Today I am interviewing Breanna Teintze, author of the new fantasy novel, Lady of Shadows, second book in the The Empty Gods series.
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DJ: Hi Breanna! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Breanna Teintze: Hi there! I’m always having to wrack my brain to figure out what would be interesting about me–outwardly I have a fairly plain life. I’m a registered nurse, I live more or less in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by orchards and onion farms, and I was homeschooling my three kids before the entire world had to start emergency homeschooling. I’ve been writing since I was small, and last year Jo Fletcher Books published my debut novel, Lord of Secrets, about the extremely unlucky, bad-at-adulting wizard Corcoran Gray.
DJ: What is Lady of Shadows and then The Empty Gods series about?
Breanna: Mostly the book is about consequences: the after-effects of saving the world. Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray and his partner, Brix Rivest, are trying to rebuild their lives and adapt to the weird challenges that happen when people who have done extraordinary things try to return to normal life. Of course, life doesn’t stay normal for long, and they wind up forced to work with the organization that Gray has been spending most of his life avoiding in order to stop a magical plague.
That’s right–a plague, which is a little difficult in this present day! But I wrote the book in 2018 specifically thinking about grit, recovery, and optimism. I hope that even right now–maybe especially right now–people will find the story both fun and cathartic.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the The Empty Gods series?
Breanna: It’s difficult to narrow them down! I think both the action and the humor in my novels owe something to 1999’s The Mummy, as well as the great over-the-top, full-of-beasties, so-bad-they’re-good space fantasy epics of the 1980s like Krull. As for actual storylines, after seeing too many stories that didn’t know what to do with a relationship once the pair got together, I wanted to write about a couple kept having adventures. Continue reading