by Jennifer Lohr
Baltic Mist – A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr’s next big creation. It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil’s Saga.
Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga’s enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia’s conversion to Christianity. The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!
A must read!
Copyright © Jennifer Lohr, An Ancient Approach, 2013 All rights reserved
BALTIC MIST – A TIMELESS SAGA
FROM CHAPTER 1, JOURNEY HOME WITH ME
My name is Mist, and know it was your fate, decided ages ago, to hear my tale. I am a legend whose legacy you are now part of, as you join me in history. Know as you read this: all is as it should be, for there are no accidents. Destiny has brought you and I together, our connection has finally been made. This day was once foreseen, and your time to know me has come. Although I breathed in the air centuries before as you do now, pieces of me continue on. Come, as I now wish to show you not who I was, but rather who I am….
Follow me back to my time, before the likes of all that you know now, here and today. Visit alongside me my beloved northern homeland as it once was, so very long ago. Behold its massive forests – so lush, green, and already ancient by the time of my existence. Come to where great cascading rivers spill over rocky cliffs, where their spray can be felt, splashing on the rolling hills below.
The dawning of my life was a special time for my parents. I would be their firstborn maid-child. I took my first breaths during the period after the Yule Festival and before the coming of spring, when the earth gave way to a warmer sun and seeds of growth. After my birth it was told my mother, Hilde, accepted me by permitting me to nurse milk from her breast. It was then my father tearfully held me on his knee and passionately announced,
“It is known, a daughter has been born: Helga Thorfinsdotter…she belongs to me, Thorfinn Bondesson. I choose her name in honor of my mother, who is now among the dead.” He then sprinkled drops of water over my tiny infant body.
This was the way I became a member of my family, officially, and they rejoiced in the goddesses Frigg and Freyja. Many were grateful to the two goddesses for delivering me safely from my mother’s womb, while leaving her unscathed and in good health.
It is my pleasure to interview Jen Lohr, author of Baltic Mist. Welcome to Room With Books, Jen.
Would you please tell us about your book, Baltic Mist, and what inspired you to write it?
My book is about a young Norwegian farm girl, living in the Viking-age, and through the Pagan to Christian conversion. The story begins rather humbly with her on the farm, then turns into a ‘journey,’ of sorts, after a very spiritual experience. I was inspired by an Icelandic story called ‘Egil’s Saga,’ (written over a fifteen hundred years ago) and my protagonist, Helga, is based on an original character from the saga.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
This is my first novel, but in any other story I’ve written, it’s usually the characters unfolding and developing to dictate the outline…however, this was a completely different writing experience for me, altogether. It was the first time I was able to outline the plot in chapters – definitely a first for me, and in more ways than one.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
Great question…! In this case, I had more arguments with history and facts, than with characters…and for the sake of ‘authenticity,’ history won. It was very important to me, going into this project, that I remain culturally and historically correct to the people in the time-period my book takes place in.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I never get bored…I can always find a way to keep myself busy.
If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
Edgar Allen Poe- because he had a real talent for making the macabre sound so ordinary and relatable.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up and why?
My childhood dream (beginning at 3 years old) was to work at Burger King so I could give my dad an endless amount of free Whoppers! For some reason, this always seemed to distress my mother…
When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I’ve always had a very active imagination. In grade school I figured out I could ‘describe’ the ideas, images and thoughts in my head to make stories, by writing them down. My
What music inspires your writing?
For this project in particular, I listened to a lot of Wardruna, Christophe Maro, and random ‘Viking-themed’ or ‘Norse’ traditional music floating around on YouTube.
While back-packing through Europe I did some time in a Turkish prison, then fell in love with a man who can belch the entire alphabet. …No, in all seriousness: I did fall for a man when I heard him put ‘Ogre’ (from Revenge of the Nerds) to shame. If I could, I would stay camping in the woods for an entire season. I often find myself singing along out loud to the songs on the loud speaker in any given store I’m a patron of (avoiding those “She’s bat-sh&t CRAZY!” looks from my fellow shoppers).
What is your favorite breakfast? Ham, egg, and cheese on a real New York bagel.
What is your favorite color? The answer to this question has my children baffled, but I admit: I don’t have a favorite color – I love just about every colors (…except neon pink).
What is your favorite movie? Obviously, I have trouble when it comes to choosing ‘favorites,’ but ‘Red Dawn’ (the original 1984 film, with Patrick Swayze).
What is your dream car? A black, 1971, Plymouth Barracuda with a 426ci hemi engine (aka Hemi-Cuda), chromed out, and equipped with a heavy-duty Spicer-built rear axle…and that’s it, really.
Thank you, Jen, for your time and for stopping by Room With Books.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since. The Baltic Mist series is her fictional novel debut. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.
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Back Cover Blurb:
Baltic Mist by Jennifer Lohr is the first book of a trilogy. It is based in the times and land of the Vikings but after they had given up their old Gods for Christianity. The book is written from the perspective of farm girl called Helga.
I was drawn to this book as I love anything about Vikings. I was not dissapointed and I could not put it down. It is well researched, engaging and even eductional, I would say. I learnt a lot of things about the various Norse customs. The characters were well developed with different dimensions to them. The action and adventure was totally gripping. Different themes are explored such as politics, beliefs (old and new) romance. The plot was great and the dialogue well written, as was the narrative. It’s a shame it wasn’t longer. I can’t wait to read the next part.
I definitely recommend this book. Just buy it. You won’t regret it.
Daniel Kenyon, author of The Bare Knuckle Fighter and The Savage Heart of Palermo.
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