The Chicks are excited to welcome Nancy Holland to the blog. She just released her latest book, Thalgor’s Witch. Today she’s talking about her new release and what makes it the book of her heart. Welcome, Nancy!
Thalgor’s Witch, Book of my Heart by Nancy Holland
As a child I adored books about magic. I loved myths and fairy tales, the Half-Magic series, and C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books as much as I loved books about horses. Then, in my middle school years a friend introduced me to Lord of the Rings. I already wanted to be a writer, but after that my ambition was to write a fantasy with a heroine who would be worthy of Aragorn. It took me a few decades to get close, but Erwyn is that heroine.
One of the things I liked about the books I mentioned was that the magic always had rules, so one starting point for Thalgor’s Witch was what Erwyn can and cannot do. She cannot kill, but she’s a healer and a fire witch (although that’s rare in her world). I also made her a seer, since Thalgor is a warrior who would be grateful to anyone, even a witch, who helped him win battles. And there are rules for battle, too. It’s the conflict between what Erwyn’s magic requires and Thalgor’s determination to lead his people with honor that drives the story.
Another thing that makes Thalgor’s Witch the book of my heart is that, despite her tragic past, Erwyn is a strong women independently of her magic, but she is not without flaws. Both she and Thalgor are stubborn, and she refuses to be the one who always makes the first move toward reconciliation just because she’s the woman. She’s also passionate, devoted to those she loves, and a bit snarky,
Writing this book was a joy. The freedom to write a longer book (I also write short contemporary romances) gave me a chance to learn to love my secondary characters and to envision a whole world, both social and material. That is another reason this is the book of my heart — for many years I taught the history of European thought and I was able to bring that part of my life into this story through the problems Thalgor and Erwyn face and the solutions they come up with to solve them.
A long time ago the great American humorist James Thurber wrote a book called My World and Welcome to It. The title is ironic, a play on the expression “welcome to it.” I think that way, without the irony, about Thaglor’s Witch. Erwyn and Thalgor’s story is the book of my heart — my world, and welcome to it.
Tell me about the book of your heart — the one you’ve written or the one you want to write.
About Thalgor’s Witch:
In a land of perpetual war and wandering, warrior Thalgor not only leads his people in battle, but keeps the hope alive that someday his displaced tribe can rebuild the kingdom that was lost to the treachery between witches and men. When he captures a beautiful witch, he knows he cannot trust her. But to succeed in his quest to find a new home and prevail over his enemies, he also knows he needs her.
Erwyn might be a slave and feared for her powers and precognition, but she doesn’t cower when confronted by the feared warrior. Nor does she act as expected. Thalgor’s kindness confuses her. His flashes of humor confound her. And the reaction he ignites in her body creates a longing that she cannot deny.
Neither anticipated falling in love. The stakes are high, but when Thalgor is mortally wounded, Erwyn realizes she must she must accept help from an unlikely source to save him.
A former professor and finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart© contest, Nancy Holland recently began to live her dream as a full-time writer. She draws on her vision of what human existence can be and the creative wellsprings of her mind to create characters who live in a fantasy world, but are as real as the people you see every day. Her heroes and heroines refuse to give up on themselves, struggle to improve their lives, and learn to trust each other.
Thanks for sharing your story with us and best of luck on your new release!