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Author Alane Adams Discusses The Legends of Orkney Series
Happy Thursday everyone! Today, we are lucky to have this opportunity to sit down and speak with Alane Adams, author of The Legends of Orkney Series. in this episode, we discuss Legends of Orkney, a fantasy mythology series for tweens, The Coal Thief and The Egg Thief, picture books for early-grade readers and the creation of BattleKasters (the exciting mobile game that accompanies the series).
Listen in as Alane Adams joins us to talk about her new book in the Legends of Orkney series The Raven God, Her new children’s Christmas book The Santa Thief, the true inspiration for the “thief” books, her champion that encouraged her to start writing stories, writing picture books, writing for older middle grade children, myths and legends, her creative process, and much more.
Here’s more information about Alane Adams
Alane Adams grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. After spending the next few decades helping to build one of the largest recycling companies on the West Coast, Alane left the family business behind to pursue her writing career. Before launching into writing full-time, Alane began teaching full-time at a local university. Finally, the Legends of Orkney series was born when her then 12-year-old son challenged Alane to write a book he could read. She hasn’t stopped writing since that day.
Having been an avid reader her entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated her the most. Alane thinks it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in her series has been a wonderful challenge. When She thinks of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring.
Alane loves characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but her all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.
When Alane is not writing or teaching,She’s out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with her three boys who are her greatest joy.
More about The Raven God: The Legends of Orkney Series
After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney―and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death.
More about The Santa Thief
It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating!―but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands by stealing Santa’s identity―and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4-8.
In this episode, we discuss
- More about all 3 books in the Legends of Orkney series: The Red Sun, Kalifus Rising and The Raven God & the inspiration behind these books
- More about The Santa Thief series & what inspired the story of her book grounded in a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the 1920s
- Alane explains how The Santa Thief teaches kids the true meaning of Christmas and a valuable lesson about giving rather than receiving gifts
- Alane discusses her upcoming project & much more…Be sure to tune in!
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To learn more about Alane’s foundation & her books
Her website: http://alaneadams.com
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