Monday, July 8, 2013
Novel Debut from Lauren Catron
Michigan author Lauren Catron has been busy since graduating with her MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. With the launch of her debut novel this summer, Catron has been putting her effort into finessing her website—and writing a sequel. Changeling Eyes is the first book in the series.
“In a way, The Aesir Chronicles are an alternate history of earth,” Catron says, “one that explains why we have legends of unicorns, fairies, Elves, trolls, dragons and many more. It is also a place if you will, where science, magic, and religion are all part of a whole rather than each excluding the other, as we always seem to think they must.”
The first book introduces Lrill and her struggle with her powerful heritage, and the revelation that there is a core of truth at the center of every legend. “I plan for the series to span from the creation of the world to its destruction and rebirth,” says Catron. “And since I’ve chosen to make this an alternate history of earth, I have every myth from every culture to play with—sort of like what Jim Butcher does in the Dresden Files. So you can anticipate cultural crossovers.”
Changeling Eyes is hot off the presses with Booktrope Publishing. Catron says she admires their publishing model that relies on a solid team to work toward the success of the book. The author, editor, proofreader, cover designer, and book manager all work together to ensure the best for the book. “This also gives the author a great deal of input into their cover design,” Catron says “The author can also commission work from a designer who does not work for Booktrope, and Booktrope will usually find a way to accommodate this choice.”
Catron is already at work on a sequel. “I also have a few Graphic Novel ideas," she says, "though those are a couple years out in my plans. Most of my writing centers around The Aesir Chronicles and I find that whenever I dream up as a standalone novel idea, I can find an excuse to tie it back into the main series. Having the entire world’s pool of myth and legend to work out of it makes it easy to tie things together. I have some vampires and a little steampunk, and maybe ninjas.”
Readers will find more news and updates about the series on Lauren Catron’s website, http://www.lacatron.com. Order Changeling Eyes from Amazon.com.