Friday, February 28, 2014

Where in the World are...Alethea Kontis, PJ Hoover, & Colleen Houck?

All this month, I'm featuring authors and the settings of their books, showcasing a variety of locales and characters from around the world--and sometimes off it!--in order to show readers new places and people.

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Dearest by Alethea Kontis

Set in: Arilland

Why did you pick this setting?
Arilland is the country I chose to be the High Seat of my fairy tale universe...where it is assumed that all the fairy stories we know and love came from one family, Once Upon a Time. Beyond Arilland are The White Mountains, Sandaar, The Troll Kingdom, and Faerie, of course. In Hero (Book Two of the Woodcutter Sisters Series), Saturday Woodcutter throws a magic mirror that calls the ocean and splits the continent almost in two. Dearest is a parallel novel, dealing with the aftermath of that impossible ocean, and the refugees that pour into Arilland as a result.

What makes your book's setting unique?
Because many of the popular fairy tales have a very strong French influence, I have a plethora of French words and names in this series without ever directly referring to the country of France itself. I consider Arilland to be set during the same "once upon a time" period as Florin and Guilder in William Goldman's The Princess Bride: Before Europe, but after Paris.

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Solstice by P.J. Hoover

Set in: Future Austin Texas during the time of extreme global warming

Why did you pick this setting?
I set Solstice half in future Austin, Texas and half in the Underworld. Why the Underworld? Because there's lots of mythology in the book. Why future Austin, Texas?

(1) because I live in Austin

(2) because in Solstice temperatures are like 120 degrees each day. We had this summer here in Austin where it didn't dip below 100 for something like 3 months. It was brutal and made me wonder what it would be like if it stayed that way year round. I'm thinking tank tops and shorts 24/7.

(3) because it may be the most awesome city in the entire country. If I had to live anywhere in the US, it would be Austin. And hey, look at that, I do!

What makes your book's setting unique?
Austin is home to North America's largest urban bat population! The bats are a huge thing here. People set out picnic blankets hours ahead to get a good spot to watch them. Vendors sell glow bracelets to the kids. And the bats do what they do every single day. They fly out from under the bridges en masse at dusk. Definitely a must-do if you come to visit!

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Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Set in: India

Why did you pick this setting?
India was not my first choice. I knew nothing about India when I started writing but I'd selected a Beauty and the Beast theme for my series and chose a white tiger for my beast. Originally, I thought I'd set the book in Russia because I thought white tigers came from Siberia but after research I discovered that all white tigers are related to a small male cub that was captured in India in the 1930's.

What makes your book's setting unique?
India is full of ancient ruins and temples that make for fantastic, dangerous, and breathtaking scenes. In my third book, Tiger's Voyage, I found a story about a sunken city called the City of the Seven Pagodas that everyone thought was a myth until a tsunami hit India in 2004. The ocean receded off the coast and they discovered the ruins of this ancient city. I knew that had to be the basis of my water themed book.

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