Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dog Days of Summer: Author Elaine Corvidae

This week we're talking with author Elaine Corvidae about her series The Shadow Fae. Her newest novel in the series, Daughter of Snow, is due out in May 2010. I asked Elaine to introduce herself and tell us a little about how and when she decided she wanted to be a writer.

I decided that I wanted to be a writer when I was 8 years old, and never changed my mind. In the meantime, though, I worked as a biologist, archaeologist, and office assistant. My hobbies include vegetarian cooking, backpacking, wasting time on the computer, good beer, and loud music.

I live near Charlotte, NC, with my wonderful husband and several cats, who are just like children to us, except they never ask to borrow the car.

Elaine's website is, and she says she obsessively checks Twitter, so curious readers and fans should feel free to friend her at
I asked each author during these interviews to assign a movie-style rating to their books (since I'm writing YA and want to make sure our content is clean here and that people understand what the books they may wish to check out contain).

All of my books are rated PG-13 for violence. Some of my characters in the Shadow Fae series are fond of using the f-bomb as well.

Elaine's upcoming release, Daughter of Snow, (fourth in her Shadow Fae series) will be available in May 2010 (a very good year for book releases ;-). Here's what Elaine says about Daughter of Snow...

This book continues the adventures of Alexandreya, the part-faerie engineer, and Pook, my shape-shifting pooka hero. The previous Shadow Fae books have centered on Celtic-style faeries, so one of the things I really enjoyed about writing this book is that it gave me the opportunity to delve into Slavic faery myths. I’ve always been fascinated with the Slavic fae such as the rusalka, bannik, domovoi, and others (I even briefly took Russian language classes in college). Incorporating the myths into the Shadow Fae universe was a challenge, not just for me, but for the characters, who find themselves dealing with faeries who don’t play by the same rules as the ones they are used to. For example, the Slavic fae aren’t traditionally vulnerable to iron, so I had to find new ways for the characters to deal with hostile faeries.

I love any time we see more than the standard Celtic-inspired groups of Fae and mythologies and Slavic are (obviously) a favorite of mine, too. Come back tomorrow for more about Elaine's writing and fascinating books and to find out about this week's prize--something special direct from the author! :D


Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds neat. I love books that build on older mythology. If I remember rightly, I must have been about 8 when I decided I wanted to be a writer - I'd finally acknowledged I hadn't the body to become a trapeze artist.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Hi Sheila!

Thank goodness I never went through the trapeze artist stage (I would have wound up hospitalized ;-)!

I always find it interesting to see when people first get that interest in writing...

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading Elaine's interview, :D

Elaine Corvidae said...

Hi Sheila! Thanks for commenting. I think digging into the older mythology is one of the fun parts of being a fantasy writer (plus it gives me an excuse to do a lot of reading, something I don't have much time to do anymore).

Anonymous said...

The nice thing about the slavic myths is that they typically don't have to be rehabilitated from disneyfication. Unfortunately, most of it was never recorded, or only written down by the people who were supplanting the old religions.

I'm looking forward to the next book. :)