Blog Tour: #Win #Giveaway Traitor's Hope (Chronicles of Gensokai #2) by Virginia McClain
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10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland- Interview
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Title: TRAITOR'S HOPE (Blade's Edge #2)
Author: Virginia McClain
Pub. Date: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions
Formats: Paperback eBook
Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.
Seeing Double In Neverland Interview with Virginia McClain
1) did you have to do any research for Traitor's Hope?
Yes! While the world I write is completely fictional, there are a number of things that require research anyway. Since the world of Gensokai is inspired by feudal Japan, there are lots of interesting tidbits about samurai culture that I have researched over the years to give the world and culture a more realistic feel. However, for Traitor’s Hope specifically the majority of the research that I did was surrounding PTSD and its causes, symptoms, and treatment. My characters have faced a fair amount of violence and death in their young lives, and not all of them have escaped unscathed. I think it’s important that books that depict violence, and depict characters that both experience violence and deliver it, should address the various consequences of that violence. Mishi is an excellent fighter, and she has trained more than half of her life to become an effective killer, but the reality of killing disturbs her greatly and, combined with the trauma of losing people she loves at the end of Blade’s Edge, leads to her struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Of course, in a fantasy world that doesn’t have modern psychiatry, the diagnosis and treatment of her PTSD had to be somewhat creative, but it’s something I didn’t feel I could leave unaddressed. I feel strongly that we don’t address mental health concerns freely enough in our society in general, and particularly in our fiction, and I am doing my best to help the cause wherever I can.
2) What was your favorite scene to write in Traitor's Hope and why?
I have more than one “favorite” scene, so I’m actually quite grateful to have been asked this question more than once on this tour. I will answer today with yet another favorite scene, different from the last interview.
I actually really enjoyed writing the prologue. It’s short, and involves two characters that we never hear from again, but also one that we hear from a great deal, and another that we only see snippets of, and never from his POV. I like it because it tells us something about that character whose POV we never experience, but who is integral to the story, and I found myself liking him in that moment even though he’s not a very likeable person all around.
3) Who was your favorite character to write?
Kusuko was my favorite character to write, especially in this second book. She’s full of surprises, and is a very complex character who really grows over the course of these two books. Also, she’s probably the POV character who is most different from me, personality-wise, and I had found it very interesting to get inside of her head.
4) What inspired you to write this book?
The short answer is, “Living in Japan.” The longer answer is the culture, scenery, and history of Japan. I spent two years living in a somewhat remote (by Japanese standards) part of the country. Every mountaintop was capped with a small shrine or temple, every street corner hid away a statue for a local Shinto spirit, or someone’s ancestors, and I spent most of my free time exploring small streets and remote mountaintops, so I began to wonder what life would be like if all of those shrines housed spirits that not only existed, but decided to involve themselves in our day to day lives. From there, I began to wonder what a magic that was fueled by meditation would look like, and after that my fascination with samurai pushed me to consider a civilization that mixed all three of those things. I can’t remember how the idea for an oppressive misogynistic society came about except, perhaps, simply as an exaggeration of modern Japanese sexism (or any culture’s sexism). Slowly those ideas all mingled together in my head and the next thing I knew I was jotting down notes for a world I couldn’t get my mind off of.
5) What was the hardest character to write in Traitor's Hope?
Mishi has been the most difficult character to write of either book. In the first book, it was because she took a long time for me to get to know. I didn’t feel as though I knew her well until the end of the third revision. Then, in Traitor’s Hope, she was difficult to write because she was in a pretty dark place for a lot of the book, and that was hard to experience. It took a lot of warm fuzzy distractions to keep me in a good place while writing her. Many a dog was snuggled, and many a comfort book read, during the writing of Traitor’s Hope.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.
From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.
She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.
1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.
3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.