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Author Interview: Kathryn Troy

2040D016-DE0C-4F3D-94DE-CFB3ECA53A64Lisa (@ Over the Effing Rainbow), Jorie (@ Jorie Loves a Story) and imyril (@ One More) are delighted to bring you WYRD AND WONDER, where they plan to celebrate all things fantastical throughout the month of May!


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Today I am interviewing Kathryn Troy, author of the new fantasy novel, Dreams of Ice and Shadow, second book in the Frostbite series.

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DJ: Hi Kathryn! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kathryn: Hi DJ! Thanks again for having me back! For people who don’t know me, here’s the run-on version: I have a B.A. in history even though I love literature and cinema too but when I went to law school I didn’t like that so I got two more degrees in history and wrote a nonfiction book about ghosts but when I decided to become a baker I realized that what I really wanted to do was write romantic fantasy. I still have day jobs (a few of them), but I’ve been writing fiction for a few years now, and can’t seem to stop producing more of my favorite things, which include dark fantasy, romance, horror, and a smattering of historical fiction.

DJ: What is Dreams of Ice and Shadow and then the Frostbite series about?

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Kathryn: Dreams of Ice and Shadow picks up right where the first book, A Vision in Crimson, left off. Luca is on the outs with the love of his life, Katelyn, because he’s decided he needs to track down his father alone, so that Kate won’t do something impulsive with her magic that will end up hurting her. To keep herself from going crazy, Katelyn decides to join Alaric over in Likhan and help him start a revolution, but there’s just as much danger there. Twice as much if you consider that Alaric has the hots for Katelyn, always has, and now she’s hiding out in his room.

As far as the series as a whole is concerned, it’s a lot of things, genre-wise. It’s undoubtedly romantic fantasy, but there are also hefty doses of Gothicism and adventure, with some slight horror and weird fiction undertones. The series’ trajectory will take it into more solid fantasy territory, and deal more with mysticism and origins for the world, the source of Katelyn’s powers, etc. If I had to define the arc of the Frostbite series in a nutshell, it would be the perils of Icarya told through the eyes of a couple in love. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Kathryn Troy

Today I am interviewing Kathryn Troy, author of the new romantic, epic fantasy novel, A Vision in Crimson, first book of the Frostbite series.

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DJ: Hey Kathryn! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kathryn Troy: Hi DJ, thanks for having me! I’m a new voice to dark fantasy, and A Vision in Crimson is my first published novel. I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a novelist, with my nonfiction book, The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender and Ghosts in American Séances, 1848-1898, being released by SUNY Press in September. Other than that, I’m a self-professed expert in all things weird and unnatural, a gourmand, and a world traveler.

DJ: What A Vision in Crimson about?

Kathryn: It’s a magical, romantic adventure that brings together a woman who escaped Victorian London to become a fantasy heroine with a vampire half-breed equally fed up with his limited choices. The chemistry between Kate and Luca on the page is explosive. But all is not well in paradise, and their disparate backgrounds and abilities are united to combat the terrors that creep into the mythical realm of Icarya.

DJ: What is the world, Icarya, and setting of the Frostbite series like?

Kathryn: I started with the familiar concept of idyllic fantasies like Narnia, populated with magical hybrids (an ideal place for a mixed-blood vampire to call home). Some of the unique flavors I’ve added to that trope are the Spiritualist concept of the “Summer Land,” a descriptive term for a heaven that is Edenic and Romantic but with all the loftiest aspirations of civilization—sciences, the arts, museums and libraries, set right alongside legends of animated forests and deep magic. The different cities within the greater Icaryan universe are not so fertile or fortunate; Likhan, a slaving city, is a close neighbor and tenuous ally of Icarya. That relationship will crumble in the first volume, and you will see its importance to Icaryan interests develop over the course of the series.

Another layer is that Katelyn and her brother, born into the wonders of a newly electrified city, bring that technology with them. Referred to as Icaryan light, its waning presents the challenge Katelyn is combating as the novel opens.

Some of my favorite fantasy worlds are the ones with rich religious cultures—that is something that also grows over the Frostbite series, simply because their forest-based beliefs are so ancient that they have been relegated to the stuff of legend. Kate’s pursuit of those histories and her relationship to them take up a good portion of her personal narrative in this epic tale. Continue reading

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