I was born in Valparaiso, Chile. I came to the USA at age 21 to be married two weeks later. I have lived in Utah all my married life, and have travelled to many places in the USA. We are the parents of three princes and a princess. I love ruins, medieval and fantasy things.
Welcome back to my blog, Anna. I understand this new book is number six in your Elf Series, but it’s a stand-alone book and can be read separately. Please tell us about your book.
It is always a pleasure to be with you and your friends, Linda. Flying takes you to new heights. Here is a bit about A Flying Elf. Shahira is a she-eagle and lives with her father, mother, and baby brother. Her dream is to find a stripling young eagle for her mate. But mating is a ritual that happens in the sky and she cannot fly. She keeps telling herself that soon she will be able to, but every time she tries she falls.
The character causing all the problems in this tale is Huzan. He is almost a wizard and suffers from schizophrenia. He hears and sees people talking to him all the time. This makes him very dangerous, especially as he thinks his brother, the head of the Wizarding School, is against him. A crazy wizard, on his own, pursued by his personal demons, makes for interesting suspense.
Lets not forget Llorradinn. He is the Elf who finds love in Shahira’s nest and who is willing to do anything for her. As a true Elf, he would sacrifice his life for Shahira if it would make her happy.
Where did you get your inspiration for this series?
From Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. My son got me hooked on the books, and when the movies came out my imagination went wild. I have so many characters wanting to be first in my head I can’t write fast enough.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Eagles are the main characters in this tale, so I needed to ask questions about their lives and what they are like. The person in charge of the eagles in Tracy Aviary at a park in Utah was very nice and let me pick his brain. For my artist, we Googled eagles and had hundreds of pictures to choose from.
You love to write elf stories. What intrigues you most about writing these books?
What intrigues me most is how my Elfs came to me with their personalities clear and unwavering. They aren’t perfect, but they are certainly far ahead of any human I have met in real life. The world of my elfs is so pure and humble that it inspires many of my readers and me, because you can’t find that in real life and as humans we need it. The way elfs love and care for the she-elfs is humbling and the way the she-elfs reciprocate to their companion’s care and love is heavenly. I believe that is what every human being wants in life… someone who will see past our imperfections and treat us with utmost respect and love, in spite of it all.
Thanks, Anna, for a wonderful interview. Your books sound awesome. The “world of elves” sounds so intriguing to me.