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Author Interview: Robin Lythgoe

Posted by A.E. Marling in Author Interview

The Importance of the Impossible is pleased to host Robin Lythgoe, friend of fantasy and a proud member of the Reading Vanguard for my novels. She also gave me the opportunity to read her epic fantasy, As the Crow Flies. I love a good tale of cloaks and purse-cutting daggers, and protagonist Crow delivers, or rather, undelivers. Some might call it stealing. You can read my recommendation for the novel here.

I wanted to learn about the person who had written such epic thievery. Me being me, I of course asked her first what she loves best about the fantasy genre. Her answer?
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Creativity.

Now explain why you chose that word.

Creativity defines the genre. Both writers and readers of the fantasy genre generously employ their imaginations to produce fantastic worlds, creatures, people. The writer uses words to fabricate an artistic setting, characters, and story. The reader uses his imagination to interpret those words and turn them into vivid mental images that take on a life and motion of their own. It can be a truly amazing partnership.

Tell me about one fantasy element in your story and what it adds to the narrative.

Crow encounters magical runes in the Ghost Walk. We have this character who is wildly independent and mistrustful of others, especially those who wield magic. He’s separated himself from personal attachments (with the exception of one) and holds people at a distance with a combination of mockery and selfishness. Then he gets this magic in his head, and it’s always there. He can’t get rid of it. He can’t help but be affected by it, but will it ultimately help or hurt him?
 
Why do you think the fantasy genre resonates so well with the modern psyche despite, or perhaps because of, its featuring the impossible?

Fantasy is such a beautiful, exciting form of escapism. What better way to counter the madness (or, alternatively, the boredom) of our lives than with spectacular things and situations that can’t possibly be real? I think there is a sense of freedom to be found in immersing oneself in fantasy, and it can be addictive.

Thank you, Robin. Now, my fellow readers, if you’re as much as a devotee of thieves as I, you’ll want to know more about her novel.

Click to Discover the Full Tale

For a thief, getting caught is never a good thing. Getting caught by a wizard is even worse. But when a man is coerced into stealing a mythical prize, threatened with his very life, and compelled to cooperate with his worst enemy—well, a man’s got to do what he’s told. From a dungeon black as night to the top of a mountain peak shrouded in legend, Crow must outlast the elements, outmaneuver the guardians of the coveted treasure, and outsmart his captor. Even then, his success might level an empire and seal his fate.

I know what we’re all thinking. How many years did Robin Lythgoe spend on the night streets as a cat burglar to gain the skills needed to write this novel. Naturally, she won’t admit to that. Here’s her cover story:

After many years spent tending to a prince, three princesses and a king, Scribe Robin is now free to take to her tower to write tales about wizards and magic, fantastical places and extraordinary journeys. From time to time, when she is not writing, she invokes the magic of Photoshop to create maps, scenery, insignias, book covers, and various bits and pieces of artwork suitable for use in the mysterious ether plane. She has regularly been victorious at the NaNoWriMo tourneys, and has several books in various stages of progress in addition to a published work of fiction about a thief and his trusty sidekick. Now if only she could find that spell for manipulating time so that she could turn all of her ideas into stories…

She can be found (sometimes, but not always; there’s fantasy to escape to!) on Facebook and on Twitter, and on her blog.

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