Welcome to Day 25! Today’s featured author is Teagan Geneviene. We’ve had so many stunning covers lately and Teagan’s is no exception. I’m one of the many who miss Sookie Stackhouse and it sounds like Atonement, Tennessee will fill that void perfectly.
Esmeralda Lawton is sick and tired of the big city. “Ralda” was betrayed until trust became a theoretical concept. So it’s a dream come true when she buys an old estate, complete with historic cemetery. Okay, she isn’t excited about the cemetery, but she’s strangely drawn to the estate. Atonement, Tennessee, a quaint town, seems like the perfect place for her. However, her new life isn’t quiet.
The house is full of antiques. Some have extraordinary properties — a brass bed causes strange dreams, and a mirror shows the truth of who you are.
A mysterious neighbor secretly watches over the graveyard. There’s more to him than meets the eye, but what? Then there’s Gwydion, owner of Fae’s Flowers. She stubbornly resists her feelings for him.
Ralda suspects that people are drawn to Atonement to, well — atone. She wonders what sins led her there. However, her ancestress made the mistakes.
Atonement is home to more than humans. Supernaturals go there too. Some have fallen far.
This urban fantasy, seasoned with Celtic mythology, comes with a side-order of mystery. Do you miss the “Sookie” stories? Then pay a visit to Atonement, Tennessee.
Author Note: Thanks to Teri for letting me join the fun even though Atonement, Tennessee is not a horror book. There is plenty of suspense, and a fair share of spookiness. So I think it has some cross-over appeal. I hope you’ll agree.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
I don’t think it was the first story I ever wrote, but it’s the oldest one I remember. My seventh grade teacher gave us an assignment that truly inspired my young mind — Write a story from the point of view of the shoes of a famous person. Well, 12 year-old me watched talk shows after school, not cartoons. So I saw plenty of “famous people” and “used to be famous” ones too, on Merv Griffin’s TV show. I liked the ones who talked about their pets. So I wrote my story as a pair of red pumps belonging to Doris Day. I had so much fun that I also gave half the class verbal outlines for their stories.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
There are many, but one would be from a fantasy series by Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth), his wizard character, Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander. Why? Just because he ranges from “totally out there” to profound. What made me like Zedd so much was the first book, “Wizard’s First Rule.” Throughout the book, various “rules” were mentioned, in no apparent order. As I read chapter after chapter, I realized that the first rule had yet to be stated. Finally Zedd disclosed it: “Wizard’s first rule — people are stupid…” (The rule went on to say “They will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true.” But the first part was fabulous.)
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Vampires. I’d elaborate, but now I’m too scared! I guess that on a very core level (not that I’ve ever really figured myself out) they seem more possible than any of the other things that go bump in the night.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Not long ago I mentioned Rutger Heauer in an interview at “Smorgasbord, Variety is the Spice of Life.” (https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/smorgasbord-open-house-author-and-motivational-writer-teagan-riordain-geneviene/ ) He is certainly my favorite villain.
However, a favorite hero is harder for me to choose. Maybe that’s because I usually find supporting characters so much more interesting and endearing.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
The ending. Having a general idea is easy, but when the story has finally gotten there, figuring out how to top everything else is the hardest part for me.
What are you working on now?
It feels like I’ve been working on the sequel to “Atonement, Tennessee” forever. Between my “real job” and my blog (Teagan’s Books), there’s just no time. However, one day I’ll publish “Atonement in Bloom” where everything in the quaint town goes haywire, as on a winter’s day Atonement, TN comes into bloom.
I’m also working on an editing process for a stand-alone novel, “The Guitar Mancer.” It’s been on the shelf for two years, because I just didn’t feel right about the story. Finally I decided to serialize it on my blog. With the comments from my regular readers, and simply from seeing the story in a different view, I’m feeling great about it. While I wouldn’t recommend it for every novel, in this case it has been a great editing tool.
Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a southerner by birth, was “enchanted” by the desert southwest of the USA when she moved there. She had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.
Her work is colored by her experiences in both the southern states and the southwest. Teagan writes many types of fantasy, from what she likes to call “quest type” fantasy, to urban fantasy, to fantasies with a dash of mystery. Her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.
Major influences include Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris.
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