Today I am interviewing Snorri Kristjansson, author of the new omnibus, The Valhalla Saga! For the first time, a collection of the three books in the fantasy trilogy is being released and will be available on Nook!
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DJ: Hi Snorri! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Snorri Kristjansson: Hm. Where to start? I am from Iceland, a small country up by the Arctic Circle. We’re solid providers of scenery for car ads and news items about people who believe in elves. I’ve been writing for a very long time, but am still relatively new to the novel game.
DJ: What is The Valhalla Saga trilogy about?
Snorri: On the face of it, it is about two guys who meet in a town under siege and get caught up in a war. I will leave the extrapolation of grander themes up to the readers.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Valhalla Saga trilogy?
Snorri: Joe Abercrombie and Plato’s Theory of Origin. I reckon that’s obtuse enough.
DJ: Could actually you tell us a little about the first book in the trilogy, The Valhalla Saga, too?
Snorri: Swords of Good Men is set in what Stephen King refers to (and forgive me, Father, for I am about to misquote) as a ‘border’, a place where two areas intersect. In this case, it’s set where the lands of the Norse end and become the wider world, which they believed was theirs for the taking. However, it is also at the end of the rule of the Aesir and the start of a more pragmatic adoption of Christianity. In those kinds of times and places, King argues, humanity goes a little funny. (I am quoting from an old man’s memory. It may be one of his Richard Bachmann novels. It may be from a short story. I may also utterly be making this up.) Continue reading