I would like to thank Rory Ni Coileain for taking the time to talk to us about her latest release Tempted from the Oak and RainbowCon shenanigans. Check out Paisley’s review. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
So I am at my first con. Well it turns out one of my roomies, Rory Ni Coileain, is at her first con as an author. We decided to wait on this post until we were in the same room. I have no idea where this post will go, so just hang on for the ride.
B: So you told me that you are a bit of a Sci-Fi con buff. How has this con been different?
R: In a way, it’s been really, really similar — both are groups of people who are really passionate about what they love and who love to talk about it. But the instant rapport with people, that’s something very new. You meet someone here, and you have a new friend. I’ve been on a high since I got here. *laughing*
B: Aside from meeting me 😉 , What has been your favorite part of RainbowCon so far?
R: See above. *laughing* Apart from a whole bunch of friends I haven’t met yet, I’d have to say I’ve really loved seeing things from the “other side”. I’m still new enough as a published author that I still get a thrill when I’m recognized as one — I kind of hope that never goes away, I’d really hate to take that for granted. Oh, and the party last night was definitely one of the highlights 😉 That and winning Naughty Jeopardy. All that writing about ball gags came in handy…
B: What RainbowCon author were you most excited to meet in person?
R: Are you kidding? I’ve been in a state of fangirl collapse since I got here! There are so many people I’ve met only on Facebook, and now I’m finally meeting the faces behind the avatars. (I like your green egg, by the way, darlin’, but it doesn’t do you justice…) If I had to pick one, I guess I’d say Vicktor Alexander — I’ve been following his posts forever, and I was SO excited to finally meet him.
B: Who has been the most different than you imagined?
R: At a science fiction convention (or at least the ones I’ve been to), the panels are about the last things people end up at — you’re there to get ready for the masquerade, to hang out with your friends, to shop the dealer’s room. Here, people LOVE the panels, they talk about the panels, the panels matter.
B: Okay enough Con stuff tell us about The Oak series.
R: The Tales of the Grove are my outlet when I’m feeling all high-fantasy-y and poetic. *laughing* I love my Fae, I truly do, but they’re urban and edgy and several of them have a serious potty mouth thing going on. And sometimes I love to get back to my roots — I cut my teeth as a reader on Tolkien and Jane Yolen and Ursula K. LeGuin. The Gille Dubh (Scots Gaelic for the Dark Men) are actual beings out of Scots legend, male tree spirits. In my stories, the Gille Dubh and their trees — an individual host tree is a darag, in the plural they’re the daragin — are symbiotic. And they live in a world where magick was stolen, a very long time ago, and it’s only now returning to the world, in little upwellings from some hidden source. And if magick wells up in a place where a darag grows, life returns to the darag and to its inhabitant spirit. In Heart of the Oak, we meet the first pair to reawaken, Darach and his darag, who awaken in the Isle of Skye (which, incidentally, I have to visit now, and if anyone ever wants to buy me a really neat present, they make Talisker whisky on the Isle of Skye and it’s yummy) (I do lots of research, my life is hard) and Trevor, the vacationing Manhattan architect present at their awakening. And in Tempted from the Oak, we encounter Tearlach and his darag, on the slope of A’Chailleach, a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. And his darag is very resourceful, managing to reach out through what’s becoming a magickal network and kidnap Gavin, a theatrical designer/barista from Minneapolis by way of Seattle.
B: You and I had a very interesting discussion about the Fae and Languages last night, how did you first get interested in Fae?
R: I’m Irish, need I say more? *laughing* I have always loved Irish legend, it’s in my blood. The choice of Fae was kind of serendipitous, though — I role-play write on Facebook, it’s how I came back to writing after 30 years away, and a dear friend of mine asked me to try my hand at m/m. I couldn’t just write a one-off character (I’m kind of retentive that way, just ask anyone) so I created a whole world for that one Fae. And the world was too much fun to just have one Fae in it…
From the Publisher
With his blue eyes and heart-melting smile, Gavin could have been made to order to entice Tearlach, a lonely tree spirit. But the human has been enticed—stolen from snow-buried Minneapolis to the Scottish Highlands by Tearlach’s darag, the ancient oak tree of which he is the living spirit.
Tearlach is trapped within the darag by the terrible memory of his own death—hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, but as recent to him as his last heartbeat. And if desire for the handsome human fails to tempt him out, spirit and oak are both doomed.
Gavin is more than willing to be Tearlach’s temptation. But Gavin has a history of his own—a hopeless dream, one impossible relationship after another. Surely a perfect lover, a sensual tree spirit living in the shadow of a holy mountain half a world away, is another unattainable dream. Can he expect Tearlach to trust his heart when he doesn’t trust it himself?
About the Author
Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major, so she designed it herself—being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, and got shot down in flames. (In retrospect, reading the submissions guidelines might have been a good idea. But then, she was nineteen.) She then found other things to do, such as nightclub singing, for the next thirty years or so until her Muse came out of hibernation. Now she’s a lawyer, a legal editor, a mezzo-soprano, single mother of a teenaged son, a multi-published author, and amanuensis to a host of legendary creatures and the men who love them.
Rory Ni Coileain has kindly offered The Oak series to 2 lucky commenter[s].
Contest ends 24 April @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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