Friday, July 28, 2023

6 Books with Genevieve Gornichec

Genevieve Gornichec earned her degree in history from the Ohio State University, but she got as close to majoring in Vikings as she possibly could, and her study of Norse myths and Icelandic sagas became her writing inspiration. Her nationally bestselling debut novel, The Witch's Heart, has been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Today she tells us about her Six Books.

1. What book are you currently reading? 

I'm in between books right now, but I recently finished an ARC of Dark Water Daughter by H.M. Long. It's the pirate fantasy novel I never knew I needed-like, take Pirates of the Caribbean, add the most unique magic system you've ever read, and make it winter all the time. I can't wait to pick up the audiobook especially, because I've heard both the narrators' work before and I can't wait to experience the story again in a different medium.

2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?

I am most excited for Alecto the Ninth, the final installment in The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir. I may or may not have prints of the covers hanging in my living room, complete with an empty frame waiting for Alecto. That's normal, right? I like TLT a regular amount. It's healthy to be this invested in a book series. It's fine. I'm fine. :')

3. Is there a book you're currently itching to re-read?

I've been wanting to re-read the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden for several years now, because I remember loving them the first time I read them, so I'm hoping to do a re-read this winter. I also have a stack of sequels that have been sitting on my physical TBR for a very long time because I need to reread the first books in each series before moving onto the next (I have a goldfish memory), but alas.there's just not enough time in the day!

4.  A book that you love and wish that you yourself had written.

This might be because I recently finished an ARC of the upcoming prequel, but I've gotta say Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. It's the literary equivalent of a warm hug, and I feel like it hit so many people at exactly the time they needed it-that was certainly my experience!

5. What's one book, which you read as a child or a young adult, that holds a special place in your heart?

I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman as a young adult, and it was one I kept coming back to during the most turbulent years of my life, but it's been quite a few years since I picked it up.


6. And speaking of that, what's your latest book, and why is it awesome?

My latest book is The Weaver and the Witch Queen, and it's a reimagined origin story for the legendary Viking Age queen of Norway, Gunnhild, known in history as Gunnhild Mother-of-Kings. It's got peril at sea, tough guys who learn to feel their feelings (but also kill people, because they're Vikings), witches who project their souls as animals and fight each other, and a supporting cast I would die to spend more time with in future works. But at its heart, Weaver is a story about the relationships between women, which is something you won't find much about in the source material I used-that is, the medieval Icelandic sagas, which are by and large concerned with men. So I saw an opportunity to fill that gap by giving Gunnhild two best friends and a found family of sorts. Between the action scenes, the romances, and the friendships, I think the book has something for almost everyone.

Thank you, Genevieve!

POSTED BY: Paul Weimer. Ubiquitous in Shadow, but I’m just this guy, you know? @princejvstin.