Hunters of the Dream Trilogy
Book One: The Gathering
by Ingrid Koivukangas
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GENRE: YA Fantasy
When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.
As the Bone Seer began to pick up another bone, she hesitated, cocking her head from side to side, as if listening to someone speaking. She breathed in sharply, surprised, and suddenly frightened, and in a high pitched voice began singing:
The wise one will read the signs,
As the all seeing one awakens,
When the drum woman travels,
And the compass unravels,
And he, who swims between worlds,
Joins the one who sparks and twirls,
The broken wing is set free,
The wolves howl and protect thee,
Gathering under a double moon,
The Huntress is born again,
As Darkness slips its chains.
Looking directly into Aurora’s eyes she hissed, “The Darkness is waking, Aurora. There are many teachings you must complete, and amulets and allies to gather in preparation for the battles ahead. You must find your fellow hunters before the Darkness escapes and finds you, or all will be lost.
It is my pleasure to welcome Ingrid Koivukangas, author of Hunters of the Dream, to Room With Books.
Thank you for being here to answer questions and interact with our readers. First I have a few questions to ask about yourself.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I wrote my first story when I was seven years old, and a novella at twelve years old–I was hooked, passionate about becoming a writer. Then I discovered art and design and got side tracked, but I always continued writing: journals, haiku and poetry.
How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write?
I don’t really remember at time when I wasn’t writing something. I think I was inspired to write by reading great books, by stories that deeply affected me. The Chronicles of Narnia made a huge impression on me when I was seven years old.
Do you do a job in addition to writing and would you tell us more about it?
I am self-employed. I’m an environmental artist and designer, as well as being a writer. As an environmental artist I work intuitively with dreams and site energies to create work that connects the viewer to a specific natural site. In this magical space I walk between worlds – entering a world of wonder where I communicate with the Earth, the Spirit world, and the Animal, Insect and Plant worlds. I work in a similar manner when I’m writing. Hunters of the Dreams weaves together the way that I work as an artist, with the magic of writing – calling forth characters and stories to reconnect readers to their innate memories of ancient mysteries and our deep connections to all beings, both seen and unseen.
Now, let’s talk about writing and how you came to be a published author.
How would you summarize this book in less than 20 words?
Sorry I tried but can’t make my response less than 28 words: Aurora’s a normal teenager, then she’s given an Oracle that awakens in response to the Darkness. Will she find the courage to lead the Hunters of the Dream?
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I’ve always been a writer but I didn’t consider myself a ‘real’ writer –an author– until I held the first print copy of Hunters of the Dream in my hands.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It took a year for the entire process – from sitting down in earnest to write, to finished book. But the characters for Hunters of the Dream began arriving six years ago, when I first moved to Salt Spring Island.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to “The End”?
It takes me six to eight months to finish writing the book that I send to my editor, and then another 3 to 4 months for the editing process.
What can we expect from you in the future? More of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m currently working on Book Two: Darkness Approaching of the Hunters of the Dream Trilogy.
Who is your favorite character from your books and why are they your favorite?
I don’t think I have one favorite character. I like all of them for different reasons, even the ‘bad’ guys.
I like Aurora for her honesty and bravery; Beaumont Seabring for his chivalry; Ronan Havelock for his grit; Eirwen for her, seemingly, naive cheerfulness; Nana Brin for her wisdom; Vaadin for her healer’s sensibility; Nodin for his bumbling goofiness, and Thanatos for having a glimmer of light at the center of his dark, dark, heart.
What is your routine for writing?
I like starting early in the morning and write for a couple of hours. Many times I go back to writing in the evening, especially if the story won’t let me sleep!
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title arrives somewhere during the writing process, sometimes during dreams.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?
The underlying message I hope to share is that we are each far more powerful than we believe we are. And magic is alive and well in our world, we just don’t recognize it because we have forgotten how to listen–and it’s never too late to learn how.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I read eBooks if I want to get a book quickly, but I prefer paperback books.
What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite? How many times would you estimate you’ve read it?
I have a few favorite books, from different genres. I’ve read most of them more than twice. The common thread they share is just simply: excellent storytelling. They are:
Stephen King: The Stand
Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment
C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
J.R.R. Tolkein: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
Do you read all the reviews of your books?
That’s enough of the serious business. How about a handful of fun questions!
What is your favorite food? Japanese!
Who is your favorite singer or group? Too many to just choose one.
What is your favorite color? If I have to choose just one: purple
What is your ideal getaway dream vacation? Just quiet time away from ‘work’ with my husband.
What final words would you offer to our readers?
If you harbor a dream of becoming a published author don’t give up on your dream. Just keep writing.
Thank you for spending time on Room With Books. I appreciate your time and wish you the best with Hunters of the Dream. I do hope you will come back again!
Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.
As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Ingrid’s artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She’s been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.
Ingrid’s artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book’s Now See This! Art That Influences.
Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at: www.ingridkoivukangas.com
Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.
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