Today we’re interviewing Sheila Lamb, author of Fiery Arrow. But first, a bit about the book:
Brigid, a gifted druid priestess, seeks to preserve Ireland’s ancient religion when Christianity broaches its shores. Through a dangerous ritual, Brigid remembers her past life – a rare power – as a goddess of the Túatha de Danann. She must hide this secret from druids in her own order who are jealous of the talent she possesses and would use their combined magic to seize her power. When she confronts Patrick, the charismatic leader of the newly-arrived Christians, she realizes they have a shared history, tied together by a bond formed lifetimes before. As Brigid persists in reminding him of their past and of his promise to help her revive the Danann, Patrick denies the deal he made as a lonely slave boy to a goddess he believed to be only in his imagination.
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Tell us about your latest book!
My latest book is Fiery Arrow, the sequel to Once A Goddess. It’s the second in a trilogy about Brigid of Ireland, from a…paranormal…point of view, a druid point of view.
What prompted you to write this book or series?
I’m fascinated with early Irish history – the Túatha de Danann, the Celts, the druids, and Patrick’s arrival. I was curious how he managed to convert the island relatively peacefully (versus Rome defeating the Gauls.) I discovered through a lot of research that Brigid may have been part of Patrick’s success. In Christian lore, they do co-exist and worked together. I found this quote from the Book of Armagh that drove the storyline: ” Between St. Patrick and St. Brigid, the columns of the Irish, there was so great a friendship of charity that they had but one heart and one mind.” http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02784b.htm
What makes your book unique?
Fiery Arrow, and the entire trilogy, is unique because it’s a combination of historical and supernatural. I had a tough time with the supernatural piece. Druids believe in nature, in the earth’s power, in past lives. Those elements weren’t ideas I made up – they are part of a timeless belief and practice. So incorporating these ideas I feel are valid and historical, not solely my imagination.
It’s also unique because of the perspective I give to Brigid. She is known as a goddess, druid, and saint. Most people know her as saint but there is an entire story of Brigid that precedes her inclusion into the Church. There’s even research that suggests Kildare was a druid school before becoming an abbey.
What genre does your book fall into – paranormal mystery, paranormal erotica, para-romance, urban fantasy, YA?
This continues the previous question…I had a hard time, when I first began querying the novel. Was it historical? Historical fantasy? Paranormal? What’s the best genre label to choose? I go with Historical Fantasy. It is historical with fantasy elements.
What paranormal power would you like to have and why?
Telepathy – like the Danann in Once A Goddess! Also – time travel. I love the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the book, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Though I would want my time travel to be more like vacation than scary J
I’m finishing revisions on the third and final book in the trilogy, Church of the Oak, and will submit it to my editor at Solstice Publishing. Looking forward to a completed trilogy!