Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reflection of the Gods by Lisa Llamrei‏

Lisa Llamrei was born in Toronto. She studied languages at York University. At various times, she has been an actor, professional belly dancer and holistic nutritionist. She presently lives in Durham region with her four daughters, and she works at a school of holistic nutrition. Reflection of the Gods is her first novel.


Newly divorced Das MacDermott longs for a fresh start. As he packs up and prepares to move out of the city, he spots a young woman being held at gunpoint by three men. Despite being outnumbered and unarmed, Das does his best to intervene. Once liberated, the victim seems oddly ungrateful, but on an apparent whim decides to join Das in his new life in rural Ontario. Aislinn, as she is called, returns the favour; with her encouragement and support, his start-up photography business takes off, and more importantly, Das is saved from loneliness and self-doubt.

Das, however, is never quite able to fully dismiss the contrary aspects of Aislinn’s nature, and is strictly forbidden from asking about Aislinn’s past. All seems too good to be true, and indeed it is. Aislinn’s unusual talents and odd Behaviour, unbeknownst to Das, come from her demigod status. Aislinn is half-Sidhe, daughter of Fionvarra, Ireland’s fairy king, and a human woman. Sidhe wars have so disrupted the mortal world that Aislinn has joined with other immortals in an effort to permanently separate it from Tir N’a Nog, the fairy realm.

Born in ancient Ireland, Aislinn spends millennia as the plaything of the cruel and narcissistic gods. The pain of being neither human nor Sidhe is offset by her relationship to the Fir Bolg, another race of fair folk who take pity on her lonely state; and the refuge she takes in being Das’s lover and protector. As Das comes to accept the possibility that Aislinn belongs to a supernatural world, he discovers that the two worlds are set to collide in a way that may mean the destruction of all humanity.

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
A) Old Irish folktales about fairies. As I was reading, I noticed there were quite a number of stories about fairy women marrying mortal men. There were a lot of variations, but generally the fairy women were tricked into it, and the mortal men paid a high price for their deception. I began to wonder how such a story would play out in the modern world, and it grew from there.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
A) About four years, including a full year of research before I even started writing.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
A) Creating the story. Getting to know the characters, establishing a plot line, fleshing it out, adding layers. It’s like a giant word puzzle that I both create and solve.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Staring at a blank screen. Getting started can be sheer agony. And I’m not just talking about starting a new project. The same thing happens with each new scene.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) K.D. Lang. When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be a singer. The only thing that stopped me was a complete and total lack of talent. I’d love to know what it feels like to sing like she does.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
A) A jar of tahini, circa 2003. For some reason, I decided I was going to start making my own hummus. Then I realized I can buy it ready-made. The jar is still unopened. I wonder if tahini goes bad.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I’m currently working on a second novel, tentatively titled The Divine Measure. It follows a deaf woman as she tries to unravel an ancient secret about the origins of humanity. My goal is to have it published early in 2015.


Lisa Llamrei said...

Many thanks for the interview.

Eva Millien said...

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