Interview with Helena Sorenson Author of SHILOH – Plus Giveaway!

When Helena Sorenson reached out, I couldn’t resist. She’s sweet and a fan of JRR Tolkien – how could I say no? Helena’s debut, SHILOH, released April 2013 from My Ink Books. Not only do I have an interview with the author, but I’ve also got a giveaway. Read on!

ShilohIceyBooks: Pitch SHILOH in a tweet.

Helena Sorenson: A world of darkness, songs and legends, clans and heroes, wolves and dragons…and one boy with power over fire. #Shiloh #HelenaSorensen

IceyBooks: How did you decide between a male and female protagonist?

Helena Sorenson: Shiloh really has 4 protagonists, two male and two female, so I didn’t have to choose :)

IceyBooks: You’re a writer of fantasy, what books in that genre, if any, influenced your writing?

Helena SorensonEverything by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea Series, Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon

IceyBooks: If you could go back in time and meet anyone and ask one question, who would it be and what would you ask?

Helena SorensonI’d go back and visit the Inklings. I’d sit down between Lewis and Tolkien and ask them if they’d stop drinking and smoking, if they’d start eating more vegetables and exercising more regularly so that they could live MUCH longer and write MANY more books. Hah! (kidding…kind of)

IceyBooks: Give us the three:
-Movies you can’t wait to see:
Helena Sorenson: 1. The Hobbit (Desolation of Smaug)
2. The Hunger Games (Catching Fire)
3. Anything with Benedict Cumberbatch…

IceyBooks: Snacks you’re craving right now:
Helena Sorenson: 1. Chocolate Chips (I eat them in a little bowl with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink salt…no lie.)
2. Kombucha (I like G.T. Dave’s Strawberry Serenity.)
3. Popcorn

IceyBooks: Books you can’t wait to read:
Helena Sorenson: 1. the new books in Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief Series…AAAAAGH! I can’t wait!!!!!
2. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3. Sarah J. Maas’s Crown of Midnight

Helena Sorensen

It is only in recent years that I’ve discovered how deep is my love for epic fantasy. In preparation for writing Shiloh, and as part of my independent education in literature, I have read scores of books: books for children and young adults and adults, National Book Award Winners, and Newberry Honor Books. But I always come back to the fantasy novels. I love the idea that anything is possible in the world of fantasy. There is no limit to the imagination, and I can choose to embark on any kind of adventure.

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In a world of perpetual darkness, a boy is born who wields remarkable power over fire. Amos is no more than seven when he kills a Shadow Wolf and becomes a legend in Shiloh. He would be destined for great things were it not for the stories his father tells about a world beyond the Shadow and a time before the Shadow. Only madmen hold to such tales, and in Shiloh, they have always come to bad ends.

Amos is fearless. He walks with easy confidence, certain that the Shadow cannot touch him. Even his family is in awe of him. His father marvels at his skill with the bow, his mother thanks the gods that he has all the courage she lacks, and his sister, Phebe, worships him for saving her from an attack of the Shadow Cats.

On a trip to the village of Emmerich, Amos rescues the Magistrate’s son, Simeon, from the village bullies. Simeon, fair-skinned and pale-eyed like other Dreamers in Shiloh’s history, becomes Amos’s constant companion and dearest friend. Simeon becomes a part of Amos’s family, listening to fireside stories told in a way he’s never heard them before and learning to wield a bow and arrow.

The year the boys turn twelve, they are itching to prove themselves. An impetuous plan to steal a beautiful lantern goes miserably awry, and the lantern’s owner prophecies that Amos will be devoured by the Shadow. For the first time, a seed of fear is planted in Amos’s mind, and when his father is killed by a Shadow Wolf on the last day of the Great Hunt, the fear takes hold. If so great and brave a man as his father could fall to the Shadow, what hope has he?

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    July 5, 2013

    Ohhh, the cover is fantastic! It's just that touch sinister, but the title sounds so light and intriguing! I'd love to read this.

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    July 5, 2013

    The cover is great! Different. I like it. Sounds like a darker read.

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    July 5, 2013

    The cover is very erie. Leaves you open to guessing what the book might entail.

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    July 5, 2013

    I think the cover is eerie and would love to read the book. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    July 5, 2013

    looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 5, 2013

    Hafsah! Thank you…just…THANK YOU! It looks gorgeous! And thanks to all of you who are entering for the giveaway!

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    Katiria Rodriguez

    July 5, 2013

    The book cover looks awesome the book looks and sounds great and very intresting thanks for the great givaway!

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    Marie Hemphill

    July 6, 2013

    I love the cover! It has a dark, sinister look about it. I can't wait to read it :)

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    Mary Preston

    July 6, 2013

    It's quite an eerie cover. It seems like such a good fit for the story.

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    July 6, 2013

    The cover gives a hint of mystery, I like it! I also like the blurb, it sounds like an interesting story :)

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    Howell Wolfriht

    July 7, 2013

    The cover seems perfect for the story it houses.

    With regards to Sorenson, anyone who mentions the Inklings demands to be given some attention. With her literary influences and the choices of books she has read, I have every expectation that Shiloh will be a great tale.

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    sadaf habibi

    July 8, 2013

    It's so mysterious!

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    Hannah Clark

    July 17, 2013

    The cover is stunning!!!<3 Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!