Today I am interviewing V.M. Escalada, author of the new paranomal fantasy novel, Halls of Law, first book in the Faraman Prophecy series.
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DJ: Hey V.M.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
V.M. Escalada: Happy to do it, DJ, you can call me Vee.
DJ: Okay, Vee! 🙂 For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Vee: I’m Canadian, but I identify culturally as Spanish. I think you can see some Spanish influence in the names I choose, and particularly in their pronunciation – at least, if you could hear them the way they are in my head.
DJ: What is Halls of Law about?
Vee: Boy, do I suck at this part. I either say too much or too little. On a large scale, it’s about the Faraman Polity being invaded by the Halians, a radically different society with strong patriarchal leanings, and a particular animosity for Talents – the psychics that form the Halls of Law. On a more personal scale, it’s about Kerida Nast, a Talent in training, and Tel Cursar, a young military officer, who join forces first to escape the invaders, and then to help put their world back together.
DJ: What were some of your influences Halls of Law and the series?
Vee: My writing in general is influenced by some great fantasy writers, especially people like Fritz Leiber, Barbara Hambly, R.A. McAvoy, Robin Hobb, Tanya Huff, Kari Sperring, Laura Anne Gilman . . . and the list could go on and on, and I’d still leave someone out. I’m also an 18th-century scholar, so I’m well versed in the classics, Homer, Virgil, and so on, with all the attendant mythology.
As for Halls of Law in particular, believe it or not, I first got the idea for the story watching the forensics shows that were all the rage for a while. I thought, what if psychics were used as crime scene investigators? They could just walk into the crime scene, touch things, and know immediately what had happened. I really liked the notion, but I figured out pretty quickly that it wouldn’t make a story – at least not a crime-based story, since the psychics would just say “he did it” and the story would be over. So then I wondered, what if being a psychic was the problem? What if they were going about their lawful business when their country was invaded by people who thought Talents were witches that had to be destroyed? Continue reading