a lasting impact. During their golden age in 200-300 BC, the Celts spread from Ireland, across Europe, and to Turkey. They were a tribal, warrior society with oral traditions and a common language.

How much research did this book require from you? What is the most interesting aspect of this research?

I extensively researched Roman and Celtic history and visited archaeological sites in the United Kingdom and France. The research on the Celts was the most challenging as they left limited written records. Their history was told through the eyes of their enemies: Julius Caesar and Greek and Roman historians. Monks in medieval monasteries wrote down stories from oral Celtic traditions in Wales and Ireland, but the stories often reflected their Christian values.

One of the most interesting aspect of my research is reading about archaeological evidence that puts a different spin on the Roman conquest of Britannia in 43 AD. Evidence suggests the Roman heavily influenced the politics of British kings after the military excursions of Julius Caesar in 55-54 BC. There was probably a Roman military presence in Britannia to protect their interests and pro-Roman kings prior to Claudius’s conquest in 43 AD. The political situation was not much different than Cleopatra’s Egypt.

This is Book 2 in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Can it be read as a standalone?

Although there is sufficient background information so Dagger’s Destiny can be read as a standalone, it would be helpful to read Apollo’s Raven first for the background on how the story begins.

Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?

I am an avid gardener. Last year, I grew cantaloupes up to 10 pounds. I also have about 80 roses which I constantly prune and fertilize during the growing season.

Tell us more about the cover and how it came about.

The cover represents Catrin’s struggle to forsake Marcellus so she can accept her duty as a warrior to defend her kingdom. In the background, her homeland is ablaze and in conflict—a consequence of her forbidden love. A curse she tries to break is etched on the dagger in her hand.

Why did you find it important to weave mythological references and mystical experiences into the story?

In the beginning, the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series was intended to be a historical fiction with elements of Celtic religion sprinkled in. However, I couldn’t truly tell Catrin’s story without weaving in her mystical experiences to reflect her culture and pagan beliefs. One of the aspects I found most interesting about the Celts is their belief that the soul is immortal and, upon death, enters into a new body. Celtic artwork reflects how gods or semi-divine shapeshift to appear as animals, a recurring theme in Irish and Welsh mythology. Merlin’s mystical powers from King Arthur legends reflect this Celtic pagan belief. I freely use the concept of the soul to explain Catrin’s shapeshifting abilities and how she views the world.

Tell us more about Catrin. What makes her tick?

Catrin is a strong-minded adolescent fraught with conflicting emotions about her mystical powers that she can’t seem to control and her struggle to do her duty despite her overwhelming blind love for Marcellus. In the eyes of her people, she is a fool. Yet, despite her challenges, she rises above them, even when she is knocked down.

What is your favorite line from this book? Please explain why.

This was a difficult question to answer, but I finally chose a line near the ending: “Pull the dagger out of the stone and embrace my curse as your destiny.” This line is intended as a metaphor that a person’s character is tested by fire and cast into stone as a weapon to overcome life’s challenges and to fulfill his or her destiny.

The book contains quite a couple of twists. Did you plan them all out before you started writing?

Ideas for twists often bubbles up during periods of writer’s block. It is a signal that my plot is not working, and I need to do something different. It is as if the characters in my head are telling me to get out of the way and allow them to tell the story.

What are you working on right now?

I’m now working on Book 4: Skull’s Vengeance in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Although this book has been drafted for a few years, I’m changing the storyline because of unexpected twists in Book 3: Amulet’s Rapture. The epic series continues to evolve as I edit and revise.

Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?

Readers can discover more of my work at the websites below:

Author website

Amazon author page

Goodreads author page

Readers can interact with me through social media provided below:

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Twitter

Facebook

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Message from LInnea Tanner

My heart extends out to everyone during this difficult time, particularly those directly impacted by COVID-19. The health professionals on the front lines are the true heroes during this crisis. Please keep well and practice social distancing to help defeat this pandemic. I am truly grateful to the readers who have supported me as an author.

Take care,
Linnea Tanner

 

Press Release 3rd Annual PenCraft Award Ceremony to be Headlined by Linnea Tanner for Outstanding Literary Achievement; Book Signing at Old Firehouse Books

Contact: Linnea Tanner
Email: linnea@linneatanner.com
Phone: 720-201-1197
Website: https://www.linneatanner.com/

Press Release 3rd Annual PenCraft Awards Ceremony To Be Headlined by Linnea Tanner for Outstanding Literary Achievement; Book Signing at Old Firehouse Books

The PenCraft Awards for 2019 will recognize 48 remarkable works in numerous categories at its 3rd Annual Event, which will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, LA. Three of the outstanding Winners will share the spotlight that night as the best of the best. The following is an excerpt from the PenCraft Award News Release

The Best Book of the Year award was won by Linnea Tanner with her book, Apollo’s Raven (Curse of Clansmen and Kings) (Volume 1), published by Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC. The book is a captivating tale about triangles; love, lust, and espionage; friend, foe, and spies; civilized Rome, barbarians and spiritual-supernatural beings. The author’s knowledge of the mythology and the history of 24 AD Celtic tribes is astounding as she weaves a tapestry of intrigue, a Gordian knot of rivalry, and a love story.

Since childhood, Tanner has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology, which held women in higher esteem. Of particular interest to her were the enigmatic Celts who were known as fierce warriors and mystical Druids. Depending on the time of day and season of the year, you will find her exploring and researching ancient and medieval history, mythology and archaeology to support her writing. As the author of the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series, she has extensively researched and traveled to sites described within each book.

Linnea Tanner has received multiple awards for her literary endeavors in 2019. She’s been a recipient of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2019 CIPA’s EVVY Bronze Medal, the 2019 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL for Fiction: Magic/Wizardry genre, and also a Gold Medal in the 2019 Global EBook Awards for the category of fantasy/Historical.

Linnea is a native of Colorado, currently residing in Windsor, Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado. She lives with her husband and is the mother of two children.

Linnea Tanner will be at the PenCraft Awards’ ceremony, January 20, 2020, to meet and greet fans and her contemporaries. She will be there to talk about her fascinating Curse of Clansmen and Kings series.

For more information on event, click Pencraft Award New Release

Book Signing with Linnea Tanner

Old Firehouse Books will welcome local Colorado author Linnea Tanner to the store! The public is invited to celebrate the release of the latest installment in her Curse of Clansmen and Kings series, Amulet’s Rapture, and Pencraft Award for Book of the Year for Apollo’s Raven (Book 1: Curse of Clansmen and Kings).

Linnea will be in the store on Saturday, January 25th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm signing books and talking to fans. This event is free and open to the public.

Linnea Tanner has been passionate about ancient civilizations and mythology from a young age. Her books weave Celtic-inspired tales of love, magic, adventure, betrayal, and intrigue. In the latest installment of her series, Catrin, the warrior Druid princess, has just survived a brutal attack by her half-brother and now will do anything to retake her throne.

We hope to see you at this event!

EVENT DATE:
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm

EVENT ADDRESS:
Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

For more information, click Old Firehouse Books

Review Copies and Media Interviews:
For a review copy of either Apollo’s Raven or Amulet’s Rapture, or an interview with Linnea Tanner, contact Tanner at 720-201-1197 or linnea@linneatanner.com. If you would like to receive this information as a Word document, please let us know.