January 31, 2019: Lyra Selene, N.S. Dolkart, and E.C. Ambrose

Our January event at Trident Bookstore and Cafe featured Lyra Selene, N.S. Dolkart, and Elaine Isaak (writing as E.C. Ambrose).

Video courtesy of WGBH’s The Forum Network.

Photograph of Lyra SeleneLyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting. She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. Amber & Dusk is her debut novel.

 

NSDolkartN.S. Dolkart is the author of the Godserfs trilogy of theological epic fantasy novels, beginning with 2016’s Silent Hall and concluding with this past October’s A Breach In The Heavens. In non-writing life, he has taught dementia care and Israeli folk dancing (but not at the same time), sung as Darth Vader in an opera, and sired two children who will one day enslave all the nations of the earth as foretold by prophecy. His website is nsdolkart.wordpress.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @N_S_Dolkart.

 

Elaine IsaacElaine Isaak is the author of The Singer’s Crown and its sequels. As E. C. Ambrose, she wrote The Dark Apostle historical fantasy series about medieval surgery, which concluded in 2018 with book 5, Elisha Daemon, and as E. Chris Ambrose, the Bone Guard international thrillers. Elaine has written how-to articles for the Writer Magazine, and non-fiction at Clarkesworld, and taught at the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop. An art school drop-out, Elaine continues to create wearable art and sculpture. Elaine also works as part-time adventure guide. Under any name, you still do NOT want to be her hero.

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3 Questions for Lyra Selene

61ozjM9PGzLLyra Selene is our last interview before we see you at Trident! The palace intrigue and crackling romance in Lyra’s debut novel, Amber & Dusk, was called gripping and riveting by Kirkus Reviews.

Come see Lyra read on January 31 at Trident Books! RSVP here.

Tell us about your latest release in five words or fewer.

Perilous dreams and impossible worlds

What was the first story you ever wrote?

I wrote, illustrated, and bound (with paper and yarn) a story about a farmer and his wife. When the wife tells the farmer something will only happen “when pigs fly,” the clever farmer ties chickens to the backs of pigs and tosses them off the roof of the barn. I think my parents still have this squirreled away somewhere!

What appeals to you about the genre you work in? (or a genre you work in?)

I’ve always been drawn to fantasy because of its capacity for wonder. Although some may call it escapism, I believe that the daydream quality of fantasy captivates the imagination and can explore the human experience with breathtaking depth. Fantasy has let me visit more worlds than even I can imagine, and I’ll never stop searching for those impossibilities between the pages of books.


Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. When she isn’t dreaming up fantastical cities and brooding landscapes, Lyra enjoys hiking, rainstorms, autumn, and pretending she’s any good at painting. She lives in New England with her husband, in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. Amber & Dusk is her debut novel.