Autumn With An Author: Teagan Geneviene

Today, my guest is an author from New Mexico with a vivid imagination. She writes fantasy books for adults. When I saw her on Google+ I was attracted to her unusual name Teagan Riordáin Geneviene and the striking cover of the book she was writing “The Delta Pearl”. The sepia tone of the cover and the entire imagery made me fantasize being on the river boat and immediately took me back to that Jazz era I like so much. People say don’t judge a book by the cover…
I let Teagan speak.

Author Teagan Riordain Geveviene

1. Your last publication is a series of novelettes called “Dead of Winter” that you started to publish monthly in Jan.2021. What is the series about and what inspired you to write it? Will it be over in December 2021?  

I’m not certain of the end date for the monthly publications.  I expect it to finish either this December or in January of 2020.

Dead of Winter is a high fantasy, published monthly in novelette-sized installments.  It takes place in a world that resembles some lands in the past of our own world.  The heroine, Emlyn, is a 12-year-old girl who sees and hears spirits.

The religious fanatics who took over Emlyn’s homeland say she is an abomination. She escapes, and is taken in by travelers belonging to the Deae Matres — a society of intelligent women who travel the world, seeking out and preserving knowledge.

Meanwhile, Emlyn’s encounters with spirits become more frequent, because the Veil, which separates the world of the living from the realm of the dead has become dangerously thin.  As the Veil deteriorates, chaos ensues when the dead begin to cross into the living world.  I invite everyone to Journey with Emlyn as she explores her world in Dead of Winter.

Dead Of Winter Novelettes by Author Teagan Riordain Geveviene

2. How did you select the names of your characters for this series?

I admit that I can obsess about names.  The importance of name meanings goes unnoticed in our modern world.  As I researched the real-world places and mythologies that were at the core of my various inspirations for the story, I also researched names from those areas – and their meanings.  For instance, the character “Osabide” in addition to being a teacher and mentor to the young heroine, used to be a healer.  One meaning for the name Osabide is healer.

3. What was your hardest scene or situation to write, if any?

There were two particular scenes that were difficult, but for differing reasons.  Journey 6, The Fluting Fell, includes the origin scene of a supernatural character.  That involved a brutal assault.  Through an accidental shared dream-memory, 12 year-old Emlyn experiences the assault as if she had been there.  As a survivor of abuse, I put a huge amount of thought into how to handle and word that scene.

Another challenge was the two-prong climax of the story.  In the part dealing with the arch villain, my original ending is unfittingly gruesome for the rest of the story.  So, a task ahead of me is rewriting that climatic scene.  I don’t want it to be that much more violent than the overall story.

4. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Hmmm...  That’s a great question, Valentina.  Haha, I hope not.  Certainly not in Dead of Winter.  In some stories I make references to things that not everyone would get.  However, those are not anything that would impact whether or not they understand the story.  For instance, in Hullaba Lulu, a Diesel-punk Adventure, I give a nod to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”  Douglas Adams fans would pickup on it right away, and laugh.  People who are unfamiliar with that classic would just think it was more Lulu zaniness.

5. What kind of research did you do for this series, if any?

Some people think fantasy stories don’t need to be researched.  Me, I research intensely for every story.  I did volumes of research for Dead of Winter, from the topography and lay of the land in the UK and European locations that inspired my fictional countries, to the meanings behind place and character names that I created.  There are well over 300 character and place names in the overall manuscript.  That’s why I include a list of characters and places at the end of each volume, which grows as the Journeys progress.

Some leftover research (legends that I didn’t use for Dead of Winter) ended up providing “loose inspiration” for my Atonement, Tennessee urban fantasy stories.  If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a huge research geek!

6. You write mostly fantasy books for adults, how did you come about to write in this style?  

Various genres were my favorite at different points in my life.  High fantasy and urban fantasy became my favorite books to read.  When I eventually took writing seriously, the most frequent “advice to writers” that I found was to write what you know.  I knew that genre best, so that was what I started out writing.  During the past decade I became fond of the may types of “punk” stories (steampunk, diesel-punk, atom-punk, etc.), and I started writing those too.

7. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Seeing the ending.  I’m very much a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants.  It’s very difficult for me to see the ending in advance.

8. Why did you decide to start writing books?

My author bio used to include a bit about how one day, I realized that I had read every book I owned several times, and there was no new book at hand to read.  So, I decided to write one – and I’ve been writing ever since.

9. Most artist like to be creative in their arts and don’t like to market their work. How do you feel about marketing and selling your books? 

Yes, I’m in that group who does not like marketing.  I didn’t even like touching social media.  However, as an independent (indie) writer, it was obvious that I would have to get over it.  That is an ongoing challenge for me.  I wasn’t simply brought up to be modest.  When I was growing up, if it even looked like I was about to say something good about myself, I was cut down harshly.

It makes me feel a little better about blowing my own horn if I can promote others.  That’s one reason why I enjoy featuring people at my blog, when I write my “three things” style of spontaneous serials.  I just started a new one in August.  It’s an “atom punk” fantasy (1940s – 50s for the level of technology) called “The Armadillo Files.”  I publish an episode each weekend, at www.teagansbooks.com.

10. If you wanted to leave a message for posterity in one of your books what would it be?

I suppose, in a way, I’m taking a cue from Shakespeare with to thine own self be true.  Most of my heroines have to be true to themselves, regardless of the lack of acceptance that might come with it.  Whether they are just a bit different than their friends, or quirky, particularly unusual, they are themselves.  Sure, we all want to be accepted and be part of things.  However, we can’t underestimate the value of our uniqueness.

Valentina, thanks very much for letting me visit with you today.  Any of my books can be found via my Amazon author page.  Here’s a universal link:  relinks.me/TeaganRiordainGeneviene

It is a pleasure to have you as my guest, Teagan. I always admire your imagination.

I can also be reached through these social media links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM

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I am a bit like you, Teagan, when it comes to marketing my books, I don’t like to sell, but I must. Allow me to showcase my books. They are on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer/consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. She writes about many subjects. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel. She has conceived a few new books to be published in the immediate future to which she is working simultaneously. Amazon Author’s Page 

59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Sep 18, 2021 @ 19:44:07

    Hi Teagan and Valentina I always enjoy these author interviews as I learn new things about my friends. Teagan has an amazing imagination and her books and serials are wonderful reads. I have not read A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. It is very famous, but I’ve just never fancied it. I shall have to take another peak at it.

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  2. D. Wallace Peach
    Sep 17, 2021 @ 21:31:51

    What a rich interview and so much to comment on. I can relate to the amount of research that goes into writing fantasy, and I love the way that Teagan fell into writing. How funny. I struggle with endings too, though I’m an outliner. I won’t start a story until I know how it’s going to end. 🙂 Great interview, Valentina and Teagan. Happy Writing. Hugs.

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  3. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Sep 17, 2021 @ 11:17:07

    Thank you for this wonderful interview, Valentina! Teagan is a multitalented, wonderful person, full of kindness. Her serial “Death of Winter” is also a wonderful read for non native English, like me. Editing the story in several parts was a great idea. Thanks for this! Best wishes, Michael

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  4. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Sep 17, 2021 @ 11:12:56

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  5. alexcraigie
    Sep 17, 2021 @ 10:46:52

    I really enjoyed this interview. I’m a fan of Teagan’s writing and am loving Dead of WInter – I’ve read the first eight but didn’t realise that the ninth was available so I bought it before adding this comment.

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author
    Sep 16, 2021 @ 20:02:14

    Great interview! I enjoyed learning more about you, Teagan 🙂

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  7. Resa
    Sep 16, 2021 @ 15:35:47

    Great questions, Valentina.
    Teagan, your answers are right on.
    Thanks for having Teagan over for an interview! I totally enjoy her Saturday serials, and have read some of her other work.
    She has a fabulous imagination!

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  8. Dan Antion
    Sep 15, 2021 @ 15:53:37

    I enjoyed this interview, Valentina. I’ve been following Teagan for years, but I think I learned something today. I was nodding along as soon as you mentioned her imagination.

    Thanks for showcasing her writing.

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  9. John W. Howell
    Sep 15, 2021 @ 15:22:39

    Thank you for having Teagan over, Valentina. Great questions. Good answers too Teagan. Hugs to you both.

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  10. olganm
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 20:39:24

    Great interview! I have long been a follower of Teagan’s blog and have read her serials and novels, and I’m also reading Dead of Winter now (I need to catch up with Journey 9), and always enjoy learning more about her creative process and her plans. I’m very intrigued by the original ending of the story now, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the new version (although I don’t want it to end yet?! Thanks, Valentina!

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  11. C.E.Robinson
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 16:31:15

    Valentina, a great interview with Teagan. I have all of her books, and making my way through reading them. When I finish the final editing/publishing of my book, I’ll get to The End of all of them. Teagan and I are moon kids, born the beginning of July. I have the research trait, too, writing historical fiction. And I chose my fictional German characters names by their meanings. I’m not a pantser, though, and admire Teagan’s creative fantasy mind. I wrote the end of my story a few times, it gave me a goal to get there. Hard for me to fly by the seat of my pants like Teagan. I’d get lost in the weeds. One thing for sure, all of us writers, no matter what genre we write, have common traits—imagination, and an unstoppable passion to write our stories. That keeps us all connected and cybersphere friends. I’ve never personally met Teagan, but our friendship, as writers, is treasured. And it’s the same with you, Valentina. 📚🎶 Christine

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  12. Teagan Riordain Geneviene
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 15:56:00

    Hi, Valentina. It’s such a pleasure to be at your blog. As always you are a marvelous hostess.
    While we’re visiting, I’m happy to answer questions from anyone about “Dead of Winter” or my other stories, including my current blog serial “The Armadillo Files”. Although I won’t give any spoilers! 😀 I’ll check back throughout the day.

    On my midweek post, I’ve added a link to this, and the image of your wonderful books.
    Stay happy and sassy. Hugs on the wing!

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  13. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 09:43:13

    A terrific interview Valentina and Teagan and having read the reviews it is clear that the series has touched the hearts and been much enjoyed by those who have read the episodes.. Love the covers including the one for book 9… hugs to you both..♥

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  14. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Sep 14, 2021 @ 09:32:44

    So very creative! A thinker of great thoughts with the ability to translate so us mere mortals can enjoy!!

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