Anna was born in Valparaiso, Chile and came to the USA at age 21 to marry her sweetheart. She has lived in Utah all her married life and loves to travel. Anna is the parent of three princes and a princess, and the author of eight novels. Anna loves anything that is medieval or fantasy.
Hello, Anna! It's always a pleasure having you on my blog.
Thank you so much for having me back, Linda. It’s always fun to visit you.
Your Elf series is written for young adults, but my husband absolutely loves them. So I would recommend this series for all ages.
I have found out that many of my fans are older than 20. I have been told that my deep characters, the battles, romance and clean entertainment attract many older readers. I am beyond pleased with this development.
This novel is considered “High Fantasy.” How does it differ from other fantasies?
High Fantasy is referred to as epic fantasy. It is defined either by its setting in an imaginary world or by the epic stature of its characters, themes and plots. (My books fit both.)
Examples of High fantasy: Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Wheel of Time, Book of the Fallen, Chronicles of Narnia may be classified as high fantasy. There are contemporary fantasy, Sci-Fi fantasy, Urban fantasy, Low fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Fables, heroic fantasy, legends and many others.
High fantasy is mythical stories with highly developed characters and story lines. Heroic fantasy will include most of the Walt Disney stories, where the characters are not highly developed but are the means to tell a story.
Wow! That's a lot of fantasy. Please tell us about your book.
The Roilden Stone of Elf Mountain is the Prequel to my elf series. I just never felt that this book should be first…so now it will become the golden broach to my elf series. It is the story of three Brown Elfs who want to reunite their kinsmen with their families of the Gold Elfs. Once they were one race, but changes in their government affairs separated them, and the Brown Elfs live in exile in the northern part of Andoriah.
When they arrive at the Gold Elfs kingdom, they find it in disarray because the queen and her only daughter have disappeared. The Gold Elfs fear kidnapping but know nothing about the affair nor do they do anything about it.
Meanwhile the land is drying for lack of rain and a permanent heat wave. This can only mean that The Roilden Stones of Elf Mountain have been removed from their bed. The land will die and all the races within, if they are not found and brought back. The three elfs think that if they can save Andoriah, then the Gold Elfs will grant them their return to their lands and families. The story in this book is their quest to restore balance to the land and also to their race.
Where did you get your inspiration for this series of elf books?
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and my insatiable quest for information into the background of his characters. (Especially the Elves) I wanted to know more and I have to invent my own answers and that is how my books came to life.
You love to write fantasy. What intrigues you most about writing these stories?
The possibilities within… I like to have the freedom of fantasy with the roots of the medieval era. When you do that, the possibilities are endless. When you write Medieval or any other era by itself you are enclosed by a set of rules that you can’t break. When you add fantasy, you create the rules and you have much more space to move in. It is freedom at its best.
That is so true. My daughter, Serena Clarke, writes fantasy and she has said the same thing. Thank you so much for this wonderful interview.
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