Writing is my life. Life is my hobby. ~Emma Lai

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Interview with Skhye Moncrief, Author of He of the Fiery Sword


Emma: Today, I am featuring an interview with author Skhye Moncrief on her Time Guardian novel He of the Fiery Sword currently available from The Wild Rose Press.


Blurb:

He, Arthur, is a reflection of luck, an abomination. He can feel the love, the pain, the sorrow, and the joy of all the ages. If he doesn't save the Druid he is sent to find, all known history could change. Some things are worth dying for. But first a man must live.


Arthur didn't count on becoming human. And now the fairies want him to break dragon law... He never expected his charge to push him to the edge of reason. But a man must live before becoming king.


Fear not. The fairies have a plan.


Trust not the fairies.


Druids wed one soul for eternity to protect the integrity of the timeline. Druid Solas’s soul mate was taken from her. Now, an 11th Century Irish bishop stalks her to serve as his mistress. She has nothing left yet everything to live for in creating the historical maps she was sent through time to make. She will break time-travel Code if she submits to another man by allowing even one paradoxical child to muddy history. Then Arthur arrives to save her. He is anything but a time guardian. And a fairy tells her to help him. To ignore a god’s instruction could prove detrimental. Yet, every time guardian knows believing the Gods is wielding a double-edged sword. Since it is forbidden for Druids to wield weapons, her future relies on He of the Fiery Sword.


Emma: Welcome Skhye! First, let me say, I’m addicted to the Time Guardians. Anyone with any interest in mythology should find this series riveting.


Skhye: Thank you.


Emma: I’m sure a lot of readers wonder where authors get their inspiration. The blurb hints at the King Arthur of legend. What a tease! I’m more interested in knowing if you know that “He of the Fiery Sword” is a tarot card. If so, I don’t think you could have found a better representation of Arthur…noble, brave, and honest. (Well, as honest as he can be with the stringent requirements of The Code.)


Skhye: That’s where I found the book title, in Brian Froud’s deck.


Emma: Your work is very complex. You take great care with culture and weaving in details that draw the reader deeper into the world. I feel you hide little truths in your work as well that invite the reader to engage in a little philosophizing. Is this important to you as a writer?


Skhye: Oh, yes. It’s what makes writing fun. The hardest part for me in writing is not sounding like a stuffy anthropologist.


Emma: I would never label you as a stuffy anthropologist. I’m amazed at the amount of emotion you convey, especially with Arthur, and the imagery is beautiful in the work is beautiful. Are you also an aspiring poet or do you like your writing to have a certain lyrical rhythm?


Skhye: Me, a poet? Gadz no. When you step into your character’s shoes, you must phrase things the way the character would. Or you really aren’t in your character’s POV. ;) Then again, my critique partner says I’m channeling something. But what do I know? I’m a boring scientist.


Emma: Boring definitely does not describe you! Skhye has other works available to include The Spell of the Killing Moon, Naked on the Staircase, Ancient Musings [Song of the Muses], Vow of Superstition: Dragon’s Blood, and Sacrificial Hearts also available through The Wild Rose Press. Wow! I need to take a deep breath after all that. Did I miss anything, Skhye? Which one do you recommend I read next?


Skhye: LOL, I would like to warn you Arthur is very deep because of what he is. The other Time Guardian tales are lighter and more mainstream. If you’re looking for psychic vampires, read Naked on the Staircase. If you’d prefer burning wicker men, read Sacrificial Hearts (lots of double entendre in that imagery). Or do you fancy a female were-assassin? Read The Spell of the Killing Moon.


Emma: Well, I don’t want to keep you too much longer, but I have to ask what we get to look forward to next.


Skhye: Another Time Guardian novel will be available April 3rdForbidden Eternity. The hero is a Native-American shaman. And I think it’s the zaniest of the stories. Or should I use the word “strangest” just to be clear?


Emma: Thanks so much for dropping by. Good luck on your future works!


Skhye: Thanks so much for the interview. I can’t wait to read your story! Skhye

44 comments:

Debby said...

Hi Skhye - another book due soon. I enjoyed your interview. Looked up Emma's book as well - looks great!!

lastnerve said...

Totally loved the interview! You don't sound like some stuffy anthropologist TRUST ME! Can't wait to read the books!

BethRe said...

Great interview
Sounds like the new Time Guardian novel is right up my alley a Native American shaman.

Skhye said...

Thanks, Debby, LastNerve, and BethRe.

To be honest, I had worried my Native American shaman was too ethnophobic. :) But my critique partner who is half Cherokee and Apache (minus the Irish half, says he was perfect. LOL We'll see! Y'all have a wonderful weekend. I get the pleasure of taking my 3-yr old to the doctor today. She HATES the doctor. She's even more sick now that she knows we're going...

Skhye said...

Well the ) in my () didn't go through. I hate my Vista computer... It always gulps when I'm typing. Am I the only person who finds a missing letter like even 4 out of 5 letters in a word beyond basic typos?

LJ White said...

Great interview. All of your books sound interesting, Skhye.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Debby, I can only hope that my short story is as entertaining as Skyhe's work!

Skyhe, I have issues with my space bar...talk about compound words!

Skhye said...

*snicker* Do you spell things like cats hit they come out like catshit? Wait, is this blog PG? Oops

Thanks, LJ!

Skhye said...

Well it looks like I'm shell shocked from my daughter's cough... That was "cats hit that come out..." UGH! Who could sleep with all of that coughing?

Ashley Ludwig said...

Skhye! Good morning, my friend! As one stuffy Anthropologist to another, I really did laugh out loud at your comment.

I'm still trying to type around keys that DD#2 peeled off the keyboard. growl.

Your writing is smart, intriguing, and delightfully as deep as your reader chooses to make it. Looking forward to your release April 3!

I am behind in your works - but am an endless fan. Thanks for taking the time to drop by MamaWriters.com. Great interview, Emma!

Emma Lai said...

Skyhe,

Nothing so entertaining as that! :)

My sympathies on your lack of sleep. I was up and down all night myself. Icky allergies or cold or whatever you call it.

LORETTA CANTON said...

I haven't read any of the Time Guardians yet so I have to catch up. I guess I'm about to get stuck on another series.

loretta

Cate Masters said...

Looking forward to your new release, Skhye! I was hooked on Arthur as a teenager with The Once and Future King. Ilove anything mythology related. Sometimes I get so caught up in research I have little time left to write!

Skhye said...

Thanks, Loretta and Cate. I posted on my blog at http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com that I'm hosting a contest here today. Anyone who leaves a comment by midnight CST tonight is in the running for a GOING GREEN PRIZE PACK. The winner gets a large shamrock, a GOING GREEN for Dummies pocket book, a large KISS ME I'M IRISH pin, and a tin of ORAL FIXATION Nite Life caffeinated Chai mints. ;) Skhye

Helen Hardt said...

Hi ladies! Skhye, I've had the pleasure of reading your Muse story, and I'm looking forward to exploring your work further. Emma, you did a great job with this interview!

Helen

Emma Lai said...

Thanks ladies! I try to keep the interviews interesting!

ddurance said...

Oooh, a Native American shaman, sounds interesting, can't wait to see how it fits in with the other stories.

Deidre
deidre_durance at hotmail dot com
www.gothicasylum.blogspot.com

kimmyl said...

Loved the interview. I love the Time guardian series. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2009.

Mary Ricksen said...

Great interview Skhye, you really are a great author.
Good stuff Emma,keep it coming!

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Emma Lai said...

Thanks Mary! (I figured you only meant to post your comment once. But if not, double thanks!)

Skhye said...

Thanks, Helen, Deidre, Kimmy, and Mary. I'm back from the pediatrician with cough medicine and a new My Little Pony building. We had to bribe her with something to minimize the screaming. She was much better this time. Only screamed when the doctor came in the exam room and then peed all over her father while he held her during the examination! :) I got lunch out of the deal. I'm not complaining. :)

Emma Lai said...

I know it's mean, but better him than you! :)

Skhye said...

The doc laughed. LOL. You'll be in the same boat, my friend! Better him than you. ;)

Emma Lai said...

I'm so looking forward to it! Unlike me, my poor husband has never been around babies. I've been changing diapers since I was 10. I keep warning him, but you know he's just going to have to learn by experience.

Skhye said...

Ain't that the truth.

Cindy K. Green said...

Oh Skhye you crack me up. Can't wait to read your new book. :)

Skhye said...

Cindy, I should warn you. It isn't inspirational. *blushing* Ugh, my work has also been classified "very very sensual" in the heat department. Or maybe that was only one very... Either way, anyone afraid of heat should read them in a closet with a flashlight. I don't have to. My mom lives in another city. LOL! Although, I am afraid of my father reading the one I gave my step-mom. Oy! What would he say?

catslady said...

Enjoyed the interview and I'm really looking forward to getting to read one of your books!! p.s. someone just gave you a nice mention at RJ

Skhye said...

Thanks, Catslady. :)

SarahAnn said...

Great interview ladies! I haven't read any of your Time Guardian series yet, Skyhe, but He of the Flaming Sword sounds irresistible. And hey, anthropologists stuffy? Well, ok, maybe in linguistics or say, population genetics. But do you know any taphonomists? Dendrochronologists? Flint-knappers?! Madder words than "stuffy" come to mind. Marvelous lunatics.

Christina Phillips said...

LOL, great interview and comments, ladies! I love Arthur myths and am looking forward to reading He of the Fiery Sword!

Skhye said...

Let me just say, nobody appreciates it when I mention penis gourds in a chat at our press! I can't figure out why... Thanks for asking, Sarah Ann. :) I'd definitely agree with marvelous lunatics. My critique partner calls me Bones...

Emma Lai said...

You crazy anthropologists just crack me up!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Cynthya said...

I'm a big fan of the Time Guardian series. They're original, kind of hard to define, and I highly recommend them. Can't wait to read Forbidden Eternity!

SarahAnn said...

LOL. If penis gourd doesn't fly, perhaps you could try phallocrypt. ;> Unless that would have them seeing Freud's ghost?

Emma Lai said...

Sarah Ann and Skyhe: What am I going to do with the two of you? I thought engineers had a weird sense of humor. :)

Skhye said...

Please don't bring Freud into this. ;)

Thanks, Cynthya. I know how hard it is to define the Time Guardian series. I thought I never would. It is extremely cross-genre. And all the twisting of mythology can irritate readers.

Beth aka Scifibookcat said...

Your new Time Guardian book sounds wonderful...can't wait!

Emma Lai said...

I like challenge better. Besides mythology is not fact. It's meant to be played with, and you do it with such flair!

Skhye said...

Thanks, Scifibookcat!

Well, thanks, Emma.

Emma Lai said...

Anytime, Skyhe!

Skhye said...

Here's the link to penis gourds for those who are going "huh?"
http://www.rhymer.net/New%20Folder/penisgourdgallery/gallery.htm

Skhye said...

Congrats, Lastnerve. My husband picked 2. You win the GREEN PRIZE PACK in honor of St. Patty's Day and spring. :) Shoot me an email at skhye@skhyemoncrief.com to claim your prize. I'll be needin' your mailing addy. ;)

Thanks to everyone for making yesterday entertaining. With the sick 3 yr old, it could have been horrible. Skhye