Interview with fantasy author Karin Rita Gastreich

Karin Rita Gastreich joins me today to
talk about her new fantasy release, Daughter
of Aithne.

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a chance to win, use the form below.
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Karin Rita
Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they
choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology
faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered
forests and wildlands all her life. Her pastimes include camping, hiking,
music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has
published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average
Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews
Forest Writer’s Residency.
Welcome, Karin. Please
share a little bit about your current release.

The third novel of my fantasy trilogy, Daughter
of Aithne
is the culmination of a conflict that has spanned generations. It
is the story of two powerful women – Eolyn, Queen of Moisehén, and Taesara, Princess
of Roenfyn – who confront each other in a final, decisive battle for the throne
of the Mage Kings.  

What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a big fan of history and historical fiction, and I’ve always enjoyed
stories of women in medieval and Renaissance times. I wanted to write a novel
about women coming to power in a feudal society. The story is set in a fantasy
world, but the characters are based on true women in history. As the series
finale, Daughter of Aithne is the
result of a long struggle by women to assert their destiny in a world
traditionally dominated by men.

Excerpt from Daughter of Aithne:
shifted in her seat. A thousand words stood poised upon her lips, of which only
a handful could be chosen and delivered. Each conversation in the coming days
had to be undertaken with great care, especially when it came to this mage.
did Thelyn come for us, and not you?” she asked.
was needed to track down the magas still residing in the City,” Corey replied.
“Besides, Thelyn was the better mage for that task.”
she thought. He would not have had the heart to bind Mariel.
small sign, perhaps, that Mage Corey could yet be counted among her friends.
understand you are to oversee their interrogation,” Eolyn said.
is true, my Lady Queen.”
have expressed my concerns about this to the King. He assures me that you and
your mages will not be permitted to—”
Lady Queen, if there is one thing you have learned in the years of our
friendship, it is that I will do whatever must be done in the moment at hand,
and I will harden my heart to see it through.”
may be the case, Mage Corey. Yet I also know that words are your most effective
tool. You have never resorted to violence to obtain what you require.”
let her statement hang in the air.
averted her gaze, suddenly aware of the icy tension in her hands.
too, am being interrogated.
did not bring a scribe,” she said quietly.
need have I for a scribe, my Lady Queen?” He softened his tone. “We are, as of
yet, simply conversing.”

What exciting story are you working on

Now that I’ve finished The Silver Web, I’m
working on a contemporary fantasy collection entitled Path of Souls. Set in my home town of Kansas City, this series
features mature women protagonists who take on a realm of supernatural beings
in a brutal contest for dominion over human souls.

When did you first consider yourself a

wrote my first story when I was in grade school. I’ve been writing ever since.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I don’t write fiction full time, though I do a lot of other writing in my day
job. I’m a biology professor and department chair at my university, so all my
fiction writing is squeezed into the edges of my life. During the summer, when
we are on break, I write almost every day. When the semester is in session, I
set aside 2-3 hours a week as my sacred writing time.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

As a behavioral biologist, I know a lot of interesting and sometimes crazy
stories about animals and nature. I often use those stories to inform my fiction.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Everything. I still kind of want to be everything. That’s why I write and
journey with my imagination. One life is too short!

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
If you like high adventure, complex characters, and a healthy dose of heart-wrenching
romance, you will love my books! Daughter
of Aithne
can be read without having finished the first two books of the
trilogy, but for a richer experience, I recommend starting at the beginning with
Eolyn, Book One of The Silver Web.  
link for Eolyn
, Book One of THE
link for Sword of Shadows
, Book
link for Daughter of Aithne
, Book Three of THE SILVER WEB

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17 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Karin Rita Gastreich

  1. Karin Gastreich says:

    Thank you, Lisa, Cali, and Victoria! The cover art and design is by Thomas Vandenberg, who did the covers for all three books.

  2. Bernie Wallace says:

    What book would you like to see a prequel to? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. Karin Gastreich says:

    Hi Joseph! Of the books I've written, I'd love to see a prequel to EOLYN! Of the books I've read…That's a little harder to say. Maybe N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS.

  4. Bernie Wallace says:

    What literary character do you must relate to? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Karin Gastreich says:

    When I was a girl, I liked Laura Ingalls Wilder a lot. Nowadays, it's harder to say. There are a lot of great heroines out there; the mark of a good book is a heroine that I can relate to, and I've read many of those!

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